Buyer's Guide & Information

Best Kitchen Sinks Reviewed for Any Style Kitchen

Find the style that is best for you in this extensive kitchen sink review.

by PlumberAndy

Buyer's Guide & Information

Best Kitchen Sinks Reviewed for Any Style Kitchen

Find the style that is best for you in this extensive kitchen sink review.

by PlumberAndy

by PlumberAndy

Most people out there don’t think much about sinks; that is until theirs starts malfunctioning. It’s a simple case of “you don’t know what you have ‘til it’s gone”. Seeing as how they’re used to wash fruits and vegetables, dispose of food waste, soak dishes, and more, they’re an essential part of every home.

However, not every sink is made the same. That’s why I encourage you to keep on reading, using this guide to help you select the best kitchen sink for your home.

Benefits of a High-Quality Kitchen Sink

  • Easy to Maintain
    You’ll want to go for a model that’s easy to clean. First, make sure it’s at least somewhat resistant against stains. I recommend avoiding satin finishes if you are looking for something low-maintenance, due to how easily fingerprints appear.
  • Quiet
    It’s easy to create a lot of noise once you combine a sink with silverware. However, thick rubber undercoats or padding can help muffle it.
  • Durability
    If you’re purchasing something, you want it to last. Especially when you’ve already gone through the whole installation process. Your sink should be able to resist rust, corrosion, and dents so you can have it for years to come.
  • Excellent Drainage
    When using your sink, you shouldn’t have to deal with standing water. Water channels and optimized angles on the bottom of the bowl should be able to direct water and debris down the sink with ease.
  • Attractive Design
    Even if the sink functions correctly, if it doesn’t look right to you, you’re not going to be satisfied. Pick something that compliments your kitchen décor with the right finish, color, and style.

Types of Kitchen Sinks

Top mount/Drop-in

This type is most commonly seen, easiest to install, and often the most affordable. The rim sits on the countertop for added security and less maintenance in terms of grouting and can be used with any countertop material.

However, they are more difficult to clean on a day-to-day basis as the lip that sits on the countertop can easily collect crumbs and dirt.

Undermount

These look very modern and sleek like they were made right into the countertop. It’s easier to clean thanks to the lack of the top lip so that you can wipe debris right from the counter, into the basin.

You’ll have to use extra support below the sink, though, as it’s installed under the countertop. Due to this, it’s ideal to have a solid countertop made out of something like granite.

Farmhouse/Apron Front

This kind is commonly seen in country-style/traditional kitchens, with the front being exposed. These will either project a bit outward from the counter or sit flush, and usually come in fireclay, stainless steel, or composite.

These are also a bit more difficult to install and more costly due to the cabinet modifications almost always required.  What I like about these is that they’re often longer and deeper than your average sink, which gives you the freedom and comfort to do more with it.

Single Bowl vs. Double Bowl

A single bowl is just one basin, while a double has two (as you probably guessed). Singles don’t have a divider separating it into two halves, so they accommodate larger pots and pans better. Due to this, they’re also easier to clean.

They’re notably smaller, overall, than double bowl models so if you don’t have a lot of counter space you’ll want to consider that. On the other hand, doubles offer more flexibility and let you perform two tasks at once.


How to Choose the Right Kitchen Sink for Your Home

Mounting Style

Mounting styles differ with how challenging installation is, as well as appearance and purpose. Undermount sinks will connect to the underside of a counter, which gives a streamlined look with clean lines. They’re probably the easiest in terms of cleanliness but are more difficult to install.

With drop-in sinks, you’ll need a perfectly-sized hole to “drop” your sink into the opening. This installation process is the easiest of the bunch and uses metal clips or anchors to attach the sink to your countertop. Apron sinks are also quite challenging to install, due to having to modify cabinets to make room for the front of the sink.

However, they do look interesting and have a “classic” appeal.

Sink Type/Style

As you can see, there are various styles and types to choose from. Think about the style of kitchen you have currently. If you’re remodeling, then consider the style you’re going for. Will it be a farmhouse/country feel, where you want something more traditional?

Then perhaps choose an apron front sink. Copper can change colors and get more beautiful as it ages. It also gives a rustic/Tuscan kind of look which jives perfectly with burnt oranges and deep reds.

Modern is very “in” right now, and if that’s what you desire, I recommend looking at undermount sinks, ideally made of stainless steel, fireclay, or composite granite. This will give a clean, smooth look that’s eye-catching when used with dark greys, blacks, and off-whites.

Sink Material

There are a wide array of materials to choose from, and they’re all different in looks and performance. Stainless steel is one of the most common materials, with cheaper models made of thin metal, and more expensive ones being thick and heavy-duty. This thickness is measured by gauge.

