Advice №1: capacity of sink
It is necessary to take into account number of family members, time you plan to spend in the kitchen and dishes you are going to cook. The number of bowls and dishware used depends on these data. That is why it is important to decide on needed sink capacity.
Advice №2: area of the room and size of the sink
One more important factor in process of choosing a kitchen sink is the room’s area. In kitchenette a smaller sink will be more suitable whereas in large kitchens different variants are possible.
Number of sink bowls might reach up to five. The most popular sinks are one and a half bowl sinks and double bowl sinks. If there are more than three bowls you will need a mixer tap with flexible hose. Additional bowls are very convenient for washing vegetables, fruit, greenery and for defrosting food products.
Advice №3: shape of sink
Bowl shape is also considered an important factor while choosing a kitchen sink. They can go in rectangular, triangular (corner), square, oval and round shapes. The latter ones are believed to be the most capacious. Corner sinks are the valuable asset for small kitchens as it is space saving and convenient in use.
Advice №4: depth of sink
Depth of a sink is a very important aspect. In deep bowl you may place more dishware. Besides, water droplets will not splash your countertop. Please, mind that sink should not be too deep; otherwise, you will constantly need to bend and strain your muscles.
Advice №5: kitchen style
While choosing your sink it is necessary to keep in mind overall style of the kitchen. Classic variant will go well with models from ceramics or artificial stone (especially granite).
Modern style ideally matches stainless steel and composite stone. Metal sinks made of bronze or brass fit perfectly into antique styled kitchen.
Kitchen design: how to choose shape and number of kitchen sinks
Kitchen design: how to choose shape and number of kitchen sinks
Having chosen the material, which your sink will be made of, and method of its setting it is time to make up your mind on the number of sinks. It is not an idle inquiry since many people like minimalism and simplicity of lines of a single sink, however, it is wise to take utility into consideration. Peculiar likings in daily chores will help you decide on shape and number of bowls.
Before you make up your mind on how many bowls you want for the kitchen sink it is good to weigh all pros and contras. If there is a dishwasher in the house a single bowl sink would be enough. If several people in the kitchen often cook simultaneously, you will need double or triple bowl sink or standing alone sinks. Setting two or three sinks will cost more, the same is true for the methods of setting. However, sometimes depending on size, material and technical details setting one sink may cost more than setting two ones.
Single bowl sink
Single bowl sink
Single bowl sink
Many people choose one big and convenient sink for their kitchen that makes them quite happy despite cooking often, washing big pans or a lot of dishes, especially after family celebrations. A single bowl has one drawback – it is less practical. Those who mostly wash dishes by hands find it not very convenient to wash, rinse and stack every item in the same bowl. Single bowl sink is ideal for those who usually use a dishwashing machine.
Single bowl sink with inset draining board
Single bowl sink with inset draining board
Single bowl sink with inset draining board
Sink with inset draining board is a good idea making easier dishwashing by hand. Such a board is useful to leave dishes on it to let the water drain and dishes dry while draining the sink.
Two sinks set separately
Two sinks set separately
This is a kind of a hybrid when there are two sinks but they are separated. Two sinks provide more possibilities: your dishes are stacked in one sink whereas you can wash vegetables, hands, etc. in the other one. Setting of two sinks presupposes setting of an additional set of plumbing fixture.
Two separate sinks and an additional one
This is a good solution if your finances and kitchen space allow it. Its advantages are clearly seen if there are two people in the kitchen cooking at the same time – one washes and peels vegetables, the other washes dishes, in the third sink children or guests pour water and no one gets in the way of each other.
Double bowl sink
This is the most popular type of kitchen sink. Double bowl sink is suitable for people who wash dishes mostly by hands and who need an additional space for other simultaneous activities. For instance, one person washes the dishes and the other drains water from the cooked spaghetti.
There is one drawback, however. The size of a double sink is smaller than that of two separately set sinks and that means inconvenience while washing dishes of big size. Still there is a way out – you might want to settle double bowl sink with one bowl bigger in size and a smaller one. Some people complain that a smaller bowl is not very handy in use and it is better to have either two separate sinks or a sink with two bowls with bigger and deeper dimensions. If you are fine with the idea of a double bowl sink but wish the bowls to be bigger and deeper, it is best to choose sink with about one meter width. You will need enough space for its setting since you will also need an adequately sized stand for your sink.
Triple bowl sink
Having set such a sink it will be so easy to wash and rinse the dishes and have one free bowl for other manipulations. If you find space and money for such a sink you will not regret about it a single day. It will fit in a big spacious kitchen where several people can cook at the same time.
