There are many choices of kitchen sinks available. Our list features pros and cons to help you make an educated decision. We’ve included a few brand websites for you to explore. Popham does not endorse these resources, but only supplies them as a convenient source of information. Popham also encourages you to view samples at local businesses such as Ferguson Enterprises, Winnelson, Kight’s Kitchen Interiors, and Lensing Home Consultants.
TOP-MOUNT (DROP-IN, SELF-RIMMING)
Best for a tight budget. It sits directly on top of the counter. Top-mounts work with any countertop material and are the simplest to install. But grime builds up around the lip of the sink. Top-mounts can detract from the look of fancy countertops.
Best for a sleek look and easy cleanup. Spills and crumbs from counters can be wiped directly into the sink. Faucets are installed into the counter or mounted on a wall. Some models can’t be used with laminate or wood countertops.
Best for traditional or country kitchens, but stainless steel versions work well with modern designs. It’s usually a deep single bowl with the faucet installed in the countertop or wall. It requires a special cabinet. Water can drip on the cabinet, causing damage.
MEASURE FIRST – Double-bowl sinks let you perform two tasks at once, such as soaking and rinsing. But if the bowls are too narrow, it will be hard to fit large pots or roasters. If your space is tight, a single bowl is better. Take a large pot with you to the store to check size. Sinks that are rectangular shaped are standard, but D-bowls have a curved back and offer more space, front to back.
ALSO THINK ABOUT DEPTH — Bowls are 6 to 12 inches deep. The deeper ones reduce splashes, but a sink that’s too deep can require lots of ending and make it difficult for short adults to reach the bottom. Remember that under-mounted sinks will be up to 1 ½ inches lower than a drop-in.