Bored with washing the dishes? Yet some love to do it? Does that mean that all you need is a good sink? When planning your kitchen, you don’t necessarily think about hanging out on the sink. However, the sink is essential: for the dishes but also for washing fruits and vegetables, emptying the water from the pasta, cleaning, soaking, wringing, draining, etc. Should we choose two bins or a single larger one, and a drainer or not? What should be the width of the cabinet accommodating this sink? There are many questions. And that of materials is even more crucial. Let’s take a closer look.
Basically there are four materials to choose from for your kitchen sink: ceramic, stainless steel, resin, and granite.
A ceramic kitchen sink: quality durable
The absolute classic sink is made of ceramic. Ceramic has a very dense surface, so dirt particles and bacteria can hardly get into it. Ceramic sinks are therefore particularly easy to clean. Another benefit of the dense surface is the smooth, soft feel that no other sink material can match. It is often said that a ceramic sink is more likely to be damaged if a heavy pot or large dish falls into it. This is true, but good ceramic sinks are usually very sturdy. And then the manufacturer usually gives a five-year warranty. Ceramic sinks come in many different colors, so you can coordinate yours with the rest of the kitchen. One of the only drawbacks would be that if your countertop is thin then it will be difficult for you to fit a ceramic sink into it. In this case, a stainless steel sink will be more suitable.
A stainless steel kitchen sink: a classic sink for many styles of cooking
As with many things, stainless steel sinks are special: you either love them or you hate them! Stainless steel sinks are classic and timeless and suit almost any kitchen style. They are particularly easy to clean and do not fade. But many people, and maybe you are one of them, find the clicking sound of stainless steel very unpleasant and therefore choose a different material.
When it comes to stainless steel sinks, a distinction is made between shiny and smooth chrome-nickel steel and satin embossed steel. The latter is a bit more expensive, but also has better properties: Matte satin stainless steel sinks are more resistant to scratches and are not as “noisy” as chrome nickel steel kitchen sinks.
A resin kitchen sink: a colorful sink with good value for money
If you are concerned about the price of your kitchen sink, you can opt for the solution of resin, a composite material made of stone and plastic. Composite sinks are generally less expensive than ceramic sinks or satin stainless steel sinks. With many composites, there are compromises in terms of hygiene and cleaning. But if you regularly clean your resin sink thoroughly, there’s no reason you can’t keep it on for a long time.
A granite kitchen sink: practical and well thought out
If you go for a granite kitchen sink, you will get all the benefits of stone without the hassle, as granite sinks are very easy to maintain. These sinks are often made of a composite material: they are largely made from the hardest component of granite and are optimized for use in the kitchen. Unlike kitchen worktops and splashbacks, sinks of this type are made of functional materials and not exclusively stone. Granite composite usually contains granite stone dust and acrylic resin mixed together. Thanks to this unique manufacturing process, sinks made of composite materials are at least as sturdy, durable and stylish as those made of stainless steel, ceramic and cast resin.
Granite sinks are therefore easy to maintain, very resistant and smooth. These granite composite sinks are also available in many colors. If your sink has not been coated, its surface may be a bit rough, so be careful not to damage your delicate dishes.
In the end, what material to choose for your kitchen sink?
Due to its easy cleaning, ceramic is definitely a sink material that can become your favorite, especially if you like kitchens with warm tones or a wood look. In a modern kitchen with straight lines in white, black or gray tones, stainless steel often works best as a classic and timeless material. If you want a thin ceramic or natural stone countertop, you’d better use a stainless steel drop-in sink. If you go for a kitchen sink made of a composite material like resin, make sure that this material is as dirt-resistant and hygienic as possible. Otherwise, your sink will quickly discolor. As for granite, it also offers many advantages: it is available in many colors, in many shapes and sizes, it is heat resistant.