What you should consider when buying a Kitchen Sink

It goes without saying a kitchen sink is not only a core element of any kitchen but also the most utilized part. This means the kitchen sink has an imperative function and a considerable amount of thought should be put into purchasing one. To choose the right sink you will need to consider the installation, type of material, the size and configuration.

Types of Installation

1.Inset Sinks

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Inset sinks are sometimes referred to as drop-in or top- mount sinks. These sinks have a visible rim around the edge that supports the weight of the sink which you don’t get with under-mount sinks. The advantage of these type of sinks is that their installation is easier because an adequately cut-out counter and a sealant is all they require.

2.Under-mount Sinks

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Under-mount sinks are installed beneath the counter resulting in a seamless look from countertop to sink, therefore, perfectly integrating into the kitchen environment. Correct mounting is very essential because the weight of the sink will be hanging from the underside of the counter. They are installed using brackets, clips or adhesive and therefore the sink material should be lighter such as stainless steel. An under-mount sink can be very functional and can work for most kitchen designs. The advantage of these sinks is that they make cleaning easier because debris can be moved directly into the sink without the hindrance of a lip or rim.

3.Bar Sinks

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A bar sink is a small sink which would generally measure no more than 20 inches diameter. These types of sinks are installed in a home bar, entertaining areas or even the main sink in compact kitchens. They can be top-mount or under-mount and can work with most countertops. Their smaller size makes installation pretty easy. Bar/prep sinks are normally a single bowl design used to make food prep easier and cleaning more convenient, particularly when installed as a secondary kitchen sink. A bar sink is especially great for entertaining in your home bar, terrace or patio.

4.Farmhouse Sinks

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A farmhouse style sink, also commonly known as an apron sink, protrudes over the edge of a kitchen counter. This type of sink is most commonly used in a traditional or rustic farmhouse style kitchen and is available in a single bowl or double bowl designs. For installation the base cabinetry has to be adequately modified for the depth of the sink and reinforced to support its entire weight. Farmhouse sinks are eased into the cabinetry and are supported from underneath, hence proper installation is very essential. One of the benefits of these sinks is that they have a deep basin ideal for large families, lots of dishes and cleaning. In addition to that there is no counter space in front of the sink which makes it more comfortable to use the sink as you wouldn’t have to lean over into the sink. It would be more accessible to kids too depending on the height of your counter.


1.Stainless Steel Sinks

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Stainless steel sinks look more appealing due to their clean looks, neutral colour and durability. They are also light and easy to install, making them a functional and preferred option. They are graded by sheeting thickness, or gauge. The thicker the gauge the heavier and cheaper the sink will be whereas a thinner gauge will mean the sink is lighter and often more expensive. This material offers great heat endurance and stain resistance. In addition to that, no special maintenance is required. They are available in polished, satin-matt and textured surfaces for choice.

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2.Ceramic Sinks

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Ceramic sinks are made from exceptional crude materials like fire-clay to create a strong and hygiene-friendly finish. Ceramic kitchen sinks are popular for their durability, scratch and stain resistant qualities In addition to that these sinks are not time consuming to clean with a damp cloth or specialist sink cleaner.

Size and Configuration

Size and the configuration explicitly have relevance to the use and effectiveness for the end user.

Size pertains to the length; wideness and depth of the sink are important factors to consider when choosing a sink of your choice.

The wide-ranging features like the shapes (square or round edges), number of bowls, the sizes of the bowls, number of faucet holes among others is what is referred to as sink configuration.

1.Single bowl

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A single-bowl sink has one bowl (sizes may vary). Some single bowl sinks have a drain board on which you can spread out the rinsed utensils. The drain board would ensure all the water drained from the utensils flows back into the sink without spreading anywhere else. The benefit of this sink is that it is less expensive in case you have a tight budget and installation is much faster and easier. In addition to that it doesn’t take up much counter space making it perfect for small kitchens.

2.Equal Double bowls

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A double bowl also commonly known as a divided sink has two basins in one unit which is separated by a divider. They are available in a range of different sizes and configurations such as: two same size bowls with one or two drain board options and one and a half bowl or no drain board.

These sinks are versatile and offer different options of how to use the sinks. One way you could use the double bowl is to stack dirty dishes on one side while you use the other for food preparation. Another way you could benefit from this is, you could separate dirty dishes from more delicate items in this type of sink.

3.Offset Double bowls

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Also referred to as one and a half bowl sinks, these sinks allow for a slightly larger work space inside the larger bowl compared to an equal double bowl configuration. The smaller bowl is ideal for tasks that require less space; for example, thawing frozen foods or washing vegetables/fruits while the larger bowl can be used for dirty dishes since it is deeper.

4.Double Bowl with Drain

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Double bowl sinks are available with a feature called the drain board which could be positioned on either sides of the bowl or both sides. These drain boards are designed in such a way that would ensure all the water drained from the rinsed utensils or washed vegetables trickles back into the sink without spreading anywhere else.


There are several things to consider when buying a kitchen sink but overall you have to select the right sink that would suit your cooking and cleaning habits along with your lifestyle.

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