A new sink is a major feature in your kitchen remodel. Now you have so many styles, sizes, colors and materials available that you can choose a sink that is superbly functional and works with your new kitchen design.
Stainless steel has been the standard sink for the past thirty or more years. Stainless is durable, easy to install and is available in all price ranges. Costs for stainless sinks will depend on the gauge of the material, the sound insulation, style and other factors. When shopping for a stainless steel sink, check the gauge (the smaller number indicate heavier material and will indicate greater resistance to dents and probably less noise from running water.) Stainless steel sinks come in a variety of sized and configurations and continue to be popular but it is losing ground to new high style materials.
Porcelain finish sinks, commonly found in older homes are making a comeback. The porcelain sinks usually are a porcelain finish over a cast-iron base. They are somewhat more fragile than stainless in that they can chip if heavy objects are dropped on them but the classic design is worth the extra caution. The porcelain finish is now available in custom colors as well as the classic white.
Solid surface sinks are rising in popularity. These can be either natural stone or composites that mimic natural stone and have the benefit of being both high style and durable. The composite materials can also coordinate with your new countertops. They are heat resistant and scratches can be easily buffed out.
For a really high end design, copper sinks are available. Frequently this is a custom item but where you remodel features other copper accents it can make a serious statement. While copper is beautiful, and heat resistant, it is soft, can easily scratch and will need attention to keep a gleaming finish.
The final option for sink materials is acrylic. This is a great material for sound insulation. They are not as heat resistant as other materials and can be fairly easily scratched but they offer great style at a reasonable cost.
All of the materials listed above are available in a variety of configurations. When selecting your new sink check the style to make sure the mount type. Some sinks are designed to only mount on top of your counter or only as under-mounts. Some sinks are designed to mount either way. There is also the “front apron” sink that is popular for the farm-house look. These tend to be either under mount models or to stand alone on the sink base between two sections of counter top.
One more consideration in choosing your design is the bowl configuration. For many years the default was two bowls of equal size. The problem with this design is that it doesn’t accommodate large items. Even with unequal size bowls large items may not fit. Consider installing two separate sinks, a large single bowl sink and a smaller prep sink in different locations.