Material choices: the kitchen sink

In Kitchen Sinks by dawn

When it comes to choosing a new kitchen sink it is wise to find out as much as you can about the material from which it is made. The sink may look elegant and stylish, but if it is of poor quality, it will soon tarnish, stain and chip and will be a focal point in your kitchen for all the wrong reasons.

Stainless steel is a popular choice because it is relatively light compared to the weight of other materials and it does not stain, hence the name. It is very easy to keep clean with no seams or joins to gather dirt, and is very quickly restored to a beautiful shine with gentle rubbing from a soft cloth. Be sure to check the gauge of the steel; the lower the number is then the thicker and heavier the steel. Avoid sinks with a higher gauge than 18 as the steel is very thin with the potential to dent or scratch easily.

Composite solid surface sinks are made from polyester or acrylic making them much lighter than composite stone or stainless steel sinks and also cheaper. They require care and can scratch or chip more easily than the other two materials. However a wide range of accessories such as sink racks can mitigate this effect.

Composite stone sinks are made from a mix of granite or quartz with acrylic. This results in an extremely stylish, durable, heat resistant and scratch resistant item, with a wide variety of colour available in a matte finish. Astracast sinks are a particularly good example of these kinds of material and come with a quality range of Astracast taps too.