What kind of sink & faucet match your cooking style?
Kitchen sinks are one of the most functional elements in any kitchen. They're pivotal in clean up, cooking, food prep, and through all of that, kitchen sinks need to support the design of your kitchen remodeling job.
You should consider not only the material, but the shape, depth and positioning in your kitchen. Many homeowners now prefer very deep sinks that are flush with the countertops. These are often referred to as inset sinks. The benefit with these are mostly in clean up-you can wipe kitchen messes right into the sink without worrying about cleaning around the lip of the sink, since it's flush with the kitchen countertop.
Other options to consider are: will your kitchen sink be framed by the kitchen countertop or will it extend slightly outward? This treatment is called "apron front".
In considering material, there are a number of quality kitchen sink manufacturers that provide limitless options. Moen kitchen sinks are gaining in popularity and naturally blend well with their faucet line. From the old option of porcelain-steel and budget stainless-steel sinks, both in the $40 to $60 category, to synthetic composition sinks, kitchen sinks need to be both useful and appealing to the eye.
Cast-iron sinks with an enamel finish are an affordable option. These sinks are durable, however they can be chipped. Many are easily scratched by dark-surface pots and pans, but they are very common and a sink based in white colors accents most kitchens extremely well. For function and design on a budget-this is a great option.
Synthetic-composition sinks, made of solid-surface acrylic or quartz acrylic, are always a safe option. Quartz-acrylic is a new option that offers good durability and heat tolerance up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. These types of sinks are the most sleek and stylish and are made in a variety of shapes and sizes. They sell for around $300.
Deep bowls for a professional look, and shapes to help with kitchen functionality are all options that are up for customization. A professional is almost always necessary to install a kitchen sink, especially because plumbing is involved.
As far as kitchen faucets, options are innumerable. At one point, a kitchen faucet just was a channel for water to get to the sink. Not anymore! There are a number of styles based on functionality, color and material. From brass, to stainless steel, to plastic molds, there are as many faucet choices as there are types of sink to match them. Some prefer faucets with high sink clearance to help fill pots or for ease of access to the sink. Others may want a standard faucet to complete the look of a traditional kitchen.
Many prefer to choose by brand. Delta faucets and Moen faucets are extremely popular and offer a variety of styles for almost any need. Many name brands like Delta Faucets and Moen faucets offer great warranties too. Some are easy to install but we recommend leaving the work up to the pros.