Avoid that sinking feeling! (a guide to buying your kitchen sink)
By Gary Baker
The average homeowner probably doesn’t give much thought to their kitchen sink. Even though we use them several times a day most people take them completely for granted, but planning for your kitchen sink is as integral as planning for your appliances or decor.
Size & Shape
Single or double? Or even triple! Depending on what you use your sink for you may want to choose one with separate compartments. If you don’t have a dishwasher, for example, you may want a double sink so that you can wash the dishes in one section and rinse them under the tap in another.
If you’re only really using your kitchen sink for washing your hands and the veg, then a smaller option might be for you. You might even consider a round sink if you need to save on space.
Or if you’re soaking pans, a deep, square sink might be ideal. The Belfast sink is a popular option but takes up a lot of space so you really need to think about how much you use your sink compared to the rest of your kitchen before making a design choice.
The key to choosing the right sink is picking a material that is appropriate for the level of use.
The stainless steel sink is a popular option because of its hardwearing and resilient qualities. You could go for an all steel sink, though this modern material can look very out of place in more traditional kitchen settings. Ceramic has a more traditional look, but it can stain and scratch quite easily so is probably not the right option if you use your sink for washing all the family’s dishes every day!
The Fontana sink, which has a Corian basin with a stainless steel bottom, has a clean, elegant look but still has the great heat resistant, durable properties at its base. This combination of materials is great for a kitchen sink that gets a lot of use and requires minimum maintenance.
You can of course go for composite materials for the whole sink. An entirely Corian sink will have the same hardy, nonporous properties as a Corian worktop and there are a range of composite sinks for every budget out there.
Our advice is to make sure that whatever material you choose, you find out from the manufacturer what the care instructions and warnings are before you purchase.
Integral to the look of your sink is the way it’s fitted. Undermount sinks are great if you want your sink to be fairly inconspicuous because the top of the sink will be hidden away under the worktop. Integral have a similar look because they are made from the same material and are literally built into the worktop making sure they are very discreet.
If you want to make your sink stand out though, dropin fittings are exactly as they sound and will just drop into a routed out space in the worktop. You could even add a splashback to draw more attention to your sink and make it a real feature.
If you need more inspiration when it comes to sinks you can take a look at our kitchen gallery which has a range of real kitchens big and small for you to browse. Hopefully our brief guide has given you a good checklist of factors to consider and we certainly recommend writing your ideas down before settling on a new sink.