A stainless steel kitchen sink should be the ultimate accessory of any kitchen. But since all stainless steel sinks come in different sizes and styles, selecting the right one may become a daunting task.
Before you window-shop for your next stainless steel sink, make sure that you have the correct dimensions of your counter top. As a rule of thumb, single basin sinks look better in smaller kitchens and for larger kitchens double-bowls or even triple-bowls are ideal.
If you have a standard size kitchen, it is very likely that you are using a double-basing sink, which fits perfectly in cabinets that are 36 inches long. If your next remodeling project does not include the change of these cabinets, it is best that you pick your new stainless steel kitchen sink with the same dimensions.
If you are rebuilding your kitchen and want to add a separate island as working area or even a dish washer, you can opt for a smaller single-bowl stainless steel kitchen sink, as these are more practical and take up much less space than traditional ones.
Keep in mind that though your next kitchen sink is for practical uses such as washing your dishes and preparing foods, a sink will add a stylish accent that no other item in the kitchen will. So, make sure that your current or future accessories match the look of your new kitchen sink, which may come as brushed metal or as a polished look.
Though the traditional stainless steel sinks come in these two styles, many manufacturers also offer other finishes, such as antique, copper, hammered, weathered, among others. To pick the right one it is recommended that you have an idea of the color and style of your cabinets and other accessories, kitchenware, appliances, furniture and even the color of your kitchen walls.
One major reason people choose stainless kitchen sinks is for their durability, low maintenance and low price. And some new styles of stainless steel sinks are designed with technological properties such as an undercoating that muffles sound. If you will be handling many heavy objects such as cast iron pots and pans, make sure that you ask about the strength of the material of your next kitchen sink. As a rule of thumb, a stainless steel kitchen sink made with a lower gauge will be sturdier and quieter.
High-end stainless steel kitchen sinks are made of 18 to 19 gauge.
If you are looking to entertain your relatives and friends, pick a kitchen sink that will offer a wow factor and become the conversation piece of you kitchen; a polished one may do the trick.
If you cook frequently, select a stainless steel kitchen sink with double-basins, as it will allow for more working space to cook efficiently and even hold foods as you cook them. You can actually speed up the cooking process by doing the dishes on one side as you use the other for your cooking needs.
Always ask for the opinion of your vendor before selecting the right kitchen sink, and bring photos of your kitchen or samples of the material of your counter tops to match with ease.