Kitchen sink selection

Several of the most popular styles and basic sink configurations.

There are a few things we need to consider when choosing a kitchen sink. The first is the overall look you want to achieve. What style is right for you? Stylish and modern, or retro and relaxed? Then, think about how you work in the kitchen. If you are a foodie or cook something yourself, you may need your bigger sink space.

Finally, consider the layout of the kitchen. Do you have limited kitchen space or do you have enough space to accommodate the second preparatory sink? Whatever your requirements, there is always a kitchen sink to meet your needs. Below, we’ll cover the five most popular styles (including installation options) and detail the basics of single, dual, and three bowl configurations.

5 Most Common Sink Styles

1. Undermount Sinks
This sink is designed to be mounted under the counter for a cleaner look. Because there are no exposed edges, this style makes table cleaning very easy and can be said to be the most common type of installation. This type of sink usually requires professional installation assistance and needs to be mounted on a sturdy, non-porous table.

Undermount Sinks

Installed under the countertop
Can only be used with solid-surface counters

Bring a smooth, stylish look
You can wipe directly into the sink

Easy to clean


2. top-mount sink

Also known as a Drop-In or Self-Rimming Sinks, this style is mounted directly into an opening on the counter, with its edges resting on it. This is the easiest type of installation.

top-mount sink


A rim that sits on the countertop supports the sink’s weight

Self-rimming sinks have a slightly higher rim

More popular styles

Easiest to install; usually about an hour

Affordable, durable stainless is the most popular material

Also available in cast iron or porcelain


3. Farm Sinks

Also called an “apron sink,” this style features an exposed front and a large, deep basin, which makes it easy to wash large pots and pans. This type of sink typically requires professional help for installation and needs to be mounted to sturdy, non-porous countertops.

Farm Sinks


Undermount installation for a cleaner appearance

A deep, rectangular basin with an exposed front

A vintage, country style that’s becoming more popular


4. Bar Sinks
These sinks are smaller in size than standard kitchen sinks, and are perfect for small bar areas where you need as much counter space as possible. A small basin makes it ideal for simple prep tasks, like washing fruit for cocktails.

Bar Sinks


Good for limited counter space Available

Usually range from 9.5-18 inches wide

with one or two bowls
Either undermount or drop-in mounting
Rectangular, round, or square shapes


5. Corner sink
This is a great option for small spaces and kitchens with a unique layout, and you need a special shape to make the most of the space.

Corner Sinks


Smart solution for U- or L-shaped counters

Space-saving choice

Can help achieve an efficient work triangle


Sink Bowl Specifications


Single bowl
This sink is spacious and the open space is perfect for cleaning large pots and pans. Single basin sinks are usually deeper than other types.

Common sizes range from 23 inches to 33 inches
Suitable for large cutlery and large pots because they are not separated
Smart choice of small kitchen or auxiliary preparation sink
In general, it takes up less space than other sinks.


Double Bowl

Two basins offer the option to work on separate tasks, such as rinsing produce in one side and soaking dishes in the other.

Generally as wide as 48 inches

Provides separation for washing and rinsing dishes or food prep and cleanup

Standard; popular configuration

Sometimes, the two bowls are different sizes (one deep and one shallow, or one large and one small)


Sink measurement

Be sure to measure the depth of the countertop and cabinet before purchasing. The standard cabinet is 24 inches and the standard countertop is 25 inches deep.

Different types of sinks require different gaps around them. The farmhouse’s sink has an exposed front section that protrudes slightly, and the falling sink has an edge at the top of the counter.

Be sure to note the internal and external dimensions of the sink. External measurements are required to ensure that there is enough clearance to install it in the kitchen.

Before buying, try using a large piece of butcher paper to draw and measure the position of the sink. This will help you visualize it in space and ensure a good fit.

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