Elkay Kitchen Sink Buyer’s Guide
|November 29, 2012||Posted by Rachael under Buyer Guides|
Our best-selling kitchen sinks are built by Elkay. Elkay has been manufacturing durable, long-lasting sinks right here in the USA (for a full list, click here) for more than 90 years. To put it simply: our customers trust Elkay because Elkay sinks look great and truly are built to last.
Due to their popularity, Elkay has thousands of kitchen sinks options you can choose from. With so many choices, it’s hard to decide which sink will match your lifestyle. We’ve narrowed down the wide range of options and add-ons and condensed them into this step-by-step guide. Our goal is to help inform you of before you make your purchase.
Things to Consider When Shopping for an Elkay Kitchen Sink:
1. Choose How Many Basins Your Sink Will Have
Elkay kitchen sinks are available with one, two, and three basins. The amount of basins you use will depend on your lifestyle.
Most American families are happy with either a one basin or two basin kitchen sink. Single basin sinks are deep and provide plenty of room for pots to be filled and dishes to be cleaned. Also, single basin sinks are ideal for smaller kitchens, as they take up less space than sinks with multiple basins.
Double basin sinks, larger than single basin sinks, give flexibility to homeowners. One basin can hold dirty dishes while the other is used to fill pots. Cleaning up after a big meal? One basin can be used to soak dishes while the other is open for cleaning. The possibilities are endless!
Triple basin sinks are most commonly used by chefs and cooks, as they feature a small basin in the middle to be used during food prep. The average homeowner usually does not need the third basin, but those who cook will often find a use for it.
II. What Finish Will Your Sink Have?
Elkay kitchen sinks are available in a wide variety of finishes to fit any kitchen’s décor.
Exclusive to Elkay are three very distinct finishes:
E-granite is a composite of natural quartz and acrylic resin that is resistant to chipping, staining, and heat. E-granite sinks have a consistent color throughout and are also UV resistant, so they won’t fade if placed under a window.
Lustertone is a finish used on stainless steel to bring high-quality shine to the sink basins.
Elumina is another finish used on stainless steel to bring out its shine. A more economical alternative to Lustertone, Elumina is favored by builders and those on a budget.
Undermount sinks are mounted beneath the kitchen countertop, leaving no rim between the countertop and the sink. A topmount sink (also known as a drop-in sink) is placed in a pre-cut hole in the countertop. The lip of the countertop sits on the countertop, making it slightly harder to clean.
We recommend using a topmount sink if only your sink will be upgraded and an undermount if your countertops will also be replaced.
IV. How Many Holes Does Your Faucet Need?
This step does not apply to those with undermount sinks, as most undermount sinks do not have faucet holes. Instead, holes are cut directly into the countertop behind the undermount sink when installed.
Topmount Elkay kitchen sinks vary in the number of faucet holes (or holes on the deck behind the bowl) each sink has. Choose the number of holes you feel you will need to accommodate your faucet, side spray, and any other accessories you would like to have installed near your sink (soap pump, lotion pump, etc.).
V. No Sink Is Complete Without Accessories
Magnetic stainless steel accessories like the sponge and utensil holders from Elkay’s E-Dock line are designed to keep the countertop surrounding your sink from cluttering. Click the following link to learn more about Elkay accessories, or read our guide to Elkay bottom grids.
VI. Exclusive to Elkay
Most Elkay kitchen sinks feature Sound Guard, a protective undercoating that reduces noise and dampens sound. Your kitchen (and your ears) will benefit from a sink with Sound Guard.
We hope this guide has helped you in your Elkay kitchen sink shopping decisions. If you have any additional questions, be sure to give our Home Help Team a call at (866) 355-0310.
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