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Published: Friday, 2/25/2011

So Many Sink Choices

Bit by bit, you've been updating your kitchen, refacing the cabinets, repainting the walls and replacing the light fixtures. You've ordered new countertops, and while installing those, you'd also like to replace your sink. The cast iron sink currently in your kitchen has seen better days. Not only is it old, but it's stained and just doesn't work for all of the cooking you do. The time has come to go shopping, and the number of choices available will astound you.

There are many types of kitchen sinks on the market today, and the materials they are made of vary just as much as the styles. Some of the more common styles include:

• Farmhouse sinks. These have an apron and can sit on top of the countertop or be mounted underneath. They are generally fairly deep.

• Prep sinks. These are fairly small and serve as a second sink. They work well for homeowners who entertain a lot or have more than one cook in the family.

• Trough sinks. There are long and lean and allow for more than one faucet and drain, making them convenient for kitchens with multiple cooks.

• Seamless sinks. These are part of the actual countertops, providing for a seamless look. They also eliminate the crevice between sink and countertop, making cleanup a breeze.

• Undermount sinks. These are designed to fit under the countertop, making cleanup easier. Homeowners simply wipe whatever debris is on the countertop into the sink.

• Vessel sinks. These sit on top of the countertop, and because they are higher, require less bending over. Although once reserved for bathrooms, vessel sinks are now being designed specifically for kitchens.

These are just some of the more common sink choices. You are sure to come across more, including the traditional sink, which sits on the countertop. You will also find sinks made of a variety of materials from stainless steel and copper to natural stone and porcelain to go with any décor.

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