When it comes to choosing what type of kitchen sink will sit in your kitchen, the first thing you need to consider is the durability. A sink isn't something you're going to replacing every year, it needs to last for years to come. Kitchen sinks tend to get heavy use, and with all those bashes and knocks that can happen when you're washing the dishes, you're going to want one that can stand up to such use.
Below we've listed the types and styles of kitchen sinks that you'll find here at Heat & Plumb. We've listed the pros and cons for most of them too, so you can really weigh up what type of kitchen sink fits your personal situation.
The stainless steel kitchen sink is the most popular type of kitchen sink in the UK, and there's good reason for that. This popularity is due to the immense durability of stainless steel, making it far more scratch-resistant than other types of material used in sink construction. It's easy to clean and maintain them too, ensuring that the surface will always remain as dazzling as the day it was installed. Finally, stainless steel sinks are versatile. They'll match a range of styles – from contemporary to traditional – and you'll find a wide range of taps and other appliances that will match the look.
So, in terms of practicality, a stainless steel sink is an excellent choice for the kitchen. But what about design?
Thankfully there's a multitude of options, from sinks that will fit the smallest kitchen to 2 bowl giants that increase productivity in even the busiest kitchens. Other options include various finishes and drainer options, while prices start so low that you'll get superb value for money.
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Ceramic kitchen sinks are what you would have traditionally found in the British country home. That ‘farmhouse' feeling is now catching on again in a big way, with ceramic sink sales becoming more popular year-on-year. When you run your fingers across the silky surface of ceramic, you'll realise why this type of sink is one of the best in terms of quality and overall attractiveness. But don't feel like the traditional nature of this sink means you must design a traditional kitchen around it, as this design will work just as well in contemporary designed kitchens.
When it comes to installing, it couldn't be easier. Regular maintenance is a breeze too, as you only have to remember to regularly give it a quick wipe down in order to keep it stain-free and looking its best. In terms of size, they can be just as big as other sinks, although remember that a larger size means a higher cost; especially as these sinks tend to handcrafted.
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If your tastes tend to fall on the more traditional side, Belfast kitchen sinks may be the option for you. Also known as butler sinks, they got this name because the butler would be the one using it in a posh traditional home. Stylistically they can also be classed as ‘farmhouse' style sinks. From a practical point of view, Belfast kitchen sinks are deeper than your average sink, giving you plenty of space in which to wash those larger kitchen utensils. Traditionally it's depth meant it was easier to wash clothes in – or even a baby!While the Belfast sink is generally one bowl, there are two bowl versions available too if you need that extra washing space. The makeup of the sink tends to be made of fireclay or glazed white porcelain, both of which give the sink a silky-smooth and quality feel. Prices start around £100.
While the Belfast sink is generally one bowl, there are two bowl versions available too if you need that extra washing space. The makeup of the sink tends to be made of fireclay or glazed white porcelain, both of which give the sink a silky-smooth and quality feel. Prices start around £100.
The pros and cons of Belfast kitchen sinks are very similar to ceramic kitchen sinks, but we'll go through them again with a couple of additions.
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Made up of a combination of different materials, composite kitchen sinks are designed to have the appearance of a granite sink without the hefty price tag. These sinks are normally manufactured by mixing together granite stone dust with acrylic resins, which are then moulded into sink form. They're an easy and affordable way to get that expensive look without tricky installations and a hefty whack to your wallet.
With hundreds of different styles and finishes available, you can get the exact look you desire with little effort and cost.
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Undermount kitchen sinks are exactly what it says on the tin in that they mount underneath the kitchen worktop. This gives more space around the sink as it's a rimless, minimalist design. The lip is underneath the solid surface of the countertop, so it's a straight shot into the sink. Also, the lack of a lip means it can be easily cleaned, as you can just brush food scraps straight into the sink bowl with no rim to collect dirt.
Installation can be a bit trickier than other sinks as it needs to be fully sealed and supported to hold the weight of a sink full of water and dirty dishes. Due to this, it's highly recommended that you get a professional to complete the installation. It's also advised that it be fitted with solid surface countertops, such as granite, marble or concrete. Laminate or tile counters aren't a good idea as the seams and grouting are weak points that won't support the weight of the undermount sink.
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If you want your kitchen sink to be bang on trend or just want to have something a little more unique, designer kitchen sinks are the best of the best. They're ideal for kitchen spaces where an ultra-modern look is the aim, and they come in a wide range of stylish finishes and types of material. But remember that that designer look and build usually carries a higher price-tag, although that striking impact is definitely worth it!
Round kitchen sinks don't seem to be a common site, but if you're after something a little different then read on. They don't take up as much space as other sinks, so if that's an issue for your busy kitchen then maybe this isn't the choice for you. For smaller kitchens where space is at a premium, a round sink is the ideal size.
With a round kitchen sink, you've got the choice of either having it fitted to the countertop or mounted under the surface.
Single bowl kitchen sinks are the most common type of sink, and they offer plenty of space in which to wash big dishes and pots. They usually come with a drainer section where you can leave dishes to dry. 1 bowl kitchen sinks are also known as inset or surface mounted sinks and are compatible with all types of worktops.
There are a vast number of styles available when it comes to single bowl sinks, so you're not spoilt for choice when it comes to finding one to fit your personal kitchen design.
1.5 bowl kitchen sinks give you an extra small bowl next to the main sink bowl and it's ideal for when you're trying to get a lot done at the same time. For example, if your main bowl is full with water because something is soaking in it, you can still drain pots and pans used in cooking in the extra bowl. You could even use it to wash vegetables. It's the ideal way to let you multitask when you're busy cooking dinner for the whole family.
If you crave more practical space in your busy kitchen, a two bowl kitchen sink is the perfect solution. With two bowls to play with you can get far more done, and you don't have to worry about draining the sink of water because you need to use it for something else. As with single bowls, they come in surface mounted or inset versions and can be used with any work surface.