There are very few features in the home that are used as often, and in such a versatile manner, as the kitchen sink. Here are a few tips for picking the one that will work the best for you.
Single or Double
Even if you don’t cook a lot, you still may want to consider a double sink configuration. Two sinks means you can perform double the tasks, be it washing dirty dishes while preparing dinner, or cleaning the kids’ paint supplies while letting steaks thaw. Your double sinks don’t have to be identical in size. For example, what is referred to as a 60/40 sink typically has one basin that’s larger than the other, the idea being to use the larger sink for cleaning and the smaller one for food prep.
A deeper sink could simply mean less mess in the long run. When you are rinsing vegetables or washing dishes, a deep sink will prevent water from splashing out onto the countertop, floors, and your clothes. It could also mean you have to wash dishes less often, which can be a good, but also bad, thing. A farmhouse sink, like the one below, is a good example of a deep sink, which has the hallmark of being more accessible to the whole family, given the basin’s proximity to the edge of the counter.
The main materials used for kitchen sinks tend to be stainless steel, porcelain, granite, and natural stone (like soapstone link: http://marcandmandy.com/what-is-soapstone/). In terms of durability and function, stainless steel is always a safe choice. It’s a difficult material to damage and it tends to blend in with any decor. Granite and soapstone are durable as well, (with regular maintenance) but often come with a hefty price tag attached. That said, the look of a granite or soapstone sink is unparalleled.
Don’t Forget About Accessories!
Just like a laptop computer or a great outfit, a sink’s function can be amplified with an array of practical accessories like built-in cutting boards, prep bowls, colanders, and dish racks.