Everything You Need to Know About Kitchen Sink Styles

From style, accessories, functionality and materials, we’ve covered everything you need to know about kitchen sink styles to make your kitchen remodel effortless. The kitchen sink is the most used appliance in your kitchen. Because it’s so essential, choosing the right kitchen sink for your kitchen remodel is a top priority. How many times have you had the opportunity to choose the perfect kitchen sink, though?    

Kitchen Sink Installation Types: 


Undermount sinks are installed underneath the countertop. They allow for more counter space and help keep counters clean. Undermounts should be installed with a strong, solid surface counter that is non-porous, such as quartz, marble, or granite. There is a certain type of undermount sink that may be used with laminate counter tops. 


Drop-in sinks are installed into an opening in the countertop that is secured underneath. These type of sinks have a rim along the countertop that provides support for the sink. If you have laminate countertops, this is the most commonly used type of sink. These may also be called top-mount or self-rimming.


Farmhouse, or apron sinks, have an exposed front and deep basin. Their large size makes them desirable. If you’re choosing a farmhouse style sink, be sure to make proper accommodations for the sink cabinet  as they require shorter doors and a wider top rail on the sink cabinet to be installed correctly. 


Kitchen Sink Materials:  


Lightweight, easy to repair, moderately priced, available in different colors

 Stainless Steel   

Popular, stain and heat resistant, lightweight, durable and cleans easy

 Granite Composite   

Durable, Anti-microbial properties, stain resistant, available in variety of styles and colors

 Fire clay   

Heavy-duty, scratch and stain resistant, as well as resistant to bacteria and chips

 Cast Iron   

Easy to clean, affordable, scratch resistant


Pricey option, high maintenance care, anti-microbial


Types of kitchen sink configurations: 

 The basin of your sink is the open area of your sink used for washing and prepping. There can be 1-3 basins in a kitchen sink configuration. When choosing how many basins you’d like, consider that the more basins there are, the longer the sink will be. Be sure the space you’re working with to fit the sink can accommodate that length.

Single, Double and Triple basins are mostly self-explanatory as far as how they differ. Some things to note are whether you’d prefer separate basins for rinsing and washing and the ability to keep items in the sink apart. Triple basins feature a small, basin typically used as a prep sink. Triple basins can be customized for width and depth, and the third basin doesn’t have to be small. These sinks vary in size and can be as long as 60″.


 Other considerations when choosing your kitchen sink style:

 Accessories for different kitchen sink styles 

Most kitchen sinks don’t come with faucets. If you’re choosing a sink that doesn’t come with a faucet, you’ll need to make sure it’s compatible with your sink. The number of holes in your sink and their spacing will help you determine this.

Be sure to explore the different accessories available for your kitchen sink. This may include sprayers, drains, drain covers, type of water filtration, soap dispensers, garbage disposals and even the location of the drain. Explore these options with your kitchen remodel professional to determine your needs.

 Top Tier will help you select the best kitchen sink style you’ve always wanted 

Leave it to the professionals to measure and install your new kitchen sink. When you turn to Top Tier, we will work closely with you to make sure the vision you have for your kitchen becomes reality. We have a time-tested process in place to ensure that your project runs smoothly. Call us at 417-580-9816 for a personalized, in-home consultation today.