Buyer's Guide

A Guide to Kitchen Sink Types

If you’re anything like me, you spend an inordinate amount of time over the kitchen sink. It’s an important fixture that sees a lot of traffic everyday. Therefore, it’s vital that you choose the sink that’s best for you.

But with so many different styles of kitchen sinks out there, it can be a bit challenging to find the one that’s just right for you. Well, have no fear; I’ve gathered some of the different sizes and installation styles you’ll find, along with the benefits of each.


Single Basin Kitchen Sinks

EuroPro Single Undermount Kitchen Sink from Franke

Single basins have a single basin. Simple to understand. Many people believe that having more sink bowls is better, but this isn’t necessarily true.

Single basin sinks are often available in compact sizes. But it’s important to note that a single bowl sink is going to be bigger than a double bowl that’s designed to fit the same space, making cleaning large dishes easier. Another benefit is they’re easier and faster to clean due to their lack of corners and edges. Also, they’re usually cheaper than multiple bowl varieties.

Double Basin Kitchen Sinks

Professional Offset Double Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink from Franke

If space isn’t an issue, a double basin kitchen sink is the way to go. Sinks with two bowls come in two different styles.

The first type is two bowls of differing sizes (a 60/40 offset). Having two different sinks let you perform a variety of tasks: Prep food. Clean dishes. They typically have one sink that is around 18 inches wide and another that is 14 inches wide. The idea is that you can clean dishes in one sink and prep food in the smaller one. They’re also good for washing dishes you don’t want to put in the dishwasher: soap in one basin, rinse water in another.

Kubus Equal Double Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink from Franke

If, on the other hand, you’re a fan of symmetry, a sink with two bowls of equal size (a 50/50 sink) might be the way to go. You still have the benefits of performing multiple tasks in them, but they add a bit more balance to your kitchen.


Undermount Sinks

Kubus Single Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink from Franke

These sinks are completely recessed beneath the counter top. No lips. No rims. No exposed edges. This makes it easy to wipe crumbs and debris off the counter into the sink. Additionally, they’re easy to clean and offer a clean and contemporary style. The Kubus Single Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink is one of my favorites because of its seamless look and easy cleaning capabilities.

Drop-In or Self-Rimming Sinks

Modex Above Counter Kitchen Sink from Blanco

This kind of sink is installed directly into an opening in the counter with its ridges resting on top of the counter. It is easy to install, affordable and one of the most popular styles. The Modex Above Counter Kitchen Sink is cool because of its modern look and texture, and the side drainboard makes food prep mess-free.

Farmhouse Sinks

Farmhouse 3018 Kitchen Sink from Native Trails

Also known as an “apron-front sink,” this sink has an exposed front that features a large, deep basin, which makes it easy to wash large pots and pans. Even though they offer a bit of a vintage, country style, these sinks still have a clean appearance to them for a modern kitchen. The Farmhouse 3018 Kitchen Sink has sturdy, long-lasting construction that perfectly matches its rustic look.

Bar/Prep Sinks

Luna Bar/Prep Sink from Native Trails

Smaller than your standard kitchen sink, prep sinks are perfect for bar areas where counter space is the more important feature. They are perfect for simple prep work like rinsing fruit for cocktails or cleaning the occasional highball glass. The Luna Bar/Prep Sink features a sweet, crescent moon shape that will give your kitchen some unique flair. You can even fill it with ice and let the drinks chill when you host a party.

Now that you know the basics, the search for the perfect sink will be much easier. Ready to get started? Go here to check out many styles of kitchen sinks at YLiving.

Rhyen Clevenger

Rhyen Clevenger

Rhyen Clevenger is a site merchandiser at YBath. While he is new to the bath team, it does not hinder his enthusiasm for decorative plumbing. On the weekends he enjoys curling up with his fiancé and watching some good science fiction.

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