The thicker the material is, the lower the gauge number. While stainless steel is anti-corrosive and heat/stain-resistant, you’ll need a model with some padding to muffle the sound. Cast iron is another metallic alloy that’s been used in making sinks for quite a while.

They come with a porcelain enamel coating so that they’re corrosion-resistant while remaining durable and stylish. They’re almost completely resistant to stains and scratches while being easy to maintain. For a more rustic or classic appearance, copper may be the one for you.

They’re thick, resistant to scratches, and corrosion-resistant. Copper sinks are naturally antimicrobial to kill harmful bacteria, as well. While they look amazing, the downside is that they need regular polishing, and a lot of additional maintenance as the years go by.

Ceramic may not be as visually attractive as the other materials, but it does have a practically impenetrable surface, making it hard for stains and scratches to leave a mark. However, they can chip or crack, and if you accidentally drop a plate or glass in it, they may very well break.

Fireclay is made from clay molded at high temperatures, along with a porcelain enamel coating to give a timeless appearance and durability. They’re also incredibly resistant against scratches and stains, with its glossy finish facilitating cleaning and maintenance.

Finally, we have composite granite, which is comprised of a mix of granite stone dust and acrylic resins. The material is nonporous, hygienic, and resistant to heat, stains, scratches, and more.

As granite composite usually comes in neutral shades, it’s easy to match with all kinds of décor, and often features integrated drainboards and faucet drillings. However, it is important to note that heat and harsh chemicals can damage some models.

Number of Bowls

Today, it’s prevalent to see both single and double bowl sinks. Single bowls are going to be easier to clean, while offering more space for large pots, pans, baking sheets, etc. Many also find them more aesthetically-pleasing, due to their streamlined look.

With double bowls, you’ll find that they’re great for multitasking. For example, you can soak dishes in one side while cutting vegetables over the other. Double bowl models also vary in proportion. Some have an even 50/50 layout, while others could be 60/40 or 70/30 so you can select what works best for your needs.

Size & Depth of Bowl vs. Kitchen Counter Space

Sinks can be as small as 9” in length, and larger than 40 inches. As you can probably guess, the bigger the sink, the less counter space you’ll have. While there’s not a “standard size” since available counter space varies so widely, a good number of consumers select a single bowl sink about 28-30 inches long.

I’d personally recommend one of at least 27 inches long, 19 inches wide, and over 7.25” in depth. If you’re looking for a sink to use solely for food prep in a kitchen island, though, you’ll probably only need a smaller model.  Double bowl models are going to take up more room overall, so if you’re tight on space, a single may be better suited for you.

If space is of no concern, though, you’re rarely going to hear of someone complaining that their sink is “too big”. Remember to keep bowl depth in mind, too. If you plan on hand-washing dishes and will be using it for a lot of soaking, you’ll want a deeper basin.

Your average cabinet will measure 24 inches deep, but if you’re unsure of the dimensions of yours, check this out. Also, measure how long the pipe is that it connects the sink drain to the tee below the sink (aka “the tailpiece”). If it’s 3” long, then you should have no problem installing a new sink that’s 3” deeper than the model you currently have.

Drain Position & Plumbing

Drain positions on sinks tend to vary quite a bit. You may not place much importance in this regard, but some consumers like an offset drain hole (on the left, right, or rear of the sink) rather than in the center of the bowl. It’s important to ensure the position you want will work with your existing plumbing.

Installation

Consider the type of sink you want. A top mount/drop-in sink is generally going to be the easiest to install, while undermounts will be the most difficult. Top mounts feature a molded edge or lip which will rest on your countertop, which can hold it in place and bear the weight of the sink.

Undermount sinks fuse to the underside of your counter, which means you’ll need some additional support underneath it. It also means that the edges of the cut-out for the sink must be finished perfectly, as they will be visible, and grouting will need to be pristine to avoid leaks.

Price

It’s a good idea to have a solid budget in mind before you go looking for your new kitchen sink. The best models vary widely in price, from just around $100 to around $300. There are even quite a few on the market today that are easily at the $1000 mark, but I haven’t seen a difference in quality between the more expensive sinks and the ones on this guide.

Warranty

While it’s not a rule, most sinks worth having in your kitchen are going to come with a limited lifetime or lifetime warranty. This type of warranty not only speaks to the quality you’re receiving but will give you peace of mind, knowing that if anything goes “wrong”, you’re in the clear.​

If you’re looking at a sink that doesn’t have this type of warranty, I’d seriously consider shelling out a bit more cash to buy one that does. Over the years, it will more than pay for itself.


