Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top 5 Tips on Selecting Kitchen Sinks

The kitchen sink is one of the hardest working tools in the house, so durability is an extremely important thing to consider when remodeling your kitchen. In addition to the durability, the style of your kitchen sink can set the tone for the overall kitchen design.

There are five things you should consider when choosing your new kitchen sink and faucet:
  1. Material of the kitchen sink bowl
  2. The number of bowls inside of it
  3. Drop in or undermounted to your countertop
  4. Faucet configuration
  5. Finish

When choosing the bowl for the kitchen, you want durability. 
  • Cast iron is probably the most durable option. It comes in a vast amount of colors and can be custom made to fit your needs. The drawback is that they can be more expensive than traditional bowls, like stainless steel. 
  • Stainless steel is also durable, not to mention it’s bright and shiny. Another consideration is how many bowls you’d like to have in your sink. Is there more than one cook in your kitchen? If so, you might want to consider a 2 or 3 bowl style.

Additionally, you’ll need to choose whether the sink drops into the counter or if you want an undermounted sink. An undermounted sink is becoming a more popular option for its streamlined look and easy to clean features. The sink should also be configured to fit the box it is sitting above.

Pro Tip: When shopping for the configurations of your sink, bring along a cookie sheet and see if it fits inside the bowl. This ensures that you are getting the right size sink for your needs.

Once you've selected your new kitchen sink, next on the list is a new faucet. Faucets have come a long way in their design and finishes. Right now, faucets that are popular are single hot and cold water handled and have an integrated pull out sprayer that doubles as the main faucet. This consolidates the need for the additional hole in sink base. Traditional hot and cold water handles are still available if you prefer that look as well.

The finish of the faucet is fun part! Finishes range from sparkly chrome, nickel, copper, slate, pewter, brass and antiqued bronze. 

Pro Tip: Create your kitchen’s personality by mixing metals, if you like a slate finish on your faucet, go for it! Don’t worry about matching the cabinet and drawer pulls or other hardware in the kitchen.

What style sink and faucet would you choose for your kitchen remodel?

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