Choosing the Perfect Sink for your Kitchen6 min read

The kitchen sink is one of the most used parts of the kitchen, so choosing one that is practical and perfect for your specific needs is key. The kitchen sink is known for washing our hands, rinsing the vegetables and clearing up afterwards. We use it every day and with that in mind, we need to make sure we choose the correct material and style that works for you as well as your kitchens décor.

A lot of homeowners centre their kitchen sinks as a feature in their hub of the home, where they are housed into the island, or opt for traditional farmhouse sinks to show off. There are so many styles, materials, sizes and shapes to choose from and we will look at them in this blog.

In this Letchworth home below it features the Caesarstone Buttermilk quartz that’s perfect for this style of kitchen. The sink our client opted for is a ceramic two basin one, where one side can be used for prepping and the other for washing up.

How to choose the perfect sink

A sink is something that you will have for many years to come and is one of the hardest worked areas of the kitchen. You want it to be able to complement your style and work in the perfect way to suit your family life.

Have you got a certain kitchen style like industrial, modern, traditional? What material are you thinking? Stainless steel, ceramic, glass?

Stainless steel

Stainless steel sinks are built to make an attractive piece in the kitchen. They are hard-wearing and can look great in a stylish, modern kitchen. Another great thing about them is that they are easy to clean and maintain and come in an array of sizes. Because of them being neutral in colour, they can look great in a black or silver themed kitchen and perfect for an industrial style.

Our client below in Hertford Heath opted for Azzurite granite to complete their kitchen. A two different sized basin in a stainless steel finish was selected by the client to provide a fully-functioning hub of the home.


Ceramic sinks are built to last and look great. They are an ideal traditional material that’s great for a beautiful farmhouse, country look. A white ceramic sink can add a source of brightness to the space and look wonderful next to a white or black styled quartz. Opting for a black sink will look great in a darker styled kitchen design and perfectly complements a lighter coloured kitchen, taking on a different approach. Ceramic sinks are easy to clean and are heat-resistant.


Composite sinks are combined with quartz dust and acrylic resin. They are tough and can handle anything. They bring a style to your kitchen which is different and beautiful, great for busy family life.


Resin sinks are perfect for those who are on a budget and wonderful for a modern kitchen. Made from a man-made material, they give a look of composite that is highly hard-wearing for daily tasks in the kitchen.


Sinks made from glass are unique and suit modern kitchen décors. They are a toughened material, great to clean, hygienic and perfect for a smaller kitchen.

Choosing how many basins

Large, single sink

Opting for a large, single sink is great to easily soak up vegetables or wash a big pan of them. Having one large sink can let you prepare for large quantities of food at ease and can make a beautiful feature in the hub of the home.

Two different sized basins

Choosing two different sized basins allows you to perform separate tasks like cleaning the dishes and prepping the food. You can choose a sink with a 40/60 size so that the larger size can be used to clean up and the smaller one to prep in.

Our client in Welwyn opted for the popular Carrara style quartz and a two different sized basin sink in a stainless steel finish. It allows our client to perform separate tasks and provides a great design statement in this grey kitchen.

Two same-sized basins

If you love symmetry then two basins of equal sizes are perfect for you and your kitchen style. This type of sink still allows you to perform separate tasks like cleaning, prepping, washing and rinsing.

Our client in Harpenden opted for the popular Carrara quartz to fit perfectly within their open-plan space. A two same-sized basin was selected in a ceramic finish and a farmhouse butler style.

Three basins

A sink with three basins can be used as a garbage disposal in one section and other sections being used for prepping and washing.

What type of sink?


With a farmhouse sink, they are full of a vintage vibe that will look great in a traditional country kitchen. They come complete with a large basin that has an attractive appearance and sits perfectly amongst shaker style cabinets.

Double farmhouse

A double farmhouse sink has all the benefits a double sink has to offer. There are two fairly sized separate basins or prepping and washing.

Rounded sides

A rounded sink is easier to clean but isn’t a great option if your style is sleek.

Built-in drainboard

A sink with a built-in drainboard is great for draining the dishes and drying the fruit and vegetables after they have been washed. Unfortunately, this type of sink does take up a lot of space on the worktops.

An under-mount sink

This type of sink creates a flow throughout the kitchen that sits beneath the countertop instead of sitting on top. There are a couple of different ways to choose how your under-mount sink will sit within your worktop.

  1. Expose the sink more to make a design statement
  2. Choose to conceal it from view and create a sleek surface

If your kitchen offers a sleek vibe, concealing your sink from view is a brilliant option to keep that style flowing and creating a minimalist kitchen with more space on the counter. The taps will sure to steal the show. If you have more of a traditional style kitchen, exposing a large, deep white bowl will look fabulous in a farmhouse kitchen, making it the ideal sink.

A stainless steel under-mount sink sits in amongst the beautiful Airy Concrete by Caesarstone, creating a minimalist kitchen with more space around it.

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