Looking to get out of the same-old/same-old rut when installing your next kitchen sink? If you go to your local home improvement store, it will look something like this: granite, porcelain, stainless steel (repeat twelve times over). What those sinks have to offer: lower priced, lighter weight, and easily obtainable.
But what if you're remodeling your kitchen and want to give it real, distinctive, one-of-a-kind, head-turning style? That's when you
1. Glass Kitchen Sink
Now, isn't this unusual? Glass works for bathroom sinks--you see it represented often in vessel sinks--but for kitchens? The difference is that in bathrooms, the worst drop you can expect is the toothpaste. In the kitchen, a cast-iron pan or similar glass-shattering item.
These shimmery, swirly-designed sinks--with such evocative names as 34 K Gold, Crystal, and Cobalt Copper--are advertised as durable by Pennsylvania-based Oceana Designs due to what they call Hard Roc glass. No single bowls are available. Double bowls measure out at 15 ¾” x 14 1/8” x 8 5/8”.
2. Teak Kitchen Sink
This double-bowl teak kitchen sink from Sinks Gallery is one of the more unusual sinks I've encountered. Typically, the use of wood in kitchens, except for cabinets, is verboten. Wood countertops do exist, but extensive sealing is needed to prep them for use in this moist environment. Even solid hardwood flooring is frowned upon in some circles, due to the possibility of overflowing sinks, burst pipes, and other emergency instances of unwelcome water.
But to actually invite water onto the surface? That's what this manufacturer has done by sealing the surface with Timbertect Plus, an epoxy resin sealant. They also like to point out that teak performs admirably in the rain (get in, water?) forests of South Asia, where the source material comes from.
This sinks measures out at 31.5" x 19.75" x 7.75" with an asking price of $2,985.
3. Silvery Granite Kitchen Sink
At first glance, you might think that this is a hammered metal sink--steel, aluminum, or what? You'd be excused your misunderstanding, because this sink, though made of granite, is naturally flecked with silver or gold-hued mica.
It's a farmhouse/apron style sink for $2,360, weighing in at a hefty 330 pounds (i.e., make sure your countertop can handle this beast). Even though the front is rough and matte-like, the inside is slick black polished granite. An optional stainless steel grid insert keeps dishes off of stain-prone granite.
4. Bamboo Kitchen Sink
This eco-friendly sink comes from Lenova--not the computer maker Lenovo--and weighs a lower back-friendly 45 pounds. Like the teak sink, this sink's bamboo surface is resined to protect the underlying organic material. Cleaning is a bit tricky because, essentially, you can't use anything to clean it--steel wool, bleach, any abrasive agents, ammonia, etc. Lenova recommends that you clean once a day with mild dishwashing soap and dry with a soft cloth. Beauty at the cost of convenience? Maybe. But oh what beauty it is!
Read: Bamboo Flooring Basics
5. Soapstone Kitchen Sink
It doesn't even seem possible. Soapstone kitchen sink? Isn't soap supposed to melt upon contact with water?
Well, maybe your block of Lever or Dial, but not these blocks of soapstone. And I did say, "blocks." That's because some of these sinks are carved from single blocks of soapstone, which means no seams. Because there are no seams, there is practically a zero chance of leakage. Also, this means rounded inside corners, making them easier to clean. M. Teixeira Soapstones does also construct sinks from 1.25" thick soapstone. From 27" to 36" wide (double-basin).
6. The Wavy Copper Sink
Elkay really pulls out all stops when it comes to their Mystic Collection. The materials are ordinary--copper or stainless steel--but what really sets these sinks apart from the crowd of boring sinks are the shapes.
The pictured Mystic Copper Undermount sinks looks like: a moustache, a river, a wry smile, a snake, a caterpillar, or however else your mind interprets it. It's a fun item sure to elicit comments (who could pass by this without mentioning it?). Like the others here, this 16 gauge copper sink is hardly a Home Depot clearance special ($3,482).
7. The Curved Kitchen Sink
This is one kitchen sink that marries form with function. It looks super; any kind of curve really pops out in a kitchen design. Yet as a prep sink, it makes sense to have a centered work area (the inner "D" shape) in which to place the washed food or to cut items. From Native Trails, this undermount is made of hand-hammered 16 gauge recycled copper.