Each kitchen has essential elements as well as secondary ones. Of course, kitchen sink belongs to the first group and that means a very careful choice. You should choose the kitchen sink only after you have gained insight into all the variety of offered variants.
Type of sink installation into kitchen countertop is also important, as they can be inset and mounted.
If a kitchen sink is of mounted type of installation it is set on a cabinet instead of countertop. Such a type of installation is quite simple and cheap and is applied if kitchen furniture is not expensive and is assembled from panels. Disadvantage of such a method is that with time water gets into small gaps between the adjoining panels and that damages kitchen furniture.
Inset sink is installed into previously prepared cut of necessary dimensions and shape in the countertop. This work is not expensive and can be done on the house owner’s own. Moreover, tight adherence of the kitchen sink to the countertop makes it more hygienic. This method allows installation of a sink into any kind of countertop be it stone, wood, chipboard or artificial stone. All these facts make inset sinks the most popular ones.
One of the key criteria of kitchen sink choice is the material of production: steel, ceramics, stone (granite, marble, onyx), artificial stones (composite material).
Stainless steel kitchen sinks are resistant to food acids, mould fungi infesting, they are light and endure differential temperature well. However, steel sink will not bring emphasis to your kitchen interior and noise from falling water might irritate you, Yet, it is the most spread and economical kind of kitchen sinks.
Ceramic kitchen sinks are expensive. Their non-porous structure makes them hygienic and resistant to aggressive household chemicals. However, they are quite heavy, which complicates choice of kitchen furniture and sink installation. You should also keep in mind that ceramics is fragile. If dishware falls down into the sink it will damage it and be damaged itself. Nevertheless, ceramic kitchen sinks add a posh retro atmosphere to the kitchen.
Stone kitchen sinks are durable, environmental-friendly and attractive. They gain more and more popularity despite their high price. They are repairable as chippings and scratches may be ground. However, this material has number of drawbacks. Firstly, rock porosity makes a kitchen sink to be not very hygienic; secondly, pigmented matters (coffee, red beet) will leave marks, which will not be easy to remove as aggressive household chemicals might damage surface of the sink. Thirdly, granite sinks, just as ceramic ones, are heavy and it means that choice of kitchen set will be more difficult.
Artificial stone, as a material for kitchen sinks, combines advantages of the above-mentioned materials and has almost no drawbacks. Such sinks are resistant to mechanical damage as it is hard to break them or leave scratches; they are resistant to chemical damage from household chemicals and to thermal damage as they withstand heating up to 110°С and abrupt cooling up to 0°С, they do not fade in the sun. Non-porous surface of an artificial stone sink makes it hygienic, allows it to resist mould infesting and colouration by pigmented food products. Such sinks are light weighted, so you will have no restrictions in choosing kitchen furniture and countertop material in particular. The key advantage of artificial stone sinks is their reparability under production-line conditions. Such sinks do not cause damage to dishware, excellently absorb noise from water, they are environment-friendly and absolutely safe for health.
There are two subtypes of artificial stone sinks:
– kitchen sinks made from moulding artificial stone
– kitchen sinks made from artificial stone based on glass fibre.
Composite material for both moulding artificial stone and artificial stone based on glass fibre is a mixture of polyester resin and filler. Basic difference between these two lies in additional reinforcing layer of glass fibre in the latter, which gives the whole of construction additional durability.
While making a choice you have to decide on configuration of your kitchen sink. Its depth, according to experts, should be in frames of 160-200mm. If a kitchen sink is too deep, you will have to bend all the time and if it is shallow water droplets will spray everywhere.
Sinks with draining table are more comfortable, although in small kitchens it is better to install a sink without it since it will take up a large part of countertop.
There is no need to say that apart from technical details your kitchen sink should meet your aesthetic demands and create a unique atmosphere in your kitchen.
Which sink will fit well in your kitchen?
To understand what model of sink will best of all integrate into kitchen design let us make a list of demands to an ideal sink.
Kitchen sink should have enough capacity as we wash in it not only dishware but also cups, pans, frying and backing pans and other kitchen utensils. A good sink has to withstand high temperatures, accidental hits and impact of different kinds of household chemistry. Apart from that, it should be convenient in use and retain an excellent external appearance at minimum efforts.
Start looking for a sink only after you have decided on your kitchen style. If you stick to this advice, a new sink will harmoniously integrate into kitchen furniture, equipment and accessories. Take into account culinary habits of your family, such as how often you cook, what food products you use and the number of dishware you have to wash every day.
