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Buying a sink: How to find the right sink

Buying a new sink for the kitchen sounds easy. But if you take a closer look, you will see that the kitchen studio now has an abundance of materials and shapes that are suitable for different needs. Below is an overview of the different models and what to consider when buying a sink.

Checklist for the new sink

The right decision for a suitable sink lays the foundation for relaxed work in the kitchen. In particular, the connection to the worktop and the purchase of small, convenient helpers (for example a strainer) should be thought through before buying a sink.

When choosing the size, shape and material of the sink, durability is more important than appearance and straightness The manageability of the maintenance can be a decisive purchase criterion be. So that you are well prepared for dealing with mountains of dishes and everyday kitchen work, we recommend comparing different models.

Comfort and ergonomics, these are two important aspects when buying a sink, which should be discussed in kitchen advice and which unfortunately are still given far too little attention. It's about the right size, the right material and, above all, the ergonomically correct placement in your new kitchen. A checklist for advice on correct flushing equipment should look like this:

  • Do you need one or two pools? With or without a drainer?
  • Which accessories should the sink have?
  • Where are the water connections in the kitchen?
  • Do right- or left-handed people use the kitchen?
  • Which form is available?
  • Which material and which color go best with the kitchen front? How easy does the sink have to be?
  • Which type of installation is preferred: surface-mounted, flush or substructure?
  • What should the sink base unit look like and what must be placed here?
  • Do you have a lot of large pots and appliances and therefore need an XXL sink?

The right sink: practicality before visual considerations

Modern kitchen sinks impress with their optics and sometimes strange shapes. However, the following applies here: sometimes less is more! Above all, pragmatic considerations and a critical look at the available space in the kitchen should be decisive for buying the sink. The optimal width of a sink cabinet should be 60 centimeters so that there is enough space for the basin plus a leftover basin. However, this does not automatically mean a width of 60 centimeters for your kitchen sink. Because whether you prefer two basins or one basin with a shelf, with or without a drainer in the middle, determines how wide your sink will actually be. The pools do not necessarily have to be the same size. A large and a smaller sink are also possible.

Sink right or left?

It would be ergonomically correct to arrange the alignment of the draining surface depending on how you grip it. The draining board to the left of the sink is recommended for right-handers. Reason: You hold the plate in your left hand and the brush for cleaning in your right hand. After cleaning, the plate can easily be placed on the draining surface to the left without having to change hands under the water jet.

The sink should be deep enough to wash large pots and pans in it. In order to create enough space for pleasant washing up, ask your kitchen planner about suitable accessories for your sink: insert sieves for washing vegetables, leftover bowls or soap dispensers keep your worktop clean and tidy.

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The kitchen professional advises: Don't make compromises!

Regardless of whether it is a question of shape, material, type of installation or accessories: do not compromise on the sink. Because the position and equipment of the kitchen sink are particularly decisive for your future kitchen comfort. Kitchen professional Ricarda Fleisch, owner of a kitchen studio in Öhringen that is qualified by kueche.de, emphasizes: “Skilful planning and ergonomic arrangement of the sink create a completely different kitchen feeling. Even small changes have a big effect! ”In the consultation, checklists are not only valuable support, a floor plan of the kitchen with existing connections also provides information about intelligent options for positioning the sink.

Overview of sink materials

Once you have decided on a shape and size, you now have to choose the material. The three top sellers for sinks in the kitchen are stainless steel, ceramic and granite. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of the materials as a small aid to decision-making:

Stainless steel sink

The classic in the kitchen is the built-in stainless steel sink. Easy to clean, heat and acid-resistant, shock-proof and rust-free - this is where the stainless steel sink scores. Because it goes well with other surfaces in the kitchen, it usually blends in seamlessly and looks timeless and modern. The stainless steel material also impresses most of the people with its comparatively low acquisition costs and ease of installation. In addition, the steel absorbs shocks well, which means that a plate won't break immediately if it is rudely placed in the sink. The kitchen sink made of stainless steel is usually found in a flush installation method. The flush sink impresses with its rimless transition from worktop to sink. This makes cleaning even easier. The small drawback of the stainless steel sink is its susceptibility to scratching. However, this varies depending on the thickness of the material. If you opt for a stronger sink variant, you will have to reckon with a little more costs, but you will get an almost indestructible sink.

