What Is Zero Radius Sink?

A zero-radius sink is a type of kitchen sink with perfectly square interior corners, rather than the rounded corners you see on most rectangular kitchen sinks.

Identification

Many zero-radius sinks also have a flat--rather than sloped--bottom.

The corners of a typical rectangular kitchen sink are quarter-circles. The larger the radius of the circle, the more "round" the corner appears. When the corner is a 90-degree angle, there is no circle and therefore no radius, hence the name "zero-radius." A true zero-radius sink has all 90-degree angles, so it looks like a box.

Features

Zero-radius sinks are usually made of stainless steel. They are almost always under-mounted--attached to the bottom of the countertop rather than dropped in with a rim that rests on top of the counter, which is how most kitchen sinks are mounted.

Advantages

Zero-radius sinks give a kitchen a professional look. They offer plenty of room for food preparation and cleanup. Flat-bottomed models allow you to stack a lot of dishes with less risk of them tipping.

Disadvantages

Sharp zero-radius corners are harder to clean than rounded corners, which you can easily swipe with a sponge. Flat-bottomed models might not drain very well.

About the Author

Cam Merritt is a writer and editor specializing in business, personal finance and home design. He has contributed to USA Today, The Des Moines Register and Better Homes and Gardens"publications. Merritt has a journalism degree from Drake University and is pursuing an MBA from the University of Iowa.