You may be wondering what an offset kitchen sink is. Well, an offset kitchen sink has its drainage off-centered or off-set in relation to the sink faucet.
The drain is not located at the center. Instead of the faucet being directly above the drain, the drain is off-centered to one side.
A kitchen sink is meant to optimize a certain function, let’s say drainage or handling of more dishes.
This article discusses the offset sinks in detail with a view of understanding the features of the best of them in the market.
Offset kitchen sinks have pros and cons but are preferred for their optimized usability. We review the best 7 of them and we explain why they are loved.
Offset Kitchen Sink Pros and Cons
Offset kitchen sinks are loved for their optimized usability but have diverse pros and cons. Here, we review the best 7 and we explain why they are liked.
First, let’s look at the pros and cons of the offset kitchen sinks in comparison to the rest of the types.
Advantages of Offset Kitchen Sink
1. Placing dishes at the bottom without blocking the drain
One of the pros of offset kitchen sink is that you can be able to place your dishes at the bottom of your sink without covering its drain.
This is a great advantage because dirty water from dishes drain away while clean water rinses your utensils.
Washing your dishes in a center sink drain can be difficult especially when handling large pots or many dishes. It is most likely that you have been used to angling your pans and dishes while working in a center sink drain.
You have also found your shirt wet while washing because of the splashes from the accumulating water.
There may be also the problem of food sticking in the sink because the flow of water is impaired by the dishes.
Offset sinks are the answer to such problems.
2. Works as a double-bowl
The second advantage of the offset sink is that it can work as a double bowl sink.
Double bowl sinks are meant to separate the dirty dishes from the washed and rinsed dishes.
With the offset kitchen sink, you can place dirty dishes and clean ones differently.
Dirty ones on one side and the rinsed dishes on the other side without blocking the drain.
The offset sink takes up lesser space compared to the double bowl sink.
3. Larger space
The third advantage of the offset kitchen sink is that it provides you with more storage space within the cabinet that holds the sink.
This is because the offset sink’s drainage pipe is displaced towards the side instead of being at the center, as in the case of the center sink drain. This will also provide room for garbage disposal.
Finally, I think that it would be good to stop conforming to the traditionally centered sinks and embrace better functioning and unique offset kitchen sinks.
Disadvantages of an Offset Kitchen Sink
1. Slower draining
One of the cons of offset kitchen sinks is that water drains slower compared to the standard center sink drain.
This is because the sink faucet is further away from the drain. Drainage is even slower in flat bottomed and textured floor offset sinks.
2. Tasking repair
The second disadvantage is that repair and installations in offset kitchen sinks are more challenging. This is because the plumbing has been displaced to one side and any installations and repairs are done in cramped spaces.
The pros of an offset kitchen sink are more than the cons. This makes the offset sinks better than the standard center drain sinks.
7 Best Offset Kitchen Sinks
There are several brands that design and manufacture offset kitchen sinks. However, you should know more about the sinks before their appearance entices you into purchasing them.
Through personal usage, research, and product reviews from users, our team has come up with a list of 7 best offset kitchen sinks available in the market.
1. Ruvati 32-inch Offset Drain Reversible Kitchen Sink Undermount 16 Gauge Stainless Steel – RVH7490
The offset kitchen sink utilizes Slope-Bottom innovation that incorporates a 1-inch slope towards the sink’s drain.
The drain can be installed either on the right or left side providing more under-cabinet storage space.
Ruvati 32-inch Offset Drain Reversible Kitchen Sink is made of premium 16-gauge stainless steel which is 37% thinker than most kitchen sinks. The gently rounded edges at the bottom make cleaning easier.
It incorporates a heavy-duty sound guard undercoating together with padding of thick rubber to reduce condensation and minimize noise.
The commercial-grade finish is long-lasting and easier to clean than a satin finish.
The exterior dimensions of the offset sink are 19 inches (length or front to back) x 32 inches (wide). The interior dimensions are L17 x W30 inches.
Ruvati 32-inch Offset Drain Reversible Kitchen Sink’s depth of the bowl is 10 inches. The minimum size of the base cabinet is 36 inches wide.
Its sink faucet can be fitted either right or left side of the sink depending on the kitchen style.
The sink comes with a basket strainer, bottom rinse grid, mounting brackets, and cutout template.
What our team liked
Our team liked the fact that this offset kitchen sink is 37% thinker than most of the standard sinks. This means that it is sturdier and long-lasting. The commercial finish of the sink is a bonus because cleaning will be easier.