10 Best Kitchen Sinks Reviewed

1. Kraus KHU100-30 

Best Undermount Kitchen Sink

Mounting Style

Undermount

Bowl Type

Single

Basin Depth (Inches)

10”

Material

Stainless Steel

Gauge

16

Warranty

lifetime limited 

Sizes (Inches)

14, 17, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30”

If you were to read through stainless steel kitchen sink reviews, you’d see I’m one of many who have placed the Kraus KHU100-30 on top. The undermount sink features a 30” single bowl, which is beautiful and spacious – perfect for soaking and washing large pots and pans while providing style and durability.  

Coming in various sizes (anywhere from 14 to 30 inches) and colors, it’s easy for this undermount stainless steel kitchen sink to suit any décor you already have in your kitchen. My personal favorite is the Matte Black, which gives a cutting-edge look to any home.

Colors Available -

  • Stainless Steel 
  • Chrome 
  • Matte Black,
  • Stainless Steel/Chrome 
  • Stainless Steel/Matte Black

However, it’s much more than just good looks. If you want a sink that will genuinely last you for decades, this 16-gauge stainless steel sink has you covered. It’s resistant against dents and won’t break dishes or glasses if you accidentally drop one inside the bowl.

To finish it off, the model comes with a commercial-grade satin finish to ensure it’s corrosion-and-rust-resistant and easy to clean. If that weren’t enough reason to toss it into your shopping cart, it’s also easy on our planet. 

“Stainless steel being recyclable metal, is an excellent eco-friendly product for kitchen sinks. It doesn’t degrade or lose any of its properties during the recycling process, making it a great ‘green’ option,” states Carysil.

When talking about metal, it’s understandable that you’re probably wondering how loud it is. As the KHU100-30 comes with the company’s top-notch NoiseDefend soundproofing technology and rubber sound-dampening pads covering 80% of the sink base, that won’t be a concern.

As it is an undermount sink, it’s going to give you that perfectly seamless look with clean, uninterrupted lines from the countertop to the basin. This makes it incredibly easy to clean, as you can wipe crumbs and other debris from the counter, right into the sink. However, it’s going to be more challenging to install in comparison to a top mount design.

As far as price goes, it’s not the cheapest, but it’s still quite affordable. Considering it comes with a lifetime limited warranty, I’d say it’s more than worth it! When you purchase a KHU100-30, they also include free kitchen accessories like a solid stainless-steel bottom grid, 3-piece basket strainer, and cotton dish towel, too.

Pros
  • Made of durable 16-gauge stainless steel
  • Very quiet
  • Comes with free kitchen accessories
  • Eco-friendly build
  • Limited lifetime warranty
Cons
  • A bit more difficult to install
  • Not the cheapest

2. Ruvati

Best Top Mount Kitchen Sink

Mounting Style

Top mount

Bowl Type

Single

Basin Depth (Inches)

10”

Material

Stainless Steel

Gauge

16

Warranty

Lifetime

Sizes (Inches)

15x15”, 15x20”, 25x22”, 33x21”, 33x22”

As one of the best top mount kitchen sinks on the market today, you can expect an excellent balance of luxury, functionality, and toughness with the Ruvati 33 x 22 Inch. Much like the KHU100-30, it’s made of premium, 16-gauge stainless steel sure to last for years.

The steel build looks sharp and features a brushed finish to give it a high-class look while hiding scratches. Rusting is also no problem, so count on it retaining its modern look for decades to come.

If you have large cookware such as woks or sheet pans that you have trouble washing, you’ll enjoy the wideness and great depth of this model. The single bowl design won’t inhibit you in terms of space like many smaller sinks or double bowl designs can. You won’t have to deal with splashing and spilling water over the edges of the sink, either. 

“For a person who prefers using a dishwasher and keeping the countertops free of clutter, a single bowl sink will provide a peaceful, simple-looking kitchen design,” says Knoxville Plumbing.

The top mount design means that the rim will rest on top of the counter, making installation much more straightforward than other types. You also don’t have to worry about correctly trimming the edges of the cutout space, as they’re not going to show, anyway.

Did I mention the model can also retrofit most existing drop-in sink cutouts? A slight downside, however, is that the ¼” lip can accumulate dust and debris in between it and the countertop, so make sure you’re regularly cleaning it out.

Drawing similarities to the previous model once again, the Ruvati provides exceptional sound insulation due to the heavy-duty, thick sound guard padding, and exterior bowl coating. This means after you have that late-night piece of cake, you can place your plate and fork in the sink without waking any potential witnesses up.

If you look at the bottom of the basin, you’ll find that it’s slanted, and features four drain grooves. It’s designed this way to direct water and debris towards the drain, rather than it just standing there. To facilitate this, Ruvati also thoughtfully included a bottom rinse grid.

Place the device in the bottom of the sink, and it will not only protect it from dish-related scratches but will also create a little channel underneath them for water to freely flow through.

