The sink is definitely the most utilized part of any kitchen, so it’s essential that you get it right the first time to ensure it can perform well throughout your many kitchen tasks. Size, style, material, accessories and functionality are all key considerations, as your kitchen needs to be practical and well suited to your needs. To help you decide, here are a few tips for choosing the right kitchen sink.
Your first consideration is how many bowls or basins. Consider the size of the area available and whether you want a single bowl, double-bowl sink or even triple-bowl sink. Traditionally, kitchens featured a double-bowl sink, however since we now use dishwashers, the need for a second sink is somewhat redundant. You may want to opt for a smaller second sink with a garbage disposal or a drying rack area instead, but this is completely personal preference.
Deep sinks are trending at the moment due to their functional design. A deeper sink basin means that you can wash big pans or prep large quantities of food with ease. Rounded edges are generally easier to clean, however angular edges look much more symmetrical and minimalistic.
Choose from a range of materials such as stainless steel, which is durable and easy to clean, porcelain, which is aesthetically pleasing and works well with authentic and vintage-style kitchens, granite, which is scratch and chip resistant and looks rather sleek, and natural stone, which can match exactly with your counter top. Whichever material you choose, ensure that it fits the design and overall feel of your kitchen.
Kitchen Sink Accessories
There are a number of accessories you can get to make your sink even more practical, such as drying racks and food rinse baskets. Chopping boards, prep bowls, knife blocks, and racks for cleaning utensils are other accessories that can be conveniently built into your sink for a personalized workstation. We recommend choosing accessories from the same manufacturer as the sink for the best fit, and some may custom-make it for you if they don’t have exactly what you want.
Your faucets should complement your sink and there are many options available on the market with clever features to make washing the dishes and cleaning food that bit easier. Generally, faucets with a brass base and ceramic disk valve are the most durable. When it comes to faucet handles, two handles looks aesthetically pleasing, however single-lever faucets tend to be more practical. You may also want to invest in a spray arm to aid with washing the dishes.
Before you invest in a kitchen sink, make sure you take a look around showrooms to get a feel for the different designs and styles. For installation, don’t forget that we’re one of the best plumbing companies in Vancouver so we can care for your plumbing needs, whatever they may be!