Which Type of Sink is Right for You?

Posted September 4, 2019 by Katlyn Droke

Picture this: your dream kitchen design is nearing perfection. You’ve picked out show-stopper cabinets in an eye-pleasing color. You’ve also curated a countertop that makes your new cabinetry shine. You know exactly what shade of appliance to incorporate into the landscape of your new kitchen. But something is missing… it’s the sink! While some homeowners have their eye on a particular sink from day one, many overlook it until the last moment in their redesign planning process. It’s easy to do – most people don’t dream of replacing their sink. They dream of fresh new cabinets, a durable new countertop, or the allure of a new floor. 

We like to think of the sink as the cherry on top of your perfect kitchen. It’s the final piece that completes your vision and complements the overall style you were going for. 

If you’re a newbie to sink purchasing, then the first thing you need to know is that sinks are first classified in terms of the material they’re made from. Once you hone in on a material, the next consideration is the style, which comes in different configurations in terms of basins and installation. 

But what sink should you choose?

Let’s start with the top 6 materials found in today’s modern kitchen:

White shaker kitchen with stainless steel sink
Choose stainless steel for a sink that prioritizes durability.

Stainless Steel

Want a sink that will last a lifetime?

Stainless Steel is a traditional choice in sink material because of it will last forever.

It won’t break. It maintains the same appearance over time. It’s resilient against heavy use, acidic foods, and abrasive cleaners. Overall, there’s nothing special you need to do to maintain it. It’s the ultimate no-worry sink. 


Granite sink with white marble countertop
Granite adds an air of sophistication to any kitchen. Image: Lavello Sinks

Granite Composite

Looking for a sink with a high modern feel? Try a Granite Composite sink. Made with crushed granite that is bonded together with resin, it’s a very durable sink that will withstand heavy use and stay beautiful.

The only thing to keep in mind with this type is that it does tend to be heavier than other sink options.

Meaning you might need to add structural support to your cabinet.


Cast iron sink on copper counter surface
Heavy cast iron adds industrial punch to your sink design. Image: The Kitchen Sink Handbook

Cast Iron

Need a sink that feels clean, classic, and elegant?

A Cast Iron sink takes the beauty of a classic cast iron tub and incorporates that into your kitchen.

The metal sink gets its beauty from the powder-coated enamel surface. It tends to be on the heavier side, but it’s not as heavy as some other options. If this is the way to go in your design, just make sure you don’t use abrasive cleaners on it, as they will wear down the finish over time. 


Copper accent sink
Choose copper for a bold statement sink. Image: MR Direct

Copper

This sink is a fresh new take on stainless steel, and it’s definitely a bold choice for a sink. One of the oldest metals known to man, it’s a bold choice that can shine bright in many designs.

If you tend to like things that look weathered or aged, then you’ll love how this sink artfully ages over time.


Porcelain farmhouse kitchen sink
Clean and classic porcelain is a traditional choice for a rustic kitchen.

Porcelain

This is another classic material that has always been a popular option as a kitchen sink. It looks like Cast Iron, but it’s not metal. It’s ceramic.

The biggest benefit of Porcelain is that it can come in a multitude of colors, allowing homeowners to really create a unique kitchen look.

While it can’t claim to be the most durable option out there, many claim that this material can last as long as your home does. 


Ceramic fireclay sink
Ceramic fireclay sinks give an industrial, yet classy look to the kitchen. Image: Joyfully Growing

Fireclay

What if you want the look of Cast Iron without fussing over what kind of cleaner to use? That’s what you get with Fireclay, which is clay mixed with glaze and fused at very high temperatures. Unlike Cast Iron, Fireclay is glazed.

While a Fireclay sink is less likely stain or etch, there is a small risk that it can crack.

This can happen with installation, and it can be avoided with installers that take caution. And IF it does chip, the chipped part won’t be as much of an eyesore because the sink is the same color through and through. 


Now that you’ve considered materials, it’s time to consider a style.

Here are the most common configurations to choose from:

Single and double basin kitchen sink
Choose your sink style based on your kitchen needs.

Single-bowl vs Double-bowl

Do you need a little separation or as much room as possible? Single-bowls can come in all sizes from small to big, and it’s the best option for fitting a sink within an unusual kitchen shapes. However, people who love organization also love having the separate provided by a double-bowl. 


top mount and under mount sink basins
Undermount sinks are a good option for a concealed sink profile. Images: MR Direct

Top-mount vs Undermount

Maybe you don’t want your sink to be immediately visible. Maybe you want a seamless look to your countertop? Then go with an undermount sink, where the edge of the sink is hidden under the countertop. Otherwise, let it shine with a top-mount that mounts the edge of the sink on top of the countertop.  

 


White farmhouse kitchen sink with an apron and shaker cabinets
Farmhouse style sinks create a beautifully rustic kitchen look.

Farmhouse

When people think of this style they immediately think of the ‘apron’, or the part that hangs past the edge of the countertop. That’s why it’s also called an Apron Sink. If you want your sink to stand-out (literally), then this is the style for you. 


Deep stainless steel sink with butcher block countertop kitchen
High-traffic kitchens are made even more efficient with a deep sink style. Image: Kraus USA

Deep

Like the name implies, it’s possible to get a deeper sink if you have the cabinet space. This is great for cleaning up after big dinner parties with a mountain of dishes. 

By now, your dream sink should be materializing in your dream kitchen design. And if a few pictures aren’t enough, you can always visit your nearest Cabinets To Go showroom to see a few in person.