How to Choose a Kitchen Sink

Written by: Erica Spangler

Kitchen Sink Styles

Kitchen Sink Size

First, you will need to figure out which size sink you need for your space.

Kitchen Sink Dimensions

Are you installing this sink into a new counter space?

Measure the cabinet length between joists to determine the maximum length available for your sink. Make sure you have enough space on either side of the sink for prep, especially in a corner location. Position the sink closer to the front edge of the counter for comfort and access.

Are you replacing your sink?

Measure the counter hole where your original sink exists. Choose a comparable drop in sink that will fit within that space. Most drop in sinks have a ½ inch lip so you will need to consider this for a proper installation.

Make sure to consider sink depth. Additions, like garbage disposals, can add significant depth. Consider a deeper sink your larger pots and pans. For ADA compliance, the depth must be 6 inches or less.

Kitchen Sink Installation Types

Next decide on which installation type or look you prefer for a sink. This will determine the number of basins and other features the sink may or may not have available.

Top Mount Kitchen Sink

Top Mount Sinks

Also known as drop in sinks. This is the easiest type to install, as you literally place it into an opening. For this reason, it’s also one of the most popular types of kitchen sinks.

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Undermount Kitchen Sink

Undermount Sinks

Just as the name suggests, these kitchen sinks mount from below the countertop. The main advantage to an undermount kitchen sink, besides its clean and sophisticated appearance, is how easy it is to clean around it.

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Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

Farmhouse Sinks

Says a lot about style and durability. Also known as apron sinks, these are commonly found in country-style homes and feature a large, deep basin (sometimes double basin), as well as a wide base to hold more pots, pans, and whatever else you keep in the kitchen sink. Farmhouse sinks also come in stainless steel for a contemporary look.

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Number of Basins

Choose the number of bowls, many manufacturers call these basins, you want for you sink. Make this based upon the type of work you do in the kitchen and how much you cook and bake.

Single Basin Kitchen Sink

Single Bowl Sink

  • Wide-open area
  • Great for large pots and pans
  • Typically, these are much deeper
  • Drains may be off to one side, where the sink is sloped to one side
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Double Basin Kitchen Sink

Double Bowl Sink

  • Choose between equal sized basins or one small and one large basin
  • Consider one basin that is larger than the other to better hold pots and pans
  • Great for working on separate tasks
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Triple Basin Kitchen Sink

Triple Bowl Sink

  • Choose between two larger basins with one smaller or three equal sized basins or three of different sizes
  • These are typically wider than standard sized sinks
  • The third basin is great for kitchen prep
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Note: Basin split determines the percentage of space each basin takes up for a double bowl sink. The most common options are 50/50, where the sink bowls are the same size, and 60/40, where one basin is larger for larger pots and pans.

Number of Faucet Holes

Once you know the size of sink you need, you will want to make sure your sink has enough faucet holes for all of your needs. Most sinks offer cutouts for holes, where you simply punch out the hole if you need more.

Note: Kitchen faucets typically need one to three holes. However, if you want a soap dispenser or a hot water faucet, then you may need more. If you sink comes with more than you need, there are options to cover the unnecessary holes.

Material

Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Stainless steel

  • Higher chromium and nickel, better quality
  • Great for a modern look
  • Excellent sound insulation
  • Great for a modern look
  • Most popular style
  • Requires cleaning to eliminate water spots
  • Shop All Stainless Steel Sinks
Copper Kitchen Sink

Copper

  • Strong anti-microbial qualities
  • 100% recyclable material
  • Patinas where the color changes over time for a uniquely attractive look
  • Requires more care and attention
  • Typically chosen for its looks
  • Shop All Copper Sinks
Granite Composite Kitchen Sink

Granite Composite

  • Nonporous to ensure a cleaner sink
  • Resistant to scratches, chipping and discoloration
  • Great alternative to granite due to durability
  • Make sure to follow manufacturer cleaning suggestions
  • Strong material may break glassware if not careful
  • Shop All Granite Composite Sinks
Cast Iron Kitchen Sink

Cast iron

  • Features a glossy finish
  • Clean-up is easy
  • Withstands higher heat
  • Great for busy families
  • Enamel may scratch over time
  • Shop All Cast Iron Sinks
Fireclay Kitchen Sink

Fireclay

  • Non-porous, durable and glossy material
  • Resists scratches, stains and chips
  • Fired at very high temps for extra durability
  • Requires proper care
  • Shop All Fireclay Sinks
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