The kitchen sink is a wildly underrated feature in the home for the number of times it’s used daily—from washing dishes, rinsing your vegetables, or bathing the baby, the kitchen sink is indeed more important than we might think. It is imperative that your sink comes with the right function and style needed to tie your whole kitchen together.
There are many things to consider when choosing the perfect sink. Here are a few considerations to get your search started.
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Its function is simple—turning the water in the sink on and off. But the style of your tap can make or break your faucet.
Traditional kitchen taps, which often have two handles, one for hot water and one for cold water, may look best with a rustic or 27-inch farmhouse sink. More modern taps, like wall-mounted ones, or ones activated by touch, can fit into a kitchen with a more contemporary design.
You can also distinguish the kind of tap with its finish—brushed stainless steel is classic and doesn’t let scratches show on the surface. A bronze finish can give a more rustic look, while brass can accentuate a more eclectic style in a kitchen.
You may also consider a pull-out or pull-down taps, which give your tap a wider range of motion, making it easier to clean or rinse specific areas on dishes or food. There is also an option for a regular tap with a side spray to serve the same function, though installation can be much simpler.
Along with this, many people have a preference for specific tap spray settings. Some opt for taps that can switch spray settings for the most convenience, but others opt for a style that can only be achieved with a classic tap.
The basin material
Stainless steel sinks are easy to install and lightweight. The material is cheap and hard to stain. When water runs through it, it can be noisy, but certain padding for the sink can help reduce noise.
Farmhouse sinks, on the other hand, are heavy and harder to install. These sinks require cutting into the counter itself, replacing it with the large fireclay or cast iron basin.
- Fireclay is heavy, but hard to chip and can withstand abrasive cleaners.
- Cast iron is similar, to fireclay, yet cheaper due to the cost of the material.
As rustic styles are becoming increasingly popular, more people are leaning towards this option when remodeling their kitchen.
Granite composite sinks are more modern, for the sleeker kitchen. Like stainless steel basins, they resist staining, but they do not produce as much noise. Of course, with the noise-absorbing material, this is also heavier than the stainless steel basin.
A lesser-known option for basin material is the copper sink. This can give a kitchen a unique look, as copper sinks are often handcrafted for each sink specification. Like stainless steel, it can be noisy, but a thicker copper can be used to reduce it as well.
One basin, or two?
With the tap and the material picked out for your new sink, there is one last question to answer. Should you decide on one sink basin or two?
One basin is better for smaller kitchens with limited counter space. Since there is no separation in the middle of it, it can hold large dishes with ease. Since it is harder to clean and cook simultaneously with one basin, it may not be recommended for families.
A double basin sink can prove more useful for families, as they are often bigger. You can either use the two sides for washing and rinsing dishes or use one for rinsing and preparing food and the other for storing the dirty dishes.