How to choose a sink for the kitchen: useful recommendations and an overview of the most convenient and functional models
Deep sink in the kitchen to match the countertop
If you do not know how to choose a sink for the kitchen, then the recommendations given will help you understand the peculiarities of purchasing this item. The sink in the kitchen is a serious accessory, and if for a man and children it does not matter, then for a woman, as for the main hostess, this device plays an almost paramount role..
Embossed stainless steel double kitchen sink
Natural stone sink mounted on the corner of a kitchen island
Round ceramic sink integrated into the worktop
Beautiful terracotta sink under the counter in a dark kitchen
If you are going to choose a sink, you first need to navigate the variety of products on the market for working in the kitchen. The fact is that the models can have significant differences among themselves and are traditionally classified according to several characteristics..
Ceramic small sink under the contrasting countertop
- The nature of the integration into furniture;
- Sink production material;
- The shape and size of the washing bowl;
- Color scheme.
Double sink in stainless steel with “wings” on the sides
When choosing a sink design, a lot will depend on the type of furniture that you plan to use in the kitchen..
Choosing a sink based on furniture design
If your main idea is to use freestanding furniture elements and a headset, choosing a sink will not be difficult, overhead structures will perfectly cope with their function. Their manufacture is traditionally carried out from stainless steel, and the installation of the sink takes place from above to the countertop..
Overhead sink with two compartments in the corner
- Simple installation;
- Affordable price.
Ceramic overhead sink in a country building
- The fineness of the material of manufacture;
- Lack of protection between the sink and furniture.
The question of how to choose a sink for a small kitchen can be solved much easier when using a wall, because there is an extensive choice of designs for the kitchen.
Round stainless steel surface-mounted sink
It will not be difficult to install them, regardless of the types and materials of the countertops. At the same time, even a person who is not an expert in this matter can mount such a sink. As a rule, stainless steel acts as the main material for the manufacture of structures, so they have a lot of advantages in the form of hygiene and convenience. This choice is acceptable and has decent quality..
Small sink in the kitchen, embedded in the countertop
Considering the question of which sink to choose for the kitchen, you can evaluate the corner integrated structures. Careful finishing of the ends is not required, but when installing an integrated structure, such work is a prerequisite. In relation to the countertop, such a structure can be installed in any direction and position: above it, flush with it or under it.
Two round inset sinks in the corner
It is very problematic to mount such structures, therefore it is important to trust the installation work to specialists. In addition to knowledge of technology, strict requirements are also imposed, since the lack of evenness at the edges will not allow achieving that all surfaces fit snugly and ensure the integrity of the structure.
Corner stainless sink with a common mixer
Traditionally, the models are made of stainless steel, which has a thickness of about 1 mm, which is why they are protected from deformation. By installing this structure on a par with the surface of the countertop, you can easily create an original washing area that allows you to work comfortably and enjoy the process. The work area, designed in this way, is easy to clean, wash and prepare food.
Flush sink with additional accessories
Another variety in which sinks are offered are sinks installed under the countertops. The latter elements are usually made of plastic, stone or wood. The elements are attached to the lower area of the worktop and have the same advantages as the models above. A large selection of planning solutions for zones allows you to make the edges of the countertop open, so that all the beauty of the elements is visible.
Under-counter stone kitchen sink
Considering sinks for a modern kitchen – which one is better to choose, what to look for during the acquisition process, and what parameters in principle exist, it is necessary to take into account the information set out above. This will help you avoid common mistakes and create a kitchen space that is as enjoyable as possible..
Freestanding double sink with base unit
Dimensional parameters of sinks
The best option in terms of aesthetics and the degree of compatibility with other structures is a ceramic sink. But it is also important to understand what dimensions the design should have in order to meet the preferences of buyers and have convenience. If, for example, you decide to buy an overhead structure, the size is selected based on the vanity unit, which is purchased or is already available for its installation..
Ceramic double sink for dishes in a contrast kitchen
The number of bowls with which the sink is equipped can be from one to three. If there are problems with free space, of course, one bowl will be the best choice, but if the free space allows, there is an opportunity to buy a product with three sections.
Triple sink in stainless steel for a spacious kitchen
- The first area is the largest and is used for washing large dishes – pots, pans, bowls.
- The second zone is intended for washing fruits and vegetables, as well as small mugs, spoons and other items..
- The third area is the smallest and is located in the middle, acting as the center of the cooking..
