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Best Kitchen Sinks for Every Budget and Style

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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A kitchen sink is the true workhorse of your kitchen. It not only serves as a practical workspace but also adds a touch of elegance and style. Therefore, when choosing a kitchen sink for your kitchen upgrade or new construction, ensure you are extra intentional with your options.

The best kitchen sinks should withstand various activities, from piling dirty dishes to washing veggies or filling a pot with water. They should be durable, easy to clean, and spacious enough to maximize functionality. In this article, we evaluate the size, basin style, installation type, material, and overall performance of various kitchen sinks to recommend the best kitchen sink.

First up, we have the Kraus KHU100-32, which combines functionality and durability with its timeless 16-guage T304 stainless steel material. This kitchen sink is extra-deep and wide enough to accommodate larger cookware. The Ruvati 28-inch Workstation Sink is in the second position, with all the accessories you need for your workspace. Finally, our third recommendation, Modena Undermount Bar and RV Sink, has all the perks of the best kitchen sink but only ranks third because of its smaller size, ideal for small spaces.

In the following sections, we will expound on the details of these three top-ranking kitchen sinks, along with other recommended options, to help you decide and find the best kitchen sink for functionality and style.

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Best Kitchen Sinks

1. Kraus KHU100-32 Standart PRO 16 Gauge Undermount Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Kraus KHU100-32 Standart PRO 16 Gauge Undermount Single...
  • Made of stainless steel | Corrosion and rust-resistant, will not...
  • Product dimensions | Overall – 32” L x 19” W x 10” D |...
  • A best-selling stainless steel sink paired with a commercial...
  • Resilient and easy to clean commercial-grade satin finish resists...
  • Features extra-thick pads covering over 80% of the sink and...

After several trials and research, we chose Kraus KHU100-32 Standart PRO Kitchen Sink as our best kitchen sink overall because of its superior quality, easy installation, and the variety of styles and sizes you can choose from. Made of durable T304 stainless steel, this kitchen sink has a commercial-grade satin finish that is highly resistant to corrosion and rust. Its high-quality finish will not dull with everyday use, and its beautiful sheen complements any kitchen décor.

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Thanks to its extra-deep bowl, this sink provided us with plenty of room for stacking our dishes and larger cookware. A rear offset drain ensures optimal drainage while the engineered channel grooves direct water to the drain for easy draining. With straight walls, clean lines, and gently rounded corners, this Kraus sink has a sleek, contemporary design that is easy to clean.

Moreover, the sink bowl is spacious and deep to keep water from splashing on the countertops, and it is also equipped with NoiseDefend soundproofing technology to minimize noise while in use. The package also includes a bottom rack and drain cover for added versatility.

However, we noticed this kitchen sink scratches easily, but the bottom rack came in handy as it kept the utensils from directly contacting the sink.

Pros:

  • Extremely durable
  • Rust- and corrosion-resistant
  • Includes a bottom rack and drain cover

Cons:

  • Easily scratched

2. Ruvati 28-inch Workstation Undermount 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink 

Ruvati 28-inch Workstation Undermount 16 Gauge...
  • WORKSTATION sink with single-tier track - Ledges on the front and...
  • 16 GAUGE Premium T-304 Grade Stainless Steel (18/10...
  • Heavy duty SOUND PROOF UNDERCOATING and THICK RUBBER PADDING to...
  • Exterior dimensions: 28" (wide) x 19" (front-to-back) | Interior...
  • Included in box: Sink, Colander, Cutting Board, Dish Drying...

If you are looking for a commercial-grade kitchen sink for your home, then the Ruvati 28-inch Workstation Undermount Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink is an excellent option. This sink ranks among the best because of its durable 16-gauge stainless steel construction, often found in commercial-grade sinks. It also has a contemporary look thanks to its sleek 90-degree angles.

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This sink has a built-in ledge where we can rest a colander, wooden cutting board, and drying rack, all of which are included with the purchase of the sink. The package also comes with mounting brackets for installation.

