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TORVA offers a wide range of options to meet most market requirements and satisfy any style preference, from farmhouse sink to industrial style kitchen sink; from silver stainless steel sinks to the scratch-free black kitchen sink. The spacious single bowl sinks to the multi-functional double tank; the ultra-deep practical basin to the small size but save space bar/preparation sink. Whatever style you like, you can find the perfect suitable sink here!
About TORVA Kitchen Sinks
TORVA is a top brand which concentrated on high-quality and perfect modern design kitchen sinks, it improve your house environment and max space utility. TORVA officially entered the kitchenware market in 2017. Our goal is to create and provide utility, cheap, high-quality and beautiful kitchen utensils to every customer. Let them build own style kitchen. TORVA have a professional R&D team to create new products. The nanotechnology【Ceramic Nano Coating – HYDRO-REPELLENT, RUST-PROOF, SCRATCH-RESISTANT, HIGH TEMPERATURE-PROOF and ELEGANT】 leads the market for sinks, and multifunctional sinks will be launched soon.
TORVA mainly offers stainless steel kitchen sinks, all sinks are made of premium 304 stainless steel (T304 or SUS304), durable and strong. Handcrafted brushed finish to prevent scratches for long-lasting use in your busy kitchen.
Kitchen Sinks Buying Guide
Kitchen sinks are a quintessential addition to modern homes. Whether used as a striking fixture or a purely practical addition, selecting the right kind of fitting is vital for tying together a room. This guide will give all the information that you require to choose the perfect kitchen sink.
Types of Kitchen Sinks
Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron sinks, feature a wide expanse and deep bowl with an exposed front. Farmhouse sinks are the best choice for outdoor use. The main material is SUS 304 stainless steel, which guarantees that it will not be rusted in rainy or moisture environments. A farmhouse sink is a type of drop-in sink with a front-facing exposed side. Primarily, they are designed for a space prepared for the kitchen counter for seamless blending with a kitchen counter. The most popular type of installation is with the sink level and integrated in the counters.
Pros of Farmhouse Sinks
1. Large, Single Sink
Farmhouse sinks are typically deeper and wider than traditional sinks. This makes them very efficient and convenient when soaking or washing larger pots and pans. Because of this, a farmhouse sink can be a great fit for homes with large families or for homeowners who do a lot of entertaining.
2. Beautiful, Trendy Aesthetic
Farmhouse sinks add a great aesthetic to a kitchen. Depending on the chosen décor of your new home, a farmhouse sink can be exactly what is needed to cap off an interior design. Farmhouse sinks are essential for a farmhouse, modern farmhouse, or rustic look in your home. This type of sink is truly a unique accent and statement piece in a kitchen and sure to be a topic of conversation when any guests come to visit!
3. Easy Cleaning
With one large sink basin, cleaning is a breeze. Wipe down the sides every day, and you’re good to go. The only problems you may run into is if water or grime gets underneath the lip of the apron front. Most kitchen tasks don’t create that problem though.
A well-made farmhouse sink is incredibly durable. Some sink styles are prone to chipping, but the high-quality ones will stand the test of time. Have a large family with destructive children? Rest assured that your sink can hold its own.
The versatility of a farmhouse-style sink is another great benefit. They come in a range of sizes, can be double or single basin, and are offered in a variety of different materials. The size of your farmhouse sink should be determined by the amount of space available. Other considerations regarding the sink configuration or the material and color chosen should be made in conjunction with personal preferences.
Cons of Farmhouse Sinks
1. Farmhouse Sinks Tend to Be More Expensive
For all the positive aspects of a farmhouse sink, they aren’t without a few drawbacks and one of those is cost. Farmhouse sinks are typically larger in size than a traditional sink and the sink basin usually costs more. If you chose a farmhouse sink made of a material such a copper, the costs can continue to grow.
2. They Require More Space
A wider and deeper sink basin that is a feature of a farmhouse sink means that it will require more room. This means that additional counter space will be consumed by the sink area as well as extra cabinet space below the sink.
3. A Farmhouse Sink Needs Extra Support
Due to its overall size, and depending on the type of material chosen, a farmhouse sink may require a significant amount of extra support. This means that your storage space below the sink could be restricted even further. You may be able to avoid the need for additional support by choosing a sink material that is not as heavy.
Bar sinks are installed in a home wet bar and are generally smaller and more shallow than your average kitchen sink, making them a secondary option. They are typically a single bowl design used for prep work, drink-making and convenient cleanup. If you have a large family or group of friends, a bar sink is great for entertaining in your home bar, patio or terrace. Choosing the best sink for your bar is one decision that you would want to do right the first time to spare you of costly replacements in the future.
