Don’t forget the kitchen sink!

Every kitchen needs a sink and faucet. Choosing the right one in a maze of styles and materials can be a headache. How does one narrow it down to the right one?

The number one thing to keep in mind when choosing a kitchen sink and faucet is function. It doesn’t make sense to have the most beautiful faucet if it does not serve its intended function. Style is secondary to function.

 

Material

Sink material is the next choice to make. Most kitchen sinks are made from stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, or composite materials. When choosing sink material countertop construction ought to be kept in mind; for instance, if choosing granite countertops, a stainless sink would be a good choice due to its undermount capability. Choosing a lower gauge stainless (thicker) will reduce noise.

 

Number of sinks

The vast majority of kitchens in America have two, equal size bowls in their sinks. These are effective for washing dishes;however, most Americans don’t wash too many dishes by hand anymore. If a homeowner is washing large pots, having a larger bowl would be more effective. Perhaps even one large bowl. Once again, think of the function when choosing how many bowls to install.

 

Faucet

Brass, nickel, stainless, brushed nickel, bronze, single handle, double handle… With so many choices it can be a dizzying prospect to choose one faucet. Keep in mind our mantra from the beginning, Style is secondary to function. A faucet is a tool, and choosing the right tool for the job is essential to success. Single-handle faucets tend to be more effective in a kitchen, especially with a separate retractable handle to fill pots. Brushed nickel and pewter are good for high use sinks and don’t show fingerprints as much.

 

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