Workstation sinks are versatile, configurable, and can handle a wide variety of kitchen duties. Picture a typical sink with an integrated ledge for a variety of accessories to rest in, converting your sink area into a real workhorse.
A workstation sink has multiple accessories to allow you to wash, prep and chop food, clean up, dry dishes and more. The common accessories included in many workstation sinks are: drying rack, colander, cutting board, and bottom grid. These space saving sinks can help free up valuable real estate in the kitchen. For example:
- Turn your sink into a countertop with the cutting board accessory
- The drying rack offers a space to put clean dishes and keep them off your countertop
- The bottom grid allows you to stack dirty dishes in the sink while still allowing water and other waste to drain easily
- Minimize the need for storage space of separate cutting boards, colanders, and drying racks freeing up valuable square footage in the kitchen
- The deeper workstation sink allows you to place dirty dishes in the sink and cover them with the cutting board. When you are entertaining you can hide the mess from dinner until your guests depart.
Workstation sinks can help keep things separate and reduce the chances of cross contamination, keeping your kitchen sink more sanitary. You can defrost meat, wash fresh fruit and veggies and clean up dishes in the same sink at the same time utilizing the various accessories.
In other education pieces, we’ve discussed the care and maintenance of stone countertops. Specifically, acidic materials such as lemon, vinegars, etc. can easily etch or stain your countertop. We recommend using a cutting board with a well to minimize spillage onto your stone. Utilizing the workstation sink with the cutting board accessory, you would avoid the risk of these materials damaging your stone countertop.
Workstation sinks come in many different styles and sizes. There are options for single and double basin styles in various sizes. For finishes you can select stainless steel with a silver, copper, gold, or black finish. In quartz, you can select a variety of colors ranging from silver, white, black, mocha, or slate.
The real difference between a traditional sink and a workstation sink is the integrated ledge for your accessories, creating an improved flow between your sink and your countertop. Some sinks even offer a dual-tier ledge so accessories can slide above or below on another, creating different working levels.