Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink and Faucet

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Kitchen Sink and Faucet

Every kitchen obviously needs a sink and faucet.  It can be something of a minefield trying to choose from the wide selection of sinks and faucets there are available today.  However, if you look at the style as a secondary element and the functionality and robustness as a primary concern, it can be much easier to figure out what is right for your kitchen.

Sinks

When it comes to choosing a kitchen sink, they are normally made from enamel coated cast iron, stainless steel or other composite solids.  If you have engineered stone or granite surfaces, you should choose a sink that is made from stainless steel because of its capability for under mounting.  Also, stainless steel is a good option if you are particularly hard on your sink and throw things into it.  Be sure to remember that the lower the gauge of stainless steel, the better the quality.

How Many Sinks?

Traditionally, most kitchens feature a double sink.  However, if you do not wash many dishes by hand you are probably better sticking with just one bowl.  It really depends on your situation and the frequency you will be using your sink and what for.  If you have the space and wash by hand bigger pans, pots and baking sheets, you will probably need at least one oversized bowl sink.  Double oversized sink bowls are great, but only if space isn’t a problem.  If it is, you can opt for just one oversized bowl and a smaller one.

Choose Faucets For Their Functioning

There is a wide variety of faucets available out there, so there should not be any problem finding one that meets your style needs and preferences.  However, the thing you should think and consider more is what type of faucets are likely to last longer and what do you need your faucets to do?  Faucets made with solid brass materials and ceramic disc valves are generally the most durable you will find.  While two handled faucets are very popular still, there is a lot to be said for having a single lever with an additional spray arm to rinse your sink and fill pots and pans more easily.

It is sensible to avoid brass in the kitchen area, as it does not last very long in high-use areas.  Instead you are better off choosing a pewter, brushed nickel, polished nickel or even chrome faucet for the kitchen sink.

If entirely possible, it makes sense that you should try to get to a local plumbing or home wares store to check out how various styles of sinks and faucets and the materials used.  That way even if you intend on purchasing Dornbracht kitchen faucets or something else from PlumbTile.com you can still have a look at some things in the flesh to get a better idea of how they might look in your kitchen.

It doesn’t need to be a headache trying to find the right sink and faucets for your kitchen, especially if you keep the above post for reference when it is time to look at your options.