Guide: How to choose a kitchen sink?
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The sink together with the tap is the most used area in the kitchen. That is why the choice should be made with thought to match your personal needs. Stala has a wide selection of sinks and worktops to offer alternatives for all tastes and purposes. But which things should be paid attention to when designig a kitchen?
“I recommend to start off with practical needs. A small kitchen for a city living single is naturally going to need a different type of sink than the kitchen of a large family”, notes Stala’s Category Manager Jari Peltonen.
One large bowl is usually enough for single households, in which most of the dishes are washed by hand.
A stainless steel worktop is a practical and durable choice in a professional chef's kitchen. The sink and cooktop are placed close to each other.
“If you often wash dishes by hand and handle large dishes and kitchen utensils, it is going to affect the size of the bowl and even the number of bowls you need. For others, a small sink will be sufficient, while others might need a maxi-sized sink to even fit whole baking trays”, Peltonen describes.
You can even wash an oven tray without splashing in a spacious bowl. Quartz composite is a durable and hard kitchen sink material.
At the summer cottage or when dishwashing by hand it is convenient to have two bowls, while those who cook a lot can appreciate a one and a half bowl sink.
If you like to bake or cook with meat and fish, a kitchen worktop with plenty of hygienic stainless steel working surface is a convenient and safe choice. A worktop can be chosen with a raised edge profile, which keeps water on the counter instead of flowing onto the floor.
A stainless steel worktop is a hygienic and durable choice for the summer cottage outdoor kitchen.
Steeltops can handle the splashes of water and they are easy to keep clean.
A stainless steel worktop made to measure is the choice of a smart home cook. It is easy to combine with other materials.
When you have identified your kitchen needs and habits, it is sensible to also consider the other countertop material for the kitchen. With sinks, our materials stainless steel and quartz composite are both durable and long-lasting choices for a kitchen. Your own taste is best to be used with the choice of these two.
“A stone worktop can be fitted with a sink without a tap area, since the stone can also withstand splatters of water and there is no concern in mounting the tap right onto the stone. For a flashier stone worktop, I would choose a more impressive sink as well, to make the combination harmonious”, says Peltonen.
A sink without a tap area is a good fit for modern kitchens. The tap can be placed directly on the counter top.
Quartz composite sink CEG51-57BF flush-mounted onto a stone counter top.
If you choose a laminate or wood countertop material, a sink with a tap area would be the best choice, since mounting the tap straight onto wood or laminate can create risk with moisture. It is also worthwhile to have at least some stainless steel drainage area or working surface next to the bowl, since wood is not the best material to withstand splatters of water and setting wet dishes on.
A convenient working surface protects the counter top material (laminate and wood) from moisture. It is good to place over the dishwasher, for example.
With Stala’s wide selection you can find a solution to fit all countertop materials, measurements, styles and needs. Kitchen remodelers can benefit from the maximized possibilities offered by Stala’s made to measure worktops, which can be designed with wanted measurements and choices. No longer do you have to choose a certain worktop that fits your kitchen but the stainless steel worktop will be tailor-made to fit your kitchen plans perfectly. Try how easy it is to create your own kitchen worktop with our Stala Designer planning program.
A worktop can also be short. A stainless steel worktop can easily be combined with other materials, such as laminate, wood or stone.