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Buy the right sink

The once-humble kitchen sink is now a designer item and makes an important contribution to the look of your kitchen. But the sink is also a hard-working utility so, above all, it must be practical and function in harmony with your needs and lifestyle.

Choose the sink that is best for you with our helpful guide:

Size matters

If you are a keen cook, coping with large vessels or catering for a multitude of family and friends, you may need a larger sink to take the big pots, pans and trays. And do not forget to measure your largest pan before sink shopping.

Two sinks are better than one

Whether you are home alone or entertaining vast numbers, if dirty dishes are soaking in the sink, it is very handy to have a second one, however small, for food preparation, draining pans or washing hands. The popular one and a half bowl sink, which fits into the same unit as a traditional sink and drainer, is great when space is limited, but beware of having a smaller main sink. Remember that two sinks do not have to be situated together an extra one could be placed next to the gas stove, or on an island unit.

Go with the flow

Sink, stove and fridge should be positioned within easy reach of each other, forming the ergonomic golden triangle to ensure that your kitchen flows well. The sink does not have to be under the window. Make sure that the sink will be at a comfortable height for you, bearing its depth in mind. If you have a dishwasher, you probably spend relatively little time at the sink, so give your main food preparation area the best light and views. 

Materials

Stainless steel, traditional ceramic fireclay, and composite materials, such as reconstituted granite, are equally practical provided. Buy a good quality sink and follow the manufacturers’ care advice. Price, kitchen style and personal preference will probably determine your choice.