Everything about the kitchen sink

It seems reasonable to suggest that not many people truly enjoy washing up, but it is an essential activity every day, which means that we inevitably spend a lot of time at our kitchen sinks.

Although not often a priority when designing the room, the humble sink is hugely important to a happy kitchen, so a little thought towards choosing the right one will go a long way. Here are some materials available for sinks, along with our thoughts on some pros and cons for each:

Stainless steel

By far and away the most popular choice for modern sinks, stainless steel is cheap, easy to install, and heat and stain resistant. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why it is such a popular material for a sink. It does, however, come with some drawbacks, such as it is relatively easily scratched in the rough and tumble of daily kitchen life. They can also be noisy when running water, as well as dented by falling objects, so care is required when using them.

Granite

Depending on personal taste, composite granite sinks look fantastic and are immune to the scratches and dents that mar many stainless steel fittings. Naturally durable, granite sinks can come in a variety of colours, and darker ones will tend to hide day-to-day stains better than metallic or white sinks, which is ideal if you don’t want to spend a long time cleaning it after every use. All this obviously comes at a price, and granite sinks will take slightly more out of your budget than a steel offering.

Solid Surface

Available in almost any colour you can think of, solid surface sinks offer a cheaper alternative to granite and other stone materials. They are resistant to heat and stains, but unlike granite, they can be scratched. However, many of these marks can be polished out again with the right care and attention. Samples of materials are usually available for you to take away, so you can test how durable your chosen one is.

Copper

A slightly esoteric choice, copper sinks are making a comeback, as they can give a stylised and homely feel to any kitchen. As well as looking stunning, they are rust resistant and surprisingly also have natural anti-bacterial properties, killing microbes in just a few hours and making them a highly hygienic choice. Care needs to be taken when cleaning them though, as harsh chemicals can damage the metal. Also, they also need to be dried after every use to stop water spots from forming, meaning that they can be slightly labour intensive.

Posted by Peter
January 19, 2015
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