No doubt about it . . . the kitchen sink is the most frequently used area in your kitchen. It’s where you’re likely to be standing at as family and friends gather in the kitchen before a meal. it’s also the gathering spot, as guests help you clear the table after a delicious feast. Washing vegetables, slicing and dicing, draining pasta, adding water to recipes, rinsing dishes, washing fine crystal, soaking spots and pans, watering plants . . . it all happens at the sink. Morning, noon, and night, from food preparation to clean-up, your sink is a yard working companion. It's exposed to hot and cold, bumps and bruises, nicks and cuts, plus a full array of enemies mounting daily attempts to leave their permanent mark (coffee, tea, wine, fruit juices, beets, etc.)
How many bowls?
The size of your kitchen and your typical activity should be considered when deciding how many bowls your sink should have.
If multiple cooks are typically working in your kitchen, consider the possibility of a second full-size sink
When two cooks use the same sink together, a double bowl configuration with equal size bowls may be ideal
If two cooks use the same sink, but one focuses primarily on prep work, a 1-1/2 or 1-3/4 bowl design may be the best solution, with the smaller bowl positioned on the side of the preparation area
For a smaller kitchen a large single bowl design can serve many functions
Sinks with rear drains maximize usable cabinet space under the sink, providing increased storageBack To Top
Deeper bowls can accommodate soaking and rinsing large pots and pans. A relatively flat sink bottom increases usable bowl space and allows dishes and glasses to be safely stacked.
Placing the drains to one side provides more flat space for stacking dishes and glasses and creates more usable space under the sink. Offset drains also allow water to drain, even if a large pan or tray is soaking in the sink.
For double bowl sinks, make sure the web divider between the two bowls is lower than the outside sink walls. This will provide overflow protection by allowing water to flow from one bowl to the other.
Undercounter mount sinks mount directly to the underside of countertop material. This installation provides a flush mounting making it easy to clean.
Designed to be simply “dropped-in” a cutout, the rimmed edge of this sink rests securely on the countertop. Drop-in sinks can be used with virtually any countertop material.
You can replace a drop-in sink without disturbing the countertop or moving the plumbing. Just be sure your new sink requires the same size cutout.
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