Kitchen sinks buying guide

Your kitchen sink is undoubtedly something you’ll use every day, therefore it’s a detail you want to get right. There’s more to it than choosing a design style, you also need to think about what material your kitchen sink will be made from – you’ll be living with your decision for years.

Stainless steel sinks are easy to clean, don’t chip or crack and look great for years if properly cared for. All you need to remember is not to let sharp objects scrape the inside of the bowl.

It’s the real quartz added during manufacture that gives composite sinks their incredible strength and durability. They withstand very high temperatures – and are almost impossible to scratch

Handcrafted and baked in fireclay, ceramic sinks are silky to the touch and wipe down easily after use without staining. You just need to take care when placing heavier objects on them.

The surround is made from stunning toughened glass, while the bowl is an inset of stainless steel – combining beauty and practicality, and giving you something different from the norm.


If your kitchen sink needs are simple, a single bowl is the way to go. The type with a draining board attached is suitable for surface mounting only.

An extra half sink beside your main bowl is very practical – for washing vegetable, rinsing dishes or adapted to cope with waste disposal. Again, the product type shown here can only be surface mounted.

Compatible with all worktops except laminate (you can’t adequately seal the worktop’s cut edges), the Belfast – or Butler – sink has become increasingly popular in all styles of kitchen