A sink is an integral part of your new kitchen. And choosing the right sink can be difficult because there are an awful lot of options out there. Today we're talking about what you need to consider when going for a new kitchen sink, so that you can make a great decision.
Traditionally, modern sinks are made out of stainless steel. This is a good combination of light weight, affordability and durability. Cast iron sinks are another popular choice, though the enamel can be easily chipped, and the weight of cast iron means that installation is not possible for all kitchens. Cast acrylic is a very affordable option, but it's worth remembering that you won't get the same durability with acrylic that you will with stainless steel. Finally, composite sinks are another option. The quality of these sinks varies depending on how much granite is used in the composite material; more granite means more durability, but also more weight.
Next, you'll have to think about the bowl configuration of your sink. There are plenty of options here, from single bowl sinks, to double bowls, or draining board and bowl combinations. Your choice really depends on how you use your sink, so think carefully about your washing up habits while deciding the best configuration for you.
Generally sinks are either drop in or under mounted. Drop in is best for lighter weight materials, whilst heavier materials such as cast iron usually need to be mounted from underneath to support their weight. The installation method you choose will depend on what kind of sink material you choose, as well as the material your kitchen surfaces are made of. If in doubt, it's best to consult a kitchen fitter to make sure that your sink is installed in the correct fashion.