2. Kraus KHU110-27 Standart PRO Kitchen Stainless Steel Sink, 27 Inch
This sink utilizes an undermount sink design that creates a seamless and visually appealing transition from countertop to the sink.
Kraus KHU110-27 Standart PRO Kitchen Stainless Steel Sink makes it easier to wipe crumbs and water from the countertop straight into the offset sink.
The sink has incorporated an engineering design that facilitates easy and fast flow of water into the sink drain opening. Its channel grooves keep the sink free of stagnant water.
The LxW offset dimensions are 27 inches by 19 inches. The sinks depth is 10 inches. The minimum cabinet size required for the sink’s installation is 30 inches.
Kraus KHU110-27 Standart PRO Kitchen Stainless Steel Sink is made of premium TRU 16-gauge T304 stainless steel. This makes it resistant to dents and durable.
It also incorporates one of the best soundproofing technologies in the sink industry.
The sink comes with drain assembly, bottom grid, basket strainer, Kraus kitchen towel, removable drain cap, cutout template, and mounting hardware.
What our team liked
After using Kraus KHU110-27 Standart PRO Kitchen Stainless Steel Sink, 27 Inch sink undermount, our team liked the unique engineering design that facilitates an easy flow of water towards the sink drain.
The groves are very effective in ensuring that water from the sink faucet drains easily and faster. We did not experience any stagnation of water while washing dishes in the sink.
3. KRAUS KWU110-32 Kore Workstation 32-inch Undermount 16 Gauge Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
The sink has a work station with an integrated ledge that allows users to slide customized accessories across it. This streamlines cleanup and meal preparation without losing the kitchen counter’s space.
The five-piece chef’s kit comes with roll-up drying rack. The rack of the KRAUS KWU110-32 Kore Workstation 32-inch Undermount 16 Gauge Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink can be used to rinse produce, protect countertops from very hot pans and pots, and drying dishes.
It also comes with a bamboo cutting board that resists bacteria and odors, basket strainer, dish grid, and drain cover. This cover also makes it a good outdoor sink for the yard.
The sink has a very spacious single bowl with radius corners. The sink’s undermount installation creates a seamless and beautiful transition from the countertop to the sink. It is made of heavy-duty 16-gauge stainless steel.
The TRU 16 is classified as the thickest stainless steel available in the market. This makes it resistant to dents and corrosion.
It incorporates grooves that lead water towards the offset sink drain opening. The bottom has a gentle slope that facilitates easier drainage.
The finish has been made in such a way that it maintains its sheen and resists rust.
The stainless steel grid placed at the bottom protects the sink’s surface while elevating dishes for optimal drainage.
What we liked
Our team liked the NoiseDefend soundproofing technology because of its efficiency.
KRAUS KWU110-32 Kore Workstation 32-inch Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink uses NoiseDefend soundproofing technology with extra thick pad.
There is also a protective undercoating whose purpose is to absorb vibrations and noise when in use.
The LxW offset sink’s dimensions are 32 inches by 19 inches. The depth is 10 inches. The minimum kitchen cabinet size is 36 inches.
4. Ruvati 33 x 22-inch Drop-in Tight Stainless Steel Topmount Kitchen Sink
This sink has a top mount installation with its sink faucet on the right side. This means that it can be used in combination with the existing kitchen faucets.
Ruvati 33 x 22-inch Drop-in Tight Radius 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Topmount Kitchen Sink Single Bowl has a solid overmount look due to the 16-gauge premium stainless steel of T-304 grade.
It is 18/10 chromium/nickel. When compared to most of the standard sinks, it is 37% thicker.
The brushed finish is a commercial grade, long-lasting, and easy to clean. Brushed finish conceals any scratches compared to a satin finish, and it matches with most of the kitchens appliances.
It has a standard exterior LxW offset sink measurement of 33 inches by 22 inches.
The interior dimensions are 31 inches wide by 18 inches front to back. It is 10 inches deep. Its drain opening is 3.5 inches and it has two holes for the soap dispenser and sinks faucet installation.
Ruvati 33 x 22-inch Drop-in Tight Radius 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Topmount Kitchen Sink Single Bowl has a slopping bottom with groves to lead water towards the sink drain.
Its slightly curved corners facilitate easier cleaning. The sink comes with a basket strainer, bottom rinse grid, cutout template, and mounting clips.
