Sink Spotting

So looking for sinks isn’t a hobby on the same level as trainspotting… not yet anyway. But there’s nothing like the kick you get when your new sink fits your big spaghetti pot and you can fill it without tipping or tilting. (Well, maybe I get excited about this stuff.)

There’s more selection in sinks today, than ever before. According to Diana Hathaway Timmons, Tangerine – Appeal for the Home, “In my experience, design is the factor that most influences consumers when purchasing a sink. The appeal of a sink design is more than aesthetics, it’s also about function. Because the functionality of a sink can impact the entire flow of a kitchen, consumers look at the design of a sink and how it works in the room. If a sink is gorgeous but requires extraordinary care or maintenance, then most consumers will pass on it.”

Sinks will come in many different materials including stainless (18 gauge or thicker), durable porcelain on cast iron, fireclay, composite and solid surface. Ease of care narrows the selection to stainless, cast iron, fireclay and new granite composites out on the market. Acrylic or fiberglass composites stain easily and are not recommended. Avoid stainless mirrored finishes too as they are not as easy to maintain. Look for insulation pads on stainless sinks that deaden noise.

Blanco’s Silgranit sinks resist chips, stains and are heat resistant. They also come in several colors. Blanco offers a helpful brochure online for choosing sinks under a tab called “choosing your sink.”

Quality is the key when selecting materials. “I think the perceived quality, regardless of brand, is of equal importance to the product’s features in the high end,” states Susan Serra, CKD, author The Kitchen Designer. Gail Patton Gail Patton Designs, Inc. comments, “When we educate the clients to quality of the stainless and the grades, they then appreciate the difference and will invest more into the sink.”

Undermount, undermount, undermount. Is there a better way? Why overmount and have that crud catcher on the side of your sink. Wipe the crumbs directly into the bowl.

Designs are so unique – Elkay’s water-influenced Mystic series, Franke’s soft, rounded styling, Rohl’s beautiful fireclay farm sinks – that you really have to go your own way. Think beyond the traditional double bowl. What shapes are you washing? Bring your pots to the store. Why not? Bar sinks, like Kohler’s new Crevasse are so ultra cool you might want to add another prep area if you have space – and especially if there’s two chefs in the kitchen. Integrated features like cutting boards and drainers save on valuable counter space and make the sink do double time.

Since this post barely scratches the surface – no pun intended – we might have to make this a regular feature.

Caption: Franke sinks offer quality and styling.

These Rohl fireclay sinks are beautiful and functional.

The Kohler Crevasse sink has a one touch disposal and water flow for easy prep.
This stunning Elkay Mystic sink offers an integrated cutting board that saves space.

Contributed by Lori Dolnick
Read all of Lori’s posts here.

xoxo Linda