Advantages and disadvantages of the stainless steel sink

advantages disadvantage
easy to clean, heat and acid resistant, shockproof and rustproof susceptible to scratches
fits in seamlessly and looks timeless and modern Fingerprints and water stains are quickly visible
low acquisition costs and easy installation  

Ceramic sink

We know ceramics from the bathroom sink, but nowadays we find it more and more often in the kitchen. Ceramic impresses with its robust surface and ease of care. The sealed surface of the ceramic basin withstands solar radiation without discoloration. The sink can be installed on top of the cabinet or as an undercounter sink. Ceramic sinks don't always have to be white, they can be selected in many different colors. The disadvantage of an overlying ceramic sink are the raised edges in which dirt can collect. The installation method is more complex. In addition, the ceramic sinks are more expensive and more prone to impact damage than, for example, stainless steel sinks.

Advantages and disadvantages of the ceramic sink

advantages disadvantage
robust, heat-resistant surface Installation is more complex
easy maintenance expensive
withstands sunlight without discoloration more prone to shock damage

Granite sink

The material used for granite sinks consists to a large extent of granite and an additional composite material such as acrylic. This preserves the rough stone surface and creates a pleasant look. The advantage of this kitchen sink is that, unlike stainless steel, it is not prone to scratches, but is in no way inferior in terms of ease of care. Thanks to the mix of materials, a wide range of colors is available, which are particularly effective in modern kitchens when they are installed as an undercounter sink. In this installation method, the sink is sunk a little and the worktop protrudes a little. This makes it easy to clean the worktop and there are no joints in which annoying food scraps can collect. The relatively high purchase price of a granite sink depends heavily on the shape and installation method. A simple sink shape reduces the price. Dirt can collect more quickly in the slightly rough granite sink. Lime scale accumulates on the surface, however, as household agents such as vinegar and specially developed cleaning products remove the deposits effortlessly.

Advantages and disadvantages of the granite sink

advantages disadvantage
not susceptible to scratches, long service life and particularly robust high purchase price
wide range of colors is available Soiling can accumulate more quickly in the rough surface
easy cleaning with recessed installation  

Carbon sink

Carbon owes its extraordinary properties, extreme strength combined with very low weight and virtually any formability to its composition. The main component of the composite are fibers made of pure carbon, the element that diamonds are made of. These are, usually in the form of woven mats, integrated into a so-called matrix made of plastic.
Carbon is mostly used where weight plays a special role. Because compared to components made of metal, those made of carbon are significantly lighter with the same load capacity. The combination of a noble look and impressive material properties makes carbon a perfect material even for contemporary designer kitchens. Complete fronts made of real carbon would be almost unaffordable, but the material is ideal for setting specific highlights in the design. When the supposedly no-alternative stainless steel sink is then replaced by a model made from one of the most modern materials such as carbon, it automatically attracts the eye in the kitchen. So if your kitchen is not only to be practical, but also to exude elegance, luxury and, if you like, a little extravagance, then you are well advised to choose a kitchen sink made of carbon.

Advantages and disadvantages of the carbon sink

advantages disadvantage
very easy High acquisition costs
extremely strong and resilient Repairs are not possible

Sink with lotus effect - and the dirt simply rolls off

In the kitchen in particular, careful and hygienic handling of the equipment is paramount, because the surfaces come into direct contact with (raw) food. You should also regularly - if necessary several times a day, after each preparation of food - thoroughly clean the sink and surfaces. This is the only way that stubborn dirt and, above all, dangerous germs have no chance. You should therefore opt for an insensitive, durable and easy-care surface for the kitchen sink. The investment is worthwhile, because you save time and energy and you can even do without expensive cleaning agents. A real innovation is the use of nano-sealed surfaces on sinks, which make use of the so-called "lotus effect".

A brief explanation of the lotus effect

The lotus effect is the almost trace-free roll-off of water and other liquids on specially sealed surfaces. The model for this technique is the leaf of the lotus flower, which due to its special structure directs the rainwater almost completely into the middle of the leaf, where it can be used as best as possible by the plant. An additional plus point: dirt particles on the surface are taken away immediately.