The basin is deep enough for kids to pile a copious amount of dishes that we can't notice when we walk into the kitchen. The extra depth also reduces the water splashing, especially when rinsing. Moreover, the drain is centered at the back of the sink, making it easy for water to drain away in the middle from either side of the faucet. Also, it has a heavy-duty sound guard undercoating to minimize noise.

One drawback we had with this sink is that it is difficult to clean. We use a couple of different cleaning products but still have to wipe it down as it gets a lot of water spots.

Pros:

  • Made with commercial-grade stainless steel
  • It has four workstation accessories

Cons:

  • Possible water spots that are difficult to clean

3. Modena Undermount Bar and RV Sink

Modena Undermount Bar and RV Sink, 16-Gauge Stainless...
  • MOST 5 STAR REVIEWS Rust and corrosion proof; Dent and scratch...
  • #1 NOISE & THERMAL SHIELD Industry leading insulation technology...
  • ULTRA PREMIUM DESIGN Rapid drain and dry with sloped base; Rear...
  • RESTAURANT GRADE Extra depth for large wares; No splash out of...
  • A+ BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU RATING Inc 5000 fastest growing...

Modena Undermount Bar and RV Sink offers both style and performance with its 16-gauge stainless steel construction and satin finish. The stainless steel construction also offers superior durability and resistance to stains, rust, dents, and scratches.

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Undermount sinks are famous for their ease of installation, and this kitchen sink from Zuhne is no exception. The undermount design also gives a seamless look, while the extra deep basin with curved corners easily accommodates large pans and pots.

While we haven't used this kitchen sink in particular, we've heard tremendous reviews from other consumers. Users commend its helpful accessories, including a suction sponge holder, drain strainer with lid, and a two-piece colander set. The sink measures 10 by 18 by 8 inches, perfect for smaller kitchens. It is also available in various sizes and wider widths.

This kitchen sink is well-insulated to ensure a quiet and comfortable meal prep experience. There's a possibility of rust spots, and since bleach is not recommended, cleaning can be challenging.

Pros:

  • Extremely durable
  • 16-gauge stainless steel
  • Dent, stain, and corrosion-resistant
  • Includes helpful accessories

Cons:

  • Potential rust spots
  • Can't be cleaned with bleach

4. Dayton DSE233224 Equal Double Bowl Top Mount Stainless Steel Sink

Dayton D233224 Equal Double Bowl Top Mount Stainless...
  • Sink Dimensions: 33" X 22" X 6-9/16" Min. Cabinet Size: 36"
  • ADA COMPLIANT: Product is ADA compliant when properly installed.
  • DROP-IN INSTALLATION: Sink is designed for drop-in installation...
  • DOUBLE BOWLS OF EQUAL SIZE: Conveniently use bowls independently...
  • 300 SERIES STAINLESS STEEL: Designed for everyday use.

Drop-in or top-mount sinks are a smart budget-friendly option when you are looking to replace an old, worn-out sink but are not planning to replace the kitchen countertops. Plus, this kitchen sink is easy to install, and you can handle it yourself with some basic DIY skills.

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Dayton DSE233224 is made with 22-gauge stainless steel, which is durable and strong enough to withstand the rigors of daily dishwashing. However, it is a thinner metal than other stainless steel products on our best kitchen sinks list. To minimize the noise of a thinner metal, this double sink is equipped with sound-deadening pads that reduce vibrations and noises when using the sink.

Having two equal sink basins is an excellent feature for those who like to wash utensils in one basin and let them air dry in the other. One drawback is that the basins are smaller, measuring 14 by 15 by 6 inches, and we couldn't soak larger or many dishes at once.

Across the top of the sink are four faucet holes. This gave us a lot of flexibility when choosing a faucet. It also makes it possible to reuse the faucet you already have. Moreover, you can choose a faucet with a separate lever for cold and hot water, plus it has space for a sprayer.

