Kitchen sinks are an essential component of the kitchen work triangle. There are many types of sinks available and if you are in the market for one, you should do your research and figure out which would work best for you. Let’s start with four different types of sinks and then talk about different ways that sinks can be installed.
Single Bowl Kitchen Sinks
With no bells and whistles, a single bowl sink is a basic sink that would be ideal for someone who doesn’t use the kitchen a lot or has a smaller kitchen. It comes in a variety of sizes so you can pick one according to the size of your kitchen. If you happen to use a lot of big pots and pans, you should try and find a bigger sink to comfortably wash them. Single bowls are typically cheaper than other kinds of sinks. They are also easier to clean since they have fewer edges and corners.
Double Bowl Kitchen Sinks
Double bowl sinks are definitely gaining popularity in Indian homes as people come to realize the convenience that two bowls bring while cleaning up. If you tend to do a lot of cooking, and thus dirty a lot of dishes in the process, you may want to think of investing in a good double bowl sink. A large family would also benefit from these as large families use large dishes that require space in the sink to hold and clean. Double bowl sinks come in different sizes and combinations – two identical bowls, two similar-sized bowls with varying depths, two different sized bowls with same depth etc.
Sink with Drainboard
Sinks with a drainboard are another popular choice in Indian kitchens because of its practicality. You can wash and leave the clean dishes and vegetables on the drainboard for a while so that you don’t drip water all over the place. This type of sink does, however, take up more space on your counter.
Farmhouse or Apron Sink
Farmhouse sinks are single bowl sinks with the front of the sink visible from the front of the countertop. These types of sinks can be installed under the counter level or above it. Usually, they go very well in kitchens designed in country style, but if you have an experienced designer to guide you, it can look great in a contemporary style kitchen as well.
Integrated Kitchen Sink
For the ultra-stylish, an integrated kitchen sink is a chic option. These sinks are made from the same material as the countertop giving an uninterrupted flow from counter to sink. You must plan ahead if you want to get this style in your kitchen. You cant buy the sink and counter stone separately, it has to be designed together.
Top Mount Kitchen Sinks
Let’s move on to different types of installation of sinks. Top mount kitchen sinks are commonly used in Indian kitchens since its relatively inexpensive. It’s easy to install because it’s designed to be dropped into a pre-made hole in the countertop, giving it its alternate name ‘drop-in’ sinks. Basically, they have a ridge or lip that fits over the counter. The projecting lip of the basin does away with the need for an under-counter support system, and are perfect for people with on a tight budget. Many apartments come with countertops already fixed, which means that this type of sink mounting will be your only option.
The downside of getting this type of sink for your kitchen is that they don’t have the sleek, sophisticated look of some other types that we will be discussing because of the projecting lip. Also, you may be also looking at more maintenance since dirt can collect in the gap between the lip of the sink and countertop.
Undermount Kitchen Sinks
Mounted underneath the counter, under-mount sinks have no lip or rim, thereby creating a neater look. They are more difficult to install and may even need an additional internal support system, which means that the cost can be more. Under-mount sinks are however easier to clean since there are no crevices or grooves for food or dirt to accumulate. Since the counter flows directly into the sink, dirt and debris can be wiped straight into the sink.