Kitchen Sink Buying Guide

Kitchen sinks are typically the centerpiece of your kitchen. Different sink styles, such as rustic farmhouse and vintage fireclay, lend character to what is often the most used kitchen appliance. Used for prepping and cleaning up of meals throughout the day, the modern kitchen sink must be rugged enough to stand up to repeated daily use. With modern technology, kitchen sinks have the ability to be both sturdy and aesthetically pleasing.

Sink Styles

Farmhouse Sinks – Often referred to as farm sinks, country sinks, or apron sinks, these popular kitchen sinks are known for their deep, wide basins that make scrubbing large pots and pans easy, while preventing water from splashing back up onto the person washing the dishes or the countertop. The front part of the sink, or the apron, protrudes approximately one to two inches from the countertop.

In addition to the typical sink options — such as material, finish, and basin number — one must also choose an apron design when purchasing a farm sink. There are a variety of apron designs available including decorative lip, fluted, hammered, recessed, and smooth. Choose the apron design that best fits your kitchens aesthetics.

Drop-In Sinks – Also called a top mount sink or a self-rimming sink, a drop-in sink is dropped into the countertop with the lip overlapping the counter. These kitchen sinks are popular because they are easy to install.

Undermount Sinks – These kitchen sinks are raised into place from below and secured using mounting hardware. Undermount sinks are very functional. Since no part of the sink is sitting on the countertop, they offer a clean and simple look. This also makes cleanup easier, as crumbs can be swept straight into the sink.

Wall Mount Sinks – Often spotted in mudrooms and laundry rooms, wall mounted sinks are also a great option for the kitchen. They save space and allow for greater flexibility, as they can be installed however high or low you desire.

Prep Sinks – Also referred to as a bar sink, a prep sink is a second sink that sits apart from the main kitchen sink. Prep sinks are extremely useful, especially if there are normally multiple people preparing a meal in a home. These sinks allow multiple cooks to prepare, cook and clean up at the same time.

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Fireclay – This highly durable material is fired at a high heat to ensure the sink resists chips and scratches. Fireclay sinks are available in a wide variety of finishes and styles, including farmhouse, drop-in, undermount, and prep sinks. Fireclay has a similar appearance to porcelain but is much more durable.

Cast Iron – Durable and easy to maintain, cast iron is a popular material for kitchen sinks. The porcelain surface is non-porous and smooth, making cast iron sinks easy to clean and stain resistant. However, if the porcelain is chipped, exposing the cast iron, the sink can rust. Therefore, make sure to use a sink grid in your cast iron sink.

Stainless SteelStainless steel sinks are available in a variety of gauges. The gauge relates to the thickness of the sink; the higher the gauge, the thinner the steel. These kitchen sinks are lightweight, durable, and easy to clean. You don’t have to worry about chips or cracks, and stainless steel is stain resistant. Choose from several styles, including farmhouse, drop-in, undermount, and prep sinks.

Copper – Copper sinks are attractive and easy to maintain. Since copper is naturally antimicrobial, cleaning is a breeze. Simply wipe the sink down with a soft, soapy cloth. These sinks are durable, eco-friendly, resistant to rust and corrosion, and have a long lifespan. Copper is also a self-healing material. Acidic substances will brighten the copper’s surface but the copper will soon begin to re-patina itself. The more often a copper sink is used, the faster the re-patina will occur.

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Other Kitchen Sink Options

Finish – While white is one of the most common sink finishes, there are many more to choose from. In addition to white, some of the kitchen sink finishes available at Vintage Tub & Bath include biscuit, black, sapphire, gray and more.

Basin Split and Number of Basins – Single bowl kitchen sinks are perfect for smaller kitchens, but if you’re looking for a double bowl sink, you’ve come to the right place. Double bowl sinks create separate workstations for soaking, cleaning, and rinsing off. Choose from a traditional 50/50 basin split or a more unique split like 60/40 or 70/30.

Drainboard – Some of our sinks come with drainboards, which are great for keeping your countertop clean and dry. They can even be used for collecting food scraps during meal prep. With a drainboard kitchen sink, you may even find yourself washing dishes by hand more often and using the dishwasher less.

Reversible Sinks – These are typically farmhouse sinks that are finished on all four sides, and each long side features a different design, allowing you to choose the side you like best.

Some other considerations when buying a kitchen sink include shape, faucet holes or centers, and the size of the sink. Still having trouble choosing the best kitchen sink for your needs? Call us today at 877-868-1369 or email us at One of our friendly representatives will be happy to answer any questions you may have.