How do I choose the right sink?

Jul 23, 2018 | News

We often see customers begin to lose their way when it comes to choosing a sink.  Understanding how you want to use your sink is the first step towards making sure your choose the right option for you.  In this blog we look at some of the key factors to be considered when choosing your ideal sink.

Sink Types

There are three types of sink.  Your choice will be guided by the style of your kitchen along with your choice of work top.

Inset Sinks

An inset sink fits into a hole cut out of your worktop.  The lip of the sink then sits on top of your worktop.  This type of sink is the most common, can be used with all types of worktop and comes in a diverse range of finishes, styles and colours.

Undermount Sinks

As suggested by the name, an undermount sink does just that and sits underneath your worktop.  This type of sink can not be used with a laminate worktop.  They can however be used with solid worktops such as wood, granite, ceramic, quartz, resin etc.  Whilst this type of sink can be used with wood, this is not something we would personally recommend as the close combination of wood and water will ultimately see your worktop deteriorate more quickly than it would normally.

Belfast Sink

The Belfast sink is seen very much as a traditional sink choice.  They can be freestanding or mounted on a base unit.

How many bowls?

How many bowls you have in your sink along with their size will be very much determined by the size of your sink unit and what you want to use your sink for.  For example, if you have a dishwasher and intend to use your sink to only clean large items such as pots, pans, oven racks etc then a single bowl will work to give you maximum bowl space.  If you like to use your sink for every day washing up and living then a 1.5 bowl will give you that much needed added flexibility.  Space permitting a double bowl sink works to cover all eventualities.



Finally, unless you have opted for a Belfast sink which will be ceramic, the material your sink is made out of will largely be determined by the style of your kitchen combined with your personal preference.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel is the most common material choice for a sink hence the diverse range of style choice.  When combined with the right style choice stainless steel can deliver a sink which is stunningly sleek and contemporary.

On the downside stainless steel is prone to scratching and this should be factored into your expectations as you begin to use your sink.  Whilst prone to scratching stainless steel is highly resistant to staining, rust and corrosion.

It is important to note that the quality of stainless steel sinks varies considerably.  A general rule of thumb is to buy into a trusted brand and remember that you will very much get what you pay for.


Ceramic sinks can be as modern or traditional as your design and taste dictates; from undermount to inset to Belfast.  Ceramic sinks are now available in a limited colour range but are least there are more choices now other than white if you know where to look.  Hardwearing and easy to clean ceramic is a great choice for your kitchen sink.

Ceramic sinks are delicate in transit and where you opt for an inset ceramic sink you will need to be mindful of not chipping those exposed edges.


Different manufacturers call their composite range of sinks different names and boast different qualities from them being chip resistant through to them being more hygienic than stainless steel and ceramic.  In all instances this choice of material is manmade and offers a practical alternative to ceramic and stainless steel removing the fear of scratching and chipping whilst delivering several colour options to complement you kitchen design.

As with stainless steel, be warned, quality can vary, so stick to trusted brands and be prepared to invest in your sink as it will be worth it in the long run.

For inspiration please go to the recent project page of our website.  You will notice from our projects that our customers predominately opt for solid worktops with undermount ceramic sinks.  This options caters for the modern and the traditional kitchen choice whilst delivering a kitchen that will stand the test of time.

All products shown in this blog are made by Franke and all images have been supplied by Franke.