Choosing the Right Sink Style, Material and Size

When you desire new kitchen or bathroom sinks, you'll need to consider many different factors. The design, material, shape and color of your new basin will affect its sturdiness and functionality. They can also make cleaning simple or complex.

Sinks Style

One of many kitchen sinks we install

People find it relatively easy to install drop-in or self-rimming sinks. However, mold and dirt may build up around the edge; it generally takes more time to clean this type of basin.

A solid-surface sink expedites cleaning. The countertop and basin are permanently integrated, so you must replace them at the same time.

Pedestal and wall-mounted sinks conserve space while cutting costs; you won't need any cabinets.

An under-mount or bottom-mount basin attaches to the underside of a counter. It enhances your room's appearance and reduces cleaning time by eliminating the need for a rim. However, this design raises installation costs.


Different basins have square, rectangular or round bowls.

Kitchen sinks provide up to three separate washing areas with drains. A small second or third bowl proves desirable if you plan to install a garbage disposal unit.


You can clean a stainless steel sink without much difficulty. A 22-gauge unit will scratch or dent more easily than an 18-gauge model. Cast iron weighs significantly more, and its enamel coating may chip. Nonetheless, these sinks feature an attractive style and impressive durability.

A composite sink can withstand temperatures in excess of 500 degrees. It will also resist scratching, chipping and stains with greater success than the alternatives.

A downside of stainless steel is that you can't customize its appearance. On the other hand, you may choose from several different colors when you buy a cast iron or composite basin.

  • Most solid-surface sinks are light-colored or white
  • Enamel colors range from black to green, blue and almond
  • A chipped enamel coating will expose black metal


The depth of a sink affects its cost and the amount of storage space underneath. An eight-inch or 10-inch bowl supplies enough room for tall pots. Single people and small families often find six-inch sinks to be adequate.

After you've identified the most suitable style, size and material, remember to select a well-made product. It takes considerable effort to set up a new basin and faucet. Think about hiring a professional installer. This will ensure that your new sink has a seamless appearance and doesn't leak water.

Together with a kitchen sink you might need some other kitchen accessories, which you may find in our store as well.

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