Kitchen sinks come in many different shapes, sizes and materials so try to think about what other materials and colours you are using in your kitchen, especially the finish of your worktop. We have stainless steel sinks, ceramic inset sinks, single bowl or bowl and a half, ceramic and stainless steel Belfast sinks as well as composite sinks. You can also select one of our under-mount sinks if you have a solid wooden worktop. Round sinks and drainers are available in different materials for a more quirky design or to save on space. Sinks coming soon!
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What type of sink to choose
Although kitchen sinks may only comprise of a small amount of the overall kitchen space, you’d be surprised how that small, unassuming basin could make or break a kitchen. If you’ve never looked into kitchen sinks in detail before, you may be surprised by the wide range of options available to you, and you may be wondering why all of these choices are present. Believe it or not, the size, shape, style, and material of your basin can greatly affect the room’s theme, either playing to it, or playing against it. In order to find a sink that blends in with your existing kitchen decor, you need to consider what style your kitchen is, and especially think about the type of work surface you have fitted, as this will be directly juxtaposed with the basin. For example, if your kitchen is very modern and contemporary, you should be opting for a sleek, streamlined basin such as stainless steel. Alternatively, if you’ve got a more traditional kitchen, ceramic is an excellent option. If you’re unsure what type of basin would best suit your kitchen, take a look at the options below:
Types of Kitchen Sinks
There are many different aspects to consider when thinking about the type of kitchen sink that would suit your kitchen, ranging from the size of the room to how much use the basin gets. Here are some features to ponder:
Inset Kitchen Sinks - These are perhaps the most common type of kitchen sink, largely because they’re a relatively cost effective option and because they’re very easy to fit. In fact, if you’re simply replacing your basin rather than the whole kitchen, you may even wish to fit the sink yourself. All you need to do is create a hole in your work surface and mount the sink into the hole, fixing it in place with the clips provided. These sinks are a classic style that translates well to either traditional or modern kitchens. They have a lip that attaches over the edge of the surface, creating a blended join between basin and worktop.
Undermount Kitchen Sinks - These sinks are a more uncommon sight in British kitchens, but we should be seeing more like this - they’re incredible. If you’ve got a solid wood work surface or a solid granite type, then you should certainly consider this option. Rather than sitting level with the worktop, an undermount kitchen sink is sunken, almost suspended, into the hole, so that there is no rim showing above the surface. As there are no visible joins, this is a great idea for very contemporary kitchens where smooth lines, continuous flow, and quirky features are key to creating the perfect look.
Single or 1.5 Bowl Sinks - Single bowl kitchen sinks are a great idea in rooms that are small, or lacking excess space. They do the job perfectly well, and can be matched with a drainer for drying purposes. 1.5 bowl sinks include a secondary, smaller basin. The purposes of such a basin are varied, but many opt to wash in the larger sink, and rinse with clean water in the smaller sink to prevent soap residue from drying onto clean glassware causing streaks.
Shaped - While square basins are quite common, more and more homeowners are now edging towards more unusual shaped kitchen sinks, particularly round or oval sinks. Not only do these match modern kitchens well with their somewhat off-the-wall nature, but they also tend to take up less space than square kitchen sinks so they’re ideal in kitchens where space is limited.
Kitchen Sink Materials
Kitchen sink materials vary greatly in price, and in aesthetics and durability, so it’s important to not simply opt for the cheapest material if you want your kitchen sink to last and to withstand ongoing wear and tear. Here are some popular materials we offer:
Ceramic Sinks - Ceramic sinks are available in both our Astracast sinks and Reginox sinks range, with the Reginox models known as Regi-Ceramic. Ceramic sinks give quite a traditional look to any kitchen, and the material itself is truly excellent. It has a very hard surface that is resilient to knocks and scrapes, although it can become cracked if misused. The material is very smooth and uniform rather than jagged which means that it’s very difficult, if not impossible, for dirt to penetrate deep down. It’s heat resistant, so can withstand hot pans being placed directly onto the surface, and is easy to clean with normal kitchen cleaners. Overall, it’s a good material for those who want minimal maintenance while still enjoying the wow factor.
Stainless Steel Sinks - Both Astracast sinks and Reginox sinks offer stainless steel sinks and basins. Stainless steel sinks give a more modern feel to a kitchen with the shiny, reflective surface that go well with high gloss doors and marble counters. They are very cost effective, but they do require a bit more upkeep than ceramic sinks. It may seem redundant, but stainless steel sinks need to be washed regularly with clean water and a scrubbing brush to remove built up residues and minerals, especially if you’re in an area of hard water. It’s also best to avoid conventional cleaning materials as these could discolour the material, giving the appearance of rust. These sinks are beautiful and stunning, but they do need a little TLC every now and then.
Composite Sinks - Reginox sinks offer a granite option, and it fits in just as well with a traditional kitchen as it does with a contemporary kitchen. Regi-Granite sinks are made from a combination of granite and resin called Crystallite, while Astracast sinks offers a slightly different blend. What the two have in common is that they are extremely stylish, hardwearing, heat resistant, and easy to clean. Although the surface tends to be quite smooth, you may notice a roughness underneath which really shows how close to their natural state the materials are.
Shopping for kitchen sinks needn’t be challenging - it can actually be quite fun! Take a look at all our options and narrow down your choices based on your preferred styles and materials. If you’re working to a strict budget, you could even take a look at our range of Teflite sinks that are resistant to scratching and chipping, look neat and tidy, and yet are very cost effective.Back to Top