Sink Buying Guide:
One of the most used (and abused) fixtures in the home is the sink. From the kitchen to the bathroom, the sink is used pretty much at every meal, between meals, just after you wake up in the morning, and just before you go to bed at night. Something that gets as much attention as the kitchen sink deserves just as much attention in choosing one that fits your style, budget, and lifestyle.
Sinks can also be made from a number of different materials, depending on whether it’s in the kitchen or bathroom:
Acrylic - Abrasion-resistant, lightweight, and offered in a wide spectrum of shapes and styles. It’s more expensive, though, and may scratch.
Cast iron - Classic, long lasting material that absorbs sound wonderfully. Retains heat longer than most materials, and resists almost any structural damage.
Copper - An environmental choice as much as an aesthetic one. These are usually going to be recycled and re purposed from other copper products, melted down, and purified into its original pure elemental state. From there, it’s hammered and shaped into a new sink.
Fireclay - Acid- and alkali-resistant and is easily cleaned with abrasive pads and powders. Durable and will stand up to daily usage.
Granite Composite - Durable and heat resistant up to 536 degrees F (in case a volcano erupts in your sink). Made of 80 percent granite, mixed with acrylic resin for the feel and touch of natural stone.
Stainless steel - Won’t stain, rust, or corrode very easily, and is an incredibly popular option of sink material. Stainless steel is 100 percent recyclable.
Tempered glass - An incredibly durable material, it’s physically and thermally stronger than standard glass.
Your kitchen sink is going to have a few significant differences from your bathroom sink. In the kitchen, choose from the main sink (where the majority of your tasks will be done) or a bar sink (a complementary sink that’s smaller, but can still accommodate virtually any job). Laundry sinks are also a huge help as an auxiliary fixture in the garage laundry room.
In both the kitchen and the bathroom, there are a few methods of installation that are more popular than others. In the kitchen, apron, drop-in, and undermount are the most used installation types. And in the bathroom, drop-in, pedestal, undermount, vessel, and wall-mounts are the most popular.
There are no typical measurements for bathroom sinks—it just depends on the shape of the sink. Kitchen sinks, on the other hand, come in a variety of configurations and sizes—depending on what your needs are. Single-basin sinks provide the most unimpeded space for all your kitchen sink tasks.
Double-basin sinks simplify hand-washing dishes and they’re useful when you have more than one cook in the kitchen. And triple-basin sinks are great at reserving space for smaller tasks when the rest of the sink is being used to wash dishes or prep food. Kitchen sinks come in a variety of configurations and sizes—depending on what your needs are.
For the kitchen, standard measurements are:
• Single-basin sinks - 25 inches long, 21-22 inches wide, 8-9 inches deep
• Double-basin sinks - 33 or 36 inches long, 21-22 inches wide, 8-9 inches deep
• Triple-basin sinks - 33 inches long, 21-22 inches wide, 6, 8, 10 inches deep
• Bar sinks - 15-25 inches long, 15 inches wide, 5 ½-6 inches deep
Sinks for all aspects of your Home
FaucetDirect.com offers sinks for all aspects of your home or business. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen, commercial, laundry area, or you are looking for bathroom sinks, you will find what you need here. As one of the most used fixtures in the home choosing the right sink is a matter of finding one the fits, matches you style and meets your quality standards. A Kohler sink will fit most any application, from single basin to large three basin sinks. Blanco Silgranit are some of the toughest against scratches and cracks. While Kraus and Elkay sinks offer a variety of unique shapes and finishes in stainless steel. Brands like Rohl, and Franke specialize in a variety of shapes and sizes. Accent your kitchen, with new bar sink while you are at it.
Need a bathroom sink? You will find pedestal sinks from Kohler and more. Vanity tops and lavatory consoles to add that special flare, not to mention that we also have laundry and utility sinks, FaucetDirect.com has you covered. Don't forget! Most sinks do not come with p-traps or drain assembles. Bathroom faucets usually have one that comes with the faucet (called a popup assembly). Kitchen and laundry faucets usually do not come with a drain assembly as there is no connecting hardware and sinks vary in size, bowls and even if they use a garbage disposal or not. While you're here, don't forget to get your sink strainer, garbage disposal, and flange, for your new sinks!