Types of Kitchen Sinks For Any Kitchen Design

Types of Kitchen Sinks For Any Kitchen Design

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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One of the most daunting tasks in building or renovating your kitchen is determining the best types of kitchen sinks for your space. It is necessary to get the best type of sink since it is the busiest spot in the kitchen. In addition, a kitchen sink is a crucial focal point and demonstrates the tone of your kitchen.

In this write-up, we will have a look at various types of kitchen sinks as well as their pros and cons. But before that, let’s first understand what a kitchen sink is.

What is a sink? 

What is a sink? 

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A sink is a bowl-shaped plumbing appliance that is used for dishwashing, handwashing, and other tasks. Sinks have faucets or taps that supply hot and cold water. Others may also have a spray function for fast rinsing.

In addition, they have a drain to collect spent water, which can include an overflow deterrence system, a strainer, and a shutoff device. Sinks can also have a built-in soap dispenser. Most sinks, particularly in kitchens, are positioned within or next to a countertop.

Types of Sinks 

Different Types Of Kitchen Sinks

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The kitchen sinks are available in various styles depending on the basin configuration, materials utilized, mounting style, and appearance. With that in mind, let us focus on the different sinks you can purchase. 

Kitchen Sinks Based on Their Installation

1. Drop-in Kitchen Sinks

The drop-in sink, a top-mount or self-rimming sink, remains the most popular kitchen sink you install from above. You cut a hole into the countertop, and you insert your sink from above. The weight of this sink is supported by the rim, hence requiring little support. Using silicone, you caulk the sink’s rim to the countertop.

Pros:

  • Drop-in sink does not require specialized skills to install
  • It is easier to install because all you do is cut the counter materials and install it yourself
  • The overall cost of the sink is low

Cons:

  • Some people do not like the appearance of the separation between the rim and the sink.
  • You will have to clean the rim in addition to the sink
  • The rim of the sink prevents you from sweeping the debris and the water into your sink

2. Undermount Kitchen Sink

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The Undermount sink is installed below the level of your counter. These sinks have that name because they sit under your counter so that the edge of the sink is under the level of the countertop.

The amazing bit is that the mounting system decreases visible interruptions. This makes it ideal for simple and modern kitchen styles. Additionally, the mounting style requires significant support underneath the counter. Therefore, this type works well with strong countertops like solid surfaces, natural stone, and quartz. 

Pros:

  • It gives you more counter space compared to other sink styles
  • Creates attractive, clean lines in your kitchen.
  • This sink has a resale value due to its appearance that remains appealing to your home.
  • Undermount sinks can be deep enough for cleaning large pots and pans
  • Easy to wipe food and liquid messes directly into the sink

Cons:

  • Usually more expensive
  • These sinks demand a skilled installation If not completely sealed, water can get into the gap between your sink and the countertop.
  • Best used with waterproof and non-porous countertops
  • Replacing the kitchen sink is challenging since the counter hole is measured to the exact specification of a certain kitchen sink

3. Integrated Kitchen Sink

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Integral or integrated kitchen sinks are mounted with the best countertops because they come as a single piece. More so, the sinks consist of similar material to the counter, and the fabricator fuses them in place.

Pros:

  • The obstructive rim is eliminated, and your counter seamlessly flows into the sink
  • The sinks prevent the under-counter seam that gathers molds and debris evident in under-mount sinks
  • Integrated sinks have an attractive appearance 

Cons:

  • When damaged, you must repair the sink because you cannot easily remove it and replace
  • The integrated sinks remain expensive because they are custom-order sinks compared to standard kitchen sinks

4. Farmhouse Sink 

Farmhouse kitchen sinks are also known as apron sinks because their walls remain the same as the walls of the countertops. The sink is a big single-basin kitchen sink differentiated by its front wall, which creates the sink's front and the counter front. More so, the sinks are incorporated into the counters.

However, sometimes, the apron sinks are installed in a country style or on top of a cabinet or free-standing table without counters surrounding them. Remember that the farmhouse sinks are large and need additional support under the cabinet.