Pros:

  • Least expensive
  • Faucet holes

Cons:

  • Thinner metal construction
  • Relatively small and shallow

5. Elkay Quartz Classic ELGRU13322BK0 Black Single Bowl Undermount Sink

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Elkay Quartz Classic ELGRU13322BK0 Black Single Bowl...
  • Sink Dimensions: 33" X 18-7/16" X 9-7/16" Min. Cabinet Size: 36"
  • UNDERMOUNT INSTALLATION: Sink is installed beneath the countertop...
  • SINGLE BOWL: Bowl gives you uninterrupted space for washing and...
  • QUIET: Material is naturally sound-deadening, minimizing sound...
  • OFFSET DRAIN: Drain placement provides more usable space on the...

The Elkay Quartz Classic Single Bowl Undermount Sink is a stunning sink that combines style, functionality, and durability. Made from a quartz composite material, this sink is resistant to scratches, stains, and impact. Also, the non-porous surface is easy to clean and doesn't harbor bacteria or oils, or food staining the surface.

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This sink is available in five colors, each adding a unique touch to your kitchen decor. For instance, this black sink nicely complemented our dark and moody kitchen in our beach house. We paired it with a black granite countertop for a monochromatic color scheme. You can also pair it with light-colored countertops for contrast.

The bottom of the sink is deep enough to offer plenty of space to hide dishes until you are ready to wash them. It is gently sloped to help water drain away. Moreover, the drain is positioned in the center of the bowl, and it sits just under the faucet, which further helps prevent standing water in the sink. 

You can choose other options with added accessories, including a faucet, but the price is almost doubled. Overall this sink is easy to maintain, moderately priced, and doesn't show much wear and tear.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Five color options
  • Elegant design

Cons:

  • The material is tough and can break glassware dropped in the sink

6. KOHLER K-5827-0 Whitehaven Farmhouse Self-Trimming Undermount Single-Bowl Sink

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KOHLER K-5827-0 Whitehaven Farmhouse Self-Trimming...
  • Enamel Cast Iron Sink with Tall, Self-Trimming Apron: 32.75-inch...
  • Single Bowl Kitchen Sinks with Accessories: The 9-inch-depth bowl...
  • Single-Mount Sink: Whitehaven Sink can be installed as an...
  • Additional Hardware for Enamel Cast Iron Kitchen Sink Use: K-8801...
  • Minimum Base Cabinet Width: 33" (838 mm)

The Kohler K-5827-0 Whitehaven Farmhouse combines a traditional look with contemporary functionality. Made of enameled cast iron, this beautiful and easy-to-clean kitchen sink is resistant to cracking, chipping, and burning. Moreover, this kitchen sink is crafted from 80% recycled or reclaimed materials, making it an environmental-friendly choice. You can pair it with an eco-friendly countertop if you're in the process of renovating your kitchen.

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Our family is big, so we were looking for a kitchen sink to accommodate our large cookware. Kohler Whitehaven sink's deep basin makes it perfect for soaking and cleaning large cookware. It fitted perfectly on our 36-inch apron front cabinetry and was quite easy to install. Its farmhouse aesthetics make it a showpiece in our kitchen. Plus, it's durable.

Featuring a polished enamel finish, this kitchen sink comes in various colors to create a seamless look in every kitchen. Thanks to its stain-resistant surface, you can just clean this sink with mild soap and water—no need for scrubbing or harsh cleaners. The enameled iron is also a good insulator, keeping hot water in the sink longer. It also has a gently sloped bottom that leads water to an offset drain so it won't pool in the sink. 

Pros:

  • Traditional and attractive design
  • Stain, chip, crack, and burn-resistant
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Short apron options for easier installation

Cons:

  • Pricier than other options

7. ZUHNE 32-Inch Stainless Steel Undermount Kitchen Sink

ZUHNE 32-Inch Stainless Steel Undermount Kitchen Sink...
  • DOUBLE KITCHEN SINK WITH ACCESSORIES Premium 10-Inch deep dual...
  • EASIEST DOUBLE SINK TO MAINTAIN Tight radius R10 curved corners...
  • PROTECT YOUR CABINETS Cancel noise and vibration with 2.5x better...
  • RUST PROOF T304 STAINLESS SINK Uniform 16 gauge top to bottom...
  • SAFEST CHOICE Certified to US and Canada codes with lead-free...

