by Vivian Garzon

What to Look for When Choosing a Commercial Style Kitchen Sink

Undertaking a kitchen renovation and love the idea of a big, sturdy and exposed stainless steel commercial style kitchen sink? Our comprehensive guide will help you find a commercial look kitchen sink that perfectly complements your brand new kitchen.
What to Look for When Choosing a Commercial Style Kitchen Sink

Dreaming of a new kitchen sink that combines the sturdiness and versatility of a commercial sink but fits in a domestic setting (i.e. your kitchen)? Good news – we’re here to tell you it’s definitely possible to achieve the commercial kitchen sink in your own home.

There are a few key factors that make your standard kitchen sink commercial-fit – and if you know what to look for, you can one hundred percent achieve the commercial style look, feel and functionality within your own kitchen.

In this buying guide, we’ll be covering everything you need to know about commercial sinks so you can shop for your own commercial style sink with confidence knowing you’re getting your dream new sink.

What Makes A Kitchen Sink “Commercial Style”?

When we talk about a kitchen sink being "commercial style," there are a few key things to look out for. Mostly, it boils down to size, functionality and the material used. Let’s dive in a bit deeper and discuss a few key characteristics that turn a regular kitchen sink into a commercial style kitchen sink.

What to Look for When Choosing a Commercial Style Kitchen Sink
  • Deep Basin: Commercial sinks typically have a deeper basin compared to standard domestic sinks. This depth allows for easier handling of large pots, pans, and dishes commonly used in professional kitchens.
  • Exposed Stainless Steel Look: Stainless steel is the material choice for quality commercial sinks due to its durability, resistance to corrosion, and easy maintenance. Not to mention the exposed stainless steel finish adds a sleek and professional look to the sink.
  • Minimalist Design: Commercial sinks often feature a clean and minimalist design with straight lines and sharp edges. This design not only enhances the sink's look, but also makes it easier to clean and maintain.
  • Enhanced Functionality: Commercial sinks are designed to handle heavy usage and demanding tasks. Some might come with additional features like multiple compartments, built-in drainboards, or a high-arc faucet to help streamline food preparation and washing up.
  • Industrial-Grade Materials: Perhaps most importantly, quality commercial sinks are constructed using heavy-duty and industrial-grade materials - specifically 304 grade stainless steel. Quality stainless steel can easily withstand the test of time and the demands of even the busiest kitchens.

So, if you’ve got your heart set on a commercial style sink for your kitchen remodel, make sure the sink you choose features all of the above characteristics.

What’s the Best Sink Material for a Commercial Style Kitchen Sink?

Stainless steel sinks are the go-to choice for bustling commercial kitchens, and for good reason. First of all, stainless steel sinks are incredibly durable. They can handle the rough and tumble of a busy kitchen without losing their shine. Plus, they're resistant to corrosion, which means they can easily withstand all the splashes, spills, and cleaning products that come their way.

Stainless steel sinks are also a breeze to maintain. A quick wipe-down with a mild cleanser and presto – they're back to their sparkling best. No need for special care or worry about stains ruining their appearance.

Are there other different sink materials you can use in commercial style kitchen sinks?

What to Look for When Choosing a Commercial Style Kitchen Sink

Wondering if cast iron and fireclay kitchen sinks will do the trick? While these materials may have their charm in certain contexts, they're not the best fit for commercial style kitchen sinks. Cast iron sinks can be heavy and prone to chipping, and fireclay sinks, while definitely easy on the eyes – often require extra care to avoid scratches and cracks. So when it comes to the demands of a busy kitchen, stainless steel takes the crown.

Stainless Steel Sink Grade & Thickness

When it comes to commercial style stainless steel kitchen sinks, it's important you choose the right thickness of the steel sheet used. Common thickness options you'll come across are 1mm, 1.2mm, and 1.5mm.

It’s also vital you look out for the grade of stainless steel used in a commercial style kitchen sink. The two stainless steel grades you want to look out for are 316 and 304. Grade 316 is known for its exceptional corrosion resistance, but grade 304 is more widely used in hospitality and commercial kitchens as it strikes a balance between durability and cost-effectiveness.

Pro tip: Avoid lower-grade stainless steel, such as 430. While it may be more budget-friendly, it’s also less resistant to corrosion, and will likely reduce the lifespan and performance of your sink.

So, when it comes to stainless steel sink grades and thickness, choose wisely. Opt for a higher-grade stainless steel like 316 or 304, and consider the thickness that strikes the right balance between durability and cost.

Commercial Kitchen Sink Size & Depth

When it comes to commercial style kitchen sinks, size and depth play another crucial role in meeting your specific needs. From double bowl to single bowl, to sinks with drainboards, the right sink size will depend on your needs.

