Outdoor kitchen sink options for 2022
Best options for outdoor kitchen sinks?
Many of our cabinets at 4 Life Outdoor can accommodate the sink of your choice. Just a few years back, the only option available was that traditional, square, stainless steel sink. Now we have the basics offered in all shapes and colors. We can choose from stainless, porcelain, copper, or stones such as marble, soapstone, granite, etc. You don’t need to look too far either; any large hardware store will carry various quality grades of each type within your budget.
If your outdoor kitchen doesn’t have a sink already, it may be time for an upgrade; adding an sink can change everything. Think of it this way; if you don’t need to bring in the mud and can keep all the drinks and food outside, your house will remain spotless and it won’t be a factor when you’re thinking of that next cookout you will be hosting with all the neighbors!
Consider your available outdoor space
Our cabinets are standard size and you can fit from a smaller bar sink to a nice size sink. Within the cabinets, you can go approximately 31-inches wide and 19-inch deep. There are flanges within the cabinets and your contractor will know to remove that if you need a larger size sink. Without removing the flanges, a 25-inch sink will fit nicely.
Below show dimensions for drop-in units:
Aim for quality within your budget
Your kitchen may be exposed to mineral deposits, rain, or just heavier play from regular outdoor activities. For that reason, customers typically want a sink that is a little more durable to resist damage from heavier use when completing their outdoor kitchen, like for washing those sharp, mud covered gardening tools! There are so many brands out there. Many have been around since the early 1900s, some newer, that have sinks with fantastic innovative features, and these brands offer you different materials and various metal qualities to fit your budget. To name a few, great brand names such Sinkology, Hauser, Elkay, MR Direct, Kohler, Kraus, Blanco, Native Trails or Ruvati will have wonderful options that won’t disappoint.
Selecting your materials
Knowing what you are going to use your sink for, outdoor kitchen designers often suggest natural materials that will last for years such as concrete, stone or copper. Copper is a living metal. This means that it constantly evolves naturally, while stone and concrete sinks are available in several natural tones, which warm up your space rather than modernize it like porcelain or stainless steel.
Safe, traditional stainless steel
If you don’t want to take any chances on the durability of your sink, a stainless steel sink won’t disappoint. Choose well, however. You should select a metal grade that is at least 304; if a magnet sticks to it, run from it. It’s not 304.
Consider the location of your kitchen. Whether it is in the shade or right underneath the hot sun will impact your selection. If under the sun, choose a sink that will not be so reflective such as hammered brushed nickel. The slight texture it gives will make a difference and it may even hide small scratches made over time. With so many to choose from, chances are you will find something to fit your budget that will also have those extra features you’re looking for. Thickness, soundproofing or extra accessories such as a fitted cutting board may be important to you.
We have pulled a few that could be great picks to you below:
This Roma series Ruvati sink converts your sink into a great size workstation with stainless steel colander, cutting board and folding rack. It includes a deep stainless steel colander that you can use as strainer. The solid hardwood cutting board is made of Sapele (African mahogany) wood which handles water well. The foldable drying rack folds out on the track and is ideal as a dish drying rack. It is16-Gauge premium 304 grade stainless steel (18/10 chromium/nickel); therefore, it will never rust or stain. This sink has a soundproof coating and also offers rubber padding to minimize noise. Ruvati sinks are covered by a limited lifetime warranty.
Similarly, this Glacier Bay All-In-One single bowl workstation sink which is slightly smaller, slightly more affordable will offer you the same features:
This simple but absolutely gorgeous Elkay Quartz classic bar sink can be just what you need. It is a smaller bar sink that can be installed both top mount or under mount; quartz is easy to clean with soapy water, it will never stain or scratch, and you can coordinate the color of your sink with your décor and style. It is heat resistant up to 535 degree Fahrenheit. Because the material is non porous, food and liquids won’t penetrate the surface, resisting bacteria building just like a stainless steel sink would.
Blanco, available worldwide, offers amazing quality sinks with different shapes to accommodate all sorts of kitchen styles. The below Blanco sink looks amazing in this setup.
Glacier Bay granite sinks are made from the most technologically advanced material available on the market containing up to 80% natural granite quartz. They are designed to combine hard-working performance with great style. Durable for everyday kitchen use, the sinks are heat resistant up to 536°F as well as chip, stain and scratch resistant. Granite sinks are durable, offered in various colors and scratch, stain and heat resistant. These sinks can be installed under mount or top mount.
Fireclay is a popular sink material as it will be more durable and scratch-proof than a cast iron sink with a porcelain coating. A good fireclay sink will resist chipping, stains, scratching and rust. Sinkology is a brand widely available on the market and at large hardware stores like Home Depot. They have an interesting variety of farmhouse-style fireclay sinks, mostly single bowl to fit every budget. They do have some great double bowl options as well. Double bowls can be practical; one side of your sink can be used as an ice bin for your drinks.
Here is a budget-friendly option that you can find or order from your local Home Depot:
Copper or Concrete
These are work-of-art choices. If you are considering copper, you will get what you pay for. You need to do your research and be sure this is what you want. Ideally, this is not a sink you want to “budget” or you will be dealing with a green sink sooner than later. Unless you love that patina, which you may! In terms of durability, you can’t go wrong with Native Trails sinks. Their artisan-made copper and concrete sinks use only eco friendly materials which not only make them extremely durable and low maintenance, but also a good conversation piece at your next outdoor gathering. Both copper and concrete require little maintenance.
There are endless options and we are always happy to help you design your space or brainstorm with you as you plan your future outdoor kitchen projects. We are just an email or phone call away!
Your Team at 4 Life Outdoor
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Looking forward to hearing from you,
4 Life Outdoor team