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What are the Types of Kitchen Sinks and How Do They Work?

Types of Kitchen Sinks
A kitchen sink is one of the most essential and frequently used fixtures in the kitchen, which is why, understanding the style and type of sink is necessary.
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Last Updated: Dec 09, 2017
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Jonathan Adler says, "There's nothing better than a colored sink to bring a kitchen to life."
One of the best ways to breathe life into a room is to change one element and make it grander than the rest. Take for example, in the living room, paying attention to the placement of the seating arrangement or the center table, for that matter, could easily make it the focal point of interest. Similarly, replacing a frequently used element in the kitchen is sure to grab attention. While the options in hand are too many, you could start with the kitchen sink.

That said, you could replace your old sink with a durable, over-the-top glass sink, or invest in a soapstone sink to remodel your kitchen. You could also settle for quartz, copper, and a sink carved out from a single impermeable rock. Given below are the popular types and styles implemented while constructing kitchen sinks.
Apron- or Farmhouse-style Kitchen Sink
Apron- or Farmhouse-style Kitchen Sink
You must love grandma to the hilt to opt for a style that reminisces yesteryear kitchens. Typically made from enameled cast iron, these are large sinks that provide ample space to wash dishes. These so-called island sinks sit pretty on the cabinet, rendering a rustic touch to the room. You can opt for ceramic apron sinks or even one in natural stone to do up your kitchen.
Integral Ceramic Sink
Integral Stainless Steel Sink
Integral or Integrated Kitchen Sink
An integral sink is integrated into the counter forming one continuous surface. Highly fashionable and relatively low on maintenance, these sinks are perfect for a complete kitchen makeover. The only downside is that you have to replace the entire counter if you ever decide to change the sink. These sleek sinks blend right into the layout of the kitchen, thus, allowing you to draw attention to other elements in your kitchen.
Overmount Cast Iron Single Bowl Sink
Overmount Stainless Steel Sink
Overmount or Topmount Kitchen Sink
Simply put, these sinks sit on top of the counter forming a rim that rests between the counter surface and the sink. They are also called drop-in sinks for the sole reason that they fall right into the allotted space on the kitchen platform. They are held in place using clips and screws and are relatively inexpensive to install.
Undermount Ceramic Double Sink
Undermount Stainless Steel Single Bowl Sink
Undermount Kitchen Sink
As the name suggests, these sinks are fitted onto the underside of the counter, making it a seamless sink that blends into the kitchen layout. Thanks to its sleek design and snug fit, it renders the kitchen a clean and modern look. The downside of these sinks is that they require an internal support system which, in turn, increases not just the installing work, but also the cost. In addition, one has to cut the counter to install faucets and attachments.
Overmount Stainless Steel Single Bowl Sink
Overmount Ceramic single bowl Sink
Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
A single bowl sink has only one basin and may be accompanied with a drainer. These are available in a number of sizes fitting the need of every kitchen. Wider sinks make washing larger serving trays and utensils easier.
Overmount Double Bowl Sink
Undermount Double Bowl Sink
Double Bowl Kitchen Sink
As the name suggests, these sinks come equipped with two bowls to allow you to multitask while in the kitchen. These bowls come in a variety of sizes and depths, including unequal or equal-sized bowls that can be used for washing and rinsing or as per the demands of the task at hand.
Materials Used
Stainless Steel - Double Bowl Sink
Overmount Stainless Single Bowl Sink
Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Heavy-duty, long-lasting, and versatile, stainless steel sinks are the preferred choice when it comes to kitchen sinks. These sinks require an extra effort to be kept immaculately clean at all times, considering that they are immensely prone to scratches.
Overmount Composite Sink
Composite Kitchen Sink
Composite sinks are tough and offer better resistance to scratching, chipping, staining, and heat, thus, making them a durable option. Ideally made combining granite or quartz with a resin filler, they can resist scuffs from cleaning liquids, making them easy to work with.
Undermount Ceramic Sink
Ceramic Kitchen Sink
Although they aren't really indestructible and are easily prone to chipping, fire clay or ceramic sinks are preferred to the heavier cast iron sinks available in the market. They are relatively easy to clean and maintain compared to their other counterparts. Besides, they have a more glossy appearance and a smooth finish that makes it perfect for just about any kitchen.
Overmount Cast Iron Sink
Cast Iron Kitchen Sink
Long-lasting, durable, and stain-resistant, these sinks have been around for a long time. The enamel coating on the sink not only gives it a shiny appearance, but also ensures the iron is kept from rusting, giving you a sink that will last longer.
Do remember to keep your kitchen layout in mind while purchasing a sink to adorn your kitchen counter. Also, remember to keep in mind the overall effect you want to achieve with the kitchen d├ęcor.