There isn’t much I can complain about with this model, but I will note that it’s one of the more expensive sinks on this guide. However, it does come with a generous lifetime warranty, so I feel it’s worth the bit of extra money up front.

Pros
  • Slanted bottom and drain grooves easily move water down the drain
  • Sturdy 16-gauge stainless steel build
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Very quiet
  • Big and deep basin for easy cleaning of large dishes
Cons
  • A bit expensive
  • Doesn’t come in any other colors

3. Blanco 440194 

Best Granite Undermount Kitchen Sink

Mounting Style

Undermount

Bowl Type

Single

Basin Depth (Inches)

9.5”

Material

Granite

Gauge

n/a

Warranty

lifetime limited 

Without a doubt one of the sturdiest sinks available, the Blanco 440194 Single is both beautiful and well-made thanks to its Silgranit build. Silgranit is the brand’s unique granite composite material which provides an array of benefits. 

“With a team of passionate and dedicated scientists, proven results and a new, smoother surface, even a fork or the bottom of a pan can’t damage it,” says Blanco.

You can place just-off-the-stove pots and pans into the basin, without worrying about compromising its integrity. In fact, it can manage up to 536 degrees Fahrenheit! Scratches, stains and harsh chemicals won’t affect it either, so if you’re looking for rugged durability, this sink can’t be beaten.

Despite how tough it is, it’s lush in every way. To the touch, it’s smooth and silky. Coming in dramatic shades like a matte black Anthracite and Metallic Grey, it’s visually striking. Choose black-on-black for a modern, cohesive look, or a lighter-colored countertop for a stark contrast.

Due to the flat deck, you have a bit of flexibility in how you install your new grey or black kitchen sink. You can choose to “drop it in”, or undermount it. Once again, keep in mind that undermounting is a bit more challenging, but worth it in terms of looks and ease of maintenance. The only real downside for me here is that the sink didn’t come with undermount clips, so you’ll have to purchase them separately.

Once again placing importance on both appearance and performance, I appreciated smaller details like the softly-rounded drain grooves to channel water towards the drain, and the offset drain location to give the user a larger workspace.

All that, plus a limited lifetime warranty, and it’s listed at a relatively low price. While it doesn’t come with extra accessories like the last two products, if you want one of the best granite kitchen sinks, give this one a go.

Pros
  • Smooth and soft feel has less risk of breaking glasses and dishes
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty
  • Incredibly durable against heat, scratches, stains and more
  • Relatively affordable
  • Amazing look
Cons
  • Doesn’t come with undermount clips
  • Doesn’t come with extra accessories

4. Kraus KHF200-33

Best Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

Mounting Style

Farmhouse

Bowl Type

Single

Basin Depth (Inches)

10”

Material

Stainless Steel

Gauge

16

Warranty

lifetime limited 

As you may have already figured out, Kraus is one of the most reputable kitchen sink brands out there, which is why I knew I had to try out their KHF200-33 Farmhouse Apron Sink. This model’s design is quite a bit different from the previous ones on our guide, in both looks and functionality. While it’s the most challenging type to install, it comes with benefits you won’t see with its drop-in and undermount counterparts.

What’s so special about it?

That it’s much deeper than your average sink and is placed in a way where you can stand right in front of the sink instead of cabinetry or countertops.

“This feature made the farmhouse sink more comfortable to use at a time in the past when women would spend a large part of their day there – preparing food and washing dishes, clothes and even babies,” states Houzz.

While you may not need to wash any babies, it’s still helpful for cleaning large roasting pans, skillets and more. As this style has been around for quite a while, I won’t say it’s “growing in popularity”, but rather “making a comeback”. This is the go-to design for more traditional or “country-style” kitchens, currently.

Made of industrial-strength T304 stainless steel, it can quite literally take a beating. As it’s corrosion-and-rust-resistant and won’t dent, it will retain its good looks as long as you want them around. The included limited lifetime warranty will make sure of that!

As space is the name of the game here, you’ll find softly rounded corners and a rear set drain to take full advantage of the workspace in front of you. Similar to the Blanco 440194 Single, gently sloped channels are meant to keep water from pooling, and optimized angles keep glassware from falling when sitting in the basin. Should you accidentally knock over a dish while using it, Kraus’ NoiseDefend soundproofing technology is there to minimize the noise. They’ve incorporated thick pads on over 80% of the base to absorb noise, and sound barrier technology to aid in insulation.

Pros
  • Industrial-strength T304 stainless steel body
  • Very deep and spacious
  • Includes a limited lifetime warranty
  • Sloped channels keep water from pooling
  • On-trend design for traditional kitchens
Cons
  • Difficult installation process
  • Might be too large if you have little counter space

5. Kraus KBU25 

Best Double Bowl Kitchen Sink

Mounting Style

Undermount

Bowl Type

Double

Basin Depth (Inches)

9”

Material

Stainless Steel

Gauge

16

Warranty

lifetime limited 

Keeping consistent on the Kraus train, we have the KBU25 Undermount Double Bowl up next. If you’re serious about multi-tasking in your kitchen, then hop on board. Double bowl models vary in how they’re set up, but this one is a 40/60, referring to the percentage each bowl takes up of the overall sink. These are often referred to as “non-standard” sinks.

