How to choose the right Kitchen Sink


Choosing the right kitchen sink for your home isn’t just about choosing a sink that will fit your space, but you need to consider how the sink will be used and your budget. Let us take you through the main things to consider when choosing the right kitchen sink.

Choosing the right material

When choosing the right kitchen sink for your home, it’s important to consider what material will be best suited. From both a style and practicality perspective, certain kitchen sink materials may be more suited than others. Here’s a list of different kitchen sink materials and their features.

Granite Sinks

Schock invented the granite sink in 1979 in Germany, where they are still manufactured. Schock sinks are available in two different quartz material styles in an attractive range of colour finishes:

1. Cristadur has a unique silky-smooth finish and allows for the waste kits to be accessorised to match tapware choice.

2. Cristalite sinks have a more textured feel to the surface.

Both designs are suited for a modern design kitchen.

Fireclay Sinks (Ceramic)

Chambord are an authentic French craft house that manufactures traditional, hand-finished fireclay (ceramic) sinks. For the classic styled kitchen, Chambord kitchen sinks are the perfect kitchen product as they are easy to clean, insensitive to temperature and perfectly hygienic. 

Stainless Steel Sinks

We have a selection of stainless steel sinks to suit any design and installation requirement. Our Abey Collection stainless steel sink options, including:

● 304 or 316 grade steel in metallic, brushed or satin finishes.

● 316 Marine Grade steel is weather resistant and ideal for alfresco settings.

● PVD ‘Physical Vapor Deposition’ coloured stainless-steel sinks are available in
three different colours: Artisan Copper, Eureka Gold and Black Pearl in our Piazza Collection.

Choosing the right installation type:

When installing a sink, there are three types of installations to consider. Depending on the bench space you have available, you might need to stick with one option over another.

1. Inset sink 

Insert sink options can be used for all countertop options, including laminate. This involves the sink being inserted into the benchtop so the rim of the sink can be seen. Edge options include:

● Rolled edge, found in more traditional sinks.

● Laser edge, found in more contemporary sinks. 

2. Undermount sink

Undermount sinks are an option that involves the sink being installed under the bench. This option is deal for stone countertop options. It also makes it easier to wipe messes directly into the sink and offers more counter space than other options.  

3. Flushmount sink

Flushmount sinks options are ideal for stone countertop options and offer a seamless join between the stone and steel of the sink. 

Bowl Depth and Drainer Configuration

As the depth of the bowl as well as the drainer configuration does differ between most models, it is important to consider a few important variables:

● What size is your oven? Do you need a larger bowl size to fit baking trays in?

● What is the joinery cabinet? You will need a bowl which fits into this space

● What is the depth of the countertop? You will need a bowl which fits into this space.

Bowl depths vary depending on design and manufacturing process and range between 125mm to 250mm. Fabricated stainless-steel sinks generally have deeper bowls with a minimum 1mm steel thickness. 

Drainer model sinks have the option of either left or right-hand side, which is determined by the dishwasher location, kitchen layout or on consumer preference.

The Warranty of a Sink

The warranty of a kitchen sink should certainly be a consideration in your purchase of the product; however, it is strongly recommended that your product choice is from a reputable company with a strong emphasis on after-sales and service. Abey has a dedicated after-sales team and stakes the reputation of the business on the quality products that it delivers. Abey sink warranties vary depending on the material of choice. For up to date information on our warranties please visit

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