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Buyers Guide How To Buy Kitchen Sink

March 22nd, 2019 How To Buy A Kitchen Sink  image
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Everything you need to know before buying a kitchen sink

In the 21st century, there is no need to buy a plain, stainless-steel sink like everyone else. Branch out and discover the many options available to you for both traditional and contemporary kitchens.

Before you start, there are a few things you need to think about. For example, what size and shape you need? Will you need a draining board? What material would you like your sink to be made of? Be aware that not all sinks are compatible with all worktops. How many bowls do you need? Do you want a modern or traditional style? Here are the options laid out for you…

Materials

Stainless Steel Stainless steel sink set in a grey marble worktop
This is the classic sink and is popular for a reason. Stainless steel is cheap, durable, hygienic and easy to clean. This lightweight option is practical, long-lasting and contemporary.

 

 

 

 


CompositeComposite sink with dark grey worktop.
This modern alternative is chic but also head-wearing and its durability can withstand high temperatures. Choose from the massive variety of colours and patterns that nature can offer you.

 

 

 

 


AcrylicSquare white acrylic sink with white worktop
Another modern alternative. This composite is a manmade option but is also cost-effective. An acrylic sink is easy to clean and is hardwearing, this is the modern choice.

 

 

 

 


CeramicWhite ceramic sink in a country style fitted kitchen
Ceramic sinks are slowly climbing up the popularity ladder. With its traditional feel, ceramic is perfect for a country style kitchen. It is also easy to clean. However, it is a heavy material so must be supported well. It is also susceptible to crack with an intense shock.

 

 

 


Types of Sink

Single bowl – This is the standard sink. It has a small presence, so is perfect for a small kitchen.

Small black single sink bowl perfect for a small kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 


1.5 bowl This option is ideal if you like to multi-task while cooking. Wash veg in the smaller bowl while the dishes pile high in the larger bowl.

1.5 sink bowl for multi tasking at the kitchen sink

 

 

 

 

 

 


Double bowl – Again, this is a good option if you need to multi-task and if you have the available space in your kitchen.

Double bowl sink for multi tasking

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sinks with drainage board – Sinks can come with or without a drainage board, it is entirely up to you!

Sink bowl with drainage board

 

 

 

 

 

 


Belfast – The Belfast is iconic. Chiefly in ceramic, this sink is practical for a functioning farm kitchen. Alternatively, people love them for creating the country style look. These sinks can be heavy so make sure there is enough support for them.

Iconic Belfast sink perfectly practical for a functioning farm kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 


Square – This is the standard sink. Small and compact.

Small and compact square sink

 

 

 

 

 

 


Round – For a more contemporary look, choose this as a second sink for fruit and veg washing. Round sinks are not convenient for washing dishes.

Round sink for a contemporary feel

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rectangle – Rectangular sinks are ideal for larger kitchens. They provide more space to fill buckets and complete other household chores.

Rectangular black composite sink and drainer for a modern sleek look

 

 

 

 

 

 


Corner bowl – This corner of a kitchen is an area that is often wasted. Utilise every inch with a corner sink.

Utilise every area of the kitchen with a corner composite sink

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mounts

InsetSink mounted on top of the worktop
This means that the sink is mounted on top of the worktop and the bowl is suspended below the worktop line. This is compatible with all worktops.

 

 

 

 


Under-mounted
This is when the sink is mounted underneath the worktop. This is only compatible with wood or stone worktops. Also, you cannot have a joined draining board.

Under-mounted sink mounted underneath the worktop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To find out more about our brands and ranges visit our Sinks and Taps page or come to visit our New Kitchen Showroom.

 

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