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Kitchen Sink Type Buying Guide

Kitchen Sink Buying Guide

When you walk into a kitchen, you probably don’t give a second thought to the style and material of the kitchen sink – much less whether it’s installed underneath or on top of the surface. However, choosing the right sink for your space can freshen up your kitchen and even increase the value of your home by staying on top of trends.

The two main types of sinks are inset and undermount. Inset sinks are installed by placing them over a cut out on top of the countertop, while undermount sinks are installed from below. There are advantages and things to consider with each option depending on your countertops, space available, and your budget.

You’ll find kitchen sinks in a range of sizes, colours and materials, as well as 0.5 to 2 bowl varieties for greater freedom. Want to buy all the hardware together? Our sink and tap combos allow you to pick a style and stick to it to create a seamless and sophisticated look.

Types Of Kitchen Sinks

Undermount Kitchen Sink

Kitchen Sink Material Types

Inset Kitchen Sink
Ceramic Kitchen Sink
Granite Composite Kitchen Sink
Tectonite Composite Kitchen Sink

Key Sink Features

Number of Bowls

You’ll find sinks with anywhere from 0.5 to 2 bowls, but most are 1 or 1.5 bowl models.

If you’re likely to need to wash or soak small items that need cleaning, a 1.5 or 2 bowl sink is very useful as you can continue using the main bowl for general washing up.


Gone are the days where you’re limited to one colour of sink. You’ll find sinks in silver, white, black, grey or graphite in order to give your kitchen a completed, seamless, and luxurious look – whatever your style.

You can even match the tap, sink and other appliances in your kitchen for a sophisticated look.

Tap and Sink Combo

Tap and sink combos are perfect if you want your kitchen to appear seamless and put together. Buying them together ensures you have everything you need to install the system and makes it even easier to pick a look that suits your style.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which kitchen sink is best?

    The best kitchen sink depends on a number of factors, including your budget, your countertop surfaces, the style you’re looking for, and even how clumsy you are!

    If you’re looking for a lightweight sink that can withstand high temperatures, dropped crockery and hard water you should consider a stainless steel sink.

    However, granite and tectonite composite sinks are perfect for offering a modern look, while ceramic sinks give a luxurious ‘farmhouse’ aesthetic and can withstand high temperatures and won’t dent if you drop a heavy pan.

  • What is an undermount kitchen sink?

    An undermount kitchen sink is installed from below the surface of the countertop to provide a seamless appearance and save precious counter space in smaller kitchens.

    However, they require heavy-duty surfaces and a lot of under-sink space so they can be properly supported – so they’re not suitable for every kitchen.

  • How much does it cost to replace a kitchen sink?

    If you’re a DIYer and want to replace a lightweight inset sink with another inset sink (such as stainless steel or tectonite composite), you can save on installation costs and simply pay for the sink – from about £50.

    If you’re looking to install an undermount or heavier sink such as ceramic or granite composite, it’s best to get this installed by a professional which will add to the cost.

  • What is an inset kitchen sink?

    An inset kitchen sink is installed from above the work surface and placed in a cut-out on the countertop.

    This is a common type of sink because it’s easy to clean because you can easily access every little gap, often cheaper, and more lightweight so is suitable for a wide range of countertops.

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