Surfaces with a self-cleaning effect that have been specially developed for living spaces make use of this principle. They have long been popular in the bathroom, for example: With shower cubicles with nano-sealing you can give yourself the annoying dry wiping after showering, stubborn limescale deposits do not even develop and regular cleaning is quicker and easier. And the innovative material also saves a lot of time and effort in the kitchen, namely as an easy-care surface for your sink.

Various manufacturers offer sinks that are equipped with a nanoseal. The Schock company, for example, sells granite kitchen sinks under the brand name "Cristadur", which impress with their extremely smooth surface, excellent cleaning effect and high resistance to scratches and dirt. The sinks are odorless, heat-resistant, food-safe, impact- and color-resistant and, according to the manufacturer, even offer an antibacterial protective layer.

At Villeroy & Boch, they trust the innovative ceramic refinement with “CeramicPlus”. According to the manufacturer, this has the decisive advantage that liquids immediately combine from drops to pearls on contact and roll into the spout. Lime and dirt can hardly adhere to the surface, they are - as with the lotus leaf - dissolved and washed away. Aggressive, abrasive and environmentally harmful cleaners are a thing of the past. Ceramic is tasteless and odorless, heat and cold resistant, shock, impact and scratch resistant and easy to clean.

Which sink shape is best for your kitchen?

The classic basins as a square or rectangle offer enough space to easily clean large pots and baking trays. Round and oval sinks or corner sinks are very suitable for the small kitchen. A built-in sink without any shelf is no longer uncommon in single kitchens. In addition, this solution looks particularly modern and elegant. But if you regularly cook for several people, you should take advantage of the convenience that a generous draining surface offers. The same applies if there is no dishwasher in the household. Then the built-in sink can't be big enough.

Of course, when deciding on the shape of the sink, visual aspects play a role. A decorative sink can be a beautiful eye-catcher and visually enhance the entire kitchen. Those who prefer clear lines and a puristic design will probably prefer a rectangular or square shape. Round or oval sinks look more playful and go very well in country kitchens. Kidney-shaped models are also available from various retailers and give the kitchen an individual touch. They are also suitable - as are the trapezoidal models - when the sink is placed in the corner of the kitchen. In this way, small rooms in particular can be optimally used.

The color choice: classic or colorful?

Shimmering silver stainless steel: Such sinks used to be found in almost every kitchen. Other colors were rare. Nowadays, on the other hand, you see black, gray or even colored pools more and more frequently. In contrast to stainless steel sinks, ceramic and granite sinks can be produced in a wide range of colors, so you are spoiled for choice when buying a sink: Do I want to keep it tone on tone or set a colored accent? As a general rule, the color of the sink is a matter of taste.The kitchen planner will give you a few suggestions to make it fit and harmonize well with the rest of the kitchen.

Replacing the sink: is it possible?

If your sink has been damaged, it can and should be replaced. Otherwise, long-term damage to the sink base unit could result if water seeps through the basin and damages the wood. When replacing the built-in sink, it is important that the new sink is at least as large or larger than the previous model so that it fits into the cutout hole. If you want a smaller sink, the entire worktop has to be replaced, which entails higher costs than replacing a sink of the same size. Our kitchen professionals will be happy to advise you and work with you to find out which sink is best for your kitchen and your needs.

Common questions about the sink

The most popular is stainless steel because it goes well with all other materials, is easy to care for, heat and acid resistant, shockproof and rustproof. Alternatives are ceramic, granite and carbon. These are more expensive to buy, but give the kitchen an exclusive touch.

When placing the sink, the so-called working triangle should be taken into account. It marks the three areas of storage, rinsing and cooking. Walking distances between these areas that are too long make working in the kitchen more difficult. The kitchen sink and dishwasher are ideally placed next to each other. The cupboards in which dishes are stored should also not be far from the sink. The draining board should be on the left for right-handers and on the right of the basin for left-handers. If the sink should (or must) be placed in front of the window, retractable front window fittings are recommended.

The standard size for sink cabinets is 60 cm. Whether you use this area for a large basin or for two small ones or one with a drainer depends on your usage habits. If you often wash baking trays or large pots, you should opt for a basin that is as spacious as possible.

For ergonomic reasons, the bottom of the sink should be about 15 cm above the normal working height. Otherwise a hunched posture would have to be assumed when washing up. And of course the sink has to be deep enough to be able to clean large dishes in it.

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