Think in advance about the shape of a mixer tap you want for the sink, what items you would store near the sink and whether you want water filter and garbage disposal installed
Kitchen sink dimensions and bowl depth
Choice of a kitchen sink involves not only personal preferences. If your kitchen is small you will probably have to let go the idea of capacious sink with two or three bowls. Corner sinks will become the best solution in such a case. Usually it consists of two rectangular bowls, which can be settled either on one line or angle wise. Such a sink looks space effective and allows you to use the corner for your own benefit.
Apart from kitchen sink size it is important to decide on depth of the bowl. It is not wise to choose a very deep one because you will need to bend all the time. Shallow sink is not good either as tall dishes might not fit it. Experts believe that optimum depth is 160-200mm; it makes a sink capacious enough and comfortable for a housemaker.
Shape of a kitchen sink
Kitchen sinks may be of various shapes, even bizarre ones. Modern materials let implement into life the boldest fantasies of designers together with expert’s advice on kitchen ergonomics. Classic sink, as a rule, is of rectangular shape. Quite often sinks are made with a round bowl, triangular ones are less often. It is convenience in use that influences choice of a shape. For instance, round shaped sinks equal on capacity with sinks of other shapes are more voluminous. Besides, you should also consider what shape will harmoniously fit kitchen interior adding to its style.
A good kitchen sink might have one, two or three bowls. It depends on your preference and budget which one to choose. High standard sink with one, two or three bowls will cost more than traditional one. Single bowl sinks are easier to take care of, however, it is less convenient to wash dishware food products in them. Double bowl sinks are more convenient and functional and therefore more popular. Triple bowl sink is a true working centre of the kitchen. As a rule, it has two big bowls and one small placed between them.
Choice of material for sink
Choice of material for kitchen sink mostly depends on the style of kitchen interior as well as desired characteristics of sink and your budget. Art modern kitchen style will require either stainless steel or composite materials. Metal, artificial stone or ceramic sink will look good either in strict classic style or kitchen in country style.
Modern kitchen mixer taps
Kitchen is one of the main sources of water consumption in the house, that is why choice of a mixer tap for the kitchen is a highly important affair. Comfort in the kitchen depends on the right choice of this item. While choosing the kitchen mixer, pay attention to its design and functionality. It is up to you to define your priorities. The mixer tap should match the style of the sink and entire kitchen interior. If the kitchen is decorated with ceramic granite tiling it is better to choose matted mixer taps. Light tiling demands shiny silver mixers. Golden mixers will be the best solution for tiling with yellow nuances. In recent years more and more of newer and perfect models of mixer taps appear, which offer the best solutions for modern kitchens. Nowadays the market offers a huge assortment of mixer taps in various shapes and colours, which complicates the process of choosing what it right for you. It is not easy to choose the model that would match your interior among numerous models of classical, retro and extravagant shapes.
First, decide on which type of mixer you need and then check if it has functions you require. If mixer spout is able to turn it is a very convenient feature, especially if you have a double bowl sink. Also pay attention to height of bib nozzle, as models with tall bib nozzle allow washing any dishes or pans without any problems. Mixers also differ in mechanism of water feed: there are lever, ball-valve and sensor mixer taps.
Lever mixer taps
Line of models of lever mixer taps includes various kinds beginning from simple and ending with the most extravagant ones. This type of mixer is very comfortable and practical – with a simple move of your hand you can change water temperature and jet pressure. Some models are extraordinary to such an extent that look more like a decoration as they may look like a dish made of stained glass, have lighting and an ingenious regulation located in the centre. In such a model water beautifully overflows edge of the dish and flows into the sink. Mixer taps with beautifully bent spout are also very beautiful and original and they allow easy washing of any kind of dishware.
Ball-valve mixer taps
Modern ball-valve mixer taps are still popular with customers nowadays. They are reliable, simple in use and cheap. Such mixer taps are good but cheaper models still go with rubber washer, which needs replacement quite often. However, models that are more expensive are furnished with ceramic valve, which is more durable and allows water flow at quarter turn of a tap. Internal design of a lever mixer tap is more complex than a ball-valve one and it is furnished with special cartridge helping to regulate water flow. Depending on model mixer taps may be equipped with two kinds of cartridges: flap or ball one. These mixers are considered more complicated in repair so to replace the cartridge you will need to seek help of a specialist. It is assumed that ball cartridges are more reliable and durable; they also let easily control water flow.
