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In the Kitchen Sinks
Selection Guide
Step 1: Installation
Step 2: Materials
Step 3: Basins
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Your sink, along with your stove and refrigerator, form the three critical points of an efficient kitchen work triangle. That's why it's especially important to choose the one that's right for you.

The first step in selecting a sink is deciding how it will work with your countertop material. If you have laminate counters, you'll probably need a self-rimming or metal frame sink. Solid surface materials, on the other hand, provide opportunities for a wider variety of sink types.

Installation

Apron-front sinks

Apron-front

Apron-front sinks are often referred to as farmhouse sinks because they can evoke period-style kitchens. These sinks have a stylish panel in front and are available in both tile-in and undercounter models. Because of their unique installation, it is recommended that you have the sink on hand during cabinet construction.
Tile-in sinks

Tile-In

Tile-in sinks have flat, straight edges and square corners for a neat fit with tiled countertop surfaces. The sink rim is level with the tile surface, making counter clean-up easy--you can sweep crumbs straight into the sink.
Metal Frame Sinks

Metal Frame

Popular in the mid-20th century, this installation type features a metal frame with rounded corners that attaches directly to the countertop. The frame covers the gap between the sink and the countertop material.
Self Rimming Sinks

Self Rimming

Self-rimming sinks are the most popular and easiest models to install. The rim extends above the countertop surface and supports the sink's weight. Clips and bolts under the counter hold the sink securely in place. In most cases the faucet mounts directly on a deck or ledge along the back edge of the sink.
Undercounter Sinks

Undercounter Sinks

Undercounter sinks mount beneath the counter, and are used with solid surface countertop materials. As granite, marble, limestone, concrete, butcher block, and composite countertops have grown in popularity, undercounter sinks have also become an increasingly popular choice. An undercounter installation highlights the curved contours of the sink basin and makes counter clean-up a breeze.

If you're looking for a simple installation, consider an undermount kit. This kit fits directly onto the base cabinet, adjusts for sinks of any thickness and eliminates the need to build a custom wood frame or drill into the countertop.

In some kitchen layouts, deciding on the best location to install the sink can be a challenge. This is especially true for corner, angled and peninsula installations. Thinking creatively, such as placing two separate undercounter basins side-by-side to function as one sink, can transform previously unusable space into the ideal work center.
Wall-mount sinks

Wall-mount

Wall-mount sinks are constructed with an integrated backsplash and hang on a bracket.
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