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Kitchen Sink Buyers Guide

We put together this kitchen sink buyers guide to help you sort through the many choices and options you have available. When you start shopping for a sink you will notice that they are available in many different price points, styles, materials, sizes etc. On this page we will point out some of the most important factors that you need to consider.

 

Budget

Before you start shopping for a sink, you have to figure out how much you are willing to spend. You can get an inexpensive kitchen sink for under $100 but if you want something a little higher in quality, you’re going to need to be willing to spend more. Of course you can also get high-end sinks for hundreds of dollars.

You might want to shop online for a kitchen sink because many websites will allow you to search within a certain price range. This will allow you to quickly see what is available for the money you are willing to spend.

 

Design

The design that is most attractive to you will certainly be a personal preference but there are some functional things to consider as well. Do you want a sink with a single basin or do you want a double basin sink? Consider how deep the sink basin is. A deeper basin will make it easier to wash large pots and pans. When it comes to design, remember to consider functionality as well as aesthetics.

The design of a sink also includes the way the sink is mounted. Some sinks can be mounted from underneath the countertop giving the sink a sleek look and a seamless transition from the countertop to the sink. If you buy a sink that mounts from above you may want to consider a self rimming sink. A self rimming sink will not require any additional trim because the exposed edges of the sink are finished edges so rimming sinks are fast and easy to install.

 

Materials

Stainless steel is very popular because it looks great and it is durable. Stainless steel will not be damaged by hot or cold, it will not easily stain and it is resistant to damage from impact if you drop something in the sink.

Cast-iron sinks are also a popular choice. A cast-iron sink will normally be covered in porcelain or enamel. A porcelain covered, cast-iron sink will be very durable and it will also be able to stand up to rapid temperature fluctuations. Enamel is not as rugged as porcelain but it is also less expensive.

Composite sinks are another option. A composite sink is made out of more than one material. An example would be a granite composite that would be made of granite and resin. Composite sinks are incredibly durable. They can resist extreme temperatures, they are resistant to stains, scratches, and chipping. Composite sinks are also nonporous so they do not provide a surface where bacteria can multiply and they are easy to clean.

 

As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when you are shopping for a sink. There are also a number of different manufacturers with many different makes and models. Hopefully this kitchen sink buyers guide will help you get through your many choices and select the sink that will work best for you.

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