How to Choose the Perfect Sink for Your Kitchen

'Take everything but the kitchen sink!' The kitchen sink is too important for the kitchen. It is one of the most used items in the home. Choosing the right one can be stressful when you are buying a new kitchen or renovating an existing kitchen because there are so many different options available to you. Every one of them will work in your kitchen but you want the one that looks perfect and performs the best.

Below is our guide to help you find the perfect kitchen sink.

Sink configuration

Large single basin

Single basins are ideal for smaller kitchens. If you have enough space, consider installing a commercial-sized single basin which is trending in home design today. They are versatile because they use less space but can perform just as many functions because of their depth and size.

If benchtop space is a challenge, then stick with a standard but deeper sink with the dimensions of 510 x 450 x 250.

Double basins

Dual basins allow you to separate out multiple functions (prepping, washing, cleaning, and rinsing). A standard configuration is a 60/40 split (a single plus ¾ basin) which allows you to prep in the smaller basin and clean-up in the larger one. If you want a bigger main basin then choose a 70/30 split (a single plus ¼ basin). If you are aiming for symmetry and then the best option is to go for a 50/50 split, i.e. two single basins with the same measurements.

Industrial kitchens are trending. Dual basins come in larger measurements to help you acquire this look.

Multiple basins

If you are the lucky owner of lots of bench space then incorporating a small single basin with two larger ones will work very well in your kitchen. Position your garbage disposal under the smaller sink for extra hygiene.

Basin shape

Smooth, round-edged basins make cleaning easier and look modern. But if your kitchen design theme is minimalist then go for clean square edges to complement the look.

Built-in drain boards are useful if you do a fair bit of hand washing. The drain board is an excellent dish drainer and can also be used to dry fruits and vegetables after washing.

Sink material

Stainless steel is almost indestructible but looks modern. These sinks are also easy to clean and maintain. Choose hard wearing 304 stainless steel in matt/satin with a hairline brush finish to minimise scratching. A good stainless steel sink must have at least 18% each of chromium and nickel for anti-rust.

Composite sinks made from quartz or granite mixed with resin are tough and durable. They are non-porous and resistant to stains, scratches, chips and harsh cleaning liquids. They look like real stone and will complement any kitchen design. A classic black lends style to a European kitchen.

Choosing the perfect kitchen sink is so much easier if you arm yourself with some basic knowledge about sink configurations, shapes and materials. View our gallery for a complete range of sinks and their configurations.