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Kitchen Sink Materials: The Pros and Cons


February 1, 2022 5:10 pm
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The sink is probably the element of your kitchen that gets the most use, day in, day out. Which means it’s vital that you choose a material that not only looks great but functions in a way that suits your lifestyle the best.

The price, look, durability and maintenance requirements of each sink material should be considered when you make your choice – so we’ve put together a quick rundown of some popular kitchen sink materials to help you decide.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks

If you’re always in the kitchen cooking or baking, you’ll need a sink that’s durable, low maintenance and can withstand heat – stainless steel is perfect for this. Not only is it functional, but it also looks sleek, will never feel outdated, and tends not to interrupt the overall décor or colour scheme of the rest of the kitchen.

Unfortunately, a stainless steel sink is one of the noisier options, however noise-dampening pads can be installed on the bottom of thicker stainless steel sinks to make them quieter to work with.

Pros:

  • Heat resistant
  • Inexpensive
  • Stain resistant

Cons:

  • Not scratch resistant
  • Low durability
  • Only available in one finish/colour
  • Hard water can leave marks

Stone Kitchen Sinks

Ultra-durable and timelessly stunning, solid stone sinks significantly elevate the elegance of your kitchen’s design – especially if they’re integrated seamlessly into the countertop on either side.

Although stone is incredibly durable it’s also very porous, which means it requires regular sealing to maintain its scratch, stain, and damage resistant qualities. It’s also worth noting that any scratches that do appear, will be more visible on darker colours of stone.

The surrounding cabinets and countertops will need to be reinforced to support the weight of stone and you should be prepared to spend quite a lot on a good quality one.

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • Unique look

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Must be resealed every one or two years

Copper Kitchen Sinks

If you’re looking for a kitchen sink that’s both stylish and built to last, copper could be a great option for you.

Although copper sinks tend to sit on the more expensive side of the scale, they can bring a beautifully distinct look to any kitchen.

Like stainless steel, copper can be a bit noisy depending on the thickness, which is something you’ll want to keep in mind if you wash your pots and pans by hand rather than in a dish washer.

Pros:

  • Provides a beautiful focal point in kitchen spaces
  • Rust-resistant
  • Antimicrobial – microbes cannot survive on a copper sink for more than a few hours

Cons:

  • Very high maintenance
  • Expensive
  • Hard water will leave spots
  • Can be damaged by abrasive cleaning products

Enamelled Cast Iron Kitchen Sinks

Cast iron sinks coated with porcelain enamel are timeless and incredibly strong, and with a variety of colour choices available they can tie in perfectly with modern or traditional design kitchens.

Thanks to the enamel coating, this style of sink is left with a smooth, glossy surface that resists colour fading over time, however if it is scratched deep enough to expose the metal base to moisture, rust will begin to develop.

Luckily, sinks with scratches can be restored, if necessary, with the help of a professional.

Pros:

  • Very strong
  • Smooth, glossy surface

Cons:

  • Very heavy
  • Susceptible to chips and scratches
  • Can be damaged by abrasive cleaning products

Fireclay Kitchen Sinks

Fireclay kitchen sinks are perfect if you like the look of an enamelled cast iron sink but need something that’s easier to clean and more resistant to stains. They look right at home in farmhouse style kitchens where they’re typically found in cream or white, however a variety of colour options are available in this material.

Although fireclay won’t rust, it can crack when exposed to vibrations which makes it an unsuitable material to use for sinks with integrated food waste disposal units.

It’s also very heavy, so, as with solid stone sinks, the surrounding cabinets and worktops will need to be reinforced to support the weight.

Pros:

  • Very low maintenance
  • Available in a variety of different colours
  • More resistant to stains and scratches than enamelled cast iron

Cons:

  • Limited sizes and styles to choose from
  • Very heavy
  • Unsuitable for use with food waste disposal units

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