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3 Common Types of Kitchen Sink Materials April 19, 2019

3 Common Types of Kitchen Sink Materials, ,

When planning a kitchen remodeling project, the sink material is a factor that’s often overlooked or relegated further down the list of priorities. Many people tend to start with the larger items, like the countertops, cabinets, and flooring; although these are undoubtedly important, the sink’s material can play a significant role in the design and functionality of the kitchen. Here are some of the most popular options.

What Material Works Best for a Kitchen Sink?

1. Porcelain

For a traditional, country, or cottage look, you can’t go wrong with a white porcelain sink. It’s a beautiful, classic choice that can create a particular design style. However, its bright-white appearance does require consistent maintenance. It can also be costly, especially in comparison to stainless steel. Porcelain is most often used when designing an apron-front style kitchen. Also known as farmhouse style sinks, they are wide, deep, and don’t have cabinet panels in front of them. They’re usually available as a single bowl, which allows them to accommodate many large pots and pans.

2. Stainless Steel

kitchen remodelingOften the default choice for kitchen remodeling projects, stainless steel is lightweight, affordable, easy to install, and available in different shapes. Additionally, this material works well with a variety of interior design styles. It can work for both contemporary and older-style kitchens. It’s also durable and resistant against heat, stains, and corrosion. If you have a busy household and don’t want to spend a lot of time on maintenance, stainless steel sinks can handle the hustle and bustle.  

3. Granite Composite

If you’re looking for durability, stain-resistance, and a modern look, go for a granite composite sink. Made from a mix of crushed granite and resin, they’re available in a variety of neutral tones, all with a light smattering of reflectivity, like granite countertops. They are generally more expensive than porcelain and stainless steel, so if your kitchen remodeling project budget is tight, you may want to consider other options.


When you need a new kitchen sink, stop by Valley Design Center in Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood. As an all-in-one design center with nearly 40 years of experience, they can help you with every step of the kitchen remodeling process. If you haven’t decided on cabinets, they’re a proud, authorized dealer of Kraftmaid® products. They’re also a leading provider of TOTO® toilets, bathtubs, faucets, and sinks. Visit their website to see their products, and when you’re ready to book a design appointment, call (212) 832-4200.

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