Corner sink with four small compartments
The main advantage of a one-bowl sink is its ease of cleaning, but purchasing a three-bowl design will make your kitchen a pleasure..
Choosing a sink by shape
If you decide to buy a sink for the kitchen, you can easily choose a design if you observe the dimensional parameters of the products. When installing, it is necessary to measure the distances to the water inlet and outlet, and based on these dimensions, buy hoses for connecting the elements.
Solid ceramic sink bolted to the wall
Basin bowls come in a wide variety of shapes. If the product is supposed to have one bowl, then it usually has a square or round shape (in practice, oval and round elements can also be found). If the sink is of an angular type and holds several containers, more original bowl shapes may be present – triangles, rhombuses, ovals. If you want convenience and comfort, it is better to give preference to oval bowls and designs that allow you to accommodate large dishes.
Round stone sink installed under the countertop
In addition to the containers themselves, the sinks can be equipped with additional items that perform a number of specific functions. For example, “wings”. Elements can be equipped with different geometries, be asymmetrical, have a large or small area, corrugated and smooth surfaces. Such peculiar extensions of sinks allow housewives to place items in the kitchen that are needed for work, as well as hot dishes. The main task of the “wings” is to increase the washing area.
Metal sink with “wing”
Advice! If the kitchen is equipped with small dimensions, you should refrain from purchasing a sink with “wings”, since increasing the working area, these elements take up a lot of free space.
Perforated tray that can be used in place of sink “wings”
Selecting bowls by depth
If you decide to choose a kitchen sink, reviews are the first thing you should pay attention to. They indicate that one of the main parameters on the basis of which the choice is made is the depth of the bowls.
Flush stone sink
Advice! When choosing a design, special attention should be paid to the joint angle indicator. The more this angle approaches 90 degrees, the more convenient it is to work in the sink..
Double sink in natural stone built into the worktop
The choice of material for sinks
The plumbing market offers a wide variety of materials.
- Natural stone;
- Fake diamond;
- Composite structures.
Deep chrome sink in tone with kitchen fittings
Advice! If you decide to choose a sink for the kitchen made of artificial stone, you must give preference to the material that is least susceptible to moisture..
Two large shells made of dark natural material
Stainless steel is the most popular material for kitchen sinks. Today, similar products are made from it in a wide variety of colors and styles that meet the requirements and standards. The advantages of metal include a large number of its positive qualities..
Convenient stainless steel double sink
- Impact resistance;
- Heat resistant;
- Corrosion resistance;
- Aesthetic appearance.
The composition of stainless steel used for the manufacture of these structures contains 18% chromium and 10% nickel, it is due to these additives that the special properties of stainless steel are created. A significant plus of the metal is that it does not corrode, it has a high degree of hygiene, and there are no pores.
The worktop and sink are made from the same material
Advice! You can check the quality of such a material used to make a sink, for this purpose a magnet is used. If its attraction is barely noticeable, this indicates the presence of special additives in the metal..
Interesting sink design that can be closed if necessary
Considering the question of which stainless steel sink to choose for the kitchen, it is worth paying attention not only to the quality of the material, but also to the degree of finish, the thickness of the product and other parameters. So, for expensive models, the thickness can be 0.9-1.2 mm. Such shells are made by two methods – stamping and welding..
Round sink in gold for narrow countertops
- Stamping makes it possible to obtain integral structures, however, the technologies used do not always allow obtaining deep thickets. And non-compliance with the technology can lead to the fact that the thickness of the products will differ significantly from the nominal.
- Welding makes it possible to obtain shells of any depth and thickness. At the same time, substandard finishes will lead to visible seams, resulting in leaks in the sink..
Neatly inserted sink with double compartment
Although the finish of the sink made of this material is convenient, it does not allow obtaining a large number of models. The choice is made only between matt and polished products.
Advice! When choosing polished surfaces, pay attention to the presence of polishing elements everywhere..
Polished stainless steel double sink
Before choosing such an attribute as a sink for the kitchen, a photo is the first thing to pay attention to when designing a design. The gallery contains a large number of typical and unique options.
This type of raw material is traditionally made on the basis of granite chips, and there is also a bonding element – acrylic. We can note the high performance characteristics of products made from these materials – strength, lack of exposure to high temperatures and other aggressive environments. A snug fit to the countertop contributes to the creation of an original kitchen space, and the design of a kitchen sink of such a plan is distinguished by beauty.
Natural natural material for making sinks – granite chips
Thus, having examined a large number of products, each consumer will be able to opt for one thing and make the right decision..