To achieve your ‘Dream Kitchen’, every decision you make is vital. That being said, today I am here to help you in your choice of the perfect Sink for your Kitchen. The Sink being an integral part of the Triangle, is pivotal in terms of functionality. From the right material to the ideal size, to choosing between an under-mount or an inset sink, this article will take you through everything you need to think about before buying a kitchen sink.
Stainless steel is a practical choice that better stands the test of time and easy to maintain. They are available in a range of finishes: polished; silk; brushed; and linen. To know the pros and cons of Stainless-steel Sinks, visit our Stainless-Steel Sink feature here.
Composite sinks are made from a combination of granite stone dust and acrylic resins. They have the looks of granite without the accompanying cost but they are more expensive than stainless steel and ceramic sinks. They are incredibly hardwearing, resistant to a high temperature but harsh chemical exposure can cause discoloration. The use of stones in their composition means variations in color and texture.
Ceramic is traditional and will work very well if it is country-style kitchens, Shaker kitchens or farmhouse kitchens, you are aiming for. Also, extreme care is to be taken to avoid damages while handling on site. Ceramic sinks can become stained over time; but with good care, ceramic sinks can be very long-lasting.
Concrete and Corian are the other options, both of which are easy to maintain but the concrete sink tends to develop a patina, as it ages.
The Best Kitchen Sink Size and Configuration
Depending on your Kitchen size, there will be freedom to add drainage boards, second and third basins, half basins and waste disposals.
Single bowl sinks, usually combined with drainers, are ideal for small kitchens, offering plenty of space for washing. They usually come with a drainer section, for dishes to dry.
1.5 bowl sinks have a small bowl next to the main sink bowl and are used for extra washing or draining when the main bowl is in use.
Two bowl sinks are really useful in family-sized kitchens.
Type of Mounting
Based on your countertop material, Top-mount, which is installed flush with the countertop, is often used with laminate counters. In terms of design, under-mount sinks offer a pleasing aesthetic, is easy and complements the popular natural stone and solid surface countertops very well. It also is quick and easy to install. Undermount sinks, which are installed below the countertop, pair well with stone and quartz counter surfaces.
Choosing the right drainer
Universal drainers can be positioned on either side of the bowl. It comes with two holes cut in the sink top, one front and one back. The tap will be fitted through one, the other will be sealed with tap hole stopper.
Left-hand drainer/right-hand bowl or right-hand drainer/left-hand bowl: You need to get the sink/drainer configuration right when you order.
Usually, the drainer is positioned over an appliance such as a dishwasher, but it is also crucial how it fits into the worktop and work triangle overall before deciding.
Lastly, it is always important to keep in mind that the tap and the sink match in terms of configuration. Right down to the last detail, we at The Kitchen Shoppe are happy to help you out, for we believe “Beauty is in the Details”.