Compared to many other kitchen upgrades, sinks are inexpensive and easy to install (although you still may want to rely on a professional). Many more sink styles are available to choose from today than in years past, and making the right choice is about more than aesthetics. Sinks serve a utilitarian purpose, but they can still be the star of the kitchen or bathroom.
Undermount sinks are one of the most popular types, installed under a counter for a clean, simple look. They are available in a variety of materials, including granite and quartz. However, many homeowners are wary of undermount sinks because they think they’re more prone to leaking. This isn’t true, and a simple epoxy or silicone caulking with additional anchors can mean a leak-free sink for good. Also bear in mind that while luxurious natural stone options are available, stainless steel is also a great choice. Buyers can select from single, double or triple bowls.
A “Drop” in the Bucket
Drop-in style sinks are aptly named and easy to install. They simply drop in to a pre-existing hole in a cabinet or vanity. This is the common sink you see in older homes, but it is also popular in new constructions. Material options include cast iron, stainless steel, porcelain, vitreous china and more.
Homeowners looking for something a little more original are falling in love all over again with farmhouse or apron sinks. These sinks look like the old-fashioned ones that may have been in your grandparents’ house. The drop segment looks like an apron, and they’re incredibly durable. In fact, apron sinks were created to withstand the heavy burdens of home cooking all day, every day. Most shoppers prefer a white or cream apron sink, but other colors are also available.
This Isn’t Your Middle School Bowl Cut
Bowled sinks, which look like bowls or other vessels sitting on top of your counter, have been popular for the past 10 years. While they’re slowly decreasing in new sales, it’s still an attractive feature that many people prefer. These sinks, when installed properly, are just as easy to clean as drop-in or undermount sinks.
Composite sinks are by far the toughest. They can withstand temperatures of up to 535 degrees, never get marred by hot pans, and are resistant to chips and scratches. The perfect tool for the home chef, they come in a myriad of colors to perfectly coordinate with any kitchen décor. No matter what sink style you choose, make sure the installer is experienced. One mistake in a kitchen sink installation can lead to wasted water, high utility bills and a big headache.