How to Choose a Kitchen Sink
When choosing a new kitchen, it is usually the cupboards and door designs that people get excited by as there are a huge number of colours textures and shapes to choose from. But the kitchen sink is sometimes forgotten and as it and your taps are probably the most used item in your kitchen, we think it deserves a little consideration. Here are our top tips when choosing a new sink…
Sink cupboards tend to come in standard widths of 45cm, 50cm or 60 cm and we have a wide range of sinks to fit all sizes. Do think how much space you have for a sink, if you only use it for filling the kettle and washing the odd cup, you really don’t need a huge sink. However, if you don’t have a dishwasher or you bake or cook using larger pans and trays, you need a big sink to accommodate larger dirty dishes.
A standard sink is usually a bowl and a drainer, but you can have two bowls, one main bowl and a half size bowl and all with our without a drainer. The trick to choosing the right sink for you is once again, how are you going to use the sink, if you are a keen cook then a second bowl for veg prep may be useful. The next consideration is space, if you only have a small kitchen you will probably struggle to fit a double bowl and drainer which can take up to a metre in space! It’s better to go for something compact that fits your space ideally. There are also corner sinks which can be useful if space is at a premium.
We can generally supply three types of sink, classic stainless steel, traditional ceramic or hard wearing composite granite (SILGRANIT®). Here are the advantages of each type of sink:
Stainless steel has a natural appeal with excellent characteristics that make it the perfect material for kitchen sinks and can look good in any type of kitchen. It’s main properties are:
- Classic and timeless
- Heat-resistant and non-fading
- Hygienic and suitable for food preparation
- Stain and acid-resistant
- Easy to care for, clean using a damp sponge or stainless steel cleaner
As with any product, there are various qualities of sinks available. An indication of a strong and well made sink made of thicker stainless steel will resist movement of the drainer if pressure is exerted by hand.
Ceramic sinks and bowls create classic look that will look great in both a country style or contemporary kitchen.. They appeal for their flowing lines and glazed surfaces and a variety of colours and shapes.
Ceramic main properties are:
- 100% acid resistant
- 100 % food safe and hygienic
- Heat resistant
- Scratch resistant
- Stain resistant
Granite / SILGRANIT®
These composite kitchen sinks contain 80% quartz sand, which is the hardest element of granite. Thanks to its excellent components SILGRANIT® PuraDur® offers an easy of care and level of resistance that has never been offered before for coloured composite sinks. There are a wide choice of styls and colours that will work well with a contemporary or traditional kitchen style.
Granite / SILGRANIT® main properties are:
- Unsurpassed easy of cleaning
- Unsurpassed scratch resistance
- Unsurpassed heat resistance up to 280 °C
- 100% food safe
- 100% acid resistant
- 100% non-fading
- Unsurpassed resistance to breakage and damage
As there are many considerations when buying a new sink, just tell us how you use your kitchen and we can advise you on the best materials to choose and the best shape and design for your new kitchen. The most important factor is of course to choose a sink you love as it will be a focal point of your kitchen and used every single day. See our Sinks and Taps Page for more information or for more advice and to see our ranges of sinks, please pop into the kitchen showroom near Alfreton or give us a call on 01773 863200.
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