What Kitchen Sink is Right for Me?

Square or round edges?

All Zen hand-made stainless steel sinks are formed with either bent square edges or rolled round internal edges. Round edges do make it easier to clean and allows for better water flow. Some prefer the slick modern look of the square sinks whereas others prefer the smooth rounded edges. Your call!

All our Buildmat Kitchen sinks are Round edges because it is so much easier to clean

Undermount or overmount?

The benefit of having your kitchen sink undermount is that the sink lip is disguised and bench scraps can be pushed straight in rather than get caught on the lip. This makes it easier to clean. Again, in terms of aesthetics it’s personal. All Zen kitchen sinks can be installed as overmount or undermount.

1.0mm or 1.2mm or 1.5mm thick steel?

Hand-made stainless steel sinks in Australia generally come in 19 gauge (1.0mm thick) or 18 gauge (1.2mm thick) stainless steel. If you plan on using your sink a lot, the 1.2mm is considered a more durable sink but it is also more expensive. BuildMat would not recommend any sinks less than 1.0mm thick as they are prone to long-term wear a lot easier and sooner.

Accessories

If you are getting a kitchen sink, it always pays to get one that comes with some decent accessories such as an insert chopping board, roll mat, dish drying rack, drainer and colander. Especially if you are tight with space, custom sized kitchen accessories can save valuable bench space in the kitchen!

SS304 or SS316

Stainless steel 304 is the grade of steel required for food preparation and the most common grade used for domestic sinks. For hospital use or for use in external areas subject to high salt and acidic content, use the SS316 which is the marine grade stainless steel.

Do I need sound pads?

Yes! When you get your sink, flip it upside down and ensure it has;

a) at least 1 sound absorbing pad on each external face including the bottom where the drain is; and

b) a painted coating applied to all areas of the external face that prevent condensation on the underside of the sink.

Buy from a trusted seller

You want a sink from a reputable seller that provides support and warranty. You also want someone who knows what they are talking about when it comes to the right sink for you – not just some out of the garage operation! Ask your buyer for technical detail drawings, assembly instructions and product specification to make sure they are the real deal.

What are the best kitchen sinks?

Kitchen sinks are such an important part of your kitchen as it sits along your countertop, the best type of kitchen sink is one that aesthetically suits your house's theme as well as being highly functional. The best example of this is an Undermount Stainless Steel Double Bowl Sink. the reason for stainless steel is that it is always neutral and timeless, it doesn't stand out too much and avoids being the centrepiece of the kitchen which could end up becoming dated and require replacing.

Why would you choose Stainless Steel?

At Buildmat we would recommend choosing a stainless steel sink over something like cast iron, granite sink or even farmhouse sink. These are popular when trying to match a theme or popular in other countries, but let's talk about the disadvantages.

- Farmhouse sinks have an apron at the front of it, some think that this is appealing, but they don't realise it cuts out a large section of your cabinetry as well as your countertop which would eventually stick out like a sore thumb.

- Cast Iron sinks are made with a durable iron alloy and is covered with porcelain enamel. because of this enamel what could happen is that it could chip or wear away, these sinks are generally thicker which would mean that it would have to sit as a topmount rather than an undermount sink, fireclay sinks are very similar but more durable but end up being fairly heavy and expensive.

- Granite sinks are fairly trend and can be considered to be more heavy-duty, one of the flaws of them are that they are extremely expensive and they are not friendly to glasses falling over, as there are so solid the slightest impact with a plate or glass or champagne flute could

About BuildMat

BuildMat knows building materials and source products from around the globe and around the corner. See our range of kitchen sinks by clicking on any of the photos. We hope this Buyer’s Guide has been helpful in your selection of kitchen sinks.