Pros of Bar Sinks
- If you have the space, a second sink is always welcome. Install this sink in your kitchen island or at the far end of your main countertop. Kitchen islands can be enhanced by the presence of a bar sink. Some will even have a drinking water tap that is connected to a water filtration system!
- Secondary sinks make it easier for multiple people to prep food at the same time. They provide a place to get water for cooking as well as a place to wash your hands or quickly rinse mixing bowls or measuring utensils while you are cooking.
- These sinks are a great addition if you entertain frequently and want easy access to a bar sink while also preparing or cleaning up from a meal.
Cons of Bar Sinks
- Some homeowners install these sinks with good intentions, yet rarely end up using them.
- Depending on your kitchen layout, secondary sinks can take up valuable counter real estate.
- Secondary sinks are a luxury that may break your budget unnecessarily.
The traditional sink is perhaps the most underrated product in the kitchen, but a workstation totally transforms how homeowners go about daily meal prep in the space. Workstation sinks have built-in ledges to allow specialized accessories to be placed within the sink. Anything from colanders, to drying racks, to cutting boards and more are available to add more useful purposes to the sink. This allows the sink space to be used for multiple purposes seamlessly! Ideal for busy kitchens, either home or restaurant, a workstation sink converts your kitchen sink into a work/prep space.
Offer Increased Workspace
No matter the size of your kitchen, space is always a valuable commodity. This is where the workstation sink scores. By utilizing the built in ledge you can turn your sink into additional prep space without cluttering your countertop. This is especially helpful when counter space is limited. The colander and roll up drying rack keep your countertop clean by allowing water to drain directly into the sink instead of all over your counter. For marble countertops, which develop stubborn strain marks, a workstation sink could be a lifesaver.
The stainless steel bottom grid not only protects your sink from damage, it helps quiet your kitchen by keeping pots and pans from clanging in the sink. A perfect addition to any kitchen, from the largest to most space-constrained kitchen spaces such as an RV with a limited cooking space. In a nutshell, if you want to maximize space and functionality, then installing a workstation sink is a superb option.
Your kitchen has to deal with a lot of tasks that are not very sanitary. The biggest advantage of having a modern workstation sink is that it organizes your sink efficiently to reduce the chance of any cross-contamination. For example, chicken is a staple in many kitchens, but raw chicken can carry dangerous bacteria. A workstation sink allows you to chop and prepare directly over the sink, then wash the dirty items in the same location without the risk of spreading germs on all your kitchen’s surfaces.
Just for a second, think how much space cutting boards, drying racks, and colanders take up in both your kitchen cabinets and counters. It can be a lot of square footage! You can save valuable kitchen real estate with a smart workstation sink. Workstation sink accessories stack and store directly in your sink meaning you don’t have to worry about these accessories hogging your kitchen space.
Yes, you heard it right! Washing, chopping, and straining happens over the workstation sink, so the countertop remains clean and less messed up. The upcoming holiday season often means you’ll be having guests coming unannounced. Luckily, with accessories available with a workstation sink, you can easily block the view of those dishes.
Materials of Kitchen Sinks
Stainless steel sinks are the most common kitchen sinks around and is available in all prices ranges. However, you don’t expect to buy the best quality sink for a cheap price. Usually a cheap stainless steel sink is made of thin metal which flexes and vibrates. It’s incredibly durable; it’s heat-resistant, doesn’t chip or crack, and is stain resistant. A good quality sink doesn’t get scratched easily and should be easy to clean. A sign of a good quality sink is also its ability to maintain a brand new appearance even if you just wipe it.
Benefits Of Stainless steel Kitchen Sinks
Overall, stainless steel sinks are among the most durable materials available to homeowners. They do not chip, crack or peel as enamel or porcelain sinks will do, and they’re resistant to stains. Although stainless steel resists corrosion, prolonged contact with chlorine bleach, muriatic acid, solvents and other harsh or abrasive cleaners can damage stainless steel finishes and leave them vulnerable to rust. The thickness of the steel also plays a role in the sink’s resistance to scratches and dents. The thicker the steel, the more durable the sink will be.
Stainless steel sinks are available in undermount and drop-in designs, and you can find a range of shapes and bowl configurations, as well as double, single or corner sink styles. You will also find a wide range of thicknesses, which are referred to as gauges. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel, and while the numbers aren’t much different, an 18-gauge sink is almost twice as thick as a 23-gauge steel sink. The thinner 23-gauge steel is less expensive but also less durable than an 18-gauge sink.