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Pros:

  • The apron sink or farmhouse sink is a generously sized sink making it simpler to wash your large baking pans and casserole
  • The sinks possess a special appearance that attracts most people
  • The sinks have limited room between the counter edges and the sink, and the individual utilizing the sink can move closer to the sink, preventing fatigue

Cons:

  • Due to the narrower barrier between the floor and the sink, the farmhouse sinks remain vulnerable to dripping.
  • Compared to other sinks, apron sink is costly and demand experts for their installation.
  • Since they are large, the sinks occupy valuable spaces and work well in large kitchens.
  • Apron sinks are prone to dripping, as there is only a narrow barrier between the sink and the floor.

5. Vessel Kitchen Sink

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The vessel sinks may be recessed or may sit at the top of the counter materials

Pros:

  • The sinks possess a special look providing your kitchen with a special appearance
  • The installation of vessel sinks is simpler because you do not have to cut the best countertops  

Cons:

  • The sinks are secured at one point, making them unstable
  • The durability of vessel sinks is low due to exposed edges resulting in chipping and breaking

Types of Sink by Basin/Bowl Configuration

Different types of kitchen sinks are available depending on their basic configuration. Here are the types of kitchen sinks based on their configuration

1. Single Bowl Sink

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A single bowl sink is found in various sizes and styles. The single-basin sinks have a small or large basin and are without a divided basin. Therefore, it does not permit you to perform other kitchen tasks, such as drying or food prep.

Pros:

  • Washing dishes, pans, and pots in a large basin is easier
  • The sinks possess a classic and appealing appearance that matches the ancient kitchen styles

Cons:

  • The single basin sinks lack a designated place for food prep and rinsing utensils
  • The sinks are small in size and inflexible

2. Multiple Basin Kitchen Sinks

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Multiple basin sinks come with multiple basins or bowls of distinct sizes. However, it requires kitchens with large countertop areas.

Pros:

  • The sink has various bowls or basins, allowing for flexibility in tasks

Cons:

  • The bowls or basins are large and occupy a big countertop area 

3. Double Basin ot Double Bowl Sink

The double bowl sinks are rectangular, with two basins or bowls separated by a partition. Moreover, a double sink permits you to multitask. You can prepare food and wash your dishes minimizing the effects of lost countertop space in your kitchen.

Pros:

  • The double basin sink allows you to perform different tasks, such as food prep in one basin and washing utensils in the other bowl

Cons:

  • Most double-basin sinks are large and occupy additional spaces
  • They are not ideal for small kitchens

Types of Kitchen Sinks by Material

One of the most vital factors to consider when choosing a kitchen sink is the materials used to manufacture the sinks. Remember that the materials will impact the durability and costs of your kitchen sink and style. Let us discuss the various kitchen sinks depending on their materials

1. Quartz Kitchen Sink

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Quartz kitchen sinks are developed from a resin and quartz mixture to produce a long-lasting, affordable, and beautiful sink.

Pros:

  • Quartz sinks absorb sound and reduce noise when washing your items
  • The sinks are simpler to maintain and clean
  • The sinks are scratch, stain, and dent resistant
  • Quartz sinks last for a longer period of 40- 50 years

Cons:

  • Your glasses and dishes will break if dropped on the sink due to the hard material used to produce it

2. Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

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Stainless steel kitchen sinks are one of the most popular sinks. One of the most common materials for kitchen sinks includes stainless steel. Keep in mind that it is appropriate to buy stainless steel of gauge 16 to 18-gauge due to its durability

Pros:

  • Stainless steel sink is the most affordable sink material
  • The sinks are easier to clean and maintain
  • They last longer as they withstand high degrees of abuse without getting damaged

Cons:

  • Stainless steel sinks show hard water stains
  • The kitchen sinks produce noise when washing dishes. 

