When planning your new kitchen you probably have your eye on a particular style of sink, but the big question is, does it really suit the way you do the dishes, prepare food and clean up? Every sink style and material has pros and cons, so be sure to weigh them up – living with the wrong sink will bring you no joy! The first step in any sink decision is to consider the benefits and potential disadvantages of the various sink designs and materials on offer.
Farm house sinks are as popular as ever! More stainless steel versions are popping up as stylish alternatives to the traditional porcelains. Farmhouse sinks – also known as butler, apron-front and Belfast sinks – come in single or double-bowl styles, and can be mounted level to the benchtop or undermounted.
Pros: Can add rustic character to country and traditional-style kitchens.
Cons: White porcelain sinks show up every bit of grime; the hard surface is likely to mean breakages; they can be hard on the ears when washing up; and it takes time and a lot of water to fill if it’s a single-bowl design.
Something to think about: If you are considering this style of sink, getting real about how you wash the dishes could save your sanity in the long run. No matter how much you love your dishwasher, there will always be those items you have to handwash yourself because they’re too big or fragile. If you’re used to washing the dishes in one bowl, rinsing them in another, then stacking them to drain or dry to the side, how will you adjust to a farmhouse sink?
This eternally popular sink material has stood the test of time for a reason – it’s a material that makes sense when it comes to the work we do in the kitchen. You really can’t go wrong with a stainless steel sink.
Pros: Durable, hygienic, easy to clean, and its colour will disguise that cup of coffee you just tipped into the sink. More forgiving when you drop something into the sink, and slightly quieter to use than other materials.
Cons: Can scratch; takes some elbow grease (and a stainless-steel cleaner) to get it looking flawless.
How Many Bowls Do You Need?
One bowl, two, or what about three? Your choice will depend on bench space, but also how you operate in the kitchen. Choose a sink in proportion to the other elements – adding depth rather than width will make washing dishes easier without taking up too much bench space.
Sink accessories such as cutting boards, colanders, draining boards and clip-on dish drainers can all make life easier. And if there is one must have it’s an extendable sprayer tap. It provides so much flexibility when washing up.
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