The kitchen sink is one of the most heavily used features in the home. So it is crucial that you choose the best sink for your new kitchen. Fortunately, we have a guide to provide you with the information you need to make that all important decision.
The Single Kitchen Sink: A large, single unit with a deep basin can provide an ideal environment to wash big pans, soak items or prep larger quantities of food. Unfortunately, if you want to soak a dish at the same time as rinse vegetables, you can run into issues. This type of kitchen sink can provide excellent versatility and in the right material can be a stunning focal point for your new kitchen. For example, a traditional Belfast sink or contemporary platinum sinks can draw the eye, breaking up cabinetry for a sophisticated look.
A 60/40 Sink: When you have two sink basins of different sizes, it can allow you to perform separate tasks. You can use the larger sink for soaking pots and still have a small kitchen sink available for rinsing vegetables. This can also be handy if you want to hand wash stemware as you can rinse off any soap in a small sink without making your hot wash water cold. The drawback with this type of sink is that the smaller basin will reduce the size of your main sink.
A 50/50 Sink: Having two kitchen sinks of the same size can create a nice design symmetry and be immensely practical. You can have a full sink for different tasks, allowing you to clean and prep at the same time as washing dishes. However, since the overall size of your sink may be similar to a single large sink, you may lose the ability to soak very large pots and have to leave them on your counter.
The humble kitchen sink is available in a wide variety of materials, which will impact the functionality and aesthetics of your new kitchen. Stainless steel remains a popular choice, providing an easy clean, durable finish. The metal can be scratched, but this can be buffed out. If you live in a hard water area, water spots can be problematic with stainless steel.
Another traditional option is porcelain. This can look fantastic in a vintage style kitchen for an authentic and classic aesthetic. You do need to take care not to chip or mark a porcelain sink, as metal pans can cause scuffs and marks.
If you want to go for a more contemporary look, you could opt for a granite composite. This material is made to resist chips and scratches and the polymers ensure that water spots are not easily visible. Granite composite does require some special maintenance, and you need to be wary of stains with lighter coloured models.
If you’re planning a kitchen renovation and need help choosing your new kitchen sink, you should speak to us. We have a wide selection of sinks from stainless steel to platinum sinks. You’ll also find the Kitchen Door Company team ready to answer any of your queries.