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.
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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
The below options show some of our favourite materials for outdoor kitchen sinks: including stainless steel, quarts sinks, granite sinks, Fire clay sinks and copper or concrete sinks. Below are some great options for you!
Safe, traditional 304 stainless steel sinks:
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 for you below starting with some 304 stainless steel options:
Ruvati 28-inch Workstation – 5 Stars and an Amazon’s Choice at $399
This 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 a 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.
Mocoloo 27-inch Undermout Sink – 5 Stars and good value at $279
This sink also comes with a Sapele redwood cutting board as well as a stainless steel sink grid, 1 basket drain assembly with a decorative lid, a roller rack and a stainless steel colander.
The 16 gauge stainless steel external dimensions are 27W x 19D x 10H inch, Interior size: 25Wx 15.82Dx 9.25H inch. A standard 3.5″ drain opening is available for the garbage disposal set.
ROVATE 15 x 15″ Undermount Bar sink – 5 Stars and good value at $129
The below bar sink is perfect to make way for more countertop space!
This bar sink is 15″ x 15″ and includes the drain strainer to fit any garbage disposal unit. This 304 stainless steel sink has an exposed rim that could be installed as either a top-mount or undermount as you like and works with any style of countertop material.
Elkay Quartz Classic undermount sink – 5 Stars and good value at $269
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.
HOUZER MIDNITE QUARTZTONE SINK – 5 Stars, an Amazon’s Choice and great value at $155
This Quartztone Series Dual Mount Composite Granite Single Bowl Kitchen Sink features a dual mount install for either topmount or undermount installation and the non-porous surface is intrinsically hygienic, easy to clean and deters stains and other contaminants. Super Silencer rubber pads are covered in StoneGuard undercoating to insulate your kitchen from the clatter of glasses and dishware, while eliminating condensation under the bowl. This unit features a high resistance to thermal shock and is UV stable and heat resistant to 500 plus degrees to resist fading, chips and scratches. This unit has a bowl size of 13-inches by 13-inches by 8.06-inches and is constructed of composite granite which is 3-times harder than natural granite yet, silky to the touch.
Houzer’s technologically advanced granite composite sinks are three times harder than natural granite. 80% quartz fused to 20% acrylic blend together to create harmony with 100% pore free surface. Silver Ions are integrated into our granite composite sinks. UV resistant as the color is throughout the material, every granite sink will last a lifetime that comes in an array of 6 colors and multiple designs.
BLANCO Precis Kitchen Sink – 5 Stars on Amazon at $456
The PRECIS 24” UNDERMOUNT SINGLE BOWL KITCHEN SINK offers clean lines and a compact single bowl design. With its undermount installation, you can easily brush crumbs or wipe spills directly into the sink without dirt and grime building up around the rim. This kitchen sink is made of SILGRANIT, a patented, certified granite composite material that is engineered to take on the toughest kitchen tasks. SILGRANIT is heat, scratch, stain, chip and impact resistant, making it stronger and more durable than other sink materials. It will not blister, burn, melt, or discolor from hot pots, pans or baking sheets straight from the oven. Beautiful and highly functional with its non-porous, hygienic surface, it pushes away liquids and residue resulting in a low maintenance, easy to clean, long-lasting material.
Blanco, available worldwide, offers amazing quality sinks with different shapes to accommodate all sorts of kitchen styles. The below Blanco sink looks amazing in the below setup.
KRAUS BELLUCCI WORKSTATION 30-INCH – 5 Stars on Amazon at $395
Handcrafted in Italy, the Bellucci Workstation redefines granite sinks with enhanced functionality and modern style. An integrated ledge supports custom accessories that slide across the sink, streamlining your kitchen workflow from meal-prep to clean-up. The sink comes with a chef’s kit that includes a multipurpose roll-up drying rack and heavy-duty cutting board that allow you to work right over the sink without taking up counter space. The high-performance sink is made from an advanced quartz composite material with the look and feel of real stone. Undermount installation creates a seamless transition between sink and countertop, with no exposed mounting deck to trap food and debris. The large single bowl with rear offset drain maximizes usable workspace in the sink and easily accommodates for large pots, baking sheets, and stacks of dishes. Engineered for optimal draining, the gently sloped bottom prevents water from pooling in the sink. Extra-tough construction offers unparalleled resistance to impact, heat, and thermal shock. Designed with rounded corners and a non-porous surface, this sink is stain resistant and easy to clean. The vivid fade-resistant color is enhanced with UV protection to prevent discoloration over time. Premium stainless steel drain assembly is included
Fireclay farm house sinks:
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. To use a farmhouse sink, we recommend using our BBQ cabinet as the sink base. Below are some great options:
Lynnado Fireclay Farmhouse Sink 36 inch Apron Front Kitchen Sink – on Amazon at $456
This Farmhouse kitchen sink includes accessories like a 304 stainless steel bottom grid and drainer, the grid is with rubber bumpers which protects well the tablewares and sink while the drainer allows the water to escape quickly. This sink has a smooth surface finish:using high quality enamel glaze to produce a durable non-porous high-gloss & smooth finish which is stain and scratch resistant , and easy to clean.
36-Inch Farmhouse Kitchen Sink – 5 Stars on Amazon at $524
A Fine Fireclay farm house sink will make the centerpiece to any new kitchen remodel. This fireclay contemporary European style top mount apron front sink is finished on all four sides. The apron front farmhouse sink is resistant to heat, chipping, staining, cracking, and scratches providing you with years of beautifully reliable performance.
Copper or Concrete sinks:
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!
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4 Life Outdoor team