When selecting a kitchen sink, especially for granite, quartz, or other stone countertops, it’s essential to understand the different sink types available and their respective advantages and disadvantages. At Cutting Edge Stoneworks, we want our customers to make informed decisions when they are improving their homes. We created this guide as a quick reference for choosing sink types for your projects.
- Top-Mount, Drop-In, or Self-Rimming Sink. These sinks are generally considered easy to install, but we don’t recommend installing a sink if you have no prior experience. The rim prevents you from sweeping debris directly into the sink and requires additional cleaning. Some homeowners dislike the look of the rim.
- Undermount Sink. These sink types allow you to sweep debris directly into the sink and have an attractive, seamless look. On the other hand, undermount sinks have the potential for gunk buildup where the sink meets the counter, and the size of the sink is limited.
- Double Basin/Bowl Sink. These sinks are great for homes without a dishwasher as they can be multi-purpose. The basins might be too small for larger items, and some versions of these sinks have a more utilitarian look.
- Single Basin/Bowl Sink. Large enough for big items, these sink types are ideal for busy kitchens and suitable for apron sink lovers. They require a separate drying area.
- Drainboard Sink. Ideal for small kitchens, this sink has a built-in drainboard for drying. If you rarely wash dishes, it may not be a suitable choice.
- Integrated Sink. If you are looking for a seamless look with no under-counter seam and an attractive design, you get it all. The drawback is that these sink types are difficult to replace.
When choosing a sink for stone countertops like granite or quartz, under-mount sinks are often preferred due to their seamless look and functionality. However, the final decision should be based on individual preferences, kitchen layout, and budget. If you have questions about which sink is best for your project, contact us today.