Your preference and the style of sink you like best will determine what type of mounting options will be available.
An under-mount sink has gained popularity in homes in recent years. The sink is mounted underneath the countertop to create a rimless look.
The top-mount kitchen sink is installed with the rim sitting on top of the counter. This option is very easy to install and will help prevent water from swooshing onto countertop surfaces, because the rim acts as a shield.
The drop-in is an attractive option in which the sink is simply dropped into the space cut into the countertop. This is the most common style of sink used in homes today.
The self-rimming kitchen sink has the detail of a rim, which runs along the perimeter of the sink and is installed on top of the counter. This is the most ideal option for protecting countertops from water spills, as the rim around the sink is raised one-quarter to one-half inch.
The apron front, also known as a farmhouse sink, is a popular designer-style sink offered for the kitchen today. The front of the sink is visible, creating what looks like an apron on the front of the countertops.
Last, tile-in sinks are growing in reputation for homeowners installing tile or granite countertops. Tile-in sinks will create a much better look with tile or granite countertops. Simply install the sink, then install tile or granite to create a flush look. This is today’s fastest-growing style sink option for the kitchen.
The style will also help determine what sink material you choose. Several options exist in this category as well. Stainless steel is the most durable sink material, and is ideal for heavily used kitchens for its ability to remain clean, sterile, and keep its shine.
Natural stone sinks are usually made of granite, marble, travertine, onyx, or soapstone. All of these options are thought to be great for any high-end kitchen and are resistant to scratches, dents, and stains.
Cast iron sinks are the best option when seeking a sink in colors other than black, white, or ivory. An alternative color sink is the cast acrylic, which can also be manufactured in most colors.
Finally, the copper sink is among the least common kitchen sinks, but it has great appeal for those willing to pay the price. The color is fabulous, the details can be remarkable and the care is normally easy. Just keep in mind that the installation of a copper sink can be tricky.