We know: All About Kitchen Sinks

What are the basic types of kitchen sinks?

Sinks generally come in two styles, either a single bowl or two side-by-side bowls. It is also possible to buy triple bowl sinks.

What are the standard sizes of sinks?

Most sinks are double bowl and 33x22 inches. The smallest single bowl sink is usually about 12 inches.

You can get the two bowls of varying sizes. Often the smaller bowl is used for a garbage disposal.

Sinks also come in varying depths.

What are the different materials that sinks are made from?

  • Stainless steel sinks are the most common. They come in finishes ranging from brushed to polished. The thickness of the sink is measured in gauges, from 18 to 23. The lower the number, the thicker the steel.
  • Enameled sinks are made from covering steel or iron with an enamel surface. They vary widely in price, with the most expensive sinks less resistant to dents and chipping.
  • Solid surface sinks are made from a blend of polyester or acrylic resins and natural fillers. This type of sink generally offers the most styles to choose from. With products like Corian, it's possible to have your kitchen sink made from the same material as the countertop.
  • Acrylic and composite sinks are made from acrylic or a composite of acrylic and materials like quartz. They are some of the newer products on the market and are look like high gloss enamel.

What should I think about when buy a sink?

Some things to consider and compare:

  1. noise
  2. resistance to scratching
  3. resistance to denting
  4. resistance to chipping
  5. resistance to stains

How are sinks mounted?

There are two designs for mounting:

Above the counter mounted sinks are the most common and easier to install.

Below the counter mounted sinks are less common, easier to clean, but usually more expensive to install.

Who makes kitchen sinks?

Companies that manufacture sinks include: American Standard, Artisan, Bates, Blanco, Elkay, Franke, Moen Porcher, Teka, and DecoLav.

What is the price range in kitchen sinks?

A serviceable stainless steel or enameled steel sink can be bought for under $200, while high-end, designer sinks can cost thousands of dollars.

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