Types of Kitchen Sinks
Quick Sinks have many different types of kitchen sinks to choose from. It’s great to have the options but we appreciate that sometimes it can be difficult to choose the right one for you – or to even work out the difference!
That’s why we’ve put together this blog all about different types of kitchen sinks so you can know whether a double bowl or an inset sink is the right sink for you!
Our kitchen sinks collection can be split into 3 main variations: material, size and style. Size is pretty self-explanatory and will usually just depend on how big your kitchen space is but the material and style of your sink is often a tricky decision to make. Read on for a guide to the different styles and materials of kitchen sink to help you choose the right one for you.
Kitchen Sink Materials
Material is probably the simplest variation when it comes to kitchen sinks so it makes a good place to start. Most of the sinks we stock are stainless steel but we do also have ceramic sinks available.
Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks
Stainless steel sinks are found in most modern kitchens as they are not only stylish but hard wearing and easy to maintain. Stainless steel sinks are perfect for a busy family kitchen and are also a great choice for industrial use. The huge benefit of choosing a stainless steel sink for your kitchen is that they are crack and chip proof so handle wear and tear incredibly well. You may notice some small scratches, especially when the sink is new, but these will soon fade and become less noticeable. Leading sink manufacturers estimate that 70% of all modern sinks are made using stainless steel and it’s easy to see why.
Ceramic Kitchen Sinks
Ceramic sinks are less popular than stainless steel these days but are still used in traditional and country kitchens. Ceramic sinks are usually handcrafted and baked in fireclay and are sturdy enough to last for years with just a regular wipe down needed to keep them stain free. Ceramic sinks also tend to be more expensive than stainless steel sinks, which is probably a contributing factor to their decline in popularity. Ceramic sinks can also be more prone to chipping or cracking, especially if not installed correctly and without proper maintenance and care.
Kitchen Sink Styles
This is where things get a little bit more complicated as there are quite a few different kitchen sink styles available. You have the option of an inset sink or an undermount sink and you can go for anything from a single bowl sink to a triple bowl sink. Read on for more information about each type and the pro’s and con’s of each.
Single Bowl Kitchen Sinks
Single bowl sinks are exactly what the name suggests – a sink with just one bowl. Single bowl sinks have a few benefits including taking up less space in your kitchen, being easier to clean and of course being less expensive than the equivalent double or triple bowl sink. It can often be beneficial to go for a large single bowl sink rather than trying to fit two smaller bowls in the same space. Having two smaller bowls can make it difficult to wash large items like pans and woks that will fit easily in a single bowl sink.
Multi Bowl Kitchen Sinks
For those with a bigger kitchen and more space available, a double bowl sink or even a triple bowl sink may be worth considering. Double bowl sinks are increasingly common as they give you more flexibility – for example you can do one load of washing up while you have other dirty dishes soaking. We also stock triple bowl sinks which are great for industrial use or in extra large kitchens. Of course, having multiple bowls is also going to take more time to clean and is going to be more expensive than a single bowl.
Undermount Kitchen Sinks
An undermount kitchen sink is one that is mounted underneath the counter. The edge of your counter will lead directly into the sink bowl and there is no visible lip or rim of the sink. There are several benefits of undermount sinks including:
- More hygienic countertop with no rim for food to accumulate under.
- Easier to clean with the ability to wipe debris straight into the sink.
- More countertop space.
- Often more aesthetically pleasing as it blends in with the kitchen.
All in all the undermount sink is a great choice for most kitchens with plenty of benefits. There are a couple of downsides though in that undermount sinks tend to be slightly more expensive and can be more difficult to install, depending on your kitchen set up.
Inset Kitchen Sinks
Inset sinks are sometimes referred to as drop-in sinks and are still the most popular type of sink, despite the growth in popularity of the undermount sink in recent years. Inset sinks have a visible rim around the edge that you don’t get with undermount sinks. Inset sinks have the benefit of being easier to install and cheaper to purchase but are starting to be looked at as ‘old-fashioned’ as the trend for undermount sinks develop. Inset kitchen sink are still an excellent choice for those on a budget or for those with a traditional style kitchen.
We hope this guide to the different types of kitchen sinks has come in useful and if you have any further questions we’ll be happy to help – contact Quick Sinks today!