Updated: November 2017
Kitchen Sink Reviews:Remodeling a kitchen is always a good idea if your countertops, appliances, or sink are outdated. Kitchen sinks cost from $100 to $4000 so there is a wide range of options available when you go look. One of the first things you need to figure out is how much space you have in your sink area which will ultimately define out big a kitchen sink you can buy. If your kitchen sink area is small, consider going with a single bowl kitchen sink to use your space wisely. Double-bowl kitchen sinks are very popular these days as they are divided into usually a larger basin for washing dishes and a smaller side for disposing of scraps of food into your garbage disposal. Don't always assume that the deeper the sink the better the product. Many consumers note that a wash basin in a sink that is too deep makes it hard to wash dishes by hand. On the other hand, if your sink is too shallow, water will splash out of the sink and onto the countertops or floors.
Buying Guide - Sink materials are another consideration when buying a kitchen sink. You will have to choose between stainless steel, solid surface, copper, acrylic, enamel on cast iron, enamel on steel, or vitreous China (Fireclay). Stainless steel kitchen sinks are the most popular simply because they won't chip, rust, stain, or fade. Stainless steel sinks come in 18-23 gauge - the lower the gauge the thicker the steel will be. The high end stainless steel kitchen sinks are made with 18 and 19-gauge stainless steel. You will find that the lower gauge stainless steel sinks deaden sounds better when objects are dropped into the sink and they are more dent resistant as well. Homeowners like stainless steel sinks since they are very sanitary and come in a variety of finishes - brushed, satin, and shiny mirrored. The solid surface style sinks are a great way to blend that new granite countertop in with your kitchen sink. Solid surface kitchen sinks are offered in lots of colors so you get a seamless look with your countertops. The one big drawback to solid surface sinks is that they will scratch quite easily, although most experts agree that you can buff out most scratches. They are heat and stain resistant. Consumer Reports recently rated enamel on cast iron kitchen sinks as the top rated products in this category. There are also enamel on steel kitchen sinks which don't cost as much as the cast iron models, but they are not as strong and can dent or crack when heavy objects are dropped in your sink. The big pluses to enamel on cast iron sinks are that they last a longtime, they are quieter when compared to other sink styles, and they are very durable to any type of structural damage. If you are a DIY (do-it-yourselfer) homeowner, an enamel cast iron kitchen sink can be very hard to install since it's so heavy. Acrylic sinks do resemble enamel but customer feedback online said that the acrylic kitchen sinks tend to scratch quite easily and hot items can even melt the surface. Copper sinks are stylish and considered very hygienic since bacteria can't grow on them. There are essentially 4 types of kitchen sinks - undermount, top-mount, farmhouse (apron-front), and trough style sinks. The major brands of kitchen sinks are American Standard, Franke, Kohler, Blanco, Elkay, Grohe, Moen, and Delta. If you are going to redo your countertops and get a new sink, make sure you let your counter installer know exactly what type of sink you are going with so they can accommodate the new sink properly. You can browse the most popular kitchen sinks online here.