The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Perfect Sink

It would seem that choosing a sink is a very simple decision. The only information we need is the size of the cabinet and basic dimensions of the sink and its colour. But practice shows otherwise. There are many practical and visual factors that can make your sink fail to meet your expectations, and washing up will become your anguish just a few days after the renovation.

So what do you have to be careful with in order not to make a mistake when buying? What sink will make your daily duties easier every day?

We have created this guide to introduce you to a number of factors concerning the appearance, functionality and location of your sink to help you choose the perfect sink for you and your dream kitchen step by step.

From this guide you will learn:

  • How to choose the right color of the sink (and what water hardness has to do with it)
  • How to choose and install a sink and a faucet so that the washing up is comfortable and your back does not hurt
  • 5 places where it is better not to install the sink
  • In what cases the sink will not fit the cabinet it was made for
  • What countertop material to choose?
  • What is a small bowl in a 1.5-bowl sink for?
  • Holes in a granite sink – what is the big deal?
  • What are the differences between European and American sinks?

Let’s now answer these questions.

How to choose the right color of the sink
(and what water hardness has to do with it)

Now that you have chosen the material and shape of the sink, it’s time to think about its color.

But first let’s talk about … water hardness.

The thing is that the harder the water, the more calcium it contains. And when it settles in the sink’s bowl and dries it leaves stains.

If this is the case in your place, and you don’t feel like wiping the sink with a cloth every time after doing the dishes, it’s best to choose a light-colored sink.

What color exactly?

The best and the most convenient way to choose the right color of the kitchen sink is to order its color samples.

This method gives much better results than choosing the color of the sink in a physical store or on a computer screen.

Why?

Because lighting conditions and kitchen colors directly affect the presentation of
colors.

For this reason, the color of the same sink will look different in the store, different
on the screen and different in your kitchen.

Ordering samples will allow you to check how a color will look in your own kitchen –
in the surrounding a sink will stay in for years to come.

Did you know that we send FREE color samples? If you order them today, within a week you will receive 2” x 2” samples of your choice made of the same granite from which we manufacture our sinks.

How to choose and install a sink and a
faucet so that the washing up is comfortable
and your back does not hurt.

Now that you know what material and color your sink will be made of let’s focus on
making sure that doing the dishes in your new sink is pleasure and not a trouble!

The basic rule is simple – the more you lean the worse for your back.

This, in turn, depends on:

  1. The height of the kitchen counter in which the sink is mounted
  2. The depth of the bowl
  3. How far the faucet is installed and what its range is – and hence whether the
    water stream will be within the reach of the person doing the dishes
  4. How far the bowl is from the person doing the dishes
  5. How far the nozzle of the liquid dispenser is (Things like the number of bowls or whether it has a side drainboard is irrelevant
    and it’s up to your personal preference)

In order not to lean to take dirty dishes from the sink’s bowl:

  1. the countertop where the sink is installed, needs to be adjusted to your height
    and what you are comfortable with. Don’t worry with industry standards – they
    haven’t changed in years and are way off what is comfortable for most people
    today
  2. the depth of the sink bowl – the more shallow the better!

In order not to slouch during the washing up, it is necessary to ensure that:

  1. The front wall of the sink’s bowl is as close as possible to you – farmhouse sinks
    with protruded apron are the best option – the sink can’t get any close to you
    than that
  2. The stream of water coming out from the faucet is within your reach when you
    stand upright – choose a faucet with long reach to make sure that water comes
    out right above your hands. (Tip. for large sinks, you might need to need to
    install the faucet next to the sink, not behind it)
  3. Your washing liquid dispenser is within your reach – sometimes it is better not
    to have a liquid dispenser installed in the countertop behind the sink. If you opt
    for a large sink than the nozzle of the liquid dispenser will be far from you and
    you will have to bend constantly

Psst. Our tool for comparing sink sizes will help you choose the right size of sink and match it to your cabinet. Check it out now.

5 places where it is better not to install the
sink

Now that you have chosen the material, features and color of the sink, let’s talk
about several main rules for choosing a place to install a sink in the kitchen.