Sensor mixer taps
In many countries people have been using such mixers for quite a long time as they are convenient in use and economical. Water starts flowing the moment you place your hands under the tap. However, such mixers have one drawback: they must be plugged to the power line, otherwise they will not work. High price may also be viewed as a disadvantage but comfort the sensor mixer gives is worth it. Such mixer taps may have other functions helping to both save water and regulate water temperature as well. Devices filtering water may be added to them as well as infrared control system of water feed and touch switchboard. Mixers as these tur n to complex functional device making our everyday life easier.
Double bowl sink is very practical as you can do several things at the same time, such as wash dishes in one bowl and vegetables in the other. For a double bowl model it is wise to acquire mixer with extractable spout or with flexible extractable hose. This will simplify dishwashing process and will let pour water into containers outside the sink.
Ordinary classic sink
A single bowl sink is justifiably considered a classical one. Quite often it is installed under the window so you could see what is happening outside to make dishwashing not so boring.
Different places for sink installation
Island. If you are happy owner of a huge kitchen of an island type, you can install the sink on the island. It may be the only sink in the kitchen as well as a small one complimentary to the main sink.
Corner sink looks well as it “cuts” the right angle and makes the kitchen look less angular and more extravagant.
While buying mixer taps for kitchen, bathtub or shower pay attention to more than its design. Water consumption also depend on mixer design. You could achieve essential economy by using mixer tap with temperature regulation, sensor or simply with mixer nozzle.
Aerator for mixer taps (perlator)
While using mixer with aerators or perlators (mixer nozzles) you can essentially decrease water consumption at minimum cost. In the device water is mixed with air and as a consequence its consumption is reduced.
Mixer nozzles look like sieve with small cells that is attached to the end of a spout to let flowing water mix with air.
Use of aerator, as a rule, reduces water consumption up to 15% and there are some models reducing it up to 40-60%. There are aerators for mixer taps with internal and external threads.
While using such a nozzle you might find someday that water pressure decreased, it means you have to check the aerator’s state. To do it just unscrew it and clean. If the net is too clogged or damaged you may need to replace the aerator.
Mixers with temperature regulator
In this case saving is achieved due to other principle. A customer sets a desired temperature and since such mixers are furnished with a locker it makes impossible water flowing if the temperature is lower than the pre-set parameter. Due to mixers with temperature regulation, we save several litres of water and several minutes for waiting hot water to start running.
Sensor mixer taps
When using economical sensor mixer taps water flows from the tap only when we place our hands under it.
There are also mixer taps operated through electronic control panel, which regulates temperature and water consumption (from 2,5 up to 13 L/min). Pushing certain buttons allows the user to memorize pre-set modes.
Sensor mixer taps and remote controlled sensor mixer taps allow reduction of water consumption on more than 50%.
CHOOSING A CORNER SINK WISELY. SIZE DOES MATTER!
Unwisely chosen kitchen sink can turn creative cooking process into a real torture. Unfortunately, this is not an exaggeration because two-thirds of kitchen chores are connected with sink. The majority of homemakers confirm that corner sink is the most convenient variant for the kitchen.
Stylish, comfortable and functional kitchen sink – what is it like?
What an ideal kitchen sink should be like? Firstly, it should be capacious enough, as washing done in it not only includes dishes but also pans, frying pans and baking pans. Secondly, a good sink should be resistant to different household chemicals and hot water. Thirdly, it should be easy to take care of and look just as new at minimum efforts.
Choose corner kitchen sink only after you have made up your mind of furniture style as there are steel and enamel sinks, ceramic and faux marble ones. However, choice involves not only personal preferences. If you are the owner of a small kitchen you will probably have to let go the idea of capacious sink with two or three bowls. Corner sinks will become the best solution in such a case. Usually it consists of two rectangular bowls, which can be settled either on one line or angle wise. Such a sink looks space effective and allows you to use the corner for your own benefit.
Efficiency of a double sink is obvious: you can wash food products and soak dirty dishes simultaneously
Many people think the deeper the sink is the better as droplets will not reach the countertop. But if the bowl is too deep you will constantly have to bend and this is not really comfortable. Shallow sink is not good either as tall dishes might not fit it. Shallow bowls are good for the kitchen furnished with a dishwasher. Experts believe that optimum depth is 160-200mm; it makes a sink capacious enough and comfortable for a housemaker.
Due to ingenious designer solutions corner kitchen sinks become more and more comfortable and functional
Material for corner kitchen sinks
The most popular and eagerly sought variant is corner stainless steel sinks. They are universal, easy to take care of and come at affordable price. Ceramic sinks attract customers with their stylish design but discourage with higher price. Modern ceramic sinks are produced from refractory material (porcelain), resist scratches and look like new for a long time. Not so long ago sinks from composite material – Corian or silacryl – gained popularity. They are very durable and environment-friendly and beautiful in design.