You can use one side for holding and soaking dirty dishes, and the smaller for cleaning and rinsing off glassware. However, it’s excellent for food prep, too. 

“When preparing foods in non-standard double bowl sinks, use the smaller size bowl to peel vegetables and rinse the fruit. The larger size bowl is ideal for filling pots and rinsing large vegetables like squash and bunches of grapes,” informs Hunker.

As it’s made of 16-gauge stainless steel, it will keep its silky sheen while resisting dents to keep it looking its best, even with minimal maintenance. Because it’s an undermount model, cleaning is even easier, since you can wipe crumbs away in one smooth motion without worrying about the lip of the sink getting in your way.

 No matter if you hand-wash your dishes or not, it can get noisy using a metal sink. With thick pads on the base of the sink, all of that potential clanging around will get drowned out with by complete insulation.

Overall, it’s an incredibly durable and versatile model, and the lifetime limited warranty only makes it that much more attractive. The only thing I’d watch out for is if you are limited on counter space, make sure you have enough room for this model as it’s a bit larger.

Pros
  • Made of durable 16-gauge stainless steel
  • Versatile 40/60 design
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Quiet
  • Limited lifetime warranty
Cons
  • A bit on the large side
  • Can be restrictive with larger dishes

6. KOHLER Prolific 

Best Single Bowl Kitchen Sink

Mounting Style

Undermount

Bowl Type

Single

Basin Depth (Inches)

11”

Material

Stainless Steel

Gauge

18

Warranty

lifetime limited 

Sizes (Inches)

23”, 29”, 33”

I don’t believe the KOHLER Prolific 33 Inch Workstation could’ve had a more appropriate name. I’m willing to say this is the most versatile, convenient sink I’ve ever had the pleasure of using, and is so much more than just a sink. Rather than using countertop space, an island and a sink, they’ve managed to condense it all into one little workstation.

The innovative design comes with three graduated ledges inside the top portion of the basin for you to neatly and securely place the included bamboo cutting board, dual multipurpose grated racks, a colander, and wash bin. The racks can be easily used to hold dishes as they dry, or to support heavy pots and pans. Stack and slide each accessory to your height so you can be as efficient and comfortable as possible.

The basin itself is made of 18-gauge stainless steel rather than the 16-gauge found in most products I’ve covered here. “You will hear the difference between these two thicknesses when you drop a knife or other utensil in the sink,” states Absolute.

I have to say that I somewhat disagree here. I suppose there may be a slight difference between them in terms of noise, but I didn’t notice anything. While 18-gauge stainless steel is a bit thinner than the other, it’s still solid and long-lasting. As it comes with SilentShield sound absorption technology, you don’t have to worry about bothering anyone having a conversation or meal nearby, either.

The undermount installation makes for easier cleaning, as well as a more streamlined look that everyone seems to love. As there are no faucet holes, you can even pick the faucet that you want. While it may not have the sloped bottom that others do, it does come with a cone-shaped sloping drain to direct debris down the disposal.

Pros
  • Comes with an array of accessories
  • Sloped drain to direct debris down the disposal
  • Adjustable
  • Made of durable stainless steel
  • Sleek undermount look
Cons
  • Expensive

7. ZUHNE Modena 

Best Kitchen Sink With Drainboard

Mounting Style

Undermount

Bowl Type

Single

Basin Depth (Inches)

10”

Material

Stainless Steel

Gauge

16

Warranty

Lifetime

While there are plenty of single bowl undermount kitchen sinks out there, the ZUHNE Modena still stands out for many reasons. ZUHNE is renowned as one of the most high-quality sink manufacturers on the market today, and this model is the perfect example of why.

When your guests walk into your kitchen, prepare for the Modena to turn heads. Upon first glance, the polished stainless steel is easy on the eyes, complete with a soft natural brushed glow finish. While it does tend to show fingerprints easily, the extra bit of maintenance is worth it. Plus, you typically don’t need to spend much time cleaning undermounted sinks, anyway.

While it may look delicate, it’s made to handle the heavy wear-and-tear a sink takes daily. Made of surgical grade, lead-free 16-gauge stainless steel, it’s so hygienic and nonporous that harmful bacteria and viruses can’t survive on the surface. The industrial strength build is rust-and-corrosion-proof, as well as resistant against dents and scratches. However, if you for any reason do need a replacement, you’re covered under ZUHNE’s lifetime warranty.

