Choosing a Kitchen Sink
There are lots of shapes, sizes, materials, and accessories available today, but it's still a good idea to get what suits your needs.
Synopsis: This is a look at different types of kitchen sinks, with a discussion of cost, durability, and performance.
When I was six years old, my family moved into a brand-new, state-of-the-art ranch house in a treeless subdivision freshly scraped out of a cotton field. By state of the art, I mean the house had built-in kitchen appliances that matched the kitchen sink, which was a gleaming copper-tone brown unit set into a gold-flecked, turquoise Formica countertop.
Actually, that sink wasn’t anything special. In those days, almost every new sink in every new subdivision was either copper-tone brown, avocado green, or snowdrop white; had two bowls; and was cast iron or enamel on steel. (I’m sure there probably were lots of stainless-steel sinks, too, but just how much is a six-year-old expected to notice?)
As ordinary as it was, that copper-tone sink served the family well. My mother…