Another worthy contender in our list is the Zuhne 32-inch Stainless Steel Undermount Kitchen Sink, a functional and attractive industrial-grade sink.

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While a 50/50 sink basin is the most functional, in our opinion, this Zuhne sink offers a 60/40 basin option measuring 32 x 19 x 10 inches, which is equally functional. The 10-inches depth is deep enough to contain stacks of pans and dirty dishes. It also has curved corners with a gently slopped bottom for faster draining.

The 16-gauge T304 stainless steel walls are thick with better insulation than comparable sinks. It is also durable and staves off corrosion, dents, and scratches. Drain holes on both basins are placed at the back, providing more space at the bottom of the sink.

Stainless steel sinks are prone to scratches, but this Zuhne sink comes with two grids that we placed on the bottom so that dishes float above the base to guard against further scratching. The package also includes a sponge holder, 2 colanders, and a drain strainer.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Deep basins

Cons:

  • Prone to scratches

8. Ruvati 33 x 22-inch Drop-in Topmount Granite Composite Single Bowl Kitchen Sink

Ruvati 33 x 22 inch Drop-in Topmount Granite Composite...
  • Made in ITALY | Natural stone finish. Color: MIDNIGHT BLACK |...
  • The sink is colored all the way through, for a rich and...
  • DROP-IN TOPMOUNT installation. Cutout templates and mounting...
  • Includes MATCHING BLACK DRAIN | Exterior dimensions: 33" (wide) x...
  • Included in box: Sink, Matching color (black) strainer drain...

While looking for something different from stainless steel for our farmhouse, we bumped into this Ruvati kitchen sink and were impressed with the tremendous online reviews. Fast forward, we made the purchase to have a real experience.

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First, Ruvati Drop-in Granite Composite Single Bowl Kitchen Sink is a sleek sink made with 80% crushed natural granite, providing incredible strength and durability. The natural stone finish is also resistant to stains, scratches, and extreme temperatures.

Moreover, this sink comes in midnight black, a deep hue perfect for a modern kitchen design. Also, a matching black drain is included for a seamless aesthetic. The cleverly placed offset drain gives you more usable space in the basin. And the gently sloped bottom and rounded inside corners allow for proper drainage and ease of cleaning.

Furthermore, the drop-in configuration and faucet hole made this a straightforward-installation kitchen sink.

Pros:

  • Incredibly durable
  • An attractive, all-black design
  • Heat, scratch, and stain-resistant
  • Includes a matching drain

Cons:

  • Only available in black
  • Potential discoloration and stains

9. BLANCO 440185 Diamond Silgranit 50/50 Double Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink

BLANCO 440185 Diamond Silgranit 50/50 Double Bowl...
  • SINK DIMENSIONS: 32" L X 19.36" W X 9.87" D and designed to fit a...
  • DURABLE MATERIAL: Patented SILGRANIT material is heat,...
  • HYGIENIC+PLUS SURFACE TECHNOLOGY: Available on all SILGRANIT...
  • EASY-TO-CLEAN: Baking soda and a sponge are all you need - no...
  • THIRD-PARTY CERTIFIED: Tested, certified and listed as a...

Busy households needing low-maintenance fixtures should consider BLANCO 440185 Diamond Silgranit 50/50 Double Bowl sink made of Silgranit, a stone composite. Silgranit is durable and resistant to heat, so it won't burn, melt, blister, or discolor if exposed to high heat. Moreover, the surface is non-porous, so food residue and oils are efficiently washed away, reducing bacterial growth.

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In addition to the ease of cleaning, this kitchen sink has a double-basin design, which is excellent if you like to wash dishes and let them air dry. Though we haven't used this sink, other users appreciate the divider sitting below the top edge of the sink, making it easier to wash, lift, and transfer utensils from one basin to the other. It also keeps water from splashing out of the sink if the water from the faucet hits the divider. This simple design feature also makes it possible to soak pans with long handles.

Moreover, the undermount installation creates a seamless aesthetic, and you can customize your kitchen by choosing from various neutral sink colors, including grays, browns, black, and bright white. The no-faucet holes feature also gives you the flexibility of installing your faucet where you deem fit on your countertop.

