How to Choose a Sink for Granite CountertopsMay 18, 2018 // Posted in:
Last Updated on August 13, 2021
Today, most homeowners have come to the realization that having the perfect sink for their kitchens can make all the difference when it comes to suiting their individual lifestyles. But with so many options to consider, where do you begin?
This month, Granite and TREND Transformations breaks it all down for you as we showcase some of today’s hottest sink trends. Not sure which one is best for your kitchen? No need to worry. We’ve made it easy. Let’s get started.
What to consider when choosing a sink
Choosing the right sink for your kitchen begins with asking the right questions. First, let’s determine what factors are important to you when it comes to having a kitchen sink. Here are some questions you should ask yourself:
- What size sink will be best for my needs?
- Which type of material would I prefer the sink to be made from?
- What sink style will work best for my cooking needs and lifestyle?
- Do I want an overmount or undermount sink?
- What are the best sink choices for granite and countertops, as well as quartz countertops?
Once you’ve determined these answers, it’s time to think about your lifestyle. Here are some more questions to ask yourself:
- How often do I cook at home?
- Do I have a dishwasher?
- Is the material durable enough for my lifestyle?
- Is it easy to clean?
That part was easy. Now, let’s get to the fun part. It’s time to decide on how many basins you need, which sink style you prefer, and the material that works best for you. Here’s how it breaks down:
Single Basin Sinks
Single basin sinks are a great choice for smaller kitchens, since they not only offer more space inside the sink but also free up limited counter space. That extra space comes in handy when cleaning larger items such as roasting pans and cookie sheets. Single basin sinks are available in a variety of sizes and mounting options that include overmount and undermount. And since there is no divider and few crevices, single basin sinks are easier to clean.
Double Basin Sinks
Double basin sinks are popular with today’s homeowners. That’s because these sinks do double duty when it comes to washing, rinsing, and draining. Double basin sinks work best in medium-to-larger sized kitchens, and are available in a variety of sizes and configurations. If you’re someone who frequently uses casserole dishes, cookie sheets or other larger items, you may want to rethink choosing a double sink since either side may be too small to easily accommodate these items. Check out this amazing BLANCO Silgranit® Diamond double basin sink pictured above. It’s the perfect pairing with our beautiful etherium® By E-Stone surfaces.
Farmhouse Sinks Revisited
Farmhouse sinks not only lend charm to the kitchen, but homeowners love them for their deep basins and exposed fronts, which make them extremely functional and easy for cleaning larger pots and pans. But don’t let the name fool you. Farmhouse sinks are becoming increasingly popular in today’s modern homes. Not only are they ideal for larger kitchens and busy households but new types of these apron-front sinks have also become popular for their textured fronts and beautiful selection of colors. Countertops may need to be specifically configured to accommodate a farmhouse sink. Not sure if a farmhouse is a good choice for your kitchen? Just ask the design professionals at Granite and TREND Transformations, who can assist with all your renovation needs.
When it comes to kitchen sinks, the workstation design is one to keep your eye on in 2021. Today’s kitchens are busier than ever, and this multi-function sink pulls out all the stops when it comes to having everything in one place. From cutting boards to colanders, these sinks are equipped with sliding pieces and inserts that make “prep time” a piece of cake!
If you’re looking for a sleek and seamless look, an integrated sink is the way to go. These beautiful basins are made from materials that match your countertops. And since they are offered in a variety of colors and patterns, you can show off your personal design style—even when you’re washing the dishes.
Mounting Options: Overmount and Undermount Sinks
For years, overmount sinks—or top-mount sinks—were the only kids on the block. This traditional sink style gets its name from the way it is installed: Overmount sinks are mounted over the countertop and “dropped” into a space and then held in place by a lip that hangs over the countertop. If you’ve had an overmount sink in your kitchen, then you are aware of the unsightly collection of crumbs, grime and dirt that can collect around the rim. Although these sinks are easier on the wallet to install, they can be more difficult to keep clean around the edges, thus causing an unsanitary environment.
An undermount sink is the perfect design partner for today’s beautiful countertops surfaces. Not only are undermount sinks among the most popular choices for today’s trendy kitchens, but they also offer a sophisticated look that keeps crumbs and water away from the countertop, resulting in a more sanitary environment. When it comes to installation, the process requires a support system to keep the sink secure. There is no need for a lip, unlike overmount sinks, which are “dropped into” into the countertop template. While some lighter sinks—like those made from stainless steel—can be installed with just glue and don’t require a support system, it should be noted that any Silgranit® or composite sink will require support.
Stainless Steel Sinks
Stainless steel remains a popular choice among kitchen sink trends because of its durability and versatility. It is a champion against heat and stains, and can be installed as either an overmount or undermount sink, as well as a single or double basin. Stainless steel complements granite and quartz countertops beautifully and is also more cost-effective than other materials. The drawback to stainless steel sinks is they scratch more easily than Silgranit® sinks and can be more difficult to keep clean.
Silgranit® or Granite Composite Sinks
If you’re looking for a sink that works just as hard as you do in the kitchen, you’ll want to consider a granite composite—or Silgranit®—sink. This workhorse of a sink will give even the busiest kitchen a run for its money. Constructed from a combination of crushed granite or quartz (approximately 80 percent) and a resin filler, these sinks are tough, long-lasting and they “check off all the boxes” when it comes to durability. They are scratch, stain, and heat-resistant, as well as a breeze to clean. Additionally, this is the perfect choice of sink to pair with granite or quartz countertops. Check out the Silgranit® sink by BLANCO pictured above. And where can you find this wonderous sink? It’s available directly from Granite and TREND Transformations.
Fireclay and Cast-Iron Sinks
Image courtesy of BLANCO
If you’ve been looking for kitchen sinks, you’ve most likely come across these other two popular options—fireclay and cast iron. Here’s how their features break down:
Benefits of Fireclay
- Fairly chip-resistant
- Available in limited sizes and colors
- More expensive than other sink options
Benefits of cast iron
- Available in wide range of colors
- Susceptible to stains
- Requires support when installing due to its heavy weight
We hope this blog has answered some questions you may have had about choosing the perfect sink for your granite or quartz countertop. If you are planning on having a new kitchen sink installed in your home, and would like further information, give Granite and TREND Transformations a call. We also invite you to schedule your free in-home, or virtual, design consultation. With many installations completed in as little as one day, getting your dream kitchen is closer than you think. Contact us today.