Kitchen sinks are definitely the most important component found in kitchens anywhere in the world. The reason for this is simple to understand when you think how important water is in both the preparation and cleanup of food. The basic function of a kitchen sink is to serve as a waterproof receptacle for liquids and solid foods of any type.
Kitchen sinks and bathroom sinks differ in size and sometimes the material that makes up the sink. The designs can be quite different as well. A kitchen sink needs to be large in size so it can easily accommodate big bowls, pots, pans, and any other utensil that one might use to prepare food. The kitchen sink must also be able to withstand the abuse of these large, heavy objects. Most people know that smaller objects like glasses, plates, and silverware can create scratches and nicks in kitchen sinks. Larger objects can do serious damage to sinks that are not made to withstand a certain amount of daily wear and tear. For this reason, normally heavy gauge stainless steel kitchen sinks are a favorite but have had some stiff competition in the past few years. More and more consumers are going with the porcelain-coated cast iron. These delightful additions are very popular with the shabby chic look and the vintage kitchens.
Ever-changing trends put pressure on kitchen sink manufacturers to explore other materials for kitchen sinks. Solid plastic is still available and these sinks can be bonded to solid surface countertops so the sink looks to be sculpted from one solid piece of plastic. Granite kitchen sinks are striking as well as those made from marble and other hard stones. These stones can make for a dramatic look and add much character to your kitchen. Copper, brass, and any other corrosion-resistant metals are used to form a kitchen sink for an early American, primitive, or farm look. Copper and any copper alloy offer a unique characteristic not found in any other sink material. Copper kitchen sinks have a built-in natural chemical mechanism that kills many bacteria and viruses within minutes of contact. This hidden quality, and mostly unknown, can help keep you and your family healthy and free of germs.
When looking at sinks remember to pay attention to the depth of the bowl. Not all sinks are created equal and the size all depends on how you will use your kitchen. Many kitchen sinks offer extra depth to make cleaning large bowls and pots a very easy job and are popular with consumers and chefs who do a lot of in-home entertaining.
If your kitchen is large enough to handle two sinks, this would be something to give serious consideration. Many sinks are available in a double or side-by-side configuration, but these can only be used by one person without being cramped. If you have two separate sinks in two different locations in a kitchen, two people can work independently without getting in each other’s way which is an advantage.
The mounting method of kitchen sinks is also an option. The bowl can be placed under the countertop so that water and food can be pushed into the sink quite easily. The second design is an overmount lip where the top of the sink is higher than the surrounding countertop. This seems to be coming back in popularity and the designs of these sinks are endless. Over and under-mount sinks are available in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and material choices.