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The Best Kitchen Sink

Last updated on November 6, 2019

We looked at the top 10 Kitchen Sinks and dug through the reviews from 113 of the most popular review sites including Much Needed, TheBestSpec, KitchenFaucet Center, Grind That Garbage, Uncle Paul's Kitchen, Kitchen Spike and more. The result is a ranking of the best Kitchen Sinks.

Best Kitchen Sink

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Our Take
  Best 28-Inch Sink

Zuhne

Single Bowl Kitchen Sink, 28"

Overall Take

Stainless Steel Sink with Useful AccessoriesThe Zuhne Single Bowl Kitchen Sink, 28" is a high-quality and great value sink with useful accessories thrown in

  Best 30-Inch Sink

Kraus

Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, 30"

Overall Take

30-in Stainless Steel Kitchen SinkThe Kraus Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, 30" is a deep 30" sink with added drainage rack that sits on bottom

  Best Porcelain Enamel

Kraus

Single Bowl Kitchen Sink, 31.5"

Overall Take

Enamel-Coated Stainless SteelThe Kraus Single Bowl Kitchen Sink, 31.5" is a white enamel-coated stainless steel sink that looks clean and fresh.

  Best 32-Inch Sink

Kraus

Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, 32"

Overall Take

Large Stainless Steel SinkThe Kraus Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, 32" is a deep, large stainless steel sink with helpful drainage rack accessory.

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The Best Overall

Zuhne Single Bowl Kitchen Sink, 28″

Our Expert Score
10.0
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
817 user reviews
Our Take

The Zuhne Single Bowl Kitchen Sink is the best overall 28" sink. With a soft look and a set of highly useful accessories like sliding colander and drainage rack, this set is a great product at a good value.


Our Findings

Zuhne Single Bowl Kitchen Sink, 28″

Best 28-Inch Sink

What We Liked: The Zuhne Single Bowl Kitchen Sink is the best overall 28″ sink. With a soft look and a set of highly useful accessories like sliding colander and drainage rack, this set is a great product at a good value.

Kraus Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, 30″

What We Liked: The Kraus Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, 30″ is the ideal sink for the 30″ size. The 10″ depth makes it have a great volume that keeps water from splashing onto the counter as you use it and the added drainage rack is great for keeping things off the bottom as they dry.

Kraus Single Bowl Kitchen Sink, 31.5″

What We Liked: The Kraus Single Bowl Kitchen Sink has a beautiful white enamel coating that gives it a soft and inviting look. At 31.5″ it is a large sink that won’t require dishes to be stacked on top of each other unnecessarily.

Kraus Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, 32″

Best 32-Inch Sink

What We Liked: The Kraus Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink is a rather large sink at 32″ that offers some of the most working room within. The 10″ depth is substantial and the drainage rack is a great accessory to help protect the bottom of the sink from wear and tear.

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food. Her work has appeared in Plate Magazine, CS and NS Modern Luxury, the Yale Alumni Magazine and the LDEI Quarterly.

Our Kitchen Sink Buying Guide

A kitchen sink is a focal point of many kitchens where cooking and food prep is done. Whether you are planning on updating the look and finish of your kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a matching sink, or simply looking for a stylish sink in a new kitchen, you will be faced with looking at some of the key features that kitchen sinks offer and why they might sway your decision on which model is right for you.

Kitchen sinks will be filled with dirty dishes or food scraps that need to be washed or disposed of through a garbage disposal. All this grime is mostly organic matter that builds up over time to produce a foul film on the bottom of your sink. This means you will want to be able to clean your sink easily, which is a task that should not be ignored in most kitchens. The good news is there are a couple of features that can enhance the ability for you to clean your sink and many manufacturers have already figured this out for you.

First, you will want to look at the geometry of the sink basin. If the bottom corners of the basin are hard lines with right angles, the act of trying to clean the sink will be challenging and frustrating. Look at styles that offer rounded corners like the Kraus Standart PRO 32-inch 16 Gauge Undermount Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, KHU100-32 which will make cleaning the bottom of the basin a much easier task. This will make cleaning your sink less daunting and help you keep on top of it more often.

The second aspect that makes a sink easy-to-clean is the material it is made from. It’s common to see stainless steel sinks these days in personal kitchens and their ability to be cleaned is one of the big reasons. Stainless steel is naturally antimicrobial and can be cleaned with little effort so you can spend your time on the more enjoyable aspects of using your kitchen. An alternative material that is still relatively easy to clean is an enameled steel or iron sink like the Kraus KEU-14WHITE Pintura 16 Gauge Undermount Single Bowl Enameled Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, 31 1/2-inch, White, which offers a high-gloss surface that won’t encourage food to stick to it. 

