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1 September 2020

Shopping for kitchen sinks? Get to know your options!

When you go to home improvement stores like Bunnings and IKEA, you will find hundreds of kitchen sinks. We categorised what you see into three types:
kitchen sinks

Kitchen sinks are essential ⸺ these are found on one corner of the kitchen work triangle. These are the centre of attention and activities in the kitchen. These are not only used for washing the dishes and preparing your food, but also for enhancing the aesthetics of your kitchen. 

The good thing is, you can easily purchase a sink from your local home improvement stores like Bunnings and IKEA. The challenge? You have a wide variety of items to choose from. 

Based on experience, first-time home builders and renovators find it hard to choose. 

Choosing a sink is a crucial design decision when you are renovating, redesigning, or building a new kitchen. You need to choose one that suits your lifestyle and can last a lifetime of use and abuse. 

To help you more, let’s talk about the different types of kitchen sinks available in the market today. Let’s categorise them based on materials, mounting positions, and the number of bowls/basins. Continue reading to get inspired before finalising your renovation or new kitchen plans.

Based on materials

Mass-produced kitchen sinks come in a wide variety of materials. The most popular ones are made of stainless steel, aluminium, composite granite, and copper. 

Getting to Know Kitchen Sink Types for Your Kitchen

For a more classic and vintage look, try monel, fireclay, or enamel cast iron sinks. 

For a bolder and more unique look, opt for designer sinks made from wood, natural stone, or concrete. These sinks made of natural materials are waterproof and possess antibacterial properties. 

Based on mounting positions

A lot of homeowners like the top-mount or the drop-in sinks — the one with rims and edges mounted on the countertop. It is the least expensive type of sink and commonly done in modern kitchen designs. 

Getting to Know Kitchen Sink Types for Your Kitchen

Its opposite, the under mount sink, is more expensive. It is perfect for minimalist kitchens. Since the rims and edges are under the benchtop, this one is easier to clean. If you want an under mount sink, you also need to invest in an extremely durable benchtop material. 

There are sinks integrated into the benchtop as well. These look cohesive because everything is made from a single material. You can order these integrated sinks in stainless steel, concrete, natural stone, solid surfaces, and terrazzo. 

Based on the number of the basins

Kitchen sinks are either single or double-bowl. 

Single-bowl sinks look great in any kitchen. These come in a variety of sizes, and for sure there’s a perfect one for your kitchen. Here’s one with a drainboard included:

Getting to Know Kitchen Sink Types for Your Kitchen

But, if space is not an issue in your kitchen, it is highly recommended to opt for a larger double-bowl sink. These sinks work best in busy family kitchens that have plenty of counter space. A lot of homeowners love this because it provides them with one section for food preparation and the other for washing dishes.

Getting to Know Kitchen Sink Types for Your Kitchen

Optional: ceramic or porcelain farmhouse sinks

Here in Superdraft, we are huge fans of farmhouse sinks. These are very practical and ideal for heavy-duty jobs such as washing large pots and pans. These are deep, thus can hold more water without damaging and flooding your kitchen.

In short, these are excellent sinks for daily use. 

However, farmhouse sinks tend to take up a significant amount of space. Opt for this when your kitchen has a large countertop space.

READ: How to design a farmhouse style room

Getting to Know Kitchen Sink Types for Your Kitchen

If you’re ready to renovate or build a kitchen, book a FREE in-home consultation with one of our designers today.

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