How to Choose the Best Material for Your Kitchen Sink

Did you know that in the majority of households kitchen sinks are dirtier than the toilet? Once you know that, you can begin to appreciate the importance of an easy-to-clean, bacteria-resistant kitchen sink.


However, there’s a huge variety of materials out there for kitchen sinks, and you need to know which is the perfect one for you. After all, the kitchen sink is one of the most used parts of your entire home, so when buying a sink, what it’s made from matters just as much as how it looks.

Stainless Steel Sinks

A undermount sink made out of stainless steel with two pull out spray taps

  • Pros: Very durable, extremely low maintenance, large selection to choose from.

  • Cons: Noisy (higher quality is quieter, sound absorbing pads also help), can dent and scratch.

Stainless steel is the middle ground of all the materials, and is the most popular material for kitchen sinks due to its stain and heat resistant properties. It’s also available in a huge variety of sizes, styles, and types (choice between brushed, mirror and satin finishes). Stainless steel kitchen sinks were normally quite noisy, but it’s now possible to buy them with sound absorbing pads on the bottom. These help to dramatically lower their noise level, and are a common addition with sink manufacturers.

 Stainless steel kitchen sinks do vary in price considerably, so expect to pay anything between £45 and £600.

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Cast Iron Sinks

A white undermount cast iron sink, with a traditional kitchen mixer tap

  • Pros: Signature glossy surface, DIY-friendly, low cost alternative to fireclay.

  • Cons: Very heavy, cheaper models feel like plastic, require a bit more care.

Cast iron sinks have a heavy iron alloy body which is coated in a thick enamel top layer designed to last forever. It’s the ideal choice for people who want a durable white sink in their kitchen. Cast iron kitchen sinks are available in a variety of different colours, however, one thing to keep in mind is that these sinks are especially heavy, so your kitchen counters will need to be structurally sound in order to provide adequate support.

Cast iron sinks usually cost between £200 and £700.  

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Granite Composite Sinks

A gray composite granite kitchen sink, with two bowls and a tall kitchen mixer tap in chrome.

  • Pros: Extremely durable, visually pleasing, heat resistant, easily cleaned, scratches buff out.

  • Cons: Requires careful maintenance, a little more expensive, very hard surface.

Composite granite sinks are highly resilient against cutting, scratching, and banging, so damaging one is really difficult. If maintained properly they look great, and are available in a variety of hues with blacks, browns, and the darker greys being amongst the most popular.

Costing between £100 and £500, granite kitchen sinks are an affordable yet beautiful option.

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Fireclay (Ceramic) Sinks

A ceramic fireclay sink in a high quality white gloss finish, with a chrome mixer tap

  • Pros: Easiest to maintain, available in several colours, extremely durable.

  • Cons: Can be expensive, can chip (but repaired easily), harder to install, less choice.

Fireclay sinks (otherwise known as ceramic sinks) are highly resistant to marks and scratches and looks like vitreous china due to its smooth and non-porous surface. Made from clay fired at an extremely high temperature, they are durable and rarely chip or stain. They are also very easy to maintain.

On average, ceramic kitchen sinks cost between £200 and £700.

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A Final Word…

There really are no bad materials, you just need to consider your daily needs and how much maintenance you're willing to put in. Remember, when choosing your kitchen sink to specify the number of holes you require in the sink deck, which can range from one to five depending on the tap and the number of accessories - like flexi spray hoses - you add.

We hope you found this guide helpful and if you have any feedback or questions, please comment on this article or our Facebook page and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

If you're planning a kitchen remodel, we also offer an extensive range of kitchen taps and home kitchen accessories that we hope may tickle your fancy. If you need any further help or advice, please call us on 01202 556655 or email help@tapwarehouse.com and our customer service staff are ready to help you.

 

 

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