The kitchen sink might seem like one of the easiest elements to choose in a new kitchen design. However, there are many different types on the market today. For starters, you can choose between single-bowl, 1.5 bowl and two-bowl sinks – with or without a drainer. If you opt for no drainer, consider how and where you will put washed-up items to drain. A drainer won’t sit inside a cabinet like a sink bowl will, so you may find you have room for one even in the smallest of kitchens.
Next, you have to consider the material. Stainless steel sinks are very popular, and may come in shiny or brushed-steel finishes. Either way, they’re affordable and durable, although they can be prone to scratching, no matter how clean you keep them. Linen-finish stainless steel has been created to try and prevent this happening.
Next up, you have ceramic sinks. If you love a nice white sink you can clean easily, this could be the one for you. You can buy them as a traditional Belfast or Butler sink, which is under-mounted into the work surface as opposed to being inserted from above (as a stainless steel sink would be, for example). However, they are not very forgiving if you drop something into them.
A third option is to go for a composite sink. As the name suggests, these are made from a composite of various materials. You might see composite resin or composite quartz sinks on the market. The biggest difference between them is the ability of composite quartz to withstand extreme temperatures. You can pour boiling water in there, or put a pan straight out of the oven into the sink without worrying about the consequences. This type of sink also comes in a variety of finishes. You can go for white to keep things light, or opt for something darker such as black or grey.
A modern alternative
All the sinks mentioned above have been around for some time, even though technology has achieved advances in this area. However, there is another alternative to consider now too, and that’s the kitchen sink made from toughened glass.
It doesn’t sound like a good idea, does it? Yet the toughened glass finish is restricted to the draining board and its surround, and the sink bowl is stainless steel. These are fused together to form one unit, and it offers a more modern alternative – ideal if you have chosen a modern kitchen as well.
Which sink would suit your kitchen?
With so many options to choose from, it could be easier than you think to find the ideal sink for your kitchen. Check the different finishes, price points and pros and cons to narrow down the options.