How to Choose a Kitchen Sink
kitchen sinks are one of the most popular options and the material continues to be improved and upgraded. The newer 16- and 18-gauge sinks are thicker and less noisy than their less-expensive predecessors. Stainless-steel sinks contain a percentage of chromium and nickel, which is indicated by numbers such as 18/10 (18 percent chromium and 10 percent nickel). The metal imparts a rich glow and adds corrosion resistance. Finishes range from a mirrorlike shine to a satin luster. Stainless-steel kitchen sinks are appealing because they are affordable, durable, and easy to clean. However, they can become scratched and water spots can become an issue, and the cheaper sinks can sometimes make more noise when items are dropped in.
Cast-iron kitchen sinks
are made from a sturdy material that is enamel fired on an iron form. These durable sinks lessen noise and vibration more than other materials but can be heavy for installation. An added advantage is that cast-iron sinks are available in a wide range of colors.
can be made of quartz, granite, or other materials mixed with an acrylic- or polyester-resin base. They usually feature speckled color, resistance to stains and scratches, and easy care. However, they can be expensive.
originally made for bathrooms, is now also used for kitchen sinks. The glazed clay material is hard and nonporous with a glasslike shine, but the sink material is prone to chipping. Similar to fireclay in construction, durability, and cost, vitreous china is less porous because of the nature of the construction process. It is easier to mold double bowl sinks from vitreous china than from fireclay.
made from a polyester or acrylic base, is chosen for its stonelike appearance and easy care. Like solid surfacing countertops, it can be susceptible to heat and dings from sharp objects.
Useful Tips to Help You Choose the Best Kitchen Sink
A good quality sink should last you at least 15 years – potentially even a lifetime – and thanks to advances in technology, a good quality, stylish kitchen sink doesn’t have to cost a fortune. But with nearly 700 sinks on sale here at Tap Warehouse, and so many styles, sizes, materials and colours to choose from, how do you know which is the right one for you kitchen? In this guide we’ll take a look through the things that you need to look out for when buying a new kitchen sink.
Sink Size Vs. Kitchen Size?
Perhaps the most important thing to consider before buying a new kitchen sink is the amount of space that you have available. You may have your eye on that gorgeous double bowl ceramic Belfast sink, but if you’ve only got space for a sink that’s 700mm wide, it’s going to be an awkward phone call from your installer to tell you that you’ve bought a sink that’s too large.
If you have a large kitchen and a large worktop area, then you may have free reign over the size and style of your new sink. We would recommend getting a 1.5 or 2 bowl sink to give you maximum practicality. With a double bowl sink, you can let dishes soak in hot water in one of the bowls and still have a second bowl free for preparing food, making drinks, or anything else that requires your sink. One thing to take into consideration is whether you’d like a sink with a drainer or whether you prefer the look of one without. We’ll talk more about this later in our Undermount Sinks section.
If you have a smaller kitchen, your options are slightly more limited, but there is still a fantastic selection to choose from. Again, you may wish to forgo a drainer and have a sink with a slightly larger bowl. Bowl size isn’t everything though; it’s no point having a huge bowl if you’ve then got nowhere to let your dishes dry.
Once you’ve decided whether you need a small or large kitchen sink, the next thing is deciding which material you’d like. It’s a big decision, and each material has its pros and cons. Fortunately then, we’ve written a whole separate advice guide to help you choose the right material for your kitchen sink.
How To Choose The Kitchen Sink That’s Right For You
Size selection – small vs large
When it comes to size, there are two main options to choose from. You can either have a small kitchen sink or a large one. Each of these two types involves a series of subtypes so not all small sinks have the same dimensions and sometimes size is closely linked to other details such as the shape of the sink or the type of installation. In any case, you can usually know right away if your kitchen can accommodate a large sink or not or if you even need one. Be sure to also consider your lifestyle and the way in which you usually use your kitchen. If you have a dishwasher and you’re rarely using the sink for other tasks anyway, there’s really no point in wasting valuable space.
Pick a shape: round sinks
Round sinks are really popular. They look chic and they’re pretty versatile as they can hold dishes, pots and pans of all sorts of different shapes and sizes. They’re usually not small but not very large either and they come in a variety of different materials with various types of finishes and in all sorts of colors. That means you have plenty of options to choose from once you also decide on the other details related to the sink’s design. Keep in mind that round sinks are also usually great for corners in case you’re considering such a placement.
Modern, rectangular sinks
Rectangular sinks with sleek, clean lines and minimalist designs are very common in all the contemporary kitchens and they’re usually embedded into the countertop. Compared to round sinks, they can be a bit more difficult to clean and less versatile but their biggest advantage is the modern look and you can’t argue with that, especially if you want the sink to be built into the kitchen island.
This style is very recognizable by the distinctive apron front and the vintage vibe that these sinks have. They’re rectangular in shape but they have curved edges which soften their look a little bit. Curved sinks are easier to clean than those with sharp lines and angles. Farmhouse sinks don’t come in many colors, finishes or materials so you’ll be limited to their signature look without the possibility to customize your kitchen decor too much (at least not as far as the sink is concerned).
How to choose a kitchen sink’s material: stainless steel
The material from which a sink is made sometimes also dictates how the sink looks and the way it influences the entire kitchen’s interior design. Stainless steel, for example, is a pretty common material when it comes to sinks. It’s very durable and easy to clean but it doesn’t suit all styles equally well. A stainless steel sink could look natural in a modern kitchen or in one with a industrial vibe but it wouldn’t fit great in a vintage or a traditional kitchen
Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink and Faucet
Kitchen sinks are typically made from stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, solid surfaces and composites. For clients who choose solid surface counters like granite or engineered stone, Isley recommends a stainless steel sink because of its undermount capability. Also if homeowners tend to be hard on sinks (Isley asks clients if they’re prone to throwing things into their sink), stainless is often the best choice. When shopping for a sink, keep in mind that lower-gauge stainless steel makes for a better quality sink. Some people find stainless steel sinks noisy, but that’s a problem that can be addressed by choosing a design featuring sound-absorption technology.
Number of Sinks
Traditionally, most kitchens feature a double-bowl sink. “Obviously, double bowls — especially two equal size bowls — were made for washing dishes. We really don’t wash dishes much in the kitchen,” Isley says.
Faucets that Function
With the great number of faucets on the market, there is a design for everyone. “Style is strictly a personal taste issue,” Isley says. He doesn’t dictate what clients choose design-wise — people like what they like, after all — but he does guide them when it comes to function and finishes. Most faucets use cartridge, ball or ceramic disc valves. A faucet with a ceramic disk valve and solid brass base materials will be the most durable. Though many attractive faucets have two handles, Isley always pushes for single-lever faucets in the kitchen. He also suggests clients include a spray arm for filling pots with water or rinsing the sink, whether it’s part of the spout or a separate piece. Consider other convenient extras, like a garbage disposal and hot water dispenser.
How to choose your kitchen sink.
Choosing the right kitchen sink is one of the most important decisions you can make. Your kitchen sink will have a significant impact on your day to day life, and you want your sink to stand the test of time. Food preparation, cooking, washing and cutting are important tasks which can be very efficient – even enjoyable – when you have the right sink.
When is the best time to select a sink?
The ideal time to choose a sink is before the start of any kitchen renovation – before layout design, counter or cabinet selection. If replacing an existing sink, there will be limitations based on the existing sink cutout and cabinet space on what can be selected.
Designing your kitchen layout around the sink ensures that the completed kitchen has the optional workstation and functionality- with enough room and the right sink and faucet to suit your needs. Scroll down to learn what you must know before purchasing your sink.