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What are the best types of kitchen sinks?

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The best types of kitchen sinks are roomy enough to accommodate all of a homeowner's cookware, deep enough to avoid too much splashing, durable, and easy to clean. They are also scratch- and stain-resistant and have sturdy faucets and other hardware.

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A farmhouse sink accommodates even a large stockpot and is deep enough to save countertops from splashes, but they are expensive, heavy, and the base cabinet needs to be reinforced. Drips may also damage a wooden cabinet. A sink with a D-shaped bowl offers more space than the traditional rectangular bowl, but it is not necessarily heavier or more difficult to install.

A sink with a double bowl allows dishes to soak on one side, and then be rinsed off in the other. The shape of the bowl's corners also has advantages. Straight corners allow the sink to hold more, while rounded corners let the sink drain more easily. A sink made from granite composite stands up to heat and also resists stains and scratches. However, it costs more than other types of sinks.

The best type of kitchen sink also has a faucet that is proportionate. A small sink with a large faucet causes splashing. Faucets should also have a lifetime finish warranty.

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