Qualified Remodeler Magazine

SEP 2018

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because they can efficiently accommodate large pots and pans. We're seeing that larg- er, single-bowl sinks ranging from 30 to 33 inches wide are trending right now." e Hillside Sink Collection from DXV reflects a country heritage and character in a restrained, sophisticated design, Pien adds. Offered in both stainless steel and fireclay, the collection comes in a variety of sizes and several colors. American Standard's Pekoe Collection similarly provides a twist on a clas- sic farmhouse design as an apron-front sink with a stainless steel finish in a range of size options. e Pekoe Collection includes both SoundSecure+ and StoneLock, both of which protect against unwanted noise and vibration. Moen's Jackson also notes the importance of sound absorption in a kitchen sink. "A key feature to look for in a stainless steel sink is sound-deadening ability—how loud will the noise be when something drops into the sink, such as a piece of silverware," he says. "All Moen sinks feature SoundSHIELD to reduce vibration and noise caused by clanging dishes and the drumming sounds produced by run- ning water." Like Pien, Jackson points to the continued popularity of stainless steel because of its complementary match to appliances, but he also adds its resistance to chipping, cracking and peeling as benefits. Demand continues for Moen's farmhouse sinks, he notes, and the company also offers drop-in, undermount and apron-front sinks. Stainless steel remains the most popular metal choice at Franke, Jach notes, though she does see an upswing in color sinks— no- tably black and white—as well as the rising popularity of Franke's Farm House Sink, es- pecially in fireclay. "ere's been a demand for both deeper and wider bowls within kitchen sinks, and Franke just introduced a wider Chef Center this year in response to this demand," she says. "Design and functionality are critical for any larger sink, because they take up addi- tional counter space, and products like Chef Center XL incorporate accessories to provide added workspace within the sink, including cutting boards, colanders and grids." Blanco also offers a variety of accessories that pair with its kitchen sinks, such as grids made to the shape of sinks, colanders, cut- ting boards and workstations that are useful for prep or cleaning. Emens notes current kitchen-sink trends spotted by Blanco include never goes out of style, and it offers homeown- ers a roomy basin for tackling most kitchen tasks," says Katty Pien, chief marketing officer for LIXIL Americas. "Stainless steel continues to be the finish of choice for kitchen sinks because it coordinates with stainless kitchen appliances. Increasingly available in apron- front sinks, this durable material also deliv- ers a unique, contemporary take on a classic design. Spacious single bowls are prevalent TRENDS TO WATCH Current kitchen sink trends stem from the dual selection-drivers of functionality and aesthetics. ere are a plethora of sizes, sink materials, colors, shapes and styles available from each manufacturer, but farmhouse sinks appear as a reoccurring theme. "A farmhouse sink is an excellent choice for homeowners who want to make a design statement. is sink has a simple design that ELKAY Design Manager Jason Silverstein notes the "popular aesthetics are grounded in demonstratable functionality." The Elkay Quartz sinks (top) come in on-trend colors while resisting scratches, and Perfect Drain (above) prevents grime buildup. Circle 7 on inquiry card 64 September 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCT TRENDS: Kitchen Sinks

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