Kitchen sinks have come a long way. Today's sinks are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, and can include a wide range of accessories, including cutting boards, utensil trays, drying racks and colanders. Homeowners are opting for large, single-basin sinks rather than double sinks to make room for bulky pots and pans. The primary sink is often accompanied by a smaller prep sink. Image courtesy of Kohler Co.
Available in stainless steel, porcelain and enameled cast iron, self-rimming or drop-in sinks are the most popular type of sink and the easiest to install. The sink's weight is supported by a rim that extends above the countertop surface. Durable, affordable and easy to clean, stainless steel is the most popular material for kitchen sinks. Image courtesy of Kohler Co.
Undermount sinks , which are installed below the countertop , offer a seamless look and allow for easy countertop cleanup. This type of sink can only be used with solid-surface countertops , such as granite, marble or composite. Enameled cast iron , another popular material for kitchen sinks , is an affordable option available in a wide range of colors.
Many quartz composite countertop manufacturers offer integrated kitchen sinks with their countertops , creating a sleek look and a seamless transition for easy cleanup. Image courtesy of Silestone by Cosentino North America.
Meant to resemble sinks from historic farmhouses, apron sinks add timeless appeal to a kitchen. Apron sinks are available in a wide range of materials , including porcelain , stainless steel and copper. Design by Dave Stimmel of The Stimmel Consulting Group.
Like quartz composite countertops , natural stone countertops can feature seamless, integrated sinks. This kitchen's marble countertops and integrated sink add modern flair , while the seamless design makes it easy to clean.
If you want to give your kitchen a more unique appearance , look beyond typical materials like stainless steel and enameled cast iron. This bamboo apron sink is constructed from fully matured Moso bamboo with SGS-certified safe binding adhesives and a water-resistant topcoat.