Pros:

  • Prevents microbial growth
  • Heat resistant
  • Available in many colors

Cons:

  • Not wide enough for larger platters
  • No faucet holes

10. Sinkology K616-BD66 Lange Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

Sinkology K616-BD66 Lange Farmhouse/Apron-Front 32 in....
  • Kit Includes: Sinkology Lange 32" double bowl copper farmhouse...
  • Dimensions: Outer - 32" x 21.5" x 8" / Inner Bowl (each) - 13" x...
  • Constructed with high-quality 17-gauge solid copper and features...
  • Farmhouse-style installation with exposed, apron-wrap front that...
  • Easy to clean and maintain with soap and warm water and comes...

Sinkology K616-BD66 Lange Farmhouse Kitchen Sink is a stunner. Made from 17-gauge solid copper, this kitchen sink combines a state-of-the-art design with popular farmhouse charm. This piece is handcrafted by artisans, making it a unique choice on our list. Moreover, copper naturally takes on a greenish patina, enhancing its vintage appeal.

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The 32-inch double basin with an 8-inch depth offers just enough space to wash dishes. Its exposed upfront wraps on each side, fully showcasing the copper surface. It also features an undermount design with no faucet holes, giving you plenty of flexibility in faucet placement.

This sink is truly a standout piece in our guesthouse kitchen. This piece requires high maintenance and is costly to install, so we chose it for our guest house kitchen because of the low traffic to minimize the chances of upgrades. The package also includes a strainer drain and a heavy-duty bottom grid for convenience.

Another advantage of this copper sink is its antimicrobial nature, making it an excellent choice for kitchen surfaces. Even though this farmhouse sink is not cheap, it is durable and attractive, making it a worthy investment for the right kitchen.

Pros:

  • Unique
  • Handcrafted design
  • Naturally antimicrobial
  • Low maintenance 

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Requires dedicated cabinet space

11. Houzer 2522-9BS3-1 Glowtone Series Top Mount Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Houzer 2522-9BS3-1 Glowtone Series Topmount Stainless...
  • Overall size 25" X 22", Bowl 21" X 15.75" X 9" deep
  • 18 gauge T-304 stainless steel
  • StoneGuard undercoating over super silencer pad.Clean everyday by...
  • Fits 30" cabinet
  • 3 Holes

Even the lowliest and basic kitchen sink can look stunning when it’s new, but if you’re looking for something more functional and affordable, then the Houzer Glowtone Top mount stainless steel kitchen sink top-mounted model fits the bill. It is one of the best kitchen sink brands that is highly rated by users.

The Hauzer single-basin kitchen sinks come with an 18-gauge stainless steel sink and a commercial-grade satin finish, plus 3 faucet-mounting holes. It also comes with a silencing pad below, which is covered with a marble powder-based coating to quieten the clanking of dishes and running water. 

This top mount kitchen sink is 9 inches in length but has two other models available if you need something a little shallower or if your sink setup will require 4 holes. Houzer sink mounting hardware is made from a durable 304 Type of stainless steel, a premium 18:10 blend of chrome and nickel to make your sink exceptionally resistant to corrosion, dents and stains. These Houzer single basin sinks have a scratchproof, resilient and hygienic surface that requires minimal maintenance and care.

Generally, a stainless steel kitchen sink will last for a lifetime. The other sinks are available as single bowl sinks, double bowl sinks and triple bowl kitchen sinks.

Pros:

  • It is a drop-in sink with the optimal blend of chromium and nickel.
  • It has a construction that is built for maximum durability and corrosion resistance.
  • These sinks are scratchproof, resilient and hygienic surface.
  • They require minimal maintenance and care.
  • It comes with a silencing pad
  • It is affordable.
  • It has a limited 10-year warranty.

Cons:

  • It doesn't come with extra features.

