Stainless steel sinks
No one can deny the versatility of kitchen sinks. Traditionally, stainless steel kitchen sinks ruled the day, especially within the home and commercial restaurants. While they may be very practical and functional, they are not necessarily pleasing to the eye.
Commonly, stainless steel sinks are undermounted. They are very durable and easily maintained with traditional powder or liquid cleansers.
If there is any downside to having stainless steel kitchen sinks, it’s that stains and dirt are not always immediately visible. If unattended, they can be the perfect breeding place for mold and mildew. They also tend to make a lot of noise if you drop something in it.
Now, just because stainless steel sinks are a favorite fixture, it doesn’t mean you have to settle for one. Depending on your tastes, the relative size of your kitchen, or what functionality you expect from your sink, there is more than one kind out there for you to take a look at!
Porcelain enamel kitchen sinks
One alternative would be a porcelain sink, which is molded onto cast iron. Aside from classic white, this type of kitchen sink comes in a wide array of colors and custom finishes.
One great thing about porcelain sinks is that they are very durable. However, they are also known to crack or chip your fine China if dropped in the sink. To avoid this from happening, keep the bottom of the sink covered with a rubber dish mat. You can easily buy one at your local department store.
When compared to ceramic kitchen sinks, however, you may find that porcelain enamel sinks withstand more wear and tear. This is because they rarely suffer from corrosion.
Farmhouse or apron sinks
For a more natural and rustic feel in your kitchen, this type of sink may be your ticket to a country-inspired design. It contrasts beautifully with dark hardwood cabinets or dark countertops, as they typically are available in stone materials (like granite or limestone) or also in cast iron. They are commonly installed as undermount sinks, and have about the same functionality as traditional stainless steel sinks.
Aside from stainless steel, other sinks are fashioned out of nickel and copper. Nickel is more durable, and arguably, more costly; but, its beauty is unparallel.
Copper sinks offer the same benefits. However, unless you have a kitchen sink made of 100% copper, it can be a pain to maintain them.
If you have a large family, your demand for heavy duty cleaning or food preparation will be high. In this case, you may opt to have double kitchen sinks installed.
Now if you have a very tiny kitchen (usually the kind found in studio or one bedroom apartments), a corner kitchen sink or a single sing takes up very little space and has all the functionality and reliability from its bigger, more heavy duty cousins.
Whatever you are looking for, be sure to check out the online retails to help make you decision a little easier. With the huge selection you will surely find the perfect sink for you!