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Purchasing a new sink, whether for a new home or a remodel, can be overwhelming—there are countless shapes and designs, all available in a wide variety of materials and sizes.

A kitchen or bathroom sink is a central feature of any house. After all, it’s the only thing that remains at home when heavy packers head out for vacation! Purchasing a new sink, whether for a new home or a remodel, can be overwhelming—there are countless shapes and designs, all available in a wide variety of materials and sizes. Consider your current sink or sinks you’ve had in the past and remind yourself of what made them convenient or stylish. Choose your new sink based on practical needs and personal style.

The Reasons for Choosing Stand Alone Kitchen Sink

Sink Types
Generally, the type of sink you choose will depend on what type of installation your space facilitates. Obviously, if you plan to replace an existing sink in the same space, the size and type specifications of your new sink should easily match those of your old.

A top mounted, or drop-in style sink fits into a space marked out for it in the countertop. The rim just hits the edge of the whole and sealants are used to ensure a snug, quality fit.

An under mount or bottom mount sink is installed below the surface of the countertop and is preferred by those adhering to a contemporary kitchen or bathroom design. A silicon-based sealant ensures a leak-proof finish.

A farm style sink provides the kitchen space with a country style element. Also called an apron sink, the farm style’s front edge is aligned to the countertops outer edge, so the sink front is open.

Installing a bathroom sink above the counter top will allow you many design selections. Often referred to as vessel lavatories, these sinks come in all shapes, sizes and finishes and add a contemporary style element.

Freestanding or pedestal sinks are the most common type of bathroom sink and are not ideal for kitchen use. Traditionally made from vitreous or fire clay, the pedestal sink designs of today feature delicate, colored porcelains to match tiles and flooring.

Wall mounted sinks are exactly what they sound like. Though common in bathrooms, wall mounting a sink is also an option for a kitchen with limited space.

Sink Material Options

Now that you have examined the type of sink appropriate for your space, consider sink material, which affects durability, maintenance and style.
Kitchen sinks are generally made of stainless steel, which is durable, easy to clean and a style go-to for its universality. Stainless steel is very resistant to thermal damage and requires no specialty cleansers or care. Another durable option is porcelain or enamel over cast iron. Because cast iron is very heavy, it reduces rather than augments the noise of pots clanging together in the sink basin.
Porcelain sinks are more popular for bathrooms, but are also resistant to thermal damage, meaning kitchen use is still highly recommended. Porcelain tends to have a longer lifespan than enamel over cast iron, but is not as resistant to damage as stainless steel. Because porcelain is available in a wide variety of shapes and colors, a well-chosen porcelain sink will match any décor. Cleaning a porcelain sink is simple, but stains do occur if left without care, so wipe them up immediately to ensure a flawless porcelain appearance.
Glass sinks are another bathroom option. Usually available in round wall or top mount designs, glass sinks are elegant and easy to clean but can scratch and wear with time.
Long lasting and tough, stone sinks are popular choices for those expecting longevity from their appliances. Surface damage from impact is much less common than among porcelain sinks, but granite is not stain resistant and must be cleaned with stone cleaners, especially if a spill occurs. Composite stone sinks, however, are rugged, easy to clean and stain resistant.
Copper sinks are a style statement in themselves. Though more prone to deterioration over time than other materials, copper fixtures are both sanitary and an elegant addition to any home. Copper reacts to the environment, developing a deeper color with aging, but if you like the shine, wipe the sink after every use and check out special maintaining cleaners or solutions to assist you.
Plastic sinks are inexpensive and prone to heat damage, surface wear and staining. Unsuitable for kitchens, plastic sinks may be used in bathrooms for an affordable or temporary option.
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The Extras
Several factors aside from installation and material must be considered when purchasing a sink.

Size
Size is largely dependent upon the space where the sink will be installed. While that freestanding granite bit looks nice, its three-foot basin may not make it through your bathroom door. Consider if the sink size will dwarf other items in the room. Most importantly, take measurements before you start shopping to determine what size sink you can accommodate.

Faucets
Faucets are sometimes sold separately and are certainly a consideration all their own. First, determine how many faucets are necessary and then think about spout and handle or knob design. Some sinks include faucets with sprayers, which are especially useful for larger basins. Check out our faucet guide for more information about finishes, handle options and spout dimensions.

Drains
The drain is an important structural feature. Look for any extra strainer or device included with the sink, which will aid in blocking the drain for extended basin use. Make sure that these extras are easy to remove and replace. A drainage device that regulates overflow is also an intelligent choice.


Basin Extras

Depending on your expected usage, you can choose different bowl designs and quantities. Sinks with deep bowls are ideal for high traffic kitchens, while an extra, high set shallow bowl between two main bowls is great for those who love to cook and need a vegetable washing station.

Sink Costs
Because sinks are available in countless combinations of types, sizes, shapes, designs, materials and extra features, specific price guidelines are tough to pin down. For ballpark figures, consider the information below when you check out your budget.


Kitchen Sinks

A no name, no frills 13 x 15 inch stainless steel sinks will cost between $80 and $250. Any basic brand name, slightly larger stainless steel sinks and all sinks made from other materials will cost $200 or more. A double bowl stainless steel model usually costs over $300, though lower quality steel or shallower basins can be purchased for $160 to $200.

A simple, single bowl top mounting porcelain kitchen sink can cost between $150 and $300, while an apron style large single bowl may cost over $600.


Bathroom Sinks

A low quality pedestal sink may cost only $100, but any brand name, quality material will cost between $150 and $300, depending on faucet type, material and style. A basic glass piece will cost $200, while a custom design can cost up to $5000. Stone countertop mounted sinks cost between $500 and $600; copper sinks are around the same price.

The most affordable bathroom sink choice is porcelain, which starts at $150 for basic models. Specialty materials, like treated wood, cost at least $500.

The Bottom Line
Because bathroom sinks and kitchen sinks are such essential home features, finding one that suits your needs is especially important. Sinks will experience a lot of use and potentially a lot of wear. Choose a material that will stand up to the challenge of your frequent cooking or the multiple family members that brush their teeth three times per day. Look for extra features and style, but focus on convenience, noting features that make use and maintenance simple, like ample size or stain resistant material.

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