3. Cast Iron Kitchen Sink

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The sink possesses a heavy cast iron base surrounded by an enamel coating. Do you desire a historical or ancient kitchen design? Then go for the Castrol iron kitchen style  

Pros:

  • The sinks last for 20 -30 years, hence made of durable material
  • The sinks are simple to maintain
  • It has a hard base and enamel, which are resistant to wear

Cons:

  • The cast iron sinks are heavy and require additional support.

4. Fireclay Sink

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The manufacturers heat the clay at high temperatures to develop appealing fire clay sinks are developed by heating clay to a high degree to create an attractive sink. The materials are available for farmhouse sinks. 

Pros:

  • The fireclay sinks have a unique appearance
  • The sinks are durable and withstand scratches, heat, and stains

Cons:

  • The sinks are prone to chipping and dents if you drop a heavy item
  • They are heavy and require more support
  • The sinks are expensive

5. Acrylic Kitchen Sink

Acrylic sinks are made up of hard plastics. The fabricators mold the plastics into various designs to produce various attractive kitchen sinks

Pros:

  • Acrylic sinks are light
  • The sinks are easier to install. You can install it by yourself
  • They are the most affordable among other available kitchen sinks

Cons:

  • The acrylic sinks are not durable and do not resist stains, heat scratches, and dents.

6. Granite Composite Sinks

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Granite composite sinks contain granite particles mixed with resin to produce a long-lasting, high-quality, and less costly kitchen sink. Moreover, the composite granite sinks have a natural cemetery feel and appearance. Plus, you can easily perform minor repairs on the sinks.

Pros:

  • The composite granite sinks possess a sound-absorbing element
  • The sinks are easy to clean
  • You can do minor repairs on your sink
  • The sinks are scratch, stain, and dent resistant
  • They last longer (40-50 years)

Cons:

  • Composite sinks are quite heavy, and you will have to add an extra structural support 

7. Porcelain Kitchen Sink

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Porcelain is considered one of the traditional materials to produce kitchen sinks. Moreover, the porcelain sinks are created by heating elements at very high temperatures to develop a non-porous and smooth framework. The durability is increased by buying a vitreous-coated sink.

Pros:

  • You can clean the sinks easily by utilizing household cleaners
  • They have a classic look due to their smooth and silky finish
  • The sinks can last longer and resist stains, scratches, and heat

Cons:

  • You cannot drop heavy items on the sink because it dents and chips easily
  • You will need extra structural support for the sink because it is relatively heavy

8. Natural Stone Kitchen Sink

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The natural stone sinks possess a timeless look and attraction of a natural stone. The materials entail soapstone, granite stone, and marble. 

Pros:

  • You can find different types of natural stone inks and choose the sink that fits your desired style and needs
  • The natural stone sink is scratch, stain, and heat resistant remains
  • Natural stone sink last long and have a lifespan of approximately 100 years
  • The sink develops a natural focal point for your kitchen 

Cons:

  • The natural stone sink is porous, and you will have to seal it often to increase its resistance to water and stains
  • Natural stone sinks are viewed as the most expensive among other sinks
  • The natural stone sinks are heavy, and you will have to add additional structural support

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which kitchen sinks are most popular? 

The most common kitchen sinks you can find are drop-in sinks and porcelain sinks produced from stainless steel and enameled cast iron. You can install the sinks easily, and you will need to add extra structural support. 

2. Are granite composite sinks better than stainless steel sinks?

Stainless steel kitchen sinks possess various advantages, such as being less costly and easy to maintain and install. On the other hand, granite composite kitchen sinks remain less prone to destruction, last longer, and make limited noise when washing utensils.

3. What is the depth of a kitchen sink?

A kitchen sink has a depth of approximately 8-10 inches. However, you choose the depth depending on your needs because a 10-inch depth permits you to prepare your food and wash bigger dishes. However, note that shallower sinks are simpler to reach and more convenient than deeper kitchen sinks 

4. How many years can a kitchen sink last?

Depending on how you use the sink and the materials utilized to manufacture the sink, it can last for 15-30 years. The sink will last longer if you maintain it as required, and you will not need to replace it frequently.

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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