12. Kraus KP1TS33S-2 Pax Single Bowl Steel Sink

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Kraus KP1TS33S-2 Pax Kitchen Sink Single Bowl, 33 inch...
  • KITCHEN SET INCLUDES: Sink, Bottom Grid, Drain Assembly,...
  • DURABLE AND DENT-RESISTANT sink made with high quality TRU16 real...
  • DROP-IN SINK DESIGN allows for easy top mount installation with...
  • LARGE CAPACITY SINK: Zero-radius corners, 95° side walls, and...
  • OUTER SINK DIMENSIONS: 33 in. L x 22 in. W x 9 in. D; Minimum...

The Kraus sink is a classic kitchen sink that will fit into any decor style. This highly-rated Kraus kitchen sink is a drop-in sink that is (33 x 22 x 9) inches and includes a stainless steel grid and basket strainers, all at an affordable price. 

Kraus kitchen sinks are made from high-quality grade stainless steel that is resilient to dents and is built for durability. It has tight zero-radius corners with 95° sidewalls that maximise space. The extra-deep sink is most ideal for families who most likely use large pots and a lot of dirty dishes. Overall, it gives a sleek and contemporary look that is perfectly suited for just about any kitchen style.

Kraus drop-in sinks have a streamlined, modern style that works well in any kitchen. The straight sides, low-profile rim, and sharp corners give it a sleek look compared to the traditional sink. It is made from 16-gauge stainless steel for an elegant sink with a satin finish with a large capacity. The two faucet-mount holes are sound-proof underneath and comes with a strainer.

It also has a thick steel construction that means a stronger sink, while the commercial-grade 16-gauge T-304 stainless steel makes the sink exceptionally long-lasting and resilient to dents. To eliminate noise, it has extra-thick rubber pads that cover 80% of the sink base, while the thick protective undercoat helps prevent damage on the sink base cabinet by condensation.

The handcrafted channel grooves are used to direct water to the drain allowing the sink to drain completely and quickly.

Pros:

  • It is a high-quality steel sink.
  • It has straight sidewalls.
  • It has a stainless steel dish grid.
  • It has unique zero-radius corners to maximise the counter space on the sink.
  • The construction allows large pots to lie flat bottomed for easy cleanup.
  • These sinks come with a decorative drain cover that is optional; the CapPro conceals garbage disposal adapters and waste fittings.

Cons:

  • It comes at a relatively high price.

13. KOHLER Whitehaven Farmhouse Sink, Self-Trimming Tall Apron Front

KOHLER Whitehaven Farmhouse Sink, Self-Trimming Tall...
  • Fits minimum 36-inch apron sink base cabinet
  • Basin slopes 2 degrees toward drain to minimize water pooling
  • Offset drain increases workspace in the sink and storage space...
  • 9-inch depth
  • 35-11/16 inches by 21-9/16 inches.Sized for perfect side-to-side...

The Farmhouse style is one of the most popular kitchen sink style designs, and no farmhouse kitchen sink is complete without the apron-front sink. The Kohler Whitehaven farmhouse sinks are one of the most popular farmhouse kitchen sinks in the market today.

These cast iron sinks are made from an enamelled coating for extreme durability and have a self-trimming apron design that overlaps the front of the cabinet, which makes it easy to install. This sink is 30 x 21.5 x 9 inches and needs an undermount installation at the counter. The Whitehaven undermount kitchen sink comes in different finishes, including white.

Like other apron sinks, it features an offset drain and sloped basin that increases the counter space and increases your workspace. KOHLER cast iron kitchen sinks are not just durable, but they are also guaranteed not to crack or burn.

The enamelled cast iron is incredibly nonporous, smooth, and is exceptionally resistant to food stains. The smooth surface is simple to clean and you shouldn't clean it with abrasive cleaners.

Pros:

  • It has a smooth surface that makes it easy to clean.
  • It has an enamelled cast iron surface that is incredibly smooth, nonporous and is resistant to food stains.
  • It has a three-piece basket strainer.
  • This ultrathick enamel is heat-resistant (1000° F).
  • It has multiple configurations which include, farmhouse kitchen sinks, top-mount, undermount, and freestanding options.

Cons:

  • It is expensive.

