Kitchen Sink Exposé
Pros: Stainless steel sinks are available in many styles and price points. They are sleek and easily cleanable.
Cons: The heat in hot water will dissipate more quickly from a stainless model than it will from other materials.
Porcelain and Porcelain Enamel
Pros: Porcelain and porcelain enamel sinks can be purchased in a color to complement your space.
Cons: Both may show stains, and porcelain enamel is susceptible to chipping.
Stone and Solid Surface
Pros: For a consistent and cohesive look, use the same material on your countertop and sink. Some stones and solid surfaces are offered in both countertops and sinks.
Cons: Just like stone countertops, some foods may stain or damage the finish of stone sinks.
An apron-front or farm-style sink is characterized by an exposed bowl front, and it is a popular option among decorators.
Cons: Often apron-front sinks have a deep bowl, and it can be difficult for children or seated users to reach items at the bottom of the sink.
As the name suggests, and undermount sink is installed underneath an opening the countertop surface.
Pros: Undermount sinks make it easy to sweep water and spills directly from the surface of the counter into the sink.
Cons: Undermount sinks made of heavy materials (like stone) can be difficult to install.
Self-rimming sinks are installed through an opening in the countertop, and a small rim protrudes above the surface.
Pros: The self-rimming sink is often the most cost effective option. It is also the easiest to install.
Cons: The lip between the countertop and sink makes it difficult to sweep water from the countertop into the sink.
An integral sink is manufactured along with the countertop. Stainless steel, concrete, and some solid surfaces can be custom ordered with integral sinks.
Pros: Like undermount sinks, integral sinks allow you to wipe spills directly into the sink. They also create a completely cohesive look.
Cons: Integral sinks are not available in all material types.