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by Zure Australia September 22, 2021 4 min read