The bottom of the basin comes with gently sloping base channels, to direct water and debris down the garbage disposal. If you happen to have an Insinkerator or Waste King disposal, you’re also in luck, because the sink’s noise canceling technology completely mutes them. 

It’s no wonder it’s ​marketed  by Zuhne as “the quietest and safest sink in the world”! To make cleaning and preparing food even easier, the model even ships with a grate protector, caddy, colander, and strainer. What more could you want?

Pros
  • The quietest sink I’ve ever used
  • Comes with various useful accessories
  • Very durable stainless-steel body
  • Deep and wide basin
  • Very modern design
Cons
  • Not 100% scratchproof
  • Heavy

8. Sinkology Farmhouse 

Best Copper Kitchen Sink

Mounting Style

Farmhouse

Bowl Type

Single

Basin Depth (Inches)

8”

Material

Copper

Gauge

17

Warranty

Lifetime

When you decide to incorporate a copper sink into your home, you’re getting something special. If you’re not afraid of some extra upkeep, the Sinkology Farmhouse Copper Single Bowl may be the perfect model for you.

“There are considerable practical and aesthetic benefits to opting for a copper kitchen sink. They offer a unique aesthetic appeal in that they have what is described as ‘a living finish’,” states Sinks.co

To tie back into the visual appeal, copper stands out from the rest of the materials because the metal can take on a patina over time. So, while each one of the Sinkology Lange copper sinks may start out looking the same, their finish will start to evolve – from light to dark, from subtle to intense.

The sink comes individually hammered by hand out of 17-gauge pure, solid copper, and given an Antique look that is difficult to find elsewhere. As is typical with farmhouse sinks, it features an extra-large bowl which makes using it enjoyable.

To reduce noise from the dishes and the garbage disposal, sound dampening pads have also been added underneath. If you don’t happen to have a garbage disposal, you also receive a handy basket strainer drain! Covered by a lifetime guarantee, you have nothing to lose.

There is a slight downside, however. While it’s an undermount sink which makes cleaning somewhat more manageable, the maintenance of the copper itself can be tedious. “Use only mild soap and water for regular cleansing, and avoid abrasive materials and cleansers: no steel wool or Comet!” says Plumbing Supply. Rather than using bleach on stains, opt for a paste made of baking soda and water.

Pros
  • Extra-sturdy copper body
  • Very deep, wide, ergonomic design
  • Sound dampening pads reduce noise
  • Lifetime warranty included
  • Very unique, beautiful design
Cons
  • On the pricier end of the spectrum
  • Maintenance is tedious

9. Lordear Black

Best Black Kitchen Sink

Mounting Style

Undermount

Bowl Type

Single

Basin Depth (Inches)

10”

Material

Stainless Steel

Gauge

16

Warranty

Lifetime

Sizes (Inches)

15x17”, 23x18”, 25x22”

On the hunt for one of the best stainless-steel sinks out there, but are on a budget? Thankfully there’s the Lordear 32-inch Black Stainless-Steel Kitchen Sink. Considering how durable, functional, and luxurious-looking it is, the price is a steal.

As Lordear isn’t as well-known as most others I’ve reviewed, I was a bit apprehensive, but I can say with confidence now that it’s top-notch.

The best type of kitchen sink for many is the undermount. While they’re more time-consuming with installation, you just can’t beat how those sleek lines look when properly finished. While stainless steel can look tough, due to precision engineering and a brushed finish, the Lordear has an elegant air to it.

Like various others on the guide, the body is made of sturdy T304 stainless steel which is resistant to corrosion, rust, and dents. The body features seamless joints, which only adds to the toughness of the build. Underneath the thick metal, you’ll find a NoiseDefend soundproofing coating and padding which helps reduce sounds and vibration from washing. I have to say it wasn’t the quietest, but it’s still one of the higher performing models in this aspect.

As you see with the KHF200-33 and the Ruvati 33 x 22, the bowl comes engineered with a softly sloping bottom, which directs water into the drain, and optimized angles to keep glassware upright when placed in the basin. You can easily fit much more than just glasses in here, though. With the oversized bowl and gently curved corners, skillets and large pots will be no match for the Lordear.

If that weren’t tempting enough for you, you’ll also receive a complete kit to make sure you’re ready to take on any task. Aside from the sink, you’d receive a 304 stainless steel dish grid which helps to protect the sink from scratches, a basket strainer, cotton apron, oven glove, and oven mit.

