Thinking about getting a new kitchen sink? It’s something you’ll be using every day so it’s a good idea to think through the pros and cons of kitchen sink styles and materials.
Single Basin Sinks
Pros: Great for soaking those oversized pans or casserole dishes, a single basin also has a nice look to it. No more angling those large dishes sideways to wash one side and then flipping it over to get to the other side.
Cons: Having a single basin as your work area can be limiting when you are multitasking preparing food on one side and rinsing dishes on the other.
Double Basin Sinks
Pros: Being able to separate the sink into two work spaces has big benefits. One may be needed to drain pasta into a colander, while the other side can be used to rinse fresh vegetables.
Cons: Having two basins that are either equal or different sizes can be limiting for those times when you have oversized dishes to wash.
Triple Basins Sinks
Pros: Okay, this is a luxury – two basins sitting on either side of third basin that contains the garbage disposal. Nice separation of duties and helps keep the food scraps in one area.
Cons: It can a bit cumbersome to have to maneuver the food scraps into the center of the sink. The segmentation makes it difficult for those oversized items.
Low Divider Sinks
Pros: They offer some separation and the ability to wash a pan with a longer handle that can drape across the divider.
Cons: The lower divider in the sink can present a problem if you need deeper water for washing or certain tasks.
Pros: Having two sinks makes it possible to have one dedicated to food prep and one for cleanup. It also creates two work spaces for that busy kitchen.
Cons: Less counter or island space. While it’s convenience, just weigh the value against the countertop prep space you may have to sacrifice. Also, consider the cost that may be involved in moving plumbing to accommodate the new sink.
Stainless Steel Sinks
Pros: Durable and easy to clean.
Cons: It can get scratched over time and you need to be aware of what gauge steel you are getting to avoid those that can potentially dent. For example, an 18 gauge steel sink is more durable and expensive than a 22 gauge steel sink.
Pros: Offers a nice clean, traditional look and the potential for color.
Cons: They can chip and pans that scrape against them can leave marks.
Granite Composite Sinks
Pros: This is a combination of granite and polymers that is resistant to scratches, chipping, and waters spots. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Cons: They can be heavy, the lighter colors can stain, and there is annual maintenance involved to keep them properly sealed.
Pros: A stylish choice that can bring a kitchen design together with a variety of colors to match any décor.
Cons: They can be subject to scratching and chipping and you may need to use special cleaning products to protect them.
Thinking about a kitchen upgrade? Come check out our showroom for ideas. The Agentis team is ready to help.