Whether it’s piling up the dirty dishes, filling up a pot of water, or washing up veggies before making a salad, a kitchen sink is a pretty essential household item that’s worth investing in. “Few features in the home are used as often as the kitchen sink, so it’s no surprise that our research shows they are one of the most common features updated during a remodel," says Marine Sargsyan, staff economist at Houzz.
We think the ideal kitchen sink should be durable, easy to clean, and maximize the functionality of your kitchen. That’s why we spent hours researching the best kitchen sinks, evaluating their size, material, installation type, basin style, and overall performance. Ultimately, the best option for you comes down to the style of your space and how you use your sink, but, "If you are doing a kitchen remodeling job, your choices are endless in terms of material, type of sink, and finish," says Richard Epstein, licensed master plumber and member of The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board. In other words, there's something out there for everyone.
With so much to consider when buying a kitchen sink, let’s dive right into our top choices.
Kraus Loften Drop-In Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with Pull Down Faucet
Rust- and heat-resistant
Includes a faucet and drain cover
Multiple installation options
Faucet isn’t stainless steel
We looked far and wide for the best kitchen sink, and we chose the Kraus Loften Drop-In Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink as our top choice because of its attractive design, superior quality, and versatile installation options. Constructed from industrial-grade T304 stainless steel, we love that it’s dent-resistant and incredibly durable. In fact, Johnathan Brewer, a licensed general contractor specializing in kitchen and bath remodels and The Spruce's Home Improvement Review Board member, notes that stainless steel sinks are a particularly good choice for their durability. This sink is highly resistant to rust and extreme temperatures. Plus, its high-quality finish won’t dull with everyday use, although scratch marks may appear fairly easily. Still, we also like that this sink is lined with extra-thick pads to minimize noise while in use.
Thanks to an extra-deep bowl, this sink provides plenty of room for stacking dishes and larger cookware. A right offset drain, gently sloped base, and channel grooves allow for easy draining. With straight walls and tight-radius corners, the Kraus has a sleek, contemporary design that is easy to clean. It includes a decorative drain cover and a Bolden kitchen faucet with a 20-inch pull-down hose for optimal maneuverability.
The dual-mount design allows for undermount or drop-in installation, so it’s ideal for almost any kitchen counter. The handle may fall off, according to some users because unlike the sink itself, the faucet isn’t made of durable stainless steel. Even so, we give this kitchen sink a thumbs up. Using the dual function sprayer, you can easily switch from an aerated stream to a powerful spray.
Price at time of publish: $429
Dimensions: 33 x 22 x 9.6 inches | Material: Enameled cast iron | Basin Style: Two bowls | Installation: Top-mount
IKEA Hillesjön Double Bowl Stainless Steel Sink
Double basin for multitasking
Durable and low maintenance
Relatively small and shallow
No faucet holes
If you’re looking for a high quality at an affordable price, check out Ikea's Hilljesön Double Bowl Sink. Measuring 29.5 x 18.1 x 7.1 inches, it's slightly smaller and shallower than a standard kitchen sink. Still, it’s a great choice if you have limited counter space or want to avoid costly renovations.
Made of stainless steel, the Hilljesön is attractive, durable, and easy to keep clean. It has two basins of equal size and two drains, giving you the option to designate each side for specific tasks like soaking dishes or washing your hands. Sound-absorbing material under the basin reduces noise while the sink is in use. To further attest to this sink’s durability, it comes with a 25-year warranty.
Unlike pricier options, it doesn’t include additional accessories, aside from a strainer. The clip holders may make the installation process a little tricky. The Hillesjön is a top-mounted sink without faucet holes, which could be a potential downside. On the upside, you’ll have more flexibility when it comes to faucet placement and size.