Pros
  • Generous soundproofing coating and padding
  • Sloped bottom to prevent standing water
  • Tough engineering and stainless-steel body
  • Easily accommodates large pots and skillets
Cons
  • Not the quietest model
  • Not 100% scratchproof

10. Elkay Quartz Classic ELGU2522GS0 

Best Quartz Kitchen Sink

Mounting Style

Undermount

Bowl Type

Single

Basin Depth (Inches)

9.5”

Material

Quartz

Gauge

n/a

Warranty

Lifetime

What I love about the Elkay Quartz Classic ELGU2522GS0, is its smooth surface, deep basin, and a luscious array of matte shades to choose from. 

“Quartz has a similar look and feel as stone, but it can be manipulated more easily. During its creation, you have some degree of choice for colors and patterns in quartz. This allows for more flexibility in finding a sink that matches the rest of your décor,” informs Custom Home Group.

My personal favorites are the Black, Mocha, and Sand due to their uniqueness, but there are plenty more options if those don’t fit your style. Just know that even after you have the model for years, the color will never fade and always be UV-stable. 

Available Colors -

  • Greystone
  • Black
  • Dusk Gray
  • Greige
  • Bisque
  • Mocha
  • Pecan
  • Putty
  • Sand
  • White
  • Adding not only to the visual appeal but also the incredible strength of the sink is the material it’s made out of quartz composite. The smooth, nonporous surface makes it easy to clean and withstand extremely high temperatures.

    Stains and smudges glide right off the basin (even on the White model), and as it’s hygienic, bacteria and viruses will not survive on it. Around flu and cold season, your household is really going to appreciate this!

    All of that is great, but if you can’t fit your dishes in there in the first place, it doesn’t do much good! A spacious single bowl makes that concern a thing of the past. The depth, smooth corners, and rear-placed drain maximize space to make cleaning large pots and pans as easy as possible.

    As you’re washing them, though, there’s sure to be a bit of clanging around. That is if you were to use a lesser-quality sink. Did you know that quartz is naturally sound-deadening? That means vibration and sounds are absorbed, so you and no one else is bothered while using it.

    If you’ve read other quartz kitchen sink reviews, you’ve probably come across this beauty already, with high ratings. The truth is, there’s not much to improve on, here. Even for an undermount sink, it’s relatively easy to install. The price is a bit higher than average, but considering the sheer strength and tasteful aesthetic, it’ll be hard to compete with.

    Pros
    • Stunning array of colors to choose from
    • Very sturdy/won’t chip or break
    • Stain-and-smudge-resistant
    • Considerable amount of space for large dishes
    • Lifetime warranty
    Cons
    • Priced a bit higher than average
    • Darker colors may show scratches

    Sink Material Options

    Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel is quite possibly the most common material for kitchen sinks. After all, it’s easy to clean, resist stains naturally from acidic foods and drinks, and also holds strong against rusting. The metal’s thickness/durability is measured by “gauge”, and I prefer 16-gauge models.

    These will be sturdy enough to last for years upon years, while still being accessible to most consumers. Stainless steel is already commonly seen throughout kitchens, so it goes well with most designs.

    Composite Granite

    This material is formed by mixing fine granite sand with an acrylic resin bonding agent, usually at an 80/20 ratio. What’s so attractive about it, is that it shares many qualities with regular granite, without the worry of it being fragile or expensive.

    You won’t see many color variations with a single granite composite sink, as they generally feature a uniform color. However, “sandiness” or little flecks of greys and browns are common and add a bit of complexity. I love that rather than being shiny; these models come with a modern matte finish.

    On top of that, granite composite is resistant to scratching, chipping, and impacts.

    Cast Iron

    Cast iron sinks are powder coated with enamel, making it incredibly wear-resistant, able to withstand extreme temperatures and protect against rust and scratches.

    If you’re primarily searching for something that will last for ages, I’d highly recommend a cast iron sink. In my opinion, they’re not the most trendy or modern, but they come in many colors and styles.

    Copper

    If you don’t have a problem with a little extra maintenance, take a look at copper for your next kitchen sink. The material is made to turn heads and changes color over time to create a truly unique model. It’s also one of the most durable materials available, impervious to rust and scratches.

    What’s more, is that it’s naturally antimicrobial so you and your family will have less of a risk of getting sick. 

    Ceramic

    These sinks are made of raw materials, like clay, feldspar, and kaolin. They typically come in whites, but occasionally you’ll find a black or grey ceramic sink out there. They’re not going to dent and hold up against high temperatures. However, they can chip and break and do not deal with impact well.

    This material is one of the easiest to keep clean and is surprisingly stain-resistant considering their color.

    Fireclay

    In contrast, Fireclay comes in a wide choice of attractive colors sure to go with any décor you have going on. High temperatures and stains won’t affect the material at all, and it’s pretty easy to clean. Similar to ceramic, it doesn’t deal well with impact and will chip and crack if you’re not careful.


