Plumbing Tips From Beth Sinclair: Kitchen Sinks

If you are building a new home or remodeling your kitchen, there are some decisions that you need to make very carefully. Several of them involve big investments and some that you will live with for a long time. Some big decisions you are going to have to make about your kitchen sink is what kind of sink you should purchase and what type of faucet will fit with the sink. Here are a few ideas on this subject that I would like to share with you, from my experience.

When Tom and I were building our home, I had an important decision to make about a sink for the kitchen, and that was whether to get a cast iron or stainless steel sink. I thought that I should get stainless steel because my other appliances are stainless. I got the stainless steel sink for that one reason and that was a BIG mistake. I am constantly wiping it down to get rid of hard water spots! If you live in Lubbock you know what I am talking about with the hard water. Also, the sink never looks “polished” and it looks like I just finished using it and didn’t clean up after myself. Using Lemi-shine helps but overall I wish I would have chosen the cast-iron sink instead. With a cast iron sink, a good swipe of Comet makes it look like new! Even with Lubbock’s hard water, a cast iron sink seems to be a better choice. The other important tip to consider is the depth. 7″ is too shallow (lots of splash) for a kitchen sink, try 9″ at least, double bowl. You want the sink to be deep enough so when you wash big pots and pans you will have room.

The last tip includes the type of faucet you should buy. Daniel (my son) wrote an article about choosing the right faucet back in May, check it out.

Remember: DO YOUR RESEARCH and ask your friends! Think before you buy! Any comments or questions?