  • First, consider the load that the sink will handle. Will it primarily be used for washing dishes, or large pots and pans? Do you have a big or small household? A small household should be fine with a single bowl, while a big family kitchen might need the space of two bowls.
  • Next, think about the shape of the sink bowl. Your choice of bowl shape should align with how you plan on using the sink. For example, a square bowl may be more suitable for washing large pots and pans, while a rectangular bowl can accommodate larger items or provide additional workspace.
  • If you do a lot of cooking and prepping, or have a smaller kitchen, you might find a sink with a drainboard provides you the most bang for your buck, helping you streamline kitchen tasks. The drainboard acts as an extension of your countertop, providing additional workspace for food preparation, stacking dishes, or air-drying items without cluttering your benchtop.
  • Keep in mind that the depth of the sink is equally important. A deeper sink allows for more water capacity and can accommodate larger items.

Here are some dimensions to keep in mind if you want to achieve the look and functionality of a commercial sink:

  • Litres: 40L+
  • Width: 450MM+
  • Depth: 250MM+

Double Bowl Sink Vs Single Bowl Commercial Style Sink

When deciding between a double bowl sink and a large single bowl sink, it's important to understand the benefits of each.

Large Single Bowl Sink

What to Look for When Choosing a Commercial Style Kitchen Sink

A large single bowl sink has one big bowl without any divider. Here's why it can be a good choice:

  • More Space: Without a divider, you have a spacious bowl that can handle big items like baking sheets or pots and pans. It gives you plenty of room for efficient cleaning, soaking, and food prep.
  • Easy to Clean: Since there are no dividers, cleaning the sink becomes simpler. You don't have to worry about hard-to-reach corners or edges. It's easier to wipe and keep the sink clean.
  • Easy Access: Plus, without a divider, it's easier to reach and move around larger or odd-shaped items in the sink. This can be helpful for people with specific needs or for anyone who wants more accessibility.

Double Bowl Sink

A double bowl sink has two separate bowls in one unit. Here's why it can be beneficial:

  • Multi-Tasking: With two bowls, you can do more than one thing at a time. For example, you can wash dishes in one bowl while preparing food in the other. This helps you work efficiently and saves time in a busy kitchen.
  • Versatility: The two bowls can be different sizes or shapes, giving you more flexibility, which is especially useful if you have different needs in your kitchen.

Ultimately, the decision between a double bowl sink and a large single bowl sink depends on what you need and how your kitchen is set up. Think about the tasks you do most often, the size of your dishes, and how you want your kitchen to function.

Undermount Sink Vs Top Mount Sinks

Choosing the Right Configuration

If you want the aesthetic look of a commercial kitchen sink, opt for a top mount sink (also known as a drop in sink).

Top mount sinks are designed to be dropped into a pre-cut hole in the counter space, with the rim resting on top. This style, with the visible rim, creates a distinctive and exposed look, which is often associated with commercial kitchens.

At the end of the day, the type of sink configuration you choose doesn’t matter as much as getting the material and capacity right, but if you really want that unique commercial sink style, top mount is the way to go.

Additional Features to Look For

With all that said, there are some extra things you should consider when choosing a commercial-style kitchen sink. These features can make your sink more practical and efficient. Here's what to look for:

  1. Faucet Mounting Hole (AKA Tap Landing Sink): Check if the sink has a hole or multiple holes where the faucet can be installed. This will determine the type and style of faucet you can use.
  2. Accessories: There are some handy accessories you might want to have with your sink, such as:
  • Drainers: Having a drainer in your sink can be helpful for drying dishes after washing them. It also keeps your countertop tidy and saves space.
  • Garbage Disposals: A garbage disposal unit is a convenient addition to your sink. It allows you to get rid of food waste directly in the sink, reducing the need for a separate trash bin.
  • Colanders: Some sinks come with built-in colanders or attachments that fit over the sink. These are useful for washing and straining fruits, vegetables, or pasta.

These features aren’t essential, but can be “nice to haves” to make your kitchen time more efficient and ultimately stress-free.

Shop Buildmat’s Commercial Style Sinks Today

Searching for a durable, stylish and cost-effective commercial style kitchen sink? Look no further than Buidlmat’s premium commercial kitchen sinks. Hand-crafted with 304 grade stainless steel, our commercial style sinks are built to last and can withstand the rigours of the busiest of kitchens. Whether you want a double bowl sink or single bowl commercial sink, we’ve got the perfect fit for your new kitchen. Shop the range today!


What faucet pairs best with a commercial style kitchen sink?

We recommend a pull-out faucet for the ultimate flexibility and convenience. The extended faucet head allows for easier hand washing, cleaning of larger items, filling large pots or buckets, and rinsing down the sink area.

How much does a commercial sink cost?

The cost of a commercial style sink depends on a range of factors, from the size to the material used and the brand name. You can spend anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand, so it’s important to shop around to find the best fit.

Is a farmhouse sink the same as a commercial style sink?

No, they are not the same. A farmhouse sink, also known as an apron-front sink, typically has a large, deep basin and a visible front panel that extends beyond the edge of the countertop. Meanwhile, a commercial style sink sits inside a cut-out of your kitchen bench.

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