5 Things You Need To Know When Buying a Kitchen Sink

August 19, 2019

5 Things You Need To Know When Buying a Kitchen Sink

What is the centrepiece of your kitchen? 

Is it your Benchtops? Appliances? Fridge?

The kitchen sink is a vital part of your kitchen and is the workhorse of your kitchen. 

The amount of time you spend at the sink will probably be the highest out all the parts of your kitchen.

From washing up to meal preparation, to rinsing vegetables, even getting a glass of water. 

5 Things You Need To Know When Choosing a Kitchen Sink


When you are buying a kitchen sink you need to think about these 5 things. 

1 How Often Will You Use It 

How often will you use your kitchen sink? 

Will you be washing up every mealtime or use the dishwasher?

Do you eat out or do you eat in?

How large is your family and so how much do you have to clean after a meal?

More and more, people are not only cooking and eating in the kitchen, but also socializing, entertaining and using the space as a place to work. 

In fact, two-thirds of people are spending at least three hours per day in the kitchen. 

From making morning coffee to washing dishes at night, not to mention all of the handwashing, cup filling and cleaning that goes on in between, the tap and sink area see a lot of traffic every day.

It is important to find a kitchen sink that fits your needs while still providing an appealing look and feel to your kitchen.

Large, single-bowl designs are convenient for washing oversize cookware, while dual-bowl sinks allow for quick wash-ups and offer multitasking functionality for the homeowner.

2 How Much Benchspace Do You Have

The sink is a central element of the kitchen so making the most of the space at hand is important no matter the design style. 

If you have plenty of bench space then you can go for a larger sink but if space is limited then your options are limited to a smaller sink.

You will need to decide if you want your sink to be used as part of your bench ie as a drying area after washing up or whether you will use your benchtop for that.

This will determine if a top mount sink or undermount sink is your best choice.

In terms of functionality, the sink is a vitally important part of your kitchen. 

It’s an important consideration in the design of your kitchen and is essential in the hallowed kitchen work triangle.

3 Durability

Stainless steel remains a popular choice among homeowners. 

In fact, according to the NKBA design trends report, it’s the most popular kitchen sink material.

Stainless steel is durable, easy to clean, hygienic and will handle a lot of traffic.  

Stainless steel sinks offer many benefits including resistance to chipping, cracking or peeling, and they also help reduce noise from dishes and vibrations.

5 Things You Need To Know When Choosing a Kitchen Sink


4 Benchtop Material

Another consideration when choosing sinks is determining which style will work best with your countertop material. 

Top-mount, which is installed flush with the countertop, is often used with laminate counters.

Top mount sinks offer added convenience with a quick and easy installation process. 

Undermount sinks, which are installed below the countertop, pair well with stone and quartz counter surfaces. 

Undermount sinks offer an appealing aesthetic, make cleanup a breeze and are the ideal complement to popular natural stone and solid surface counter.

5 Maintenance 

How easy will the sink be to clean and maintain? One of the things you should think about when designing your kitchen is how much time will it take to maintain and keep clean. 

It is nice to build a new kitchen but it soon loses that appeal when you have to spend hours cleaning it. That is why you should always consider the maintenance of your kitchen.

This applies to your sink. Will it be easy for you to clean and maintain? Do the corners of the sink allow for easy cleaning or is it difficult to maintain?

We have seen the trend to square sinks but the cleaning of these sinks could be a little difficult with the square edges. Keeping a toothbrush handy may be a way to clean the square edges. 


Today there are many options you have available to you with your kitchen sink. Ultimately the best sink is what suits your style of living. 

The new trend of black sinks is gaining in popularity as people are looking to have more colour in their kitchen.

5 Things You Need To Know When Choosing a Kitchen Sink

Do you prefer a drainer? If yes then the top mount sink is for you.

Are you having a stone benchtop? Then the undermount sink will look good with this benchtop.

Do you have large pots and pans? Then a double bowl sink is probably your preference so you have room to wash up.

The size of your benchtop? If you have a small benchtop then a small sink is your option.

How do you clean and wash your fruit and vegetables? Then maybe a double bowl sink is your preference.

If you are choosing a sink that matches your style and lifestyle then you shouldn’t go wrong. 

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