How to Choose a Sink For Your Kitchen Benchtop
Choosing a new sink for your kitchen benchtop can be challenging. The material, the ideal size, and whether it should be an undermount or drop-in sink must all be considered. It is an investment that will significantly improve the appearance and functionality of your kitchen benchtop and design.
Be aware that selecting the sink you want is essential before choosing a layout, cabinets, and counter space if you are considering remodelling your kitchen benchtop or even the entire space.
Designing your kitchen layout around the sink ensures that the final result includes an optimal workstation with enough space and the appropriate sink and faucet to meet your daily needs.
Cutting, washing, and preparing food are important tasks that can be done quickly and effectively with the right sink. Given the importance of the sink in daily kitchen tasks, it would be beneficial to understand the fundamentals of sink design before committing to one.
Installation of your sink
Kitchen sinks are available in a variety of styles and configurations. When looking at different types of sinks, one factor to consider is installation.
- Undermount kitchen sinks: are installed below the countertop and offer a seamless transition from countertop to sink, simplifying cleanup of the work area.
- Drop-in sinks: rest on the kitchen benchtop after being inserted into a hole in the countertop. They lack the streamlined profile of an undermount sink but are the simplest to install, less expensive than undermount sinks, and easier to replace.
- Farmhouse or apron-front sinks: come in a wide range of sizes and materials. They become the focal point of the kitchen, especially when placed underneath a window. As they can hang very low, there are a few special installation considerations that must be made, and you might need a particular kind of base cabinet.
Single or double bowl sink
A large, single kitchen sink makes it simple to prepare large amounts of food and soak or wash a large pan. A super single sink is an excellent choice if you want to maximise the space inside your sink. However, keep in mind that you will need to be able to juggle multiple tasks if you want to do them all at once.
A sink with two basins makes it simple to handle independent tasks like dishwashing and food preparation. With this setup, washing and rinsing dishes is a breeze. If you have the room and the money, think about getting a double-bowl sink. You can choose between equal-sized basins or one small and one large basin, which helps you separate dirty dishes from usable sink space and facilitates cleanup.
Consider the material
There are numerous materials to choose from when it comes to kitchen sinks. Just like when choosing your kitchen benchtop material, be honest with yourself about how much use the sink will get and how often you’ll clean it. High-maintenance might not be the best choice for a heavy-use sink.
- Granite composite: dirt and liquids are repelled by the non-porous surface. Excellent scratch, heat, and impact resistance; ideal for heavy kitchen work.
- Stainless steel: they’re built to last a lifetime. It must be cleaned on a regular basis to remove water spots, but it is a long-lasting, scratch-resistant material that stands the test of time. They have a very minimal and modern appearance and are very easy to clean.
- Ceramic: a surface that is extremely lustrous and durable, as well as shock-resistant. Will withstand heavy use and resist scratching, staining, and chipping over time.
- Porcelain: although they are susceptible to stains and scratches, don’t worry—they can be removed!
- Cast Iron: they withstand high heat and are quite durable, with a variety of colours and a glossy finish that makes cleaning easy. However, the material may scratch over time, and dropping sharp objects may result in cracks.
- Copper: their inherent anti-microbial properties aid in preventing the spread of bacteria and grime in your sink. Although it is a 100% recyclable material, it needs more upkeep and attention than many other materials to keep it looking good and guard against deterioration from use.
- Fireclay: it is made of a glossy, durable, non-porous material that is resistant to chips, scratches, and stains. It comes in a variety of non-fading colours thanks to the finishing and firing processes.
Another suggestion is to consider adding the sink to your kitchen island, if you can, to make it more functional. When the sink is relocated to the island, your kitchen gains an unexpected style statement as well as additional counter space.
Are you considering your options for the best kitchen sink in Sydney? Allow our experts to assist you in determining the best type, layout, and material for your home, taking into consideration your design style and how you intend to use your kitchen. Contact us now for a no-obligation consultation.