    Popular Kitchen Sink Brands

    As you could probably tell from the selections above, most consumers are big fans of Kraus, and for a good reason. You get the utmost quality with this brand in terms of style, durability, and functionality. Most will be made of stainless steel, with some exciting coating to protect the material and give it an upscale feel.

    Expect a limited lifetime warranty when you purchase from them. Ruvati is another crowd favorite and stands out due to their elegant designs. Stainless steel is also their specialty, but occasionally you’ll see a fireclay or granite model from them, too.

    KOHLER is one of the most prolific kitchen and bath fixtures manufacturers, and make all their products built to last for years. These also come with limited lifetime warranties, and are often customizable with accessories.


    Determining Sink Size vs. Kitchen Counter Space

    Let’s be honest; most of us would probably prefer a large sink. They’re generally easier to use, allow for more room and flexibility, and look prestigious. However, you need a realistic amount of counter space to fit bigger sinks.

    If you weren’t aware already, sinks are meant to be installed in a base cabinet, which varies in size. To measure yours, measure the size of your base cabinet and take 3 inches off. The size of sink you pick needs to be 3 inches smaller than the cabinet the sink will be installed in.

    Take a look here for a helpful formula to ensure you have the perfect sized model.


    Installing a Kitchen Sink

    Tying into the last point, before you do anything, you need to make sure your sink fits your countertop. If you’re opting for an undermount or farmhouse model, you may need to do some extra work in modifying the countertop or cabinets to make it happen.

    Fortunately, many manufacturers include a cutting template, so you know where and how to cut a hole in your countertop. I also suggest installing the faucet and waste lines before you do the sink. To make things easier, place your sink upside-down on the counter, and measure every side to ensure it’s perfectly centered.

    Measure the depth of its lip, and mark it entirely around the initial outline. Use a drill with an auger or flat bit to create a hole on each corner of the sink, on the smaller outline. Then, with a jigsaw cut the inner line beginning from these holes.

    While doing this, you have to make sure the counter is supported in some way from underneath. After the hole is made, make sure your sink fits in nicely. If it happens to be a bit too tight, sandpaper is incredibly useful in creating some extra room.

    Once it conforms to your liking, use a preservative primer to seal the edges. Finally, secure your sink with the included nuts and washers and hook up the faucet hoses. If no seal or gasket came included, use caulk around the hole to eliminate any leaks. Install retaining clips around the sink border, and tighten them from underneath.

    Connect the faucet to the water main, and you’re all set!


    Clogged Sinks & How to Unclog Them

    It’s unfortunately pretty easy to clog a sink drain if you’re not careful. The most common reason for a clog is because someone was dumping cooking grease or oil down the drain, causing it to coat the pipe walls and thicken. Once you add soap scum and food debris into the mix, it can get nasty fast.

    The good thing is, they can often be easy to fix. First, turn on the water as hot as you can get it. This will help to break up the clog a bit. Then, release a few drops of dish detergent down the drain and follow it up with more scalding water.

    Let that soak for a few minutes, then get a sink plunger to loosen it from the pipe. Once again, start on the hot water. If that’s not effective, you can try a chemical drain opener, but I’d try to avoid that if you can.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does a 16-gauge kitchen sink work better than an 18-gauge one?

    In all honesty, I didn’t notice a difference between them. Some people say the 18-gauge models are louder and less resilient, but that’s not my experience.

    Which type of kitchen sink material is the best to clean and maintain it stain-free?

    Stainless steel. This is a huge reason why it’s the most popular kitchen sink material. It’s effortless to clean and doesn’t gather dirt and dust as some others do.

    What is the best type of cleaning equipment for stainless steel kitchen sinks?

    While it’s a durable material, you must treat it with a bit of caution to maintain its original condition. I like to use a soft sponge and gently scrub away. Adding in some baking soda can also aid in cleaning without the risk of scratching or scuffing the basin.

    How much will it cost to have a professional plumber install a kitchen sink?

    Aside from the cost of the sink itself, expect to spend anywhere from $150 to $300.

    How long should I expect sinks to last?

    Sinks last a surprisingly long amount of time if you treat them right and buy a quality product. 25 to 30 years is typical, but you can get even more use out of it with proper maintenance.

    Is it safe and easy to buy these products online?

    Absolutely, these are reputable manufacturers. If you have any doubts, read customer reviews on Amazon.


    Conclusion

    While I had a great time using all of these kitchen sinks, there was one in particular, which made a lasting impression on me. The Kraus KHU100-30 is incredibly long-lasting with its 16-gauge stainless steel build that goes well with any décor. 

    I loved how quiet it was to use, and the spacious basin gave me the accessibility I needed to wash any type of plate in my kitchen. I appreciated the extra kitchen accessories that came with it, and the lifetime warranty sealed the deal for me. Whichever model you choose, I can assure you’ll be receiving the highest quality possible!

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