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How to Choose the Perfect Kitchen Sink When Remodeling.

Choosing kitchen sink

Sometimes small choices like what kitchen sink to choose end up being surprisingly complex. Depending on your lifestyle, your kitchen size, and your personal preferences there can be more kitchen sink options than you know what to do with. With a little organization those options can be narrowed down. To start, there are several decisions you need to make. The main ones are bowl size, quantity, installation type, and material.  At the same time, you may also want to consider special features.

Perfect kitchen sink

Bowl Size & Quantity

To start, the choice between a single bowl sink and a multi bowl kitchen sink is probably what comes to mind. When making this choice consider:

  • Kitchen Size: A smaller kitchen will probably make it hard to use a larger bowl or a duel sink basin.
  • Usage Type: Sometimes a duel bowl in a kitchen sink is really helpful for larger families or people who do a lot of washing by hand. However, if you primarily use your sink for rinsing or larger pots, it might be better to get a larger and deeper single bowl instead.

Installation Type

When choosing a kitchen sink, how it is installed probably isn’t be your first thought, but it can make a huge difference in how usable your kitchen sink is.

  • Self-Rimming & Flush Mounts: Self-rimming sinks may be great for a do-it-yourself installation since they are the easiest to install. But with this sink type there will be a rim around your sink which rises slightly above the countertop.  This may pose a problem as it can collect dirt and make it hard to simply sweep things into the sink. Flush mounted sinks are the same except they are done with tile countertops.  With a flush mount, the line around the sink is typically grout which can mean more maintenance over time.
  • Undermounts: An undermount kitchen sink is attached below the countertop which will allow them to sit flush to the bottom side of the counter top. However, if you’re using a heavier kitchen sink material like stone or concrete it can be hard to get a sturdy attachment.  This can increase the cost of installation.


Choose the material your new kitchen sink is made of carefully and make sure this decision is based on your needs. Some sink materials stain easier, so even if you like the on-the-shelf look, you may not like it as much after some initial use.  Also consider the durability as some kitchen sink materials last longer than others. Porcelain, for example, is classic but it does tend to stain and chip when compared to other options.

If you want something that will stand the test of time, think about going with something sturdy like cast iron or stainless steel. However, stainless steel needs constant cleaning to keep shiny, so if that is more of a worry it might be better to go with acrylic or something of a darker color.

Special Features

Finally, when choosing a new kitchen sink you will have to consider those other features that have come to market. These little amenities can really affect the usability of the sink you choose.  For example:

  • Corner / Rear Drain: Having your drain centered toward the back of your sink bowl provides more space for cabinetry and storage underneath your sink, but it can also make it difficult to install a disposal. So consider space before going for this option.
  • Convertible Bowls: Some sinks now have the divider between bowls removable, so the sink can be used as either duel or single bowl sink. Kitchen sinks can also have removable cutting boards built in allowing you to cut over your sink rather than take up counter space which can be really useful in a smaller kitchen.

Kitchen sink when remodeling

Ultimately the choices you make in your kitchen sink are all about you and your needs. There are plenty of options, but all you really need to do is decide what is right for you and your home. And remember, if you want more guidance on your choices or if you need help with the installation, you can always contact HTP Builders about our kitchen remodeling services.

About the author

Ken Reusser

Ken Reusser

After taking the reins as part owner and project supervisor for HTP Builders in 2011, Ken began to use his extensive industry knowledge to meet the needs of each individual he works with. He is a certified journeyman carpenter with over 19 years of experience and holds a number of crucial industry certifications.

Ken Reusser’s philosophy is simple: Your project is as much about partnership as it is craftsmanship.