  1. Do not install the sink in the middle of the path “fridge – countertop – cooker”.
    When you prepare a meal, you usually move between the fridge, the counter
    on which you cut and mix products and the cooker. If you install a sink between
    these elements, then whenever someone is washing the dishes, they will
    interrupt you in the preparation of the meal.
  2. Do not install the sink directly next to the induction hob – dirty water and
    splashing liquid may get into the cooked dishes during washing up.
  3. Do not install the sink with the bowl in the immediate vicinity of the fridge or
    wall – doing the dishes is uncomfortable when the fridge or wall is blocking
    your movements.
  4. Do not install the sink under a low hanging cabinet – it makes it difficult to wash
    up and obstructs the view when for tall people.
  5. Do not install the sink in front of the window – you won’t be able to
    conveniently place the cupboard with cups above the sink, the faucet won’t let you open the window and you will often have stains on the window.

In what cases the sink will not fit the cabinet it was made for

Now I advise you to focus!

Sink not fitting the cabinet is the most common problem for those who bought the sink hastily!
I will not forgive myself if you make this mistake after reading my guide;)
Imagine a situation where you have a 24” cabinet, you buy a sink that, according to
the seller, fits it, then you try it and… it doesn’t!

This is often the case when you buy a sink with a side drainboard and an accessory
installed directly in that drainboard (like a liquid dispenser, for example).

Why?

The minimum cabinet width in product descriptions refers to the sink installed only
with the faucet. If you add any accessory, it obviously will take more space and
require wider cabinet.

If you want to know how much space will a sink need in the countertop please refer to our sink size comparison tool.

What countertop material to choose?

Stone, granite and composite will be good for both undermount and drop in sinks.
Undermount sinks generally shouldn’t be installed under tops made of laminated
chipboard due to the difficulty of providing proper protection for the edges of
laminated countertop against water.

Wooden countertops, despite having beautiful looks, will also not be good choices in
most kitchens.

They are not very resistant to long-term effects of water so they require
impregnation. Only oak and teak wood, which are more resistant, are an exception.
However, even if you have a countertop made of such wood and carry out regular
impregnations, you should remember to constantly wipe off stains so that the wood
does not swell and deform over the years.

For this reason, we recommend a wooden countertop only to people who use the
kitchen occasionally and wash the dishes in the dishwasher.

What is a small bowl in a 1.5-bowl sink for?

A small bowl in 1.5-bowl sinks can be used in many ways. Most often it is used for
thawing meat, washing fruit and vegetables or cutlery. However, sometimes it is also
used as a place to soak e.g. dried cutlery before washing properly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holes in a granite sink – what is the big deal?

If you decide to purchase a granite sink you will see that some manufacturers sell
them:

  1. With holes made to order (like we do)
  2. With pre-made places where holes can be punched and sanded
  3. With no holes – in which case they must be made with a special drill bit

For obvious reasons, punching a hole is not an ideal solution – it can sometimes
result in chipping the edge of the hole, which cannot be compensated for by sanding.

Such a defect is almost always not covered by the warranty.

Drilling a hole in a sink requires a special drill bit, skill and time and is better left to
professionals. Fitters with no experience sometimes refuse to make holes because
they don’t want to take responsibility for any damage to the sink.

Only purchasing sinks with ready made holes to order gives you 100% certainty that you won’t lose time and money.

What are the differences between European
and American sinks?

Our company manufactures and sells sinks on European markets and in the USA.
European models differ from American ones in 4 ways:

  1. They are shallower – the difference is usually around 1”.
  2. They have holes in the back walls of the sink bowls that protect them from
    overflow. This hole is connected to a water drain pipe.
  3. They are often equipped with a knob next to the sink bowl. This knob allows to
    open or close the water drain from the sink without putting hands into dirty
    water. However, it cannot be used with garbage disposals.
  4. They are most often equipped with side drainers to put hot pots on.

Summary

Selection and installation of the sink requires basic knowledge of carpentry and hydraulics. No wonder that this is one of the most difficult elements when renovating the kitchen. However, it is enough to know a few key factors to choose a sink that will not only please your eye, but also relieve you of your everyday kitchen duties.

We hope that now, after you have read our tips, choosing a sink will be much easier for you.