How to Choose the Right Kitchen Sink

The kitchen is the heart of home, but the sink is the star of the kitchen. Read on to find out what kind of sink is best for you.
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What's a kitchen without a sink? Like most rooms, it's important to keep function in mind when designing your dream space. When it comes to the kitchen, this mentality is key, as these essentials (sink, ovens, and other appliances) are the very building blocks of the space.

Even with a component as simple as the sink, it's important to weigh all the options. You'll want to select a sink that will work well and withstand years of daily use. To that end, really take time to think about how you and your family will use the kitchen sink. Do you often use big pots and pans that bang around the sink? Do you have small children and lots of art projects (ahem, messes) in your future? Are you a gardener who's dragging dirt inside?

Kitchen sinks are typically made from stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, solid surfaces and composites. Let's talk about the strengths and weaknesses of each of these materials:

Stainless Steel
Designers love stainless steel sinks because of their undermount capability. Also, as homeowners, we tend to be hard on sinks, and stainless steel is always a popular choice for it's durability. When shopping for a sink, keep in mind that lower-gauge stainless steel makes for a better quality sink. Some people find stainless steel sinks noisy, but that's a problem that can be addressed by choosing a design featuring sound-absorption technology. Franke Kitchen Systems offers some impressive options with great style to match. Find out more about their stainless steel sinks at Franke.com.

enamel-coated cast iron
Once the standard in kitchen sinks, enamel-coated cast iron has taken a back seat in today's kitchen. They're often very attractive; however, enamel can scratch and wear over time, so it's not ideal for those who cook a lot or have multipurpose kitchens.

SOLID SURFACE
If ease of cleanup is important, a solid surface sink that's built into the countertop is an option to investigate. However, it's not very durable. While minor scratches can be buffed out of solid surface sinks, they're prone to chipping. Also, transferring hot pots and pans directly from the cooktop to the sink can damage solid surfaces.  

Composite
There are several types of composite sinks. Although fairly new to the market, they're typically made of polyester/acrylic. Coming in at a lower price point and with many colors to choose from, this sink might appeal to homeowners on a budget. However, these materials aren't as durable as other sink options and drop-in sinks can be a real pain to clean. 

In most cases, stainless steel is the way to go. It's durable, easy to integrate into most designs and will surely stand the test of time. Before you make your final decision, make sure to pay a visit to a local showroom. Best Plumbing Tile & Stone is a great resource for anyone doing a kitchen renovation. With four beautiful showrooms in Stamford, Scarsdale, Yorktown and Somers, there's bound to be one close to your home. 

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