What our team liked
Our team liked the effectiveness of the sound guard undercoating. This is because while washing dishes in the sink, there was minimal noise. Also, the grooves were effective in draining the water away.
The sink also incorporates thick rubber padding and heavy-duty sound guard undercoating to reduce condensation and minimize noise.
5. Ruvati 33 x 22-inch Workstation Ledge drop-in stainless steel sink
The sink has a top-mount installation with a solid look thanks to the premium 16 gauge T-304 stainless steel.
The manufacturers claim that the sink’s stainless steel is 37% thicker than most of the standard sinks available in the market.
Ruvati 33 x 22-inch Workstation Ledge sink combines this with a brushed finish which is commercial grade. It makes the sink long-lasting and easier to clean.
The sink’s overhanging lips on the back and front act as tracks to slide the accessories.
The built-in accessories include stainless steel colander, a cutting board made of solid wood, a roll-up rack for drying the dishes.
The roll-up rack can also convert the sink into a workspace. The sink has thick rubber padding and heavy-duty sound guard undercoating that reduces condensation and minimizes noise.
Ruvati 33 x 22-inch Workstation Ledge drop-in tight radius 16-gauge stainless steel kitchen sink has a sloping bottom and groves for drainage. The rounded corners make it easier to clean the sink.
The LxW offset sink external measurements are 33 inches by 22 inches. Interior measurements are 31 inches by 16 inches. It has a depth of 10 inches.
It has two holes for the soap dispenser and sinks faucet installation. The sink comes with a colander, bottom rinse grid, cutting board, basket strainer, mounting clips, and cutout templates.
Our team liked the accessories that came with the sink. This made the process of washing dishes and drying them to be much easier. The roll-up rack was very practical because it made it possible to create more working space.
6. Zuhne Modena stainless steel kitchen sink
This sink has a width of 20 inches, a front to back measurement of 18 inches, and a depth of 10 inches.
Zuhne Modena stainless steel kitchen sink is corrosion proof, rust, dent, and scratch-resistant thanks to its industrial strength make for use in commercial or residential settings.
It uses 16 gauge stainless steel. It incorporates thermal and noise shield technology. Very cold or very hot water can be drained into the sink without causing any damage to the cabinet.
The sloped bottom of the sink allows faster drainage of water from the kitchen faucet. Since it is a sink undermount, it blends well with the kitchen’s style.
In addition, the Zuhne Modena stainless steel kitchen sink has curved corners for easier cleaning; which makes it good for modern busy families.
What we liked
The restaurant-grade sink has extra depth to facilitate the cleaning of large wares. It comes with a bottom grid and basket strainer.
Our team liked the fact that the sinks come in varying depths depending on the intended use of the sink.
This is because the standard sinks have a standard depth of 10 inches. More depth allows the user to wash larger wares.
7. Kraus KHU103-32 Standart Pro kitchen sink
The ultra-slim design of the sink ensures that it takes lesser space while preventing overflows on the counter from the kitchen faucet.
It has an open design that provides extra space for pans with long handles and sheet trays.
Kraus KHU103-32 Standart Pro kitchen sink has tight-radius corners for easier cleaning. It has off-set sink drain opening and grooves to channel the water into the drain.
The sink is made of 16-gauge T-304 stainless steel that is durable and dent resistant. It is completely insulated with thick pads to absorb vibrations and noise. The minimum cabinet size required for its installation is 36 inches.
The LxW offset sink has a dimension of 32 inches wide, 19 inches front to back, and 10 inches deep.
Kraus KHU103-32 Standart Pro kitchen sink comes with a custom bottom grid, basket strainer, cappro drain cover for decoration, mounting hardware, Kraus kitchen towel, and cut-out template.
Our team liked the sink’s ultra-slim design. This is because it makes it possible to fit the sink into smaller spaces compared to other sinks.
Our Final Take
When shopping for a new sink for your kitchen, you will likely be overwhelmed by the variety of styles, designs, and materials of kitchen sinks available in the market.
Offset sinks are very effective when handling many dishes. This is because water from the faucet can still drain even when several dishes or large cooking pots are sitting in your sink.
In addition, off-set sinks come in many materials, from stainless steel to concrete. Check our guide on sink materials and their pros and cons to learn more.
In centered kitchen sinks, large pots can block the drainage. and can be a cause for gurgle in the kitchen sink. All these issues are solved by offset kitchen sinks.
Get one today.
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