Tips for Choosing a New Kitchen Sink
Are you searching for a new kitchen sink? Your mind is probably a Twister board of questions: What’s the difference between porcelain and vitreous china? Will farmhouse sinks retain their popularity? What’s the proper bowl depth? Are integrated drainboards worth the cost?
Stop. Drop the questions. And look within. Let the sink choose you!
Let’s suppose, say, that you believe you need the Holy Grail of Sinkery: Grandma’s triple-bowl, stainless steel, farmhouse sink with an industrial-style faucet and rinse basket accessory.
But you and Grandma share some differences. She scoured dishes by hand; you bought a Maytag dishwasher. She cooked for six children; you frequent Arby’s. So rather than shelling out for a triple-bowl sink, used when the garbage disposal must be accessed while the main compartments are in use, why not purchase a medium-sized single-bowl sink? The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends most homeowners select a basic 22×24-inch drop-in sink. You’ll never need anything more.*
But perhaps you fancy yourself an up-and-coming Gordon Ramsey, or at least an American Chef Boyardee. You fry chicken, you wash big pots, and you dice tomatoes regularly. What you need is a 60/40 double-bowl undermount sink. Installed from below, an undermount sink sits flush or below the countertop, allowing you to scrape scraps directly into the sink bowls. Don’t forget the garbage disposal—and the faucet sprayer, of course. Owning a cat just isn’t the same without one.
Then again, maybe you spend your free time with a socket wrench in one hand and a horsehair paintbrush in the other, and the only time you visit the sink is to scrub the SAE 5W-30 residue off your palms. Do you want a copper or enamel sink? No, sir, you don’t. Harsh chemicals will stain copper, and heavy metal implements will chip enamel. What you want is a stainless steel or cast acrylic sink, something unassailable, something at least 8-10 inches deep to prevent splashing.
But these characters aren’t you, are they? No. You’re the sort who believes function follows fashion and not vice versa. You dream of a kitchen with a D-style double-bowl sink, 33 inches wide and 10 inches deep, a beautiful tile-in sink made from composite granite. And who are we to dash your dreams? Just remember: Any color will cost 15-40 percent more than white. And all metal finishes, such as chrome or nickel or brass, are prone to water spots.
Just listen to the sink. It will tell you.