One drawback to stainless steel sinks is that you have limited options in color and finish. If you prefer a bold color for your kitchen sink, don’t select stainless steel. While it comes in a range of finishes, such as mirrored, glossy sheen or brushed nickel, the color will always be silver. Stainless steel, however, does pair well with most decorating styles and appliances, so you can usually fit a stainless steel sink into a customized kitchen. Another drawback to this type of sink is that it tends to be noisy in comparison to other materials, such as acrylic or porcelain sinks. But higher-end stainless steel sinks (such as TORVA stainless steel sinks) offer sound-muffling coatings over the steel or a spray coating on the underside of the sink. This can greatly reduce the noise level, although it will not eliminate it.
Compared to other materials, such as cast iron, granite or porcelain, stainless steel costs considerably less, no matter how thick the gauge or the configuration of the bowl. Because of its durability, stainless steel can also save you money in the long term, while other, less durable materials may require replacement.
When people talk about composite kitchen sinks, they’re usually talking about a granite or quartz composite. Composite sinks are made by combining crushed granite or quartz with a resin filler. The mixture varies depending on the product and manufacturer, but it’s usually around 80% stone and 20% resin.
Composite sinks are sinks that are constructed from two different materials, utilizing the benefits of these two materials while minimizing the drawbacks. Composite sinks have a natural beauty and strength that single material sinks do not. Each of these tough sinks has a heat resistance that can usually withstand up to 500 degrees and it won’t affect the finish. These sinks are resistant to cracks and dents from dropped or broken plates, as mentioned previously, heat damage that can be caused by hot pans. They’re also resistant to scratches caused by silverware and kitchen utensils.
Composite sinks are available in several materials. They’re made from quartz, granite and acrylic blends. The acrylic models are the least expensive, but a little more vulnerable to scratches. On the plus side, you can find them in just about any color. The composite sinks that use quartz are mixed with a resin filler that makes them a bit more durable. Quartz also tends to retain heat and will keep your dishwater warm a little longer. Plus, quartz is attainable on a more limited budget, about $250 for a high-end quartz composite. The granite sinks are the most expensive, but they are the toughest and the best choice if you’ve already remodeled your home with granite countertops.
It may be a good idea to hire a contractor before you decide which sink is the right one for you. The contractor can help guide you in your choice by considering your budget, the space available in your home and your needs. Plus, with a contractor advising you, you’ll know exactly how much it will cost for installation and ensure that it’s installed correctly. Composite sinks require different installation methods since they are constructed from special materials. A composite sink installation is not a good candidate for a DIY project unless you’ve been taught these special installation methods, though many of the methods used will depend on if you’ve chosen an over or under mount for your composite sink.
The alluring look of copper kitchen sinks make them a bold, beautiful addition to any kitchen. However, copper sinks have some unique characteristics that homeowners should consider before making a purchase.
Pros of Copper Kitchen Sinks
- Offer unique design and beauty
- Are available in smooth and hammered styles
- Give you the option of patina or gleaming finish
- Are antimicrobial when not waxed
- With a patina finish hide scratches quite well
- Are easy to maintain when a patina is allowed to form
- Are lighter than sinks made from most other materials, so won’t require excessive measures to install
Cons of Copper Kitchen Sinks
- May dent easily, especially thin-gauge copper
- Are harder to maintain than most sinks when a bright finish is maintained
- Are among the most expensive sink types
Price of Copper Kitchen Sinks
You get what you pay for in copper sinks in terms of quality and beauty. Keep in mind too that cheap copper sinks might be produced in countries without strict standards and might contain lead.
- Starting price for copper kitchen sinks: About $150
- Price range for most copper sinks: $350-$1,500
- Custom-made copper sink prices: $2,000-$4,500
Despite misconceptions, copper kitchen sinks are no more difficult to maintain than other common sink types. A well-made sink shouldn’t need any special maintenance beyond rinsing after use and occasional deep cleaning with soap and water.
Cast iron is one of the oldest materials used for kitchen sinks and is still very popular today. The cast iron sink has a bright, glossy enamel finish that definitely appeals to many homeowners and lasts for decades. So these sinks are made by casting iron. Since bare iron is extremely prone to rusting, cast iron sinks have a heavy porcelain enamel finish to keep the iron from rusting. If you were to strip the enamel off of a cast iron sink, it would have the same rough texture as a cast iron skillet.
Pros of Cast Iron Kitchen Sinks
- Is very durable and tough
- Won’t dent like cheaper gauges of stainless steel can
- Is non-porous, so resists staining, cleans very easily and wont’ harbor germs
- Isn’t harmed by harsh chemicals
- Resists scratches
- Retains heat, a plus when washing a large load of dishes by hand
- Handles high temperatures
- Is available in quite a few colors
- Won’t fade since the pigment is in the porcelain, not a coating on it
- Often includes up to 80% recycled or reclaimed iron
Cons of Cast Iron Kitchen Sinks
- Is quite heavy, so sinks must be installed with strong bracing and support
- Can chip if heavy objects are dropped on the porcelain
- Isn’t available in as many styles and choices as stainless steel
- Costs more than enameled steel
- Enameled steel substrata is prone to rusting quite quickly from below, and this will eventually ruin the sink if the seal around the countertop is not water-tight
While cast iron sinks with a traditional look are still popular, many of the sinks currently available have a stylish, contemporary design. That means that you’ll find a cast iron or enameled steel sink to fit your kitchen.
