Finding the right sink for your kitchen and bathroom can be a bit overwhelming. With the vast selection of sinks available in the market today, it is quite confusing, and sometimes frustrating, to decide which product would suit perfectly inside your home.
You may already have set yourself into buying a similar sink you’ve seen at a friend’s house, but a visit to the local home-improvement store will surely make you consider other options. Walking between the extensive collection of sink products on display, you become more and more undecided. You spend hours choosing: 1. which material should your sink be made of; 2. which style would complement your interior; and 3. which added functionality should you consider necessary.
As you leave the checkout counter, you feel like a lot of your time, money, and effort slowly goes down the drain. You drive home thinking you made the best decision. Upon arriving home, however, you begin to realize that the sink you have just purchased seems a little out of place.
Much like any other fixture in the house, your kitchen and bathroom sinks require the needed functionality and design which fits the lifestyle of everyone at home. To help you choose among the common sink styles you’ll find in the market today, here is a list that will guide you in your planning and purchase:
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a. Drop-in Sink
Placed fittingly inside a hole cut out of the countertop, the Drop-in Sink is a traditional style of the fixture long since. Also known as a “Top-mount Sink,” it hangs on the countertop, with its rim or lip resting on the perimeter of the cutout.
- The Drop-in Sink is easy and inexpensive to install.
- An overlapping rim protects the edges of the countertop’s cut out from chipping.
- It is widely available at most home improvement stores.
- Should there be a need for a replacement, it can be easily done without damaging the countertop.
- Dirt and gunk can build up between the rim and the countertop.
- The sink’s rim covers a small part of the countertop, which many find unsightly.
b. Undermount Sink
The Undermount Sink provides a sleek and uninterrupted look for your kitchen’s surface. It attaches below the countertop, which hides the rim from plain sight.
- You can conveniently wipe spills or crumbs straight into the sink.
- It provides more countertop space compared to other sink types.
- An Undermount Sink imparts a higher resale value for your home.
- Not only is it much more expensive to buy, but the installation also costs higher than all other sink types.
- Gunk can build up on the underside where the sink attaches to the countertop.
- Replacing the sink requires having the right set of tools or the need for professional help.
- It only works with solid countertop materials, like granite, marble, quartz, etc.. It can not be combined with laminate or tile countertops, as they may not be able to support the weight of the water which the sink will bear on a daily use.
c. Farmhouse Sink
The Farmhouse, or Apron Sink, is a popular pick for rustic or vintage-style kitchens. Its prominent feature is a large forward facing section (apron) which replaces a part of the lower cabinet and countertop.
- Compared to other sinks, it has a deeper basin that can accommodate big baking pans and large casseroles.
- It eliminates the need to bend over when doing the dishes as it sticks out slightly from the supporting cabinetry.
- A Farmhouse Sink requires a custom-made cabinet, which can be a bit costly.
- Scratches may occur on the front face of the sink (e.g., a user may unintentionally scrape the apron with the metal button of his or her jeans when using the sink).
- Water tends to drip down the apron and onto the floor or cabinet doors.
d. Vessel Sink
The Vessel Sink makes a beautiful addition to any home as it adds uniqueness and creates a focal point for the bathroom. It is basically a basin fixed on top of a vanity top or is placed partially recessed. It is paired with either a deck or a wall-mounted faucet.
- The Vessel Sink is available in glass, porcelain, copper, stone, and other materials to match the elements of any interior.
- It is the easiest type of sink to install (and replace, if needed).
- This sink allows greater space for toiletries, decorations, and other bathroom items.
- Splashing may occur if the faucet’s height and placement do not match the with the sink.
- Extra cleaning is needed as you are required to wipe both the inner and outer surfaces of the bowl.
- It may cause problems to young children, who may be tempted to grab onto the sides of the basin to pull themselves up.
With all the many options available for your kitchen and bathroom, finding the best sink for your home should be an enjoyable task. You need not worry about finding the perfect one as each style of the sink has its own advantages and disadvantages. There is no right or wrong choice.
Always remember, when buying a sink: follow your personal taste and consider your lifestyle. You’ll be amazed how a simple sink can make a big splash in your home.