Price at time of publish: $179
Dimensions: 29.5 x 18.1 x 7.1 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Basin Style: Two bowls | Installation: Top-mount
Kohler Whitehaven Undermount Single Bowl Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
Traditional and attractive design
Available in multiple colors
Stain, chip, crack, and burn-resistant
Short apron options for easier installation
The Kohler K-5827-0 Whitehaven Farmhouse offers a traditional look combined with modern-day functionality. Constructed of enameled cast iron, it is resistant to chipping, cracking, and burning. This sink’s deep basin makes it ideal for soaking and cleaning large cookware. Featuring a lustrous enamel finish, this sink comes in a variety of colors to create a seamless look in almost any kitchen. Thanks to a stain-resistant surface, this sink can be wiped without the need for scrubbing or harsh cleaners.
Farmhouse sinks often require special cabinetry, but this unit has short apron options that will fit with your existing cabinets—a major convenience when it comes to installation. We read some reports of products arriving cracked or damaged, so be sure to give it a thorough inspection. Although this one of the pricier picks in our roundup, it is covered by a lifetime guarantee to protect your investment.
Price at time of publish: $1,100
Dimensions: 33 x 22 x 9.8 inches | Material: Cast iron | Basin Style: 1 bowl | Installation: Undermount
Glacier Bay All-in-One Workstation Kitchen Sink
Commercial-grade, stainless steel construction
Sliding track creates a versatile workspace
Includes a cutting board, colander, and dish-drying rack
Potential rust spots
Divider isn’t removable
The Glacier Bay All-in-One Workstation Kitchen Sink offers optimal functionality without sacrificing precious counterspace. Its extra-large basins provide plenty of room for food prep, cooking, and cleanup. This sink includes handy accessories like a bamboo cutting board, stainless-steel colander, and dish-drying, roll-up rack—all of which slide on the integrated ledge for convenient accessibility. It also comes with a pull-down faucet that’s equipped with a 360-degree rotating spout for optimal maneuverability.
Made of 18-gauge stainless steel with a brushed finish, this unit is as attractive as it is durable. The finish is scratch-resistant, and the basin is lined with sound-dampening pads that reduce noise and vibration.
Zero radius corners and a sloped bottom allow for proper drainage and easy cleaning. Rust may appear in a short amount of time. However, the sink is backed by a limited lifetime warranty to protect your investment.
Price at time of publish: $389
Dimensions: 33 x 21.3 x 10 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Basin Style: Two bowls | Installation: Drop-in
Zuhne Modena Undermount Bar and RV Sink
16-gauge stainless steel
Dent, rust, and corrosion-resistant
Includes helpful accessories
Potential rust spots
Cannot be cleaned with bleach
Undermount sinks are known for their ease of installation, and Zuhne's Modena Undermount Bar and RV Sink is no exception. Featuring 16-gauge, 18/10 stainless steel, this unit offers superior durability and resistance to rust, stains, dents, and scratches.
And the extra-deep basin with curved corners is ideal for storing larger cookware. Considering its sloped base and curved corners, we were surprised to read a few complaints about inadequate drainage.
This sink comes with a variety of helpful accessories, including a two-piece colander set, suction sponge caddy, and drain strainer. This particular sink measures 18 inches from front to back and 10 inches deep, making it an excellent choice for smaller spaces. It’s also available in multiple sizes and wider widths. Rust spots may form and because bleach is not recommended, cleaning can be a challenge. On a positive note, this sink is backed by a lifetime warranty against damage and defects.
Price at time of publish: $169
Dimensions: 30 x 18 x 10 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Basin Style: 1 bowl | Installation: Undermount
Elkay Avenue Drop-In/Undermount Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with Bottom Grid
Dual installation options
3 mounting holes for fixtures
Includes bottom grids
Possible rust spots and discoloration
Thanks to its dual mount design, the Elkay Avenue can be installed as a drop-in or undermount sink. It comes with three holes for mounting a faucet and other accessories. When installed as drop-in, the flat rim practically eliminates the barrier between the sink and countertop. This single-basin sink has an extra-deep bowl to accommodate larger cookware. It’s made of 18-gauge stainless for lasting strength and durability. Slightly rounded corners give this sink a sleek and stylish appearance, and make it easier to clean. Although the sink has a flat bottom, no drainage issues have been reported.
And the basin is lined with sound-deadening materials to minimize noise and vibration. An off-set drain placement creates more usable space for soaking and washing dishes. Rust spots and discoloration may occur within a short period of time. The possibility of rust spots tend to occur around the bottom grids (which are included), so it's probably best to give it a good cleaning on a regular basis.
Price at time of publish: $299
Dimensions: 33 x 22 x 9 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Basin Style: 1 bowl | Installation: Drop-in or undermount
Best Granite Composite
Ruvati Drop-in Granite Composite Kitchen Sink
Eye-catching, all-black design
Heat, stain, and scratch-resistant
Includes a matching drain
Only available in black
Potential stains and discoloration
This sleek sink from Ruvati is made with 80 percent crushed natural granite, providing incredible durability and strength. The non-porous material is also resistant to stains and extreme temperatures. Because the granite is bonded with acrylic resin, it also does an excellent job of resisting scratches. You can use a sandpaper or abrasive pad to buff out any light scratches if needed. That said, we read a few reports of staining and discoloration, but complaints are few and far between.
This sink comes in midnight black, a deep hue that’s perfect for a modern kitchen scheme. A matching black drain is included for a seamless aesthetic. The offset drain placement gives you more usable space in the basin. Rounded inside corners and a sloped bottom allow for proper drainage. And the drop-in configuration and faucet hole allow for straightforward installation.
Price at time of publish: $339
Dimensions: 33 x 22 x 9 inches | Material: Granite composite | Basin Style: 1 bowl | Installation: Drop-in
Best Cast Iron
Kohler Brookfield Cast Iron Double Bowl Kitchen Sink
Redesigned to create more space
Scratch-, burn-, and stain-resistant
Available in multiple colors
May be tricky to install
Kohler’s classic Brookfield Double Bowl Sink was recently updated with a slimmer divider and expanded bowls, creating almost 20 percent more workspace. A major advantage to an enameled cast iron sink is that it resists scratching, burning, and staining, ensuring years of reliable use. With two deep basins, this sink is ideal for washing larger cookware. It’s constructed from 80 percent recycled materials, making it a more environmentally responsible choice.
This sink is available in several colors, including black and white, to match your kitchen decor. Its heavyweight design makes this sink a bit tricky to install, but self-rimming installation and an included cutout template should speed up the process. Plus, Kohler sinks carry a lifetime limited warranty, and the manufacturer will send a replacement if you encounter damage or defects.
Price at time of publish: $499
Dimensions: 33 x 22 x 9.6 inches | Material: Enameled cast iron | Basin Style: Two bowls | Installation: Top-mount
Best Double Bowl
The Kraus Standard PRO Double Bowl Sink
Superior quality and durability
Soundproof technology and padding reduces noise
Rust-resistant satin finish
Includes some helpful accessories
Some reports of rust spots
Double bowl requires more counter space
With two bowls ideal for multi-tasking, the Kraus Standard PRO Double Bowl Sink is a real workhouse in the kitchen. Measuring 19 inches wide and 10 inches deep, it provides plenty of space for soaking large pots and pans. It also comes in several other sizes.
This sink is equipped with NoiseDefend technology to reduce noise while in use—a welcome feature for a busy household. What’s more, extra-thick pads covering over 80 percent of the sink base to further minimize noise and vibration.
Made of dent-resistant, 16-gauge stainless steel, this double sink is extremely durable. It also features a commercial-grade satin finish that resists rust and corrosion and is easy to clean. Rust spots may appear within a short period of time, so be sure to take advantage of the limited warranty if you encounter any problems or defects. As an added bonus, this sink comes with several handy accessories, including a three-piece basket strainer set, a drain assembly, and a kitchen towel.
Price at time of publish: $395
Dimensions: 32.75 x 19 x 10 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Basin Style: Two bowls | Installation: Undermount
Sinkology Lange Farmhouse Apron Front Pure Copper Sink
Large working area
Requires dedicated cabinet space
Made of 17-gauge solid copper, the Sinkology’s Lange Farmhouse Sink combines a state-of-the-art design with classic farmhouse charm. Handcrafted by artisans, the hammered detailing is unique on each sink. Copper naturally develops a greenish patina over time, further enhancing its vintage appeal. This sink has an exposed, apron front that wraps 2.5 inches on each side to fully showcase the copper surface. The 32-inch single basin with an 8-inch depth provides plenty of working space for a busy household. Another advantage to a copper is it’s naturally antimicrobial, making it an excellent choice for kitchen surfaces, though it comes with a fairly steep price tag.
The Lange features an undermount design with no faucet holes, so you have plenty of flexibility when it comes to faucet placement. For added convenience, this kit includes a heavy-duty bottom grid and strainer drain. The finish is very easy to clean with mild soap and water. Note that a farmhouse sink requires a dedicated space in your cabinet, which could make installation more costly. To ensure a proper fit, the manufacturer recommends a 36-inch minimum cabinet base.
Price at time of publish: $699
Dimensions: 32 x 21.5 x 8 inches | Material: Copper | Basin Style: 1 bowl | Installation: Undermount
Elkay Quartz Classic ELGU2522WH0 Single Bowl Undermount Sink
Naturally reduces sound
Available in multiple colors
Reports of easily-made stains and scratches
Made from natural stone, the Elkay Quartz Classic Sink is an attractive and extremely durable option. Thanks to its undermount design, it creates a seamless aesthetic on a kitchen countertop. At over 9 inches deep, the high capacity bowl offers ample space for stacking dishes and larger cookware. Plus, the offset sink drain provides more workspace in the sink basin and in the cabinet below. Quartz has the natural ability to reduce sound and vibration for quieter operation.
This sink comes in seven neutral colors to match almost any kitchen decor. It can be purchased with or without optional accessories such as a faucet, bottom grid, and drain. The undermount design makes it fairly simple to install. According to reports, this sink tends to stain more easily than other materials. Still, we think it's top notch!
Price at time of publish: $290
Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.5 X 9.5 inches | Material: Quartz | Basin Style: 1 bowl | Installation: Undermount
With its good looks and durable construction, the Kraus Loften Drop-In Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink earns the top spot in our roundup. Constructed from industrial-grade T304 stainless steel, it’s dent-resistant and incredibly durable. It’s also highly resistant to rust and extreme temperatures. If you’re looking for a more budget–friendly option, Ikea's Hilljesön Double Bowl Top Mount Sink offers a clean, compact design with dual basins.
What to Look for in a Kitchen Sink
When shopping for a kitchen sink, there are three dimensions to consider: the length, also referred to as side-to-side dimension; the width, also known as front-to-back measurement; and the depth. The measurements of your existing cabinets are equally important to ensure a proper fit. Standard kitchen sinks with a single bowl usually measure about 22 inches long. Farmhouse sinks, as well as those with double bowls, are typically longer—ranging from 32 to 48 inches long. Most kitchen sinks range in width from 24 to 32 inches with a depth of 8 to 10 inches. Deeper sink options are available, but keep in mind that they will occupy more space under a sink.
Kitchen sinks come in a wide variety of materials to enhance the aesthetic of your home. Here are some of the most popular options on the market:
Stainless steel is by far the most popular option for a kitchen sink, offering a contemporary design that works well with a range of interiors. It is durable, low-maintenance, and resistant to rust and corrosion. The thickness of stainless steel is referred to as its gauge; the higher the gauge, the thinner the steel. Most kitchen sinks are made of 16-gauge, 18-gauge, or 20-gauge stainless steel. Lower-gauge sinks are thicker and more durable than their thinner counterparts.
Natural stone materials like granite, quartz, and granite composite are also quite popular. Granite and quartz are often combined to create a sophisticated, richly textured kitchen sink. Although these materials are very durable, they can potentially chip, crack, or scratch with heavy use. Granite composite combines natural stone with a small percentage of resin, creating a harder sink with better resistance to everyday wear and and tear. Granite, quartz, and granite composite are expensive materials in general, and their heavy weight construction may increase the cost of installation.
Cast iron has declined a bit in popularity, but it’s still a solid option for a kitchen sink material. Enameled cast iron is incredibly durable and easy to maintain. It comes in various colors to suit any kitchen decor. Just keep in mind that lighter colored enamels are more susceptible to staining.
Aside from its good looks, copper has natural microbial properties that make it a good choice for a kitchen sink. For those that like an antique-inspired design, copper develops a distinct look as the patina ages. Copper is quite durable, but it requires some extra maintenance to keep it in tiptop shape. Our top choice in this category, the Sinkology Lange 32″ Farmhouse Apron Copper Sink, offers an eye-catching design that could be the focal point of a kitchen.
When it comes to installation technique, kitchen sinks usually fall into one of two categories: a top-mount sink, also known as drop-in sink, or an undermount sink. Due to their compatibility with most countertop materials, top-mount sinks are the most popular option. As the name implies, this type of sink is dropped into a designated hole on the countertop and held in place by its rim or edge. Thanks to easier installation, top-mount sinks usually cost less than undermount models.
An undermount sink is attached to the underside of a countertop, creating a sleek, seamless aesthetic. This type of sink works best with solid-surface countertops, such as granite or marble, because they need a heavier material for support. With a lip or edge at the top of the sink, an undermount is easier to clean. Plus, you can brush crumbs and scraps directly into the sink. Our top choice in this category, the Zuhne Modena Undermount Bar and RV Sink, provides ample workspace and is easy to wipe clean.
A single-basin sink is the most common and least expensive option. The generously sized, open basin, is ideal for accommodating larger pieces of cookware like stockpots and platters.
A double basin sink allows you to designate each side for specific tasks such as soaking and regular washing. A double-bowl sink with a low divider has the unique ability to accommodate pots and pans with longer handles.
A workstation sink can be converted into a versatile workspace without using additional counter space. These sinks come with a variety of accessories that slide on an integrated track. Accessories may include colanders, cutting boards, drying racks, and more. Our top choice in this category, the Glacier Bay All-in-One Workstation Kitchen Sink, is ideal for food prep, cooking, and cleaning up.
What is the most popular kitchen sink style?
According to Marine Sargsyan, staff economist at Houzz, large sinks with a single basin are the most popular style. “The format allows you to easily soak or wash a big pan or prepare large quantities of food,” she says. Of course, homeowners should always consider their personal needs before investing in a new sink.
What is the easiest kitchen sink to maintain?
“Stainless steel is consistently one of the most popular materials for kitchen sinks because it is a durable and easy to clean material,” Sargsyan says. Although scratches in stainless steel are inevitable over time, Sargsyan notes that they can be buffed out pretty easily. She also suggests placing a bottom grid or wire tray at the bottom of the sink to prevent scratching.
How do I measure for a replacement kitchen sink?
“Similar to choosing the sink style and material, it’s important to identify your personal needs and the overall size of your kitchen when choosing sink size,” says Sargsyan. It’s important to consider the width, length, and depth of the sink before purchasing. If you are replacing a sink in the same location, you should also take exact measurements of the existing opening. “Base cabinet storage areas are also a consideration, as one in six renovating homeowners opt for under sink drawers in their specialty storage upgrades,” Sargsyan adds.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Sage McHugh is a home and lifestyle writer who has been contributing to The Spruce since 2019. To select the best kitchen sinks for this roundup, McHugh considered dozens of products, carefully evaluating their size, material, installation type, basin type, and overall performance.
She also consulted hundreds of customer reviews, as well as write-ups from third-party websites. For expert insight on kitchen sinks, she interviewed Marine Sargsyan, staff economist at Houzz, as well as two members of The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board: Richard Epstein, licensed master plumber, and Johnathan Brewer, a licensed general contractor specializing in kitchen and bath remodels.