What’s Wet and Wild in Kitchen Sinks

From on April 17, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel

Not matter how hard you try, it is pretty hard to describe kitchen sinks as “wild,” but nevertheless, the many options to choose from can still be pretty exciting. You might think of the sink as an insignificant factor in the overall design, but in actuality, they are in a high-profile location, and are quite important to whoever spends the most time in the kitchen.

Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

There are five different categories of sinks.

  • Undermount. This model works great in combination with granite or slab countertopping. Many people enjoy the ease of cleaning these sinks as they don’t have a rim that catches water and other debris.
  • Drop-in. A commonly used model, these are typically less expensive and easier to install than the undermount variety.
  • Bar-Entertainment. Typically smaller and more conducive to limited counterspace, the bar/entertainment sink is used primarily in wet bars or apartment-sized kitchens.
  • Utility. As the name implies, this deep-set sink works well in garages or mud rooms where heavier cleaning is required.
  • Front-Apron. This sink combines the undermount and drop-in models with just the front being self-rimming.

Sinks come in a variety of colors and finishes.

  • Stainless Steel. Stainless steel works well with stainless appliances. A durable sink, but it will show scratches.
  • Granite Composite. An almost indestructible sink, this model looks great, cleans well, and doesn’t show scratches and scuffs.
  • Porcelain. Available in many colors, commonly used, but can chip and scratch.
  • Hammered Copper. A gorgeous copper sink that will really impress.
  • Cast-iron. A very heavy and durable sink and available in many colors.

Some common brands of sinks available are:

  • RangeCraft
  • De La Frontera
  • Dynasty
  • Empire
  • Houzer

Deciding which sink is right for your kitchen really comes down to your own preference and plan for your design. It is really important not to skimp when it comes to your sink. Although it may not seem as important as the countertopping or cabinetry, a sink that will scuff, is hard to clean, and appears cheap can give off the wrong impression as to the quality of your remodel. Talk with your remodeling contractor about the best outlets to purchase your sink.