Kitchen Sink Materials: Discover the Pros and Cons of Stainless Steel, Granite, and More

When choosing a kitchen sink material, consider your budget, aesthetic preferences, maintenance requirements and how you plan to use the sink. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s essential to prioritise what factors are most important to you and your kitchen’s needs.

Stainless Steel

The most traditional laundry sink material is stainless steel. The significant benefit of Stainless Steel is its durability. It is stain-resistant, they do not crack, chip or peel. Cleaning is also a breeze with most stains coming off with warm soapy water. If you use your sink often then a stainless option is the best choice. 

Although stainless steel is durable, it can develop scratches over time. It is important to ensure that it is cleaned regularly using warm soapy water. Abey also provides cleaning kits for its stainless steel ranges that maintain the lustre of your sink.

A stainless steel sink can be mounted in a variety of ways. Inset mounting into a benchtop so the rim can be seen is the most popular option. However, for a more modern look, undermounting or flush mounting them to the benchtop can also be achieved with many models. 

Stainless steel sinks are easy to install as they are lightweight. This also helps them to be cheaper to install and purchase. This also helps if you need to retrofit into an existing spot as stainless steel sinks come in a variety of sizes.

Stainless steel sinks can be noisy during wash up. It is important to choose a sink that is manufactured from quality stainless steels and are manufactured to last. Another consideration is to ask what the thickness is of the stainless steel. Thin steel can compromise the quality of your sink.

Being able to be moulded easy during production, Abey has stainless steel sinks available in a variety of shapes from traditional round designs through the modern square shape. Being able to be made in a variety of bowl configurations, there is a large variety of sinks in these ranges. 

Fireclay (Ceramic)

Abey’s Chambord French Provincial sinks are the perfect kitchen product as their fireclay material is easy to clean, insensitive to temperature and perfectly hygienic. Manufactured in Europe, the range consists of a variety of sizes as well as designs to compliment the farmhouse inspired look. 

One of the advantages of this range is the deep and ample sized bowls. This makes it easier for soaking or cleaning large items. However, they do take up a considerable amount of space and due to their size, the cabinet needs to support them underneath. So, it is important to plan out your room if you want to go with a fireclay option. 

Fireclay (Ceramic) sinks do need to be treated well. They can chip or crack if they aren’t treated right. It is also important to ensure they are cleaned correctly after use and to follow the care and maintenance instructions that come with the product. 


In 1979, Schock, invented the first ever quartz composite granite kitchen sink. Decades later, Schock is still innovating and using near indestructible premium materials to make life around the kitchen sink better and more colourful from their factory in Germany.

Schock’s attractive, modern kitchen sinks are available in a range of sizes and shapes. Schock is one of the world’s few kitchen sink manufacturers who stock sinks in a wide range of tones, from grey to matte black. 

Granite sinks cost more than stainless steel options. They are heavier and therefore might take longer and could cost more to install. It is also important to treat granite sinks with care. They will require more up-keep and cleaning than other options.


The warranty of your sink should be a consideration in the purchase of your product. 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 stake the reputation of the business on the quality products that its Abey sink warranty vary depending on the material of choice.

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