While choosing your sink, consider kitchen style. Metal, artificial stone or ceramic sink will be the best variant for classic style or kitchen in country style. Art modern kitchen style will require either stainless steel or composite materials.
Carefully designed shape of a corner sink allows efficient use of surrounding space
KITCHEN SINKS: TYPES OF INSTALLATION
Old times when all the sinks were alike are long gone. Modern sinks differ from each other by colour, material of production, shape, type of installation and number of bowls. Let us do a small research on the matter.
Different types of sink installation
One of the criteria of choosing a sink is its installation into countertop. Making classification of kitchen sinks according to their installation method, we usually mean the following main groups
Inset sinks — at installation process position of edges of such sinks relative to countertop may be either higher, lower or on the same level with it. This type of installation is the most time-consuming and expensive (it is nearly impossible to install inset sink on your own, so you need to address professionals who would prepare accurate cut with jig miller).
The most interesting and complex method of installing inset models is an undertable installation, which is principally different from other methods. This method of installation presupposes setting of sink lower than the countertop level. Undertable installation might be used for granite, plastic and wooden countertops. But mostly often it is used in kitchen sets with countertops of natural stone. Undertable installation in such cases allows showing all the natural beauty of the stone on crossing cut of the countertop.
Advantages of sinks installed under countertop are the same of those typical for inset sinks: they are hygienic, comfortable in use and does not need special care.
Sunken sink — in the most popular and familiar variant for the modern customer, which fits well in kitchen set with common countertop often used in modern interiors.
Such popularity is explained, first of all, by easy installation as usually there are no problems with shape of a cut in the countertop, which can be made even by non-professional people without special equipment. This method of installation is more affordable.
Sunken sinks may be installed in a countertop of any thickness and made of any material be it steel, solid wood, chipboard, plastic, natural or artificial stone.
Advantages of sunken sinks: they are hygienic and made of a high quality stainless steel in comparison with mounted models.
Besides, sunken sinks might be of different shapes, sizes and configuration as their installation does not require cabinet with accurate dimensions as for mounted sinks. So variety of choice adds to the advantages of sunken models.
KINDS OF MIXERS FOR KITCHEN
A historical note
It is considered that the very first mixer was invented in the times of Ancient Greece. It was a simple valve tap. Afterwards the Romans, trying to protect it from corrosion, learned how to coat it with nickel, chrome and even gold and silver. Modern mixer taps are quite the clever mechanisms able to regulate water flow, purify water and even have different kinds of lighting.
So what are the types of kitchen mixer taps?
- Tall and turning type. Mixer taps may be in different shapes: rounded, rectangular, flattened ones, however, there are certain obligatory parameters to which kitchen mixer taps must correspond. Thus, a spout should be tall to let dishes and pans fit into the bowl. It also should be able to move left-right for convenient use. Such a mixer is very convenient in the kitchen with two sinks located next to each other.
Kitchen mixer may also be accomplished with a shower hose and in nowadays kitchens it is frequently used. It is convenient to fill different kinds of dishware with water and, besides, it looks stylishly.
- Operating mechanism. Often while buying a kitchen mixer, customers are guided by its appearance only forgetting about operating system. There can be single lever, two lever kitchen mixers and automatic ones.
Traditional mixer tap has two valves. It is still frequently installed in kitchens but it is not very practical in convenient use as untwisting/twisting the tap and regulating cold/hot water takes a lot of time. In time it will be necessary to replace rubber washers in such mixers as they are wearing out.
A single lever mechanism is the best choice for the kitchen. It allows you to find comfortable water temperature with a single move of the lever. In a mixer of high standard regulation is running smoothly, which is done with special ceramic cartridges.
- Bronze or chrome. Kitchen mixers are produced from stainless steel or brass. Brass mixers are more economical and popular. However, it is hard to see the base of such a mixer as it is hidden under the coating (that is why sometimes you can buy a fake brass or stainless steel mixer).
- Aerator and plug. Aerator is a mechanism for water filtering. It is a metal net installed in spout to prevent coarse impurities getting into water. It also splits water into jets, which makes it flow softly. A plug helps to save consumption of water. Having plugged your sink, you can wash vegetables or soak dishes.
- Water purifier. Apart from aerator the majority of modern mixers are also furnished with water purifying filter. In such mixer a special “membrane” removes different impurities, dregs, lime from water and afterwards a coal filter absorbs organic matters and chlorine, which spoil water’s taste and smell. After definite cycles of purification this filter is to be replaced by anew one.