Learn the Basics of Corian Sinks and How They Might Work in Your Kitchen

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  • 01 of 05

    Corian Sinks - Not Just the "Integrated" Type

    Corian Sink Apron
    American Standard

    Corian sinks are everywhere. But in my laymen's mind, Corian sink has always meant only one thing: integrated sink.

    You've seen these before. The Corian countertop and sink merge seamlessly. You often find them in hotels and restaurant bathrooms because they make clean-up so much easier. The Corian sink and counter are fused together in the factory.

    But I've found that Corian sinks come in a wide range of styles, duplicating many of the styles you have seen in ceramic versions.

    One interesting type of Corian sink is the recessed apron sink. An apron sink, sometimes called a farmhouse sink, is typically very deep--10 1/2", in many cases. The front of the apron sink is exposed, while the back three sides are hidden by the kitchen counter.

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    One iteration of the apron sink is the recessed apron sink, with a slight depression on the front to allow for the installation of tiles, if desired. In the American Standard Corian sink shown, four 6" x 6" tiles can be installed on the front apron.

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  • 02 of 05

    Plain Apron Corian Sink

    Corian Sink Plain Apron
    Corian Sink - Plain Apron Style. American Standard

    My favorite Corian sink is the plain apron sink. It's pure and simple (except for the part about it being manufactured from polymers).

    This type of Corian sink works well in any kind of kitchen that is aiming for a traditional feeling.

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    It is worth mentioning that Corian sinks, while they look like ceramic sinks, actually function better. If scratched, dinged, or nicked, the Corian surface can be sanded with fine grit sandpaper (often provided by the installers) to a smooth surface. You can't do that with ceramic sinks.

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  • 03 of 05

    Corian Sink - Conventional Drop-In Double Bowl

    Corian Sink Drop In
    Corian Sink - Double Bowl, Drop In Style. American Standard

    While apron Corian sinks have become more popular in recent years, the old standard is still the drop-in double bowl sink.

    While apron sinks can make for tricky installation, it's hard to go wrong with the drop-in sink.

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  • 04 of 05

    Drainboard Corian Sink

    Corian Sink Drainboard
    Corian Sink - Drainboard Style. American Standard

    The drainboard style Corian sink is about as green and eco-friendly as you can get. Why waste an entire bowl of your sink for drying dishes, when you can extend an apron for your drying rack?

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    I have had drainboard-style sinks in my past, and have always loved them. This type of Corian sink also makes for a cleaner countertop, because you're not always mopping up spills. The drainboard is also a great place to put your mini cutting board, and to brush your chopping waste right into the sink.

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  • 05 of 05

    Left Side Drainboard Corian Sink

    Corian Sink Drainboard Left
    Corian Sink Drainboard Left. American Standard

    With your drainboard Corian sink, you'll want to be aware that unless you specify otherwise, you will receive a right-hand side drainboard. Yet left-side drainboards are just as readily available.

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    This doesn't mean that you need to be a "leftie" to want this type of Corian sink. Even if you are a right-handed person, you may like the convenience of drying your dishes on the left side--away from the area where you like to do your cutting and cooking.

    Or, you may prefer the left-side drainboard Corian sink out of practical necessity: the right side of your sink backs up to a wall or stove, or the counter simply ends too short to have a drainboard in that position.