A kitchen renovation is a great way to make a big impact in your home, particularly if your countertops, appliances and fixtures are out of date and have seen better days. You can get a new kitchen sink for as little as a hundred dollars, or you can pay thousands for it. The selection of styles varies as much as the price. If you have your heart set on remodeling your kitchen, you should first take into account how much space you have for your sink before you do any shopping around for a new sink. Also, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a very deep sink is necessarily better. Many people find that a sink that’s too deep just makes it harder to wash your dishes. Then again, if your sink is too shallow, you may end up with water splashing on to your floor and countertop.
You should also take materials used in manufacture into account when choosing a sink. Most sinks are made of stainless steel, copper, acrylic, enameled steel, solid surface, enameled cast iron, vitreous china or Fireclay. Stainless steel is the most popular choice with consumers for a number of reasons: it resists staining (as the name suggests), it won’t rust, chip or fade, and it has a clean, modern appearance. Stainless steel sinks can also be finished in a variety of ways. Solid surface is a good choice if you have granite countertops. These sinks are available in a range of different colors, and are heat and stain resistant. The downside is that they can scratch easily. According to Consumer Reports, enameled cast iron sinks are the best quality, but they are also the most expensive. Enameled stainless steel costs less, but it can be prone to cracking or denting if you drop something heavy on it. Enamel on cast iron, on the other hand, will last for a very long time without damage. Copper sinks look great, and it’s good to know that bacteria doesn’t grow on copper, making it a hygienic choice for a kitchen sink.
You really have to do your homework before you buy a kitchen sink, especially if you are going to pay for a high end model. The best way to prepare yourself is to read plenty of customer and expert reviews. Reading about other people’s experiences with a particular model can make it easier to choose the best sink for your own kitchen. There are plenty of reviews on the Internet, and they aren’t hard to find. Consumer Reports is a good place to start, as you can find ratings for the top kitchen sinks on the market. There are also plenty of other websites where you can read reviews of products and get some guidance. Look at a popular online retailer and see what their best rated and top selling kitchen sink models are.
Kraus 32 inch Undermount 60/40 Double Bowl 16 gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
This is another great model by Kraus. This uses the same premium t-304 stainless steel (16 guage) as the one we talked about above, and it features the same satin finish. The purchase includes a strainer and bottom grid also made of stainless steel. Again, Kraus offers a lifetime limited warranty with this model. Users on Amazon rated this kitchen sink 4.7/5 overall with 106 reviews.
Swanstone Classics 33″ x 22″ Large/Small Bowl Kitchen Sink
This Swanstone sink is made of granite and is available in a range of colors. Because of the materials used in manufacturing this sink, you can expect it to last for many years. Installation is easy, as the sink uses a drop-in or undermount configuration. This two-basin sink is 9 ¾ inches deep, 33 inches long, and 22 inches wide. The stone used in manufacturing this sink is about 80 percent natural quartz, so it’s practically indestructible. The two basins are separated by a low divider so you can easily designate separate spaces for washing up and preparing food. This sink comes with a lifetime limited warranty from Swanstone. Users on Amazon rated this kitchen sink 4.8/5 overall with 144 reviews.
Kraus 31 1/2 inch Undermount Single Bowl 16 gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
This model costs about 1000 dollars. It is an undermount style kitchen sink manufactured using 16-gauge premium T-304 stainless steel. The same model is also available in 18/10 combination of chromium and nickel. The satin finish is commercial grade and will resist scratching. The sink also uses padding and an undercoat of Stone Guard insulation to cut down on the noise caused when you use the sink. Along with all these features, this sink is also certified and listed by ANSI, SCC,CSA, IAPMO, UPC and cUPC. This product comes with a lifetime limited warranty. Users on Amazon rated this kitchen sink 4.9/5 overall with 177 reviews.
Metropolitan 33″ x 22″ Large Single Bowl Kitchen Sink Finish
This one is another favorite with consumers, according to ratings and reviews. It consists of a 10-inch deep single basin. The exterior dimensions are 33 inches x 22 inches. This sink is constructed of good quality stone and is available in a variety of finishes and colors including almond. To install it, simply drop it into place from above. Users on Amazon rated this kitchen sink 4.7/5 overall with 67 reviews.
Ruvati RVH8000 Overmount 16 Gauge 33″ Kitchen Sink Single Bowl
This is a single basin kitchen sink made from 16 gauge stainless steel. It is 33 inches long and 21 inches wide on the outside. On the inside the dimensions are 31 inches x 17 inches. The bowl is 10 inches deep. The purchase includes a cut-out template, rinse grid and basket strainer. This sink comes with a satin finish and the manufacturer offers a lifetime limited warranty. The price is about 600 dollars for this model. Users on Amazon rated this kitchen sink 4.9/5 overall with 43 reviews.
Choosing the best sink is really essential if you are remodeling your kitchen, and will make a big difference to the overall style of the kitchen. When you’re buying new sinks and countertops, be sure to tell your contractor exactly what you’re getting in order to make sure that everything can be accommodated in the available space. Read as many customer reviews as you can, and you’ll soon get a pretty good idea of what kind of sink you need in your home. Remember to think about function as well as style, and weigh the pros and cons of each faucet before you decide which one to buy.