Your kitchen sink is essential for both stylistic and functional purposes, as it can set the tone for the room and make your kitchen all your own.
Without a kitchen sink, you couldn’t use your kitchen, as this is where food prep and washing dishes happen! How could you even cook or use your kitchen without a sink? (Let’s keep those take-out orders to a minimum!)
Do you want a large sink that can hide your dishes and make washing them easier? What about a subtly integrated sink? Would you prefer an additional prep sink in your kitchen?
Whether you want to go with a more practical option like the drop-in sink or more of a statement piece like the farmhouse sink, your sink significantly impacts the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. It can also dramatically impact how much time you want to spend cooking in your kitchen.
There is more to consider than you might think, so let’s explore all your options.
Today’s blog discusses the following types of sinks:
- Drop-in kitchen sink
- Undermount sink
- Integrated kitchen sink
- Prep sink
- Single or double bowl (vessel sink)
- Farmhouse sink
Let’s take a look!
1. Drop-In Kitchen Sink
Drop-in or self-rimming sinks come with a thin rim that extends above the countertop’s surface for support. Drop-ins literally drop into place and are held with clips and screws underneath.
Drop-ins are the most common sink in most kitchens and are the easiest and cheapest sink to install. They’re typically made of stainless steel and are very easy to clean. However, a drop-in sink might be too simple if you’re looking for something fancy – a sink that stands out.
2. Undermount Sink
An under-mounted sink allows for an uninterrupted surface between the countertop and sink, meaning the sink mounts underneath the countertop.
This option is convenient for cleaning; with no edge to catch crumbs, you can easily wipe your countertop debris directly into the sink. It also eliminates the risk of trapped bacteria.
These aren’t as easy to install since you have to go under the kitchen sink and place the sink in the proper position, holding it there until it’s secured. It’s definitely a two-person job but well worth it if it’s the kind of sink you want in your kitchen!
3. Integrated Kitchen Sink
Integrating your sink into your countertop is a modern and sleek look. These countertops are made of natural stone or composite materials, such as marble or granite. The sink isn’t installed separately. Instead, it’s built with the rest of the countertop.
Whatever material your countertop is, the sink integrates into it with that same material. This distinctive look is stylish and functional, making it easy to clean up!
These sinks are more expensive to install and difficult to replace (or remodel), so only go for this option if you really want it and feel like it’s worth the price tag!
4. Prep Sink
A prep sink is separated from the main sink and is usually a smaller size. However, prep sinks do come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you need a big prep sink, you can find one.
The purpose of prep sinks is to provide an allocated place for prep outside of your regular kitchen sink. This keeps your primary sink clean and available for use while your prep sink is full of food scraps and vegetable peels. It’s a chef’s favorite add-on and adds a pleasing aesthetic to your kitchen.
Plus, you can “hide” your prep sink in the corner of your kitchen where it won’t be noticed right away if you want your kitchen to appear cleaner than it is.
5. Single or Double Bowl
A single bowl is usually a larger sink, which can come in hand for washing large items such as pots and pans. But a double bowl provides a separator that could allow you to separate clean and dirty dishes or soak some dishes while washing others in separate compartments.
Bowl sinks, also known as vessel sinks, sit on top of your kitchen counter. They look like a bowl sitting next to the sink; only they are the sink. They come with a high lip, preventing water from easily sloshing over.
Bowl sinks make a fantastic statement and can bring your kitchen-style game to the next level.
6. Farmhouse Sink
Try out a farmhouse or apron-front sink for a large and timeless sink. With an exposed front that usually protrudes past the edge of the surrounding cabinets, the farmhouse sink is a unique stylistic statement for your kitchen.
Since farmhouse sinks stick out further than your standard kitchen sink, you don’t have to bend over your countertop to wash your dishes. It’s a more natural process so you won’t get as easily tired.
This style provides plenty of space. If you’re looking for a little extra sink space to store those dirty dishes, a farmhouse sink may be your answer.
Choose Mountain States Kitchen and Bath for Your Kitchen Remodel
No matter the sink you go with, make your kitchen your own with your unique design. Single or double, large or small, regular or prep, a typical sink can bring the room together and add a personal touch.
Unsure of what you want for your kitchen sink? The experts at Mountain States Kitchen and Bath can take a look at your kitchen and provide recommendations!
Whether you’re ready for a new kitchen sink or a whole new kitchen, contact Mountain States Kitchen and Bath, where you will find the best options and service. We’ll help you find everything you need to create the kitchen of your dreams, so contact us today to learn more.