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Shopping for a new kitchen sink? You can find just about any shape, size, configuration, material, and color your heart desires. However, making the wrong decision could be costly, so the BestReviews team set out to analyze the market and investigate the product’s range of strengths and weaknesses.
Manufacturers frequently offer us free samples, but at BestReviews, we value impartiality. We always go out and buy what we test, and when we recommend a product, it’s because that product meets our own independent standards of quality and value.
Our current top picks are featured above. Below, you'll find information based on our research on the product to help you select the perfect sink for your kitchen.
Before you go sink shopping, you’ll need to answer some basic questions. What shape and size do you prefer? How many bowls do you want? And what type of fitment best suits your kitchen configuration?
Most kitchen sinks are rectangular in shape. Depending on the material used by the manufacturer, however, virtually any shape is possible. Beyond the basic rectangle, you’ll often see round or triangular sinks in homes.
Triangular corner sinks are common where space is tight, though some people find them cramped.
Round kitchen sinks look nice, but some consider them a waste of space. You can almost always fit a larger rectangle in the same area.
How wide should your sink be? The most popular width is 30 inches; 25 inches is a sensible minimum. However, those who live in cramped quarters may find a 15-inch sink more appropriate.
As for depth, we advise against anything less than five inches deep. A sink that’s nine or ten inches deep provides plenty of capacity while remaining comfortable.
Remember these tips when selecting a sink size:
Think about whether you want square or rounded internal corners. Curves are easier to clean, but stylistically, they don't look as sleek as square corners do.
Would you prefer a sink with a single, double, or triple bowl?
A single bowl sink is often the cheapest option because it's the easiest to manufacture. A single bowl can exude everything from traditional elegance to stark modern beauty, depending on what it’s made of.
Double bowl sinks bring versatility to your kitchen. Split 50/50 or 60/40, you have separate areas for soaking dishes, preparing vegetables, or even fitting a garbage disposal.
Triple bowl kitchen sinks carry the double bowl idea a step further by including a narrow center bowl dedicated to waste disposal.
The way your kitchen sink is fitted falls into one of four categories:
Also known as a drop-in, this type of sink is fitted through a hole in the countertop and secured underneath. A lip protrudes around the edge of the sink. It rests on top of the counter to prevent liquids from entering the cabinet below.
This type of sink is similar to the top mount in that a hole is made and the sink is secured from below. (Extra support may also be added). However, this sink has no lip and finishes either flush with the countertop or, according to design preference, beneath it. Installation of an under mount sink requires precision and is best left to professionals.
Most often seen in farmhouse kitchens, the cabinet mount sink is also sometimes called the Butler or Belfast sink. This sink is effectively a standalone unit that rests atop a half-height cabinet.
Seamless (or Integrated)
Because it’s part of the countertop structure, this type of sink is not actually considered a fitment. High-end seamless sinks are costly.
Once you’ve settled on the basics — shape, size, configuration, and fitment — it’s time to determine what kitchen sink material you like best. We lay out the pros and cons of eight common sink materials below.
Stainless steel is a hugely popular kitchen sink material. On today’s market, you’ll find basic, cheap stainless steel sinks as well as complex models that cost a lot more. You’ll find sinks in varying thicknesses, from around 23 gauge (thinnest) to 16 or 17 gauge. Interestingly, tests show no marked increase in durability based on gauge.
A sink made of stainless steel can be noisier than a sink made of some other materials. If you opt for stainless, we suggest that you choose a model with a sound-absorbing pad underneath.
Acrylic is another popular material choice for consumers who want a cheap kitchen sink. Acrylic sinks are made of polycarbonate and are usually reinforced with fiberglass.
Granite or quartz kitchen sinks, also known as faux stone, are not actually made of a homogenous material. Rather, they’re a mixture of 70 to 80% granite or quartz and 20 to 30% polymer resin.
Enamel and porcelain kitchen sinks exude a traditional look that many consumers appreciate, and they’re available in a plethora of colors. Some have a cast iron core; others are built upon cheaper metal alloys.
Fireclay kitchen sinks are made from clay fired at 1800°F or more, then finished with a thick glaze. This is arguably the best material for those who want a white kitchen sink.
Soapstone, also known as Steatite, is softer and denser than some types of rock (hence the name). For centuries, people have cut and carved soapstone for water-carrying purposes.
While soapstone is not as hard as granite, it is more pliable. Which means soapstone is less prone to cracking unexpectedly from sudden weight or persistent stress.
Copper is a practical yet unusual kitchen sink material. If you decide to go the copper route, choose 99% copper rather than a low-grade alternative.
Sinks made of natural stone, marble, quartz, and other solid materials can be a true luxury, especially if your sink and counter top are made of identical materials.
How much does a new kitchen sink cost? The size, style, and material you choose impact price considerably. We don’t know what type of sink you want, so we obviously can’t give you a specific price quote. But here are some guidelines to help you make an intelligent estimate.
The five sinks featured in our matrix deliver the combination of quality, style, and value we demand before we make a recommendation.
While the majority of homeowners will be able to find their perfect fit, those with even larger budgets may want to explore more luxurious options. The good news is, if you have the money, you can have precisely the kitchen sink you dream of.
First and foremost, you should always follow the instructions provided by your sink’s manufacturer.
The following cleaning tips are tried and tested, but if in doubt, always consult a qualified professional!
Your sink may not be as clean as you think. The National Health Service in the UK estimates there are 100,000 times more germs in your kitchen sink than in your toilet!