Kitchen sinks come in all shapes and sizes. Choosing a kitchen sink may sound easy; however, there are a few things to consider. Are you keeping the same countertop and just replacing the sink? If so, then you will have to go with the same style as your old sink. If this is a kitchen remodel and you are going with a completely different look, then an apron sink or undermount sink could be an option. You must also keep in mind that drains and faucets are separate costs, so consider your overall budget when choosing the whole look. Let’s dive into the three most popular options and talk about the pros and cons.
Topmount sinks are considered to be more traditional and often cost-effective. They can also be referred to as drop-in sinks. The lip around the entire edge of the sink rests on the top of the counter.
- Overall drop-in sinks are less expensive and typically cost $200 less than an undermount sink.
- You don’t have to have a solid surface for a drop-in sink. Drop-in sinks work with all styles of countertops.
- Unless your topmount sink is practically seamless to the counter, it can be hard to clean. Food crumbs and counter debris can get stuck. Routine cleaning is necessary to avoid excess build-up.
- Topmount sinks are a more traditional look, and it could be hard to find a modern looking style.
Undermount sinks range from $100 to $1000 or more. There is a wide variety of types and styles to choose from. You’ll likely have to consider installation costs as well, which can range from $50-$100.
- Undermount sinks do not have a lip, so they are easier to clean. You can sweep the crumbs off the counter and into the sink, and you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck under the lip.
- The overall look of an undermount sink looks sleek and clean. They have a stylish and aesthetically pleasing look.
- Not all counter types are intended for undermount sinks. Granite, marble, and limestone work well with undermount sinks. The laminate countertop is not an option.
- Installing an undermount sink isn’t for the new DIYer. We recommend contacting a professional to help with installation.
Other Sink Options
Bowl types is another factor when choosing a sink. You have the choice between the double bowl and a single bowl. Some bowls are divided evenly, 50/50, or you can find them 60/40 and 70/30. You’ll also have to consider the depth and determine how much space you have beneath your sink. Think about your current dishwashing routine, do you wash on one side and rinse on the other? Do you need a large sink for washing large dishes (think holidays and family gatherings)?
Apron sinks or farmhouse sinks have become very popular in the past few years. They have a modern and sleek look with the front-facing surface exposed. The basin of the sink is typically deeper, so they accommodate more substantial dishes. Apron sinks generally are more on the expensive side, and you’ll also have to hire a professional for installation.
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