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Buying Tips: Your Kitchen Sink

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:53pm

Your kitchen is most likely the hub of your home. Even if you don’t sit down for a daily meal – everyone has to pass through from time to time, even if it’s just for a bowl of cereal. From preparing your food to the cleanup of the leftover dishes, your sink has a lot to handle on a day to day basis. Plumbing probably isn’t the first thing you think about when you are going to replace your kitchen sink. You probably spend time thinking about what style your kitchen is and what size of sink you want.

Drop-in sinks feature a rim that rests on the counter top (self-rimming). This covers the raw countertop cutout and they generally cost less and are easier to install than other types of sinks. The edges can be difficult to keep clean.What do you need to consider when it’s time to shop for that sink? Do you want your sink to be the belle of the ball (so to speak) or an easy undermount that allows your counter top to steal the show. Will your cabinet and countertops be able to support the weight of your new sink? One thing not to concern yourself with is brand names. Most brands are very comparable to anything else on the market. If there’s a brand that fits your aesthetic, by all means go with that one!

  • Undermount sinks show off the countertop and the clean up is pretty simple. They are trickier and more expensive to install.
  • How many bowls make sense for you? Some people prefer the look of one big sink, but two sinks give more flexibility. A third bowl can come in handy when you want to totally separate the food disposal function. Take some time to think about how much you use your sink to prepare your food – and how you prefer to wash your dishes. Don’t forget – if you’re just replacing a sink there are probably already holes drilled. If you try to change the amount you’re going to have extra construction (and cost) on your hands. If you’re going for less, you can install a base plate to cover an extra hole in the sink or countertop.
  • Many people think that flat bottom sinks make washing or rinsing because you can easily rest glasses on the bottom without fear of them toppling over.

Don’t forget about the faucet.

It’s one thing to find that perfect stainless steel sink, but now you’ve got to grab the faucet to match. Consider the height of the sink and make sure that the faucet extends well into the sink to avoid drips on the counter. If your faucet is too large for a smaller sink there will likely be splashing.

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