If you're renovating your kitchen and want to replace the sink, there are a ton of different types to choose from, each with their own pros and cons. When you pick out your next sink, here's what you should think about to get the one that best fits your needs and budget. Image from rmommaerts.
Here are the pros and cons of four common kitchen sinks, and what you should consider before buying one of them:
- Drop-In, also called top mount sinks, have an edge and can be dropped into a cutout for easy installation into almost any kind of counter. They're usually less expensive, but the edge makes cleaning around them a bit of a hassle.
- Undermount must be installed under the counter which leaves the counter edges around the sink exposed, so you can only install it in solid surface counters like marble. The joint between the counter and sink must be sealed well. Undermount sinks don't have a raised edge, so sweeping crumbs directly into the sink is easy. Laying cutting boards or a sheet pan across it for additional counter space is easy, too.
- Farmhouse sinks have a large basin that makes it easy to fit large pots or pans for soaking and cleaning, but makes it hard to soak and rinse dishes at once. This style of sink typically has a protruding "apron" or lip at the front that extends past the cabinets, which can be either a pro or a con depending on your style preferences.
- Integrals provide a seamless look, but are harder to switch out since you also have to replace the countertop. They are a bold choice because of the sink and surrounding countertop combination.
Whether you plan to do the installation yourself and what look is right for your kitchen will help you decide which sink to pick. You should also think about how the sink will affect your cooking. For example, the undermount sink makes clean-up easier, but needs to be installed by a professional.
Pros & Cons to Consider When Choosing Your Next Kitchen Sink [Apartment Therapy]