There are many different styles of kitchen sinks available in the market today. Each one of them is unique in its way, for instance, the material in which it is made of, the manner in which it has been designed, etc. Below is a brief discussion of some of the favorite variety found today:
1) Top Mount Sink
Also referred to as the drop in type of sink because of the manner in which it has been designed i.e. in such a way that it is dropped into a hole in the counter top. It has a rim or a lip that aids in holding it in place thus creating a finished look.
This type of sink is very easy and inexpensive to install, and one can easily install it even without any special skills.
The area between the lip of the sink and the counter can quickly accumulate scum because the sink’s rim prevents you from seeping the debris and the water from the counter straight into the sink.
2) Undermount Sink
A type of sink that has been mounted underneath the counter. It has no rim or lip thus the edge of the counter directly drops off to the sink basin.
Cleaning is much easier because the debris can easily be wiped straight to the sink. It does not have crevices or grooves where food can accumulate. It also provides an excellent, clean, and modern look.
Cost is a major drawback. Basically during the installation which may even require an internal support system (especially the heavier sinks-e.g. those made of fire-clay or cast iron)
3) Farmhouse Sink
Also referred to as an apron sink. Its unique feature is the large forward facing section replacing a section of the counter (i.e. a front wall that forms both the front side of the sink and the edge of the counter). It is a type of sink that is often preferred by people who love a traditional looking or country-style design.
This type of sink can be installed on top of a free standing table (that is fixed to the wall) or on top of a cabinet. These types of kitchen sinks are available in both single and double basin varieties (however, the most common ones are the single basin models).
The sizes of these types of sinks are large enough to allow big baking pans and even large casserole pans. The person using the sink does not have to strain because only a little space is left between the edge of the counter and the sink.
In case the front side of the sink drops, the water will drip straight to the floor.
4) Double Basin / Bowl Sink
Another popular type of sink that installs in such a way that one can use one side to wash the dishes and the other side to rinse or dry them.
Its main advantage is the fact that it is a multipurpose type of sink even in a relatively small space.
Because it has two bowls, each of the bowls may be too small to accommodate large pots, pans, and even casseroles.
5) The Single Bowl / Basin Sink
As the name suggests, it is a type of sink whose basin is not divided (i.e. it is a one-basin sink). They are usually available in compact sizes, and this makes them ideal for situations whereby space is at a premium.
They are large enough to accommodate large utensils that the double basin ones can not. Cleaning such large dishes is therefore much easier. They are also cheaper than the double basin types.
Since they are just a one basin model, a different drying area is therefore required because they have no room for this.
6) The Double Bowl Sink with Low Divider
Similar to the double basin type of sink except that its divider does not rise to the top level of the sink but instead, it is half the height.
With this type of sink, you have the option of either using one side to wash the dishes and the other to rinse (or dry) just like a double basin type or you can use it as a single basin sink by filling both sides with water thus can hold bigger utensils.
These types of sinks are not easily available in the market because currently, only a few manufacturers make them.
7) Island / Bar / Prep Sink
This type of sink is smaller than the regular sized ones, and it is installed in kitchen islands to act as a supplementary sink for food preparation. Most of them are single bowled and are also used in bars that are why it is also referred to as bar sink.
They are very useful especially when preparing food such as washing kale, etc. and this adds also adds resale value to your house
Since they are supplementary sinks, they can sometimes be installed yet may not be used.
Quality Copper Sinks
Copper has been in use for decades for many other things but currently it has become an alternative to the stainless steel and the porcelain variety used in making sinks because of its aesthetically appealing nature and the ease of maintaining.
Advantages of a Copper Sink
- The main advantage is the glamorous good look that these types of sinks have (this is what has made them very popular)
- The copper metal i.e. the material used in making these sinks has essential antimicrobial properties. This means that the harmful bacteria will not survive (they die within a few hours) in it unlike the other type of materials in which bacteria can survive for weeks thus risking your health. This makes it very useful especially for people who like soaking foods like vegetables in the sinks.
- Copper sinks are available in all the above, different styles. Thus one can pick any of his/her choices.
- Copper sinks also have the advantage of not corroding or rusting over extensive usage or even with time.