14. Ruvati 29-Inch Undermount 50/50 Double Bowl 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Ruvati 29-inch Undermount 50/50 Double Bowl 16 Gauge...
  • 16 GAUGE thick premium T-304 grade stainless steel (18/10...
  • Commercial grade BRUSHED FINISH - Easy to clean and long-lasting....
  • Heavy duty soundGUARD undercoating and thick rubber PADDING to...
  • Exterior dimensions: 29" (wide) x 18-1/2" (front-to-back) |...
  • Included in box: Sink, cut-out template, mounting brackets, rinse...

To make the most of your space, consider a double bowl sink, which you can use to separate used dishes. The Ruvati double bowl sink is made from a premium stainless steel construction with a brushed finish to help hide scratches. It measures 29 x 18.5 x 8 inches, and the two sides are equal.

The soundGUARD undercoat and thick rubber pads minimise noise from washing or running water, providing a superior thermal insulation, and it also helps reduce condensation. The Ruvati has a curved side that makes cleaning and maintenance easy. The sink comes with two basket strainers and two rinse grids giving you the best sink deals with the convenience of a single-bowl sink and the functionality of a double bowl sink.

It is constructed with premium 16-gauge steel with a commercial airbrushed finish that is easy to durable, clean, and resistant to scratches and dents. The 18:10 nickel and chromium construction ensure that the sink is completely rust-resistant. This sturdy sink comes with stainless steel rinse grids to protect the lower surface from dents and scratches.

Pros:

  • The sink is constructed with heavy-duty padding and undercoat to minimise the noise and provide some thermal insulation.
  • It has a heavy-duty SoundGUARD padding undercoating to minimise noise.
  • It has rounded corners and edges to ensure that water is perfectly drained for easy cleaning, leaving the sink clean and dry.
  • It has the 16 GAUGE Premium T-304 Grade stainless steel with 18:10 Chromium/Nickel to ensure it never rusts or stains and for a superior thermal insulation.
  • It is UPC and cUPC certified by the IAPM, ANSI and CSA.
  • The stainless steel bottom rinse grids that protect the sink from scratches.
  • It comes with a basket strainer drain to trap food waste that can be easily emptied.

Cons:

  • The Ruvati sink is relatively pricey.

15. Sinkology Adams Farmhouse Apron Front Copper Kitchen Sink

Adams Farmhouse Apron Front Handmade Copper Kitchen...
  • Commercial Grade - 16 Gauge Pure Solid Copper .063 - .068...
  • Hammered front apron wraps 2 in. on each side
  • Sinkology Copper Sinks Will NOT turn green with typical indoor...
  • Extra 30 in x 19 in large capacity single bowl, helps make...

Suppose you want to make a bold statement in your kitchen, then the Sinkology Adams Farmhouse copper kitchen sink. This elegant apron-front sink has a hammered copper construction that is 33 x 22 x 9 inches and is made from pure copper. This copper sink allows a flexible built-up, under-mount, and flush installation.

Despite being made from copper, this sink has an easy maintenance routine. Simply by washing with soap and water, you not only clean it but protect it from oxidation. Copper has a living and changing finish called the patina, which evolves with how much it is used.

The patina is a natural protective coating to ensure that copper doesn’t corrode. Additionally, acidic foods or chemicals strip it off; however, time will slowly bring it back, going from light to dark.

Pros:

  • It has a patina that helps protect the sink from corrosion, rust or the brittleness of the metal.
  • Copper sinks are unique.
  • It only needs soap and water to protect it from oxidation further.
  • It has an easy maintenance routine.

Cons:

  • It easily discolours even if dishes are left overnight in the sink.

How to Choose the Best Kitchen Sink

1. Material

Kitchen sinks come in various materials to enhance the aesthetic of your home. Stainless steel is often used to make kitchen sinks, offering a modern design that complements a range of interiors. It is low-maintenance, resistant to rust and corrosion, and durable. The thickness of stainless steel is referred to as its gauge, and most kitchen sinks are made of 16, 18, or 20-gauge stainless steel.

The higher the gauge, the thinner the metal. Also, ensure you buy a well-insulated stainless steel sink to avoid the stress of kitchen sink soundproofing.

