The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the sink is one of the basic pieces of its setup. With the busy lives we lead, we all need affordable, durable, functional, easily to maintain, stylish, and of course, kitchen sinks that fit perfectly in the décor of the home.
Nevertheless, before spending a small fortune on a kitchen sink, you need to have at least a basic knowledge of the different types and styles available on the market.
- A typical single, large rectangular basin
- A double-bowled sink with same size bowls
- A double-bowled sink with one side significantly smaller (usually to hold the garbage disposer)
- A three-bowl kitchen sinks with one of the bowls usually topped with a chopping board
- Stainless steel kitchen sinks, since the debut, remain one of the most attractive options of many homeowners because their durable tough steel surface does not become chipped from heavy impacts, heat and cold exposure. These kitchen sinks do not stain nor rust and they are one of the most affordable sink solutions. When it comes to maintenance, their surface is very easy to clean and it does not harbor bacteria. Stainless steel sinks fit perfectly all kitchen styles and are easy to shape into a customized space.
- Ceramic kitchen sinks are another popular option. You do not have to worry about damaging your ceramic sink in case you put hot oven dishes on it because this type is heat resistant. They are extremely durable and versatile, however, although ceramic sinks look very sophisticated, they are very gentle and need to be treated with care. Also, ceramic kitchen sinks can be rather unforgiving, thus if you drop a glass on it, it is very likely that the glassware will break into pieces.
- Cast iron is one of the oldest materials that are used for kitchen sinks and it is still one of the most popular choices today. The bright, glossy enamel finish can last for decades and its looks and durability attract many homeowners. As the name implies, cast iron sinks are made of casting iron. The enamel finish is extremely tough and does a great job when it comes to resisting scratches and stains. These sinks are available in a wide range of styles and colours, but you need to be prepared to pay extra dollars if you choose a sink that does not have a typical white enamel.