Getting to Know Kitchen Sink Types for Your Kitchen
Sinks are fairly essential in modern kitchens. Not only used for dishwashing, kitchen sink nowadays also play an important role in enhancing the aesthetics of a kitchen.
It is of no wonder that there are various types of kitchen sinks available these days in the market in a range of materials and prices. Here are several types of kitchen sinks that can be inspirations for those of you who are renovating or planning a kitchen in your new home.
Based on Materials
Kitchen sinks are made of diverse materials; some are natural while others are artificial. Kitchen sinks were originally made of natural materials such as water-proof and anti-bacteria wood, stones, even granites. Kitchen sinks were then developed further and are now mass-produced with materials ranging from copper, monel, enamel cast iron etc.
The most popular kitchen sinks these days are those made of stainless steel or aluminium. There are recently introduced fireclay kitchen sinks and also composite materials sinks like granite composite and even metallic glass composite.
Based on Mounting Positions
Top-mount kitchen sink. ©Shutterstock
Based on their mounting positions, kitchen sinks can be distinguished into countertop sinks, top-mount/drop-in sinks, and undermount sinks. The top-mount sink has its rims or edges mounted on the countertop. This sink is the most commonly found in modern kitchens.
Undermount kitchen sink. ©Shutterstock
Meanwhile, the recently popular undermount type is known for its under-countertop rims/edges. Compared to that top-mount model, installing the undermount sink requires a sturdy countertop that can hold heavy weight. On the other hand, by opting for the undermount model, your kitchen design appears more minimalist and is also easier to clean.
Based on the Number of the Bowls/Basins
Single-bowl kitchen sink with a drain board. ©Shutterstock
Based on the numbers of the bowls, kitchen sinks can be divided into single-bowl sinks and double-bowl sinks. Each type has its own pros and cons. For instance, if you prefer a small kitchen design, a single-bowl sink will be more suitable to save some space. However, if you are not restricted by the space, and you love to cook, then you can go with a double-bowl sink. There are also corner kitchen sinks that utilize the corner area of your kitchen counter, as well as kitchen sink that is equipped with a drain board to dry your dishes, or to store dirty dishes to keep your countertop clean.
(Additional) Farmhouse Kitchen Sinks
A kitchen sink model that is currently rising in popularity is the farmhouse sink. This type has a different way of installation. If the regular kitchen sink is mounted and contained by a countertop and a cabinet so it opens only on the top side, the farmhouse sink features the front side facing the users. Although it has aesthetic value, the ceramic/porcelain material is more vulnerable to being scratched or chipped.