You are doing (or redoing!) Your kitchen and it's time to choose the sink. On the market, an impressive number of models are available to you ... So which sink should you choose and how to choose it? Here are some guidelines to get there.
The configuration of your sink
- 2 bowl sink is, most of the time, accompanied by a drip tray. It assumes that you do the dishes often! If indeed you do not have a dishwasher, the sink with 2 bowls + drip tray is highly recommended: a tank for cleaning, a tank for rinsing and the drip tray to store clean dishes before wipe. In addition, it is multitasking: even if you temporarily stack dirty dishes in a bin, the other will remain available for washing fresh vegetables for example. The 2-bowl sink can be presented in different ways: you can choose either for 2 identical tanks, or for a large tank and a smaller tank, to which you can add a saucer and a drainer. It is up to you, depending on the use you will make of it and the space in your kitchen, which model will suit you best. - 1 bowl sink , you will understand, will be suitable if you have a small kitchen that does not support a sink too large, and / or if you have a dishwasher that limits the use of the sink for dishes by hand. In this case, no need for a drip tray either. The sink with a single bowl will also be suitable in an auxiliary kitchen, not used daily. You can then opt for a single round bin to rinse fruits and vegetables. On the price side, the 1-bowl sink is of course less expensive than a 2-bowl sink.
The material of your sink
- stainless steel has good on the whole line: it is light therefore easy to install, solid, resistant to shocks, corrosion, scratches (if you take a stainless steel anti-scratch model) and high temperatures. In addition it is easy to maintain and hygienic: it is completely smooth, not conducive to the development of bacteria. The only downside: fingerprints and water droplets that must be removed with a dry cloth. - Ceramic is the traditional material used to make sinks. This often results in large sinks that are more suitable in sufficiently large kitchens. It is a heavy material more difficult to install than stainless steel but which is very resistant over time and easy to maintain. However, recurrent shock from the dishes will cause scratches and chips if you are not careful. - Resin is a modern material that allows the composition of very different shapes and colors of sinks, which is an aesthetic plus. Resin sinks are easy to install because of their lightness and flexibility. They are generally easy to maintain and resistant to impact and time, but their quality will depend on the alloy of the composite materials associated with the resin for their manufacture. Each composite material (granite powder, sand, fiberglass, silicate, quartz, etc.) has its specificities. Be aware that the combination of resin with sand or fiberglass gives, at a lower cost, impact resistance and less good quality over time. - Stone (sandstone, marble, granite…) will give an authentic and very elegant side in your kitchen, whether rustic or contemporary. Very resistant to time, the stone sink will have a variable resistance to shocks, thermal shocks and scratches depending on the stone used. Its porous material can be a disadvantage for maintenance. In addition, it is difficult to install and it will be necessary to ensure that the sink frame can support such a heavy weight.
The type of sink: to be installed or built-in?
It is according to the place, the arrangement and the style of your kitchen that you will be able to choose a type of sink in particular. For more information, see the article: "the different types of sinks" dedicated to this topic. Keep in mind that the configuration, material and type of your sink will depend on the space you have in your kitchen, the style you want to give to it and the use you will make of it. Ask yourself the right questions!