So many sinks to choose from!
If, like me, you are considering replacing your kitchen sink, here are the basics you need to consider:
1. What material do you want? The most popular fabrications are stainless steel, natural stone (soapstone in particular), cast iron, composite granite and copper. Stainless steel is by far the most popular. This article in Houzz,
“Selecting Your Sink Material,”
explains it well.
2. What configuration do you want? Do you like one big sink or do you want it divided? There are MANY pros and cons of each, and each type has its fans.
For ME: I do not want my drying rack to sit on the counter. That is probably the most important consideration for me. The sink we have now is split, 50/50, and the drying rack sits nicely inside the right hand sink. Perfect. But yes, it would be nice to have a larger sink on the left to do pots. As it is, we are squeezed into a small space. So, I was looking for a double sink but a larger one.
3. The installation type. This is how the sink is actually installed with the countertop. There is undermount, flush mount and self-rimming. This article does an excellent job of describing the differences:
“Kitchen Sinks: Finding the Right One.”
I knew I wanted an undermount.
3. How deep do you want it? Sinks can vary from 8″ depth to over 10″: it makes a difference!
4. What style? Do you want a farmhouse style sink with front apron? Do you want square corners or a softer, rounder look?
It’s a lot to think about and I have spent close to a year trying to decide! I would research, then let it go for months. I asked friends; I went to see other kitchens; I would decide one thing only to change my mind the next week. Hmmmm.
Why AM I replacing the present sink???
- We are replacing our counter tops and it seems the perfect time to invest in a new sink.
- Our current counter top, which we inherited when we bought the house, is Corian. The counter and sink are all one piece i.e. the sink is “molded.” When we lived up North, in our 1923 house, I would have given almost anything to have this combination counter/sink! We had old/much-loved white formica with a stainless steel sink that was top mounted and thus, food was always getting caught in the cracks. Not a great set up but, of course, quite livable. But still….I longed for something more contemporary.
- The sink is an off white color. All was fine for about the first year here…and then…well it gets yellow, stained, and scratched about every three days. We use Soft Scrub with bleach and, while it works, it is very temporary and the sink looks a mess in another day. (P.S. We are clean freaks!) I would never recommend this Corian combination all-in-one counter and sink…not after living with it for six years.
- I had no idea that, due to the cabinet size, we could have a larger sink (side to side.)
So WHAT IS IT that we are installing?
The big reveal!
We are going with a SILGRANIT SINK.
This is one cool sink. The reviews, everywhere, are great.
Read all about it HERE.
Just what is it?
The Silgranit II is a composite sink manufactured from 80 percent granite and cast in a single pouring. Unlike natural granite, granite composite is not porous. That means it resists stains, is safe for all foods and, according to Blanco, is fully hygienic.
Blanco, a German company, is the only manufacturer of this sink. We did actually go and see one and loved it right away. We bought the Metallic Gray (one of eight colors available), but even in the white and light colors, it is almost totally impervious to any kind of stain. At all. No more Soft Scrub for us!
It resists scratches and chips:
SILGRANIT is as hard as stone, which makes it resistant to scratching and cutting. The normal impacts and blows such as those caused by pots and pans and falling objects, e.g. glasses, will not cause it to crack or chip.
I was just about to go with stainless steel when we went to Wilkinson Supply Co. in Carrboro, NC where they have samples of the Silgranit sinks. We were sold immediately.
Installation happens this Tuesday… with, of course, the new counter tops. But you will have to wait for that post! I am very excited, to say the least.
We would love to hear your thoughts about sinks, your choices, your experiences and comments so please do enter in.
I was so curious to see which direction you were leaning because we will be starting our kitchen remodel the first of October. I can’t wait. We will also be needing a new sink and I think I will also go with the Silgranite. We did two white ones in our kitchen up north. A divided double bowl like you are looking at and a smaller single bowl for the ancillary sink. They are twelve years old now and look as good as the day they were installed. We had the gray color in our home up in Galena, Illinois. It might have been the one you are featuring and I liked that one even better. White does need some occasional soft scrub but it does always clean up well. This is going to be a fun update for you. I’m anxious to see your new look as it pulls together.
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Thank you Pam!!! So glad to get your comment and know you have liked these sinks. What a nice change it will be for us! Also looking forward to seeing your new kitchen reno!!
I look forward to seeing your new sink and counter tops after the installation. My husband and I had a new sink installed earlier this year along with butcher block counter tops, and I went with stainless again. I agree with you about the divided sink, since I also keep a drying rack on one side. I was not aware of the Silgranite type you featured in this post, so maybe next time? I do love the easy care of stainless, and because of my tendency to break things:-/, I am probably better with a sink surface that is a little forgiving. I am loving my wooden counter tops which I have wanted for years . So many options out there!
Hi Paula: So many options for every and any thing you want to do! It is overwhelming at times, but fun. I’ll post more about the sink and counters in a week or two (and then, eventually, the hardware and paint!) Thanks for commenting.
IT has been years since WE installed our kitchen sink but I went with the FARMHOUSE STYLE as that is the TYPE of HOUSE I Had ALWAYS WANTED!Mine is STAINLESS STEEL and WE have been VERY HAPPY with it!
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I almost went with the farmhouse style; it was close! But husband didn’t like it at all, and since he does almost all the dishes, I listened to him!!! We will see. Tomorrow is the install.
Kitchen sinks – lots to think of, no? We have a split stainless sink but one side is very small, too small. We won’t be changing anytime soon, if at all, but if I had it to over again I would lean toward an undivided one since we don’t use a drying rack (we have a tiny amount of counter space). Maybe we should since we just turn things upside down on a towel to dry & there’s been more than a few things knocked over and broken before they dry. I can’t wait to hear how you like your new counters and sink.
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Thanks, Cyndi! We do actually have lots of counter space in this kitchen (having lived for 25 years with a small kitchen!) and it’s spacious in every way. So now, after one day, the new sink and counters are all I had hoped for and more. So very nice!
That is a great choice! Hope you will enjoy using your new sink ♥
Thanks, Summer! So far, so good and I look forward to many years!!
We put in our dream kitchen about 12 years ago. I scrimped on the sink and got the stainless that was free with our milestone. Honestly, I still pine for a good old fashioned huge farm sink. Enjoy your sink!
Yes, I have dreamt of this for many years! And then it took SO long to make the big decision…I’ll show you all in a post very soon.
Excellent points you make here. We recently replaced our kitchen sink and countertop with granite, and I’m extremely happy with it! It really makes the entire kitchen look more updated, and it’s so easy to keep them clean. Thanks so much for all the info and tips!
There are so many different options for kitchen sinks. I personally love big deep kitchen sinks, it makes it so much easier to hand wash bigger pots and pans. Great information, thanks for sharing!