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A Buyer’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Sink

Sinks

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the kitchen sink is at its core. It is here where so many daily activities take place from food preparation, to cleanup and even washing hands. There are many important factors to consider when buying a sink to ensure you choose the right fit for your home. Since the kitchen sink takes on so many essential chores of daily life, it needs to be able to withstand years of usage.  Besides its functionality and durability, it is important to take into account its visual appeal in how it complements the rest of your kitchen decor and appliances. There are a variety of materials and styles to choose from.  Use the following tips as a guide to choosing the perfect sink for your home!

Let’s first take a look at some of the wide variety of  materials you can choose from when purchasing a sink. These include stainless steel, enamel- coated cast iron, solid surfaces and composites. Is important to consider the type of counter you have when deciding what material you want for your sink. If you have a solid surface  counter made of granite or engineered stone, it is recommended that you go with stainless steel for your sink. The sink will be able to be under-mounted to the stone. Stainless steel is the most popular choice as it’s very durable and homeowners enjoy the ease of knowing they can be harder on their their sink and it will be able to sustain through years of heavy usage. Also, its neutral silver color will complement beautifully with any color scheme in your kitchen.

 A very pretty option that will be sure to give your kitchen visual appeal is an enamel- coated cast iron sink. However, be aware that enamel easily scratches with constant usage and wear and tear so if you are especially hard on your sinks, you may want to look elsewhere for alternative options.

 For homeowners on a budget, a wonderful choice is a composite style sink, a modern style that has become popular in the past few years. There are several types to choose from including polyester and acrylic. Composite sinks are significantly less expensive and offer a wide variety of colors to choose from. This could be a great cost- effective choice as homeowners will enjoy saving on their sink, giving them the ability to splurge on other kitchen decor and appliances. This material also handles hot cookware very well. However, keep in mind that this material is not as durable as others and could be more challenging to clean and maintain.

 For a beautiful and elegant, yet durable choice that is sure to sustain for years and years, we recommend DiMonte Sinks at available for purchase at Mr.stone.com. Learn more at Mr.stone.com to fulfill all of your sink needs including a wide selection and variety of styles of sinks for both the bathroom and kitchen, as well as various accessories.

 The depth of the sink is also a very important factor in choosing a sink. Consider what kinds of activities you will use the sink for, specifically whether you will be cooking often and therefore, would need a deeper sink to hold pots and pans. If you will be washing your hands frequently and using your sink for food preparation, you will probably need a larger sink as well. Keep in mind that most base cabinets are 36”–42” high and 25-1/4”-26” wide so therefore, typically a sink with 33” by 22” dimensions will fill a 36” base cabinet.

 Yet another important factor to consider is the number of bowls for your sink.  For food prep work, we recommend a 1-1/2 or 1-3/4 bowl design. While a single bowl design is very popular,  multiple bowls allows you to perform separate tasks such as food prep and rinsing dishes in the sink with ease and efficiency. Double bowls come in a variety of sizes with the most large width being 48”.  The key thing to take into account is how many cooks will be in the kitchen and the amount of activity you want to be able to have in your kitchen.

 The type of kitchen counter you have can also determine another important factor in how your sink will ultimately function and look. We previously touched upon how your sink would be under-mounted if your counter top was made of granite or marble.  Under-mounting makes for an understated, sophisticated look with no rim between  the countertop, and also making for easier cleanups. Other designs of mounting also make easier cleanups possible. These include the integral and tile- in styles. The integral is an installation in which the sink is flush- mounted into the counter top and therefore, its surface is flush with the surface of the countertop. The tile- in style also makes for a seamless installation into the counter top with its flat edges and square corners, in which there is no visible line of demarcation between the sink and countertop.    

By Janna Epstein



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