Generally, there are three categories of kitchen sinks: top-mount sinks, undermount sinks, and flush-mount sinks. In this post, we break down the different types of kitchen sinks and the pros and cons of each.
Top mount sinks are the most common sink-type because of how easy it is to install and because of the added support provided by the rim. With this type of installation, you can use almost any type of material, no matter how heavy. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that cleanup may require some extra effort as grime and debris can get caught in the seam.
An undermount sink is installed under the counter which makes it almost seamless from countertop to sink. This setup makes for very easy cleanup, and with an added garbage disposal, you might just be unstoppable!🙂 When choosing a sink for this type of installation, it’s best to avoid fireclay or cast iron sinks because of how much they weigh. Instead, consider stainless steel or copper.
Flush mount sinks blend perfectly and seamlessly into the countertop, with zero visible edges or change in the material. The sink and countertop are usually formed with one solid material and joined together tightly enough where the seam is invisible.
Each category has different variations. Here are a few top picks that you might want to consider for your next renovation:
1). Stainless Steel w/ Drainboard
A kitchen sink with a built-in drainboard can be quite practical for both cooking and cleaning. You can use the rimmed area to place a dish rack or use it as a designated food prep section for easy cleanup! This installation leaves you with cleaner counters and may even decrease that utility bill by not requiring your dishwasher as frequently.
2). Cast Iron Sink
If you like vintage or country style designs, a Cast Iron Sink might appeal to you. However, keep in mind that this type of sink has some bitter-sweet characteristics. They tend to be much heavier, but more durable than most materials, and while they are coated in porcelain to give them a nice glossy white finish, there is potential for the material to chip. You’ll also want to keep caution when cleaning as abrasive cleaners may wear down the coating (emoji).
3). Fireclay Sink
Almost identical in appearance to cast-iron sinks, Fireclay sinks are formed from clay and glaze fuzing together at temperatures over 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike cast-iron sinks, however, Fireclay sinks are more durable, chip-resistant, stain-resistant, and can handle abrasive cleaners. With this type of sink, you absolutely get the quality you pay for.
4). Granite Composite
Granite Composite sinks are incredibly durable, stain-resistant, and scratch-resistant. This material is quite dense, so you’ll notice it has a natural “sound-absorbing” quality to it. Granite Composite Sink are formed by combining crushed granite and resin filler, so they tend to be on the heavier side.
5). Corner Sink w/ Two Basins
Installed on…you guessed it… the corner of the counter, this type of sink offers two basins set apart from each other. It’s a less common design, but if you are looking to maximize the amount of space on your counters, this is an installation to consider. A fair warning, this design is usually more expensive because of the custom cuts required at the corner.
Farmhouse Sink Also known as an apron sink, Farmhouse Style sinks offer a rustic, country appearance. Stylish and practical, this type of sink can come with a single or double basin. Installed over the edge of the counter, Farmhouse Style sinks have a deep basin and are also well supported.