How to Choose a Kitchen Sink

Blanco Kitchen Sinks

This is a quick guide to help you choose the right type of kitchen sink. If you would like more information, feel free to call us toll-free at 1-866-460-1741.

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Self-rimming Sinks

What is a self-rimming sink?

It has a rolled and finished edge or rim, and is installed on the top of your counter.

Advantages:

It is the easiest type of sink to install, and they can be replaced without destroying your countertop. You can use a it with variety of countertop materials, so you are sure to find one to fit the style of your kitchen.

Who manufactures self-rimming sinks?

American Standard, Blanco, and Elkay.

How to install:

HomeTips shows you an easy step-by-step method. Installation instructions for a self-rimming sink

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Undermount Sinks

What is an undermount kitchen sink?

An undermount, or recessed sink is installed under a countertop to create a seamless flow. It is not the best choice for every kitchen because it only works with countertops made out of concrete or another solid material. If installed with a laminate countertop, the counter will start to bubble because of the condensation under it.

Advantages:

It is very popular because of its seamless appearance. It is also easy to clean and take care of.

Who manufactures undermount sinks?

Most manufacturers. We feature undermount sinks by Blanco and Elkay

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Single Bowl Sink

What is a single bowl kitchen sink?

A single bowl sink has one, large basin. It is the best sink if you use a lot of large pots and pans. It is also commonly seen as a bar sink or a second sink in the kitchen island.

Advantages:

It allows you the flexibility to wash larger items in the single large bowl. If you select a smaller version, it is good to use in a location without a lot of space.

Who manufactures single bowl kitchen sinks?

Blanco and Elkay

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Double Bowl Sink

What is a double bowl kitchen sink?

Double bowl sinks are the most common sink configuration in today’s kitchens. You can either have two bowls of the same size or one can be larger than the other.

Advantages:

The double bowl system allows more than one person to be at the sink, and also allows you to multi-task. For example, you can be doing food preparation or utilizing the garbage disposal on one side. On the other side, you can be washing or drying dishes. It is very versatile.

Who manufactures double bowl sinks?

American Standard, Blanco and Elkay.

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Triple Bowl Sink

What is a triple bowl kitchen sink?

A triple bowl sink usually has two larger bowls on the sides and one smaller bowl in the center for the garbage disposal.

Advantages:

Triple bowls sinks provide a lot of versatility in the kitchen. There is enough space so that two or even three people can work around the sink.

Who manufactures triple bowl kitchen sinks?

More and more manufacturers are starting to carry this style of sink. We feature Blanco triple bowl kitchen sinks.

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Apron Front Sink

What is an apron front (farmhouse) kitchen sink?

An apron front, or farmhouse, kitchen sink usually has one large bowl with an exposed front panel. It works best with country style decor in the kitchen. The unique design of the sink may need custom made cabinetry.

Who manufactures apron front sinks?

American Standard
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Bar / Prep / Entertainment Sink

What is a bar / entertainment / prep sink?

Bar sinks, sometimes also referred to as entertainment sinks or prep sinks, are much smaller than a traditional kitchen sink. They are designed to be installed in a bar, center island, or anywhere else that you want to fit a sink without a taking up a lot of space. Although they're not big enough to wash pots and pans, they're the perfect size to use while entertaining so you don't have to run to the kitchen.

Advantages:

Bar sinks are perfect for adding a sink to a finished basement, media room, or anywhere you entertain. They add all the convenience of a sink without requiring much space.

Who manufactures bar-entertainment-prep sinks?

Blanco manufactures a variety of bar and prep sinks.

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Gourmet Sink

What is gourmet kitchen sink?

Gourmet sinks have become more popular in recent years because it is an easy ways to upgrade your kitchen. Once only available through European manufacturers, some manufacturers in the United States are now creating them.

Advantages:

Gourmet sinks are special because they have unique styles and features such as integrated prep surfaces.

Who manufactures gourmet sinks?

Elkay currently makes some of the finest gourmet sinks on the market.