How to Choose a Kitchen Sink

The kitchen is the heart of your home, and there is little doubt that the kitchen sink and surrounding workspace may be the area of the kitchen that is used most frequently. From preparing your family's meals to cleaning up afterwards, the kitchen sink is more than just a focal point. You likely spend many hours over the kitchen sink, washing fresh fruits and veggies, draining delicious pastas, watering your houseplants, and more. It only makes sense that you want to install a kitchen sink that is not only beautiful and aesthetically appealing that blends in seamlessly with your kitchen décor, but also you probably demand a kitchen sink that is serviceable to accommodate your particular needs and the needs of your family. Above all, you likely want a kitchen sink that can stand up to the rigors of time and usage without losing its beauty. While Faucet Depot stocks only hard-working and highly functional kitchen sinks and accessories from leading manufacturers in the plumbing industry, choosing the right one for your kitchen can be tricky. Let's compare the most sought after styles of kitchen sinks...

How Many Bowls Do You Need?
Our top of the line kitchen sinks are typically available in single bowl, 1 ½ bowl, double bowl, and triple bowl models. While the size of your kitchen may dictate which model you choose, you should also take into consideration the typical activities that will be performed in your kitchen and how much room you'll need in your kitchen sink for performing those activities in the most efficient manner.

Single bowl sinks are perfect for those with limited spaces and for those who do limited cooking and minimal prep work. The 1 ½ bowl kitchen sink and double kitchen sink are great choices for the busy cook who does a lot of prep work. The triple bowl kitchen sink is the best choice when there is more than one cook in the kitchen, those who are looking for optimal usability, or for those homeowners who want the

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From Stainless Steel to Composite, Endless Choices
In bygone years, kitchen sinks were basically made with one material: enameled cast iron. Today's market, however, is ripe with lots of choices and finishes for you to choose from. Let's run down some of the most popular:

Stainless Steel Sink
Blanco 510-887 Blancosupreme 1-3/4 Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel: the most popular kitchen sink style. Over half of the sinks in the U.S. (U.S. Department of Commerce, 2000) are made of stainless steel. Stainless steel kitchen sinks are resistant to cracking, peeling, and chipping, and can be obtained in both undermount and drop-in models. Stainless steel is perfect for those on a limited budget - some models start out at around $100 or so. When choosing a stainless steel kitchen sink, look for the thickness of the steel or the gauge of the steel. Oddly enough, the lower the gauge, the thicker the steel is - so keep that in mind; for example, 23 gauge steel is not as thick as 18 gauge steel, making an 18 gauge stainless steel sink a more durable model. The inside finish is also important - look for a satin texture finish that will provide longer life and protection from scratching with normal use.

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Cast Iron Sink
CECO Model 730-B Flat Rim
Cast Iron Kitchen Sink 30" x 20" x 8"
Cast Iron: Popular among those homeowners who want to add a vintage appeal to the kitchen. Cast iron sinks are still popular among those who want a look of yesteryear in the kitchen. Modern cast iron sinks are available in a wide array of trendy colors, but be prepared for help when installing a cast iron sink - they are very heavy and typically not available in undermount styles.

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Composite Sink
Blanco 511-604 Blancodiamond
Double Bowl Drop-In Kitchen Sink

Composite: More and more homeowners are choosing composite sinks for the kitchen. Composite sinks fall under three main categories: quartz composite, polyester/acrylic, and granite based. Quartz composite kitchen sinks are manufactured with 70 percent quartz and 30 percent resin filler. These types of sinks resist scuff, dents, and cuts for great durability while being available in tons of finishes and colors. Polyester/acrylic are typically budget friendly and have a shiny finish that makes the kitchen bright. Granite based composite sinks are the higher end option of the three, and are made of the most scratch chemical and scratch resistant material that is available on the market. All three types of composite sinks are available in drop in and undermount styles.

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