Kitchen Sinks

Kitchen sinks are typically made from stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, solid surfaces and composites. For clients who choose solid surface counters like granite or engineered stone, KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing recommends a stainless steel sink because of its under-mount capability. Also if homeowners tend to be hard on sinks (Such as, prone to throwing things into their sink), stainless is often the best choice. When considering a stainless steel sink, keep in mind that lower-gauge stainless steel makes for a better quality sink. Some people find stainless steel sinks noisy, but that’s a problem that can be addressed by choosing a design featuring sound-absorption technology.

Once the standard in kitchen sinks, enamel-coated cast iron still has a place in today’s kitchen. “They’re probably the prettiest of all the sinks on the market today, we believe

If ease of cleanup is important, a solid surface sink that’s an integral part of a countertop is the option to look into.

“Even with the under-mount sink, you’ve still got that joint between the countertop and the underside. Solid surface sinks create a much smoother clean up area to deal with. While minor scratches can be buffed out of a solid surface sink, the material is prone to chip, and transferring hot pots and pans directly from the cooktop to the sink can damage solid surfaces.

Composite sinks, a newer style of sink, are another option for kitchens. There are several types of composite sinks on the market, with polyester/acrylic being just one of them. Coming in at a lower price point and with many colors to choose from, this sink might appeal to homeowners on a budget. However, polyester/acrylic sinks aren’t as durable as other sink options and drop-in sinks can be more difficult to clean.

Number of Sinks

Traditionally, most kitchens feature a double-bowl sink.

“Obviously, double bowls — especially two equal size bowls — were made for washing dishes. We really don’t wash dishes much in the kitchen.

Homeowners still hand wash large pots, pans and baking sheets, for this KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing recommends at least one oversized sink bowl. If space is an issue and double bowls are a must, an oversized bowl and a small bowl combination should be adequate. If space isn’t an issue, we recommend one oversized and one standard sized bowl.

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