Selecting The Appropriate Kitchen Sink: It Takes More Than Meets The Eye

Plenty of homeowners will probably agree that kitchen sinks are the ones that are mostly unnoticed or not regarded as very interesting by the majority of their house guests. Perhaps it’s because these particular kitchen fixtures will forever be seen in every kitchen and as long as they’re serving their purpose, they won’t have as much attention as the other kitchen appliances and gadgets.

Yet if we look at it in another angle, having a clogging and defective kitchen sink will surely result in an exhausting effort just to get on with our daily kitchen chores specifically food preparation, cooking and cleaning dishes and utensils. So in order to have a kitchen in full operation, it is wise to understand the proper installation, replacement or maintenance needs of your kitchen sinks.

What makes a great kitchen besides its aesthetic factor is its being completely functional and everything is working to its full capacity. There’s no better way to start than with the most essential ones, the kitchen sink.

1. Enamel-coated Cast Iron – has been the standard material used for kitchen sinks and continues to be present in today’s modern kitchens. It has become popular because it appears more attractive compared to the other options. Nevertheless, it is not advisable to choose an enamel-coasted cast iron if one has the tendency to regularly apply force on kitchen sinks such as hurriedly throwing dishes or hard materials on the sink since enamel can get easily scratched and can wear off through time.

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Photo courtesy of thekitchn.com

2. Stainless Steel – For kitchen counters made of solid stone surfaces such as granite, it is commonly recommended to have a kitchen sink that’s made from stainless steel. This is probably the best option for those who are inclined to handle things in their sink that usually leads to great impacts. A sound-absorption stainless steel design has been engineered as another option for those who don’t like using a sink that creates too much noise and stainless steel can be quiet noisy when it comes in contact with kitchen utensils and dishes.

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3. Composites – For homeowners under a limited budget, the best preference is using composite sinks. This type is somewhat newer and one commonly used variety available on the market is composed of acrylic or polyester. It costs lesser and one can enjoy choosing from a great number of color variations. But then, this example of a drop-in sink can be a bit harder to clean and polyester or acrylic kitchen sinks are not as tough and sturdy as the others.

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4. Solid Surface sink – Another selection would be a kitchen sink made of solid surface material which offers a much easier space for cleaning. Minor scratches can simply be repaired by buffing but this material is still likely to chip off. Solid surfaces are also easily damaged if hot pots and pans are habitually being placed directly on the sink.

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There are obviously good sides as well as the not-so-favorable factors on in every kitchen sink option but still, the decision on what the best one to use is totally under your control. So select the most suitable one for the type of kitchen that you have and enjoy having a fully functional kitchen.

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