Why choose an undermount kitchen sink?
Undermount sinks have many benefits. If you’re a fan of the modern look that features clean lines and seamless style, then an undermount sink might be for you. Sinks installed under the counter where the edges are flush create clean, seamless lines around your sink that’s popular in modern and contemporary on-trend design. Another reason to choose an undermount kitchen sink is for ease of cleaning. With sinks mounted on top of the counter, crumbs and dirt can get stuck into the crevice and require more careful cleaning. However, an undermount sink allows for crumbs and dirt to be pushed right into the sink and allowing for a cleaner countertop. These are just two of the biggest reasons to choose an undermount sink.
Features to consider when choosing your kitchen sink
When choosing an undermount kitchen sink, you must consider a couple of factors. First, you must consider the size. You wouldn’t want the sink to take up most of your counter space or not be able to fit your cabinets or plumbing. Consider whether you want a single or double basin sink. This is a choice that comes down to personal preference and cleaning style. Also, consider the material used and how durable it will be especially with the dish loads you typically have. Finish and color go along with this but are more personal preference choices to consider. So, let’s discuss all the features in more detail.
Materials and construction
Many sinks are made of thick stainless steel. This is the most common material that is used because of its durability and scratch resistance. Natural materials like quartz and granite are also used for their uniqueness and nonporous texture which is easy to clean. Though these are not as common, they can be just as durable and scratch-resistant while giving a luxurious feel to your sink.
Single bowl or double bowl?
Choosing a single bowl or double bowl sink is a personal preference. It depends a lot on what is attractive to you but also how you plan on watching your dishes. A single bowl design is often better for watching pots, pans, and larger items because there’s no dividing line that takes up room. However, you can’t separate your dishes as easily, and they tend to not be as garbage disposal friendly.
Double bowl sinks are best if you like to or must wash your dishes by hand. Having two bowls allows you to multitask your sink and keep your dirty dishes on one side and meal prep on the other with neither coming into contact with the other. These are factors you must weigh and decide what works best for your lifestyle.
Dimensions and bowl depth
Taking into account the dimensions is an important part of choosing any. You want to be sure that your sink won’t take up half your counter or be too small or large for your cabinets. Bowl depth is also important to factor in because you want to be sure that it will fit in your counters with all the plumbing that’s required of your sink.
Absorbing sound is something that doesn’t often get considered when choosing a sink. However, a sink that has a sound deadening quality is a perk. Pots and pans and dishes clanging against the sink can be loud and unwanted noise. But dampening that noise is a plus, so there are no loud noises that ring through the house.
How heat-safe is it?
Heat safe sinks take an extra precaution into caring for your sink. It ensures there would be no warping or burning if you pour out boiling water or set down a hot pot in the sink. This is another layer of protection to keep your sink safe.
As with most large ticket items, taking into account the warranty is important. You’ll want to ensure that if anything goes wrong with your sink, that you’ll be able to get a refund or a replacement. Especially since undermount sinks take a lot of prep work and precise cutting of the counter, you want to make sure that the product you’re getting is quality in all aspects.
Many of these sinks come with extra accessories that would make washing dishes or cooking easier. Accessories often include dish racks that sit in the bottom of the sink or can be used as a drying rack. Sets of drain plugs to avoid clogged drains Some occasions these sinks can include cutting boards and colanders.
Tips on caring for your kitchen sink
If your sink and counter are not flush, be sure to take care to clean the underside of the counter. Different materials will need specific cleaning products. Stainless steel sinks have a variety of products specifically for cleaning. Bar Keepers Friend powdered cleanser is a user favorite. Nonporous natural materials also have cleaning products specific to their material, but household cleaning products do find.
Remember the color when choosing the sink. Take into account the finish of other appliances and if you want them all to match or if the sink would be an unmatching statement piece. The Elkay Quartz Classic, for example, is available in various colors.