Don't Forget the Kitchen Sink

A new sink can make a big difference in your kitchen.

By FamilyTime


If you think it’s time to update your kitchen sink, get ready to have some fun! The selection of kitchen sinks is far more interesting these days than it was even 10 years ago. A classy new sink will give your kitchen a whole new image and shine.

When you decide on the sink, you will want to decide on the material. Some folks like white porcelain, the tried-and-true material with ageless appeal.

Porcelain sinks have cast-iron bases and so are heavy and durable. You can also decide on a colored porcelain to accent the colors already in your kitchen.

If you decide on a red or blue sink, for instance, remember that it will be in place for years to come and will inform decorating choices from now on. For instance, if you have a bright red sink, you may hesitate to choose a bright yellow or blue when you decide to repaint in five years.

Stainless steel, which is economical and easy to keep clean, is a popular choice, too. Look for a sink with a low gauge, which indicates it’s thicker and heavier than others and may be more resistant to scratching. A heavier sink also is not as noisy when the water runs or the garbage disposal is going.

Solid surface materials mimic granite and other stone. They are durable and heat and stain resistant and come in any number of colors and finishes. These have become very popular in recent years.

You have to decide if one large sink, a divided sink, or an extra-deep sink is for you. Some people choose a divided sink with a deep side and shallow one. Others like one large sink that can accommodate big pots and pans.

Some sinks even have a small, shallow third basin.

Farmhouse sinks, which are also referred to as apron sinks, are stylish these days. They have an exposed front, which is attractive, but they tend to be pricy.  

It’s popular to mount sinks under the countertop so that there is no lip. These sub-mounted sinks are trickier and more expensive to install than top-mounted sinks, but they make clean-up easy and look nice.

Top-mounted sinks are the fastest and easiest choice for most kitchens. Their downside is that you can’t sweep food scraps from the countertop directly into them.  

Once you decide on the material, style and mounting option, it's time for hardware. This can be fun but don’t expect it to be inexpensive. Most plumbers agree that you get what you pay for, within reasonable limits.

Many cooks like a high-arc, swinging faucet that allows you to fill pots with water easily and also moves out of the way when necessary.

Be sure the sink you choose has the right number of openings for the hardware. 

Happy shopping!