Different materials offer vastly different looks and benefits when it comes to kitchen sinks, and using a certain material may well help you to 'complete the look' if you're going for a particular style. Find out more about the properties, advantages and disadvantages of different types of sinks.
Stainless steel is very popular for sinks these days because it's affordable, hygienic, tremendously heat resistant, dead easy to clean and available in all kinds of shapes and sizes.
Acrylic sinks are lightweight, come in all shapes and sizes and have the unique benefit of being able to be made to look like porcelain, sandstone or even granite.
Porcelain sinks (also called 'ceramic sinks') offer a classy, traditional look, and have been used in kitchens for centuries. While porcelain is extremely resistant to heat, it is susceptible to chipping and wear.
Stone sinks (including granite) are relatively expensive and heavy - but they look amazing in the right setting, are extremely durable and are very hygienic.
Enamel-coated cast-iron sinks are making a real comeback these days, thanks to their amazing durability and their retro appeal. New cast-iron sinks are often made to look like the older varieties.
Timber sinks are normally built using techniques borrowed from boat making. These types of basins offer a unique, custom finish, although care needs to be taken to ensure that they remain waterproof.