According to a 2020 report from Houzz, kitchens were the most popular rooms to renovate in 2019.
When it comes to a kitchen remodel, looks matter, but function matters just as much. You want a kitchen where you can seamlessly move from station to station whether it’s food prep, cooking, or cleaning.
That is why the kitchen sink that you choose can make a difference. You want a sink that complements the look of your kitchen and one that makes clean up a breeze.
Check out this article to learn about different types of kitchen sinks.
Single Bowl Sink
One kitchen sink style to choose from is the single bowl design. This style consists of one large sink basin instead of the traditional double-basin.
If you mostly use the dishwasher for your dishes, a single basin may be enough for you. This is also a good option if you have a smaller household and don’t have many dirty dishes throughout the day.
This style is also good for a smaller kitchen with limited counter space. Another advantage is that it’s a large, deep basin which makes it easier to wash large pots and pans that may take up too much space in the dishwasher.
However, keep in mind with this sink style, you don’t have anywhere to place wet dishes to dry. You’ll need to get a drying rack.
Double Bowl Sink
If you prefer to wash your dishes by hand, you might want to go with the double bowl sink. This is the style of a sink separated into two sections with a divider.
The double bowls make it easier to separate the dishes. You can soak dishes in one sink while washing them in the other. This is a good option if you have a bigger kitchen because it does take up a lot of counter space.
Can’t decide between a single or double basin style? You can install a drainboard sink. This style has a large sink basin on one side and a smaller drainboard on the other.
The drainboard offers extra space to allow your dishes to dry, so no need to get a drying rack. The water drains right into the sink.
This is a good choice if you have a smaller kitchen and don’t want the large size of a double sink.
Apron or Farmhouse Sink
One popular single kitchen sink style is the apron front sink also known as a farmhouse sink.
This style is unique because the edge of the sink goes slightly over your countertop. It gives your sink a prominent look and complements a farmhouse-style kitchen.
You have the option of a single basin or double basin. You also have different sink material options such as stainless steel or a traditional porcelain white apron sink.
Another option is a self-rimming sink. This is a popular style that you have probably seen in many kitchens and is easy to install.
A self-rimming sink is installed from above the countertop. You insert it and then seal the sink by the rim. The rim will bear the weight of the sink.
If you’re not a fan of the look of self-rimming sinks, another style is the undermount sink. This sink is installed from the bottom of the kitchen counter.
Since there is no rim above the sink, this style makes it easier to clean. You can sweep food scraps and water right into the sink without the rim getting in the way.
If you want a seamless look, you can choose an integrated sink style. This type of sink is made of the same material as your countertop and is custom-built right into your countertop.
This style gives your kitchen sink and countertop a modern, timeless look. It also makes clean up a breeze since there are no rims or spaces where water or food can seep into.
Do you have a lot of cooks in the kitchen? You might consider adding a prep sink. This is a much smaller, additional sink that you can add to a different part of your kitchen.
For example, you can add a prep sink to your kitchen island if do most of your food prep there. This way, you won’t have to go back and forth from the main sink to the island.
Or, you can add a prep sink to the corner of your kitchen if you have a big kitchen with plenty of counter space. If more than one person cooks at home, you can have separate food prep spaces.
Finally, another sink style you may find is the corner sink. This style consists of two sink basins set at an angle in the corner of your kitchen.
This may be an option if you have a tiny kitchen and limited counter space. This way, you can leave most of the counter space for food prep.
Choosing Between Different Types of Kitchen Sinks
There are so many different types of kitchen sinks to choose from. Ultimately, the best type of kitchen sink for you will complement your kitchen and your own personal preferences.
Is it important to have a separate drying area? Do you need a basin deep enough to clean your larger dishes? Are you limited to a smaller design?
These are some of the things to consider before you start your kitchen renovation and decide on a sink.
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