As the name implies, these are sinks made from clay that have been fired at high temperatures to harden them and glazed to make them bright, beautiful and resistant to stains, germs and scratches.
The process begins with the mining of fireclay (or fire clay), an argillaceous clay with very high heat resistance. The material is used as fire brick and to line furnaces. It is also made into metalworking crucibles, glassware and pottery.
Pros of Fireclay Kitchen Sinks:
- Are distinctive and stylish
- Feature a very tough, scratch-resistant glaze finish
- Have non-porous surface that resists stains and is easy to clean
- Stand up to harsh chemicals (though they’re not recommended for use in cleaning fireclay)
- Are tough and don’t chip easily
- Are built to last for 50+ years
Cons of Fireclay Kitchen Sinks:
- Are available in a more limited number of colors and styles than stainless steel and granite composite
- Are very hard, so dropped dishes and glasses will break more easily than if dropped in a stainless steel sink
- Are quite heavy, so extra support is required for installation
- Have an average cost higher than sinks crafted from most other materials
Installing Fireclay Sinks
This material is very heavy, so you’ll need additional support for the sink. The most secure way to provide it is with vertical supports that extend to the floor. Some sinks also require mounting to the wall.
Shape of Kitchen Sinks
A single bowl sink has just one basin. While many homeowners assume that having more bowls is better, this isn’t always the case.
Single basin sinks are usually available in compact sizes, making them ideal for small spaces and the basin of a single bowl sink is obviously going to be bigger than a double bowl sink designed to fit into the same space. A larger basin can make cleaning large dishes such as pots and oven trays much easier.
Cleaning a single bowl kitchen sink is going a be a bit faster due to reduced amount of corners and edges, and single bowl models are typically cheaper than equivalent two or three bowl varieties.
The majority of modern kitchen sinks feature two bowls. This is most commonly used.
However, if you do a lot of cooking that involves larger dishes, you’ll need to make sure that the basins of your sink are big enough to comfortably wash them. There’s nothing more frustrating that struggling to clean a large pot at the end of a long day of cooking because it doesn’t fit in your double bowl sink.
Double bowl sinks come in a wide array of configurations– two equally-sized bowls of the same depth, two equal bowls of different depths, unequal size bowls, etc. The right setup for you will depend on what you do in your kitchen, so take some time to consider your options before making a purchase.
Some larger kitchen sinks may even possess three bowls, providing even more separation. In triple-bowl sinks, there are typically two large bowls and one small bowl.. This design could allow you to have your prep sink completely isolated from the basins where dishes are stored and washed, or, a bowl to place small cooking utensils and silverware in.
Sizes of Stainless Steel Sinks
16 gauge stainless steel sinks are 25% thicker than the standard 18-gauge and therefore the quality is better compared to thinner sinks. The heat, stain-, scratch-, and dent-resistance is is more improved than any other kitchen sink types. Also, the noise dampening level is perfect for a quiet environment in the kitchen, especially when using a garbage disposal machine.
- Improved noise dampening due Exterior sound-dampening pads
- Less prone to denting and bowing
- Low maintenance
- Protective spray coating
- Expensive than the thin gauge sinks
If you had the choice between two identical sinks (16 and 18 gauge) at similar prices, don’t hesitate in getting the 16 gauge sink. Why? There is no noticeable difference between the two gauges, however at the same price range, 16 gauge is “better” (thicker is better!).
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The 18 gauge stainless steel sink is thicker than the 20 gauge. The most common household kitchen sinks are 18 gauge, which is lightweight and durable enough for all your kitchen needs. It is the standard gauge that is most appropriate and cost effective for the average size kitchen sink. If, however, you find that you are more interested in a larger stainless steel sink, or a more durable standard size sink, the 16 gauge may be better for you.
These gauges are referred to as the thin gauges (high gauge number) which are perfect for small kitchens, bar sinks, and cabins. They are inexpensive than the thick 14, 16 and 18 gauge stainless steel sinks. If you are using cast iron cookware which is usually heavy, these gauges are not appropriate.
- Perfect for small kitchen
- Prone to denting
- They cannot handle the vibration of a garbage disposer.
- prone to bowing
- Less resistance to discoloration and corrosion
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