Choosing a Kitchen Sink: Read this First!

By thewriteDuffy •  Updated: 06/07/24 •  10 min read

While not the first thing you’ll necessarily think of when building your home or renovating your current kitchen, the sink is a very important aperture and likely something you will use every day – not something that all your kitchen accouterments will be able to claim.

Being that there is such a broad spectrum of choices available on the market, it may take a bit of effort to get everything right, perhaps even feel a bit daunting. Take a deep breath and then answer these questions:

  1. How much room do you have for installing the sink?
  2. What material is going to best suit your needs? (Don’t worry, we go into detail on this later.)
  3. In what way would you want the sink to be mounted? (We’ll cover this in more depth soon.)
  4. What will you be using the sink for? Washing dishes? How big are your typical dishes? Just veggies? Etc.
  5. And how will you explain your choice of the bright pink enamel basin to your husband, or the dog paw print apron sink to your wife? Well, maybe not that exactly, but you will definitely have to decide what colors and style will be to your liking.

Somewhere between picking out the cupboards and countertops, try to squeeze in a little time to read this guide so you can make the most harmonious choice for one of the most vital rooms in your house!

Form and Function

Whether you’re a chef at home or someone who barely touches their dishes except to put them in the dishwasher, it is important to find the right kind of sink to suit your needs. Because it will ideally be in your kitchen for many years, you will want to make sure you choose something that is both pleasant and practical.

Keep your other appliances in mind while shopping – if you choose a sink that is too large, you will take counter space away from them.

While most sinks are available in many types of materials, some (such as undermount sinks) can only be made from certain things or will require extra support depending on what is used to craft them.

This is an important part of the decision making process, as picking the right material is both practical and aesthetic.

Other Considerations

Now that you’ve decided what type of sink you’d like and what material it should be made from, you can focus on the more “fun” aspects. A simple rectangular white sink isn’t all you’re going to be finding these days.

Finding Your Perfect Kitchen Sink: The Final Step

And there you have it! Choosing the right kitchen sink might seem like a daunting task at first, but armed with this guide, you’re more than ready to make an informed decision. Remember, your sink isn’t just a functional piece; it’s a central part of your kitchen’s personality and style. Whether you go for a single, double, or even a triple basin, an apron front, or a sleek undermount, your choice will shape your kitchen’s look and feel for years to come.

But wait, there’s more to a great sink than just the basin. The right faucet can make or break your kitchen’s functionality and style. Don’t let your sink feel lonely! Pair it with the perfect faucet to complete the look. Dive into our Buying Guide for Kitchen Faucets to find that perfect match. Whether you’re looking for something sleek and modern, or classic and timeless, we’ve got you covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Buy a Kitchen Sink With One or Two Bowls?

Consider how you use your kitchen sink. Do you wash a lot of baking pans? If so, consider a large single bowl sink or a dual level sink with enough room to lay the pans down to soak.
If you share kitchen responsibilities, consider two sinks. One can be used for food prep and the other for clean-up. An island or bar sink, usually a smaller single bowl sink, is the best option.


At home, April is a mom, wife, and DIY darling. Among other home projects, she helped her husband Dan renovate their 1986 bungalow and is currently designing and decorating the 2023 custom home they are building themselves. Professionally, April is a writer, author, and online marketer with 15 years of experience writing for newspapers and magazines, building online authority websites, and publishing books.