Granite, quartz, and granite composite are also quite popular. Granite and quartz create sophisticated, richly textured kitchen sinks. Although these materials are durable, they can potentially crack, chip, or scratch with heavy use. On the other hand, granite composite combines natural stone with a small percentage of resin to create a harder sink with better resistance to everyday wear and tear. These three materials are expensive, and their heavy-weight construction may increase the installation cost. 

Enameled cast iron is also incredibly durable and easy to maintain. It comes in several colors to suit any kitchen décor, but lighter-colored enamels are more susceptible to staining. And copper is a perfect choice if you are looking for an antique-inspired design. Copper sinks are durable but may require extra maintenance to keep them in good shape.

2. Size

When shopping for a kitchen sink, there are three dimensions to consider: length, width, and depth. The size of your cabinets is equally essential to ensure a proper fit. Most kitchen sinks with a single bowl usually measure about 22 inches long. Double bowls and farmhouse sinks are longer, ranging from 32 to 48 inches. Most kitchen sinks range in depth from 8 to 10 inches, with 24 to 32 inches wide. Deeper sink options will occupy more space under a sink. 

If you have the luxury of choice, choose a kitchen sink that feels most practical for your needs, but if you have limited counter space, go for a smaller sink that will allow you more space to keep appliances.

3. Installation type

There are two kitchen sink installation methods: drop-in or top mount and under mount. Drop-in sinks sit in a designated hole on the counter and are supported by their rims or edges. Top-mount sinks are compatible with most countertops and are easy to install. They're a great choice if you only upgrade the kitchen sink and plumbing fixtures but not replace the countertops.

Undermount sinks are attached below the countertop and have a clean seamless aesthetic. They work best with solid surfaces like marble, quartz, or granite countertops because they need a heavier material for support. 

Farmhouse sinks are under mount sinks with exposed aprons that rest on cabinetry fronts, but they are more challenging to install because they require cabinet and counter modifications.

4. Basin style

There are two kitchen sink basin styles: double and single-basin sinks. Single-basin sinks have one wide sink and are ideal for large platters, casserole dishes, or cookie sheets. Single-basin kitchen sinks are generally more expensive. 

Double-basin sinks have two sink areas. Some double basins are split equally, and you will see them labeled as 50/50 double-basin sinks. You can also find various asymmetrically split sinks with one side larger than the other, for example, a 60/40 double-basin sink. A double bowl sink with a low divide can accommodate pans with longer handles. One downside of a double-basin sink is that you can't submerge large cookware.

5. Faucet holes and Accessories

You should also consider your kitchen faucet when looking for a kitchen sink. Drop-in sinks usually have one to four faucet holes, while most under mount sinks don't have any faucet holes as the faucet directly sits on the countertop, so the faucet holes are directly drilled into the countertop. Ensure you choose a kitchen sink that can accommodate your faucet.

A workstation sink is a versatile option as it provides you with a workspace without using additional counter space. These sinks come with various accessories, including cutting boards, colanders, drying racks, and more. Other sinks also come with faucets, side sprayers, and garbage disposals. 

Frequently Asked Questions on Kitchen Sinks

1. What type of sink is most durable?

Stainless steel kitchen sinks are the most durable sinks. Stainless steel is well known for its water, scratch, and rust resistance. It is also recognized for durability, antimicrobial properties, and easy care and maintenance. Stainless steel has a timeless look, suitable for many interiors.

But suppose stainless steel doesn't fit your kitchen style. In that case, composite sinks are a great option that offers the same durability as stainless steel with the additional benefit of design flexibility since they come in multiple colors.

2. What is the most advanced kitchen sink?

Ultimately, the combination of functionality with high customization results in the most advanced kitchen sink. Thanks to their functionality, workstation sinks are the most common advanced kitchen sinks, allowing you to enjoy the culinary experience with the endless possibilities of what you can do at the sink.

3. What is the easiest kitchen sink to maintain?

The easiest kitchen sink to maintain is made of stainless steel because it is easy to clean and does not support microbial growth because of its non-porous surface. However, scratches in stainless steel are inevitable over time, but placing a bottom grid at the bottom of the sink can prevent scratching.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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