If you’re considering a kitchen renovation project, there are a lot of decisions to make about the cabinets, countertops, electrics, and plumbing. One thing you may be considering is what kind of sink to install. Here, we’ll go over 7 popular sink styles and why you might choose them.
1. Apron Sink
An apron sink has an exposed front, instead of being hidden behind the counter and cabinets. This can be a very attractive look, and it means there’s less countertop to clean. These sinks can be undermounted, or set on top of the kitchen counter. They can also be made of a variety of materials, including stainless steel, stone, and enamelled cast iron.
2. Basin Sinks
Basin sinks are elevated sinks that sit on top of the counter. You may have seen this style of sink in a fancy restaurant bathroom. While these types of sinks do tend to be more popular in bathrooms, people do install them in kitchens, too.
In the kitchen, a basin sink can be functional because it’s higher up. This can make some tasks, like cleaning vegetables or doing the dishes, easier to accomplish.
3. Prep Sinks
Did you know you can have a secondary sink in the kitchen? This can make food preparation easier by allowing you to wash vegetables closer to your prep location. Many people install these sinks in their kitchen islands. With only minor changes to the plumbing, you can easily install a prep sink in your kitchen.
4. Trough Sinks
A trough sink is a long sink that can accommodate multiple users and potentially multiple faucets. This kind of sink can be beneficial to those with large families where multiple people are using the kitchen at once.
5. Solid Stone Sinks
Stainless steel was once king, but nowadays the trend is toward solid stone. Solid stone has many benefits as a material for making sinks — it’s lightweight, doesn’t take on odors, and can handle changes in temperature. If you like the look of solid stone, consider a solid stone sink.
6. Undermount Sinks
Undermount sinks are sinks that are installed under the counter for a cleaner appearance. The edges of a sink typically get very dirty and require frequent cleaning. With an undermount sink, the counters go right to the edge of the sink which makes cleaning a breeze.
7. Cast Iron Sinks
Cast iron sinks are heavy and durable. Since untreated cast iron is highly susceptible to rusting, cast iron sinks are typically enamelled. Enamelled cast iron is made of glass bonded to the iron at extremely high temperatures.
Despite technically being made of glass, enamelled cast iron sinks are considered highly durable. That being said, they can potentially chip in extreme conditions. If you’re generally easy on your sink, these are a beautiful, easy to clean choice.