Sink Buying Guide

How to choose your kitchen sink.

Choosing the right kitchen sink is one of the most important decisions you can make. Your kitchen sink will have a significant impact on your day to day life, and you want your sink to stand the test of time. Food preparation, cooking, washing and cutting are important tasks which can be very efficient – even enjoyable – when you have the right sink.

Choosing your sink

When is the best time to select a sink?

The ideal time to choose a sink is before the start of any kitchen renovation - before layout design, counter or cabinet selection. If replacing an existing sink, there will be limitations based on the existing sink cutout and cabinet space on what can be selected.

Designing your kitchen layout around the sink ensures that the completed kitchen has the optional workstation and functionality- with enough room and the right sink and faucet to suit your needs. Scroll down to learn what you must know before purchasing your sink.

When is the best time to buy a kitchen sink
When is the best time to buy a kitchen sink
CABINET SIZE
Always know your minimum cabinet size when replacing a kitchen or laundry sink
MINIMUM CABINET SIZE:
  • You need to determine your kitchen cabinet size before you start shopping for your new sink. Measure the cabinet under your sink from outside edge to outside edge (left-to-right). This is the minimum cabinet size.
  • All BLANCO sinks indicate the minimum cabinet size requirements.
  • View your sink's specifications sheet for more information.
COUNTERTOP DEPTH
Learn how to determine your countertop depth with BLANCO
COUNTERTOP DEPTH:

The size of the sink you choose, will be determined by whether or not your countertop has a backsplash.

  • LEFT: For laminate countertops with a backsplash, a sink that measures up to 20 ½“ (front to back) should fit
  • RIGHT: For laminate or stone countertops without a backsplash, a sink that measures up to 22“ should fit.

View your sink's specifications sheet for more information.

MATERIAL OPTIONS
SILGRANIT - Stronger than stainless steel
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SILGRANIT: GRANITE COMPOSITE
  • Non-porous surface repels dirt and liquids. Offers exceptional resistance to scratches, heat and impact; ideal for heavy kitchen work.
  • Withstands up to 536°F – exceeding common boiling and baking temperature levels. Endures extreme temperature fluctuations between hot and cold.
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Stainless Steel by BLANCO is heat resistant and is made with German precision
STAINLESS STEEL: MADE TO LAST A LIFETIME.
  • Made from premium quality 304 series, 18/10 chrome-nickel stainless steel.
  • Precision engineered in Germany to exacting standards of quality and design.
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Ceramic kitchen sinks combine the traditional look of fireclay with modern German manufacturing
FIRECLAY: ARTISAN HAND-FINISHING TECHNIQUES
  • Extremely lustrous and durable surface that is shock-resistant. Will withstand heavy use over time, and will resist scratching, staining and chipping.
  • Will not rust, fade or discolor, adding enduring beauty to your kitchen for many years to come.
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SINK STYLES
BLANCO LIVEN SILGRANIT Drop-In Laundry Sink
DROP-IN KITCHEN & LAUNDRY SINKS:

Drop-in sinks are typically easier to install than an undermount sink. Depending on the thickness of your countertop it could save an inch or more of clearance in the cabinet below the sink. If you have a laminate countertop, then this is the sink for you.

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FORMERA Undermount XL Single Kitchen Sink
UNDERMOUNT KITCHEN & LAUNDRY SINKS:

Undermount sinks have a clean, seamless look and work well with granite, marble or engineered stone countertops. These sinks can also be installed with a positive, negative, or zero reveal. This type of installation also gives you a little extra bowl depth.

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IKON 33 1.75 LOW DIVIDE in SILGRANIT Concrete Gray - Farmhouse installation
FARMHOUSE/APRON FRONT KITCHEN SINKS:

This popular style functions as a large single bowl sink but makes a much stronger statement than a traditional undermount. Many homeowners love the vintage look and feel of apron front sinks and thanks to BLANCO, a variety of models in more innovative materials like SILGRANIT and Stainless Steel are now available.

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BOWL DEPTH & CONFIGURATION

Kitchen sinks typically range between 7" – 10" in depth. Choose the depth of your sink based on the needs of you and your family. Deeper sinks allow more room for items like tall pots and vases. However, deeper sinks can be hard on your back and difficult for little ones to reach into!

BLANCO FORMERA Super - Single Bowl Kichen Sink in Stainless
SINGLE BOWL

PROS: Popular for their functionality and generous bowl size. Large items can be manoeuvred easily. If you want to maximize the space inside your sink, a super single is an excellent choice.

CONS: You will need to be able to juggle different tasks if you want to do them at the same time. For example, thawing out meat for dinner while washing dishes could be tricky!

BROWSE SINGLE BOWL SINKS
FORMERA Equal Doube Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
EQUAL DOUBLE BOWLS

PROS: Two people can use a double bowl sink at the same time. Each sink bowl can be utilized for different tasks. Washing and rinsing dishes is very comfortable with this setup.

CONS: Larger items like cookie sheets and long-handled pots and pans cannot fit in most equal double bowls but a LOW DIVIDE sink is the perfect solution! Scroll down to read about this unique bowl configuration.

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IKON 33 1.75 LOW DIVIDE - Double bowl sink with a low partition in SILGRANIT Concrete Gray
LOW DIVIDE BOWLS

PROS: These sinks come in equal double or offset configurations. The low divide allows large items to fit inside the sink, while one basin can be filled with water for washing or soaking.

CONS: You can only partially fill one of the bowls. If your cooking style requires deep bowls of water, this may not be the sink for you.

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DIAMOND 1.5 - Offset Double Bowl Kitchen Sink in SILGRANIT
OFFSET DOUBLE BOWLS

PROS: Creates a slightly larger work area inside the larger bowl compared to an equal double bowl setup. The smaller bowl is perfect for jobs that don't demand a lot of space; for example, thawing frozen foods or drying dishes in a small dish rack.

CONS: The smaller bowl may not be used as much if you're used to equal bowl sizes.

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INSTALLATION
Installation Methods

Our kitchen sink collections are are designed to be versatile, while maintaining their on-trend look and appeal. BLANCO offers a variety of undermount sinks, drop-in sinks, apron front sinks and dual-mount sinks. To learn more about our different types of sink installations, click on the button below.

SINK INSTALLATION METHODS