Our resident kitchen expert, Julie Chernoff, the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine, weighed in on the differences between these two popular styles of sinks:

“The majority of sinks are made of stainless steel, and for good reason. They are easy to clean, and won’t stain or chip. Enamel-on-metal sinks (either cast iron or steel), while available in a slew of colors — which makes them an attractive option if you are looking to match your décor — are easy to clean, but the surface can chip, scratch, or even crack if something sharp or heavy is inadvertently dropped inside.”

You’ll also want to consider the durability of each sink. It is not uncommon for a kitchen sink to stay in a kitchen for decades while seeing daily use and abuse. Sinks made of enamel-coated metals like the Kraus KEU-14WHITE Pintura 16 Gauge Undermount Single Bowl Enameled Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, 31 1/2-inch, White are beautiful to the eye and easy to wash, but they need to be treated gently as they can chip or crack when a heavy object like a frying pan is dropped into it carelessly. Enamel coatings are very hard and therefore more brittle than what you would find in stainless steel and this allows them to be chipped or cracked with use. An even harder material in a sink, like a granite sink, can be damaging to delicate glassware at times.

“The number of glasses that were chipped or broken in the granite sink was not trivial, and we were also constantly dealing with water stains, so I wouldn’t do that again, although it looked gorgeous,” she said.

The combination of the naturally porous granite that allows it to stain and a propensity for chipping or breaking glassware actually makes the granite sink less than ideal for general kitchen use. The remaining material, then, is stainless steel. Stainless steel will last for a very long time with minimal care and maintenance, but if you want it to look brand new over the years, you will have to be sure to note that it can become scratched with use. The scratches generally are very shallow and can be minimized in appearance by using a cleaning solution that is specifically designed to restore the finish of stainless steel.

The depth of and width of the sink is the next topic to look at when making a purchase and it’s a very important factor in the usability of the sink. Sinks come in a variety of depths and sizes that satisfy the varying needs of the users. The width of the sink is often determined by the design of your kitchen counters, while the depth can be a variable that should be catered to the specific user. A sink like the Kraus KHU100-30 Kitchen Sink, 30 Inch, Stainless Steel with a depth of 10″ is going to allow you to wash dishes without much water splashing out onto the countertops.

“The depth of your sink is an important consideration. Being tall, I have no problem with a deeper sink, and I like that it reduces splashing. My current large stainless-steel sink is 11” deep,” says Chernoff.

Another item to take into consideration is the noise that can be produced by a sink. This commonly overlooked aspect can make a big difference in the daily use of your kitchen sink. Due to the fact that a sink is essentially a very large metal bowl, it would make sense that loud noises would be produced as you bang around inside of it while cleaning dishes. Look for sinks that account for this with noise-reducing padding like the Zuhne Modena 28 Inch Undermount Single Bowl 16 Gauge Handmade Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink that will dampen this loud noise. You’ll be glad to have such a quiet sink and so will everyone else within earshot.

Simplemost Fun Fact

Sinks, in their original form as washstands, are known to have been around in some form for most of the history of man. Ancient Greek art depicts people using washbasins that resemble shallow bowls with a large diameter, similar to the design of a wok, to wash their hands or other items in. During this same time in history, there are records of mechanical draining mechanisms that worked with counterweights to fill and drain these washbasins. A lot of technology has developed since those days, but the cabinet-mounted sink has seen little more than a few makeovers in material and design.

The Kitchen Sink Tips and Advice

  • To avoid scuffing up the bottom of a new stainless steel sink, find one that offers a draining tray that fits flush on the bottom of the sink. The tray will keep dishes of the bottom of the sink, which allows them to air dry away from the bottom surface and has the benefit of letting fewer items contact the smooth stainless steel to produce scratches.
  • Additional to the drainage rack that is offered by many manufacturers, there are some sinks that come with colanders and trays that span the sink and slide back and forth for you to use when meal prepping. These are handy accessories that let you utilize more space when you need it while still having the functionality of the sink.
  • Chernoff had some final advice to share for those looking at purchasing a new sink:

“Another thing to ponder: do you need a double-bowl sink? You can use one side for washing, the other for draining. Whatever size sink you choose, measure to make sure that your largest pot, pan or roasting pan can fit in it.”

  • Whichever route you decide to take on your new kitchen sink, be sure to take these main factors into account and you’ll find a sink that suits you well and lasts for many years to come.

About The Author

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Russell Hinkle 

Russell Hinkle is a writer and engineer based in Longmont, Colorado. One of Russell Hinkle's favorite hobbies is cooking. He has dabbled in a variety of fad diets, always using them as a fun challenge to cook well-rounded meals that fit into the constraints of the diet. Through years of experience, he knows when it's appropriate to make a very educated decision on products like pans and kitchen gadgets, and he is always looking for the perfect multi-use tools that can save on storage needs while providing the perfect solution to kitchen needs.