Guide on Buying the Best Quality Kitchen Sinks
Whether you are creating the home design from the scratch or renovating your old kitchen or just replacing the old broken sink, there are several core things you have to decide to make a proper choice.
We have mentioned them in each individual kitchen sinks review. It is crucial to count them all.
Stainless Steel Type
We mention it first, despite the fact, most people don’t consider it at all. Alas, the durability and longevity of your new sink depends on it like nothing other. Here is the thing to remember: the less is the number of stainless steel type, the more solid and rust-proof is the product. The best quality stainless steel used for kitchen sinks is 16-gauge. The larger gauge number means thinner sheet of metal and less protection against rusting, dents, and scratches.
The size of the sink is the evident thing to consider. In a large family, the kitchen sink is heavy duty appliance. It has to be big enough to soak in it pots and pans; the stack of dishes and other utensils after the dinner must fit inside completely. Otherwise, small apartment kitchens, laundry rooms, wet bars require a smaller sink. Think about the necessary capacity of your sink to get the right one.
Then, match the required dimensions of the cabinet (not the sink!) with your cabinet size to ensure the sink will fit it. Although modular kitchen furniture tends to have standard dimension, check them carefully. Certain types of kitchen sinks have individual shape and size which won’t fit any standard cabinet. Therefore, if your aim is to quickly replace the old sink, limit your search by the existing cabinet measurements.
Faucet and Drain Assembly
As a rule, the best stainless sinks come with basic accessories like basket strainer, the grid to protect the bottom of the sink, the drain cover, etc. They very rarely include tap and drain assembly which are obligatory components for the sink usage. It is important to choose the faucet simultaneously, as it has to be technically compatible with the sink. Match the number of faucet mounting holes on the sink and that of the faucet. You’ll have to drill the extra holes if needed but it can affect the warranty.
One more thing to consider is the height of the tap, especially for a shallow sink. The clearance between the faucet and the sink bottom must allow you to use it comfortably.
The drain hole standard size is 3,5’’ which complies with majority of garbage disposals. The drain assembly and the faucet usually have the same color and finish to make a perfect combination with the sink.
Drop-in in general is the same mounting method like overmount and topmount. They all mean that the sink will be placed on the top of the cabinet with the sink rim laying around the bowl on the countertop. It is the simplest way of installation because one can do it alone without any additional skills. The most difficult task while doing this is to match the dimensions of the sink and the opening for it in the countertop.
All the best kitchen sink brands accompany their products with mounting hardware and detailed manual making the drop-in installation super toiless. There are also templates and drawings online to help customers do the right thing.
Undermount installation means that the sink must be placed under the countertop to provide the seamless working surface. The result has that modern hi-end look making the whole design classy. It is more appropriated in the open spaces where kitchen is a part of living room.
This mount type requires solid and water-proof countertop material. Laminate or wood are not suitable for undermount sinks. The difficulties of installing such sink are caused by the necessity to remove the whole countertop, cut the proper hole in it, and make the seam between the sink and countertop leak-proof. It’s always better to get these tasks done by the professional, unless you have proper experience.
Thus, be ready to spend more for installing the undermount sink or do it with extra hassle.
Farmhouse sinks are the ones you have to be careful with. These kitchen sinks have traditional arpen on the front side looking great in terms of appearance but requiring special cabinet construction. If you are a fan of farmhouse sinks, choose the one for your renovated place before ordering kitchen furniture.
The mounting can require more than one man because large sinks with arpens tend to weigh a lot.
The stainless steel sinks reviews you’ve read above reflect our personal opinion regarding the topic. In any case, you should make a decision due to your particular aims. Every household is different and so do people’s needs.
We recommend the most versatile options on the market considering quality and price tag. Thus, if you’re not limited in funds, your best choice would be the stainless steel Kore Workstation or KHU100-30 single bowl sink by KRAUS for large kitchens or TORVA compact sink for smaller spaces. They are topnotch variants you won’t regret.
For those who is tight on money, our top choice is the ZUHNE Drop-In Single Bowl sink which is also available in the single bowl variant. Finally, if you’re looking for a decent compact sink for your wet bar, meet the gem of our search, the Houzer Glowtone sink. It has the advanced features of hi-end brands for quite affordable price.