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Today’s market is flooded with options to choose from when making selections for your kitchen remodel project. It can, very quickly, become an overwhelming process that often leads to quick regretful decisions. Allow us to take some of the guesswork out of this process for you. Here is a list of the most popular kitchen sink installation types on the market today. Do not let selecting a sink get the best of you!

First, let’s talk about kitchen sink installation types. Before you decide on what type of sink material you’d prefer, it is helpful to know how the sink will be installed. Knowing the mounting type will narrow down your sink decision. Most commonly, sinks can be labeled as drop-in, undermount, integral, vessel and apron-front style. Drop-in sinks are very popular with laminate countertops. The downfall to drop-in sinks is that they have a rimmed edge visible on the countertop surface that is often a popular place for dirt and grime to gather.  An undermount sink, our most typical installation type, is a sink that is installed just as its name indicates, “under the counter.”  A silicone bead fills the gap between sink and countertop to minimize any dirt collection. This type of sink is most often installed in stone and quartz countertops. Integral sinks are a molded part of the countertop whereas vessel sinks sit on top of the countertop. Lastly, the apron-front sink, which often sits forward about an inch from the countertop and has an exposed front.  It has gained increasingly popular over the past decade as the farmhouse trend has become mainstream.

After you have decided what installation application you prefer, now you must choose the sink material. Most materials come in various installation types but be sure to check with your local plumbing supplier for specific options.

Stainless steel sinks are typically the most economical sink selection. Depending on the sink’s gauge (stainless steel thickness), will indicate how durable the finish. The lower gauge steel the stronger the material, the less likely it is to scratch and dent.

Composite sinks are a blend of natural materials ground together to create a very strong, heat resistant, scratch resistant product. Available in various colors, composite sinks are available in double bowl and single bowl. If you are interested in the double bowl, check out the smart divide feature from Blanco & Elkay.

Cast Iron and Fireclay are two popular materials that make up apron-front sinks. Depending on your budget, you may want to research this type of sink a little further. Cast iron is a stronger product and does resist chipping more than fireclay but also can carry a heavier price tag.  Take some time to consider how you currently use your sink and that should help you when making your decision on which installation type and material will be best for you.

Remember to have fun when making these selections. A sink can add a punch of color to a kitchen or it can act as a background item to a decorative faucet. Make sure to ask if you can see your sink and faucet together on display to ensure you will love your selections.

Keep your remodeling project going. Read our faucet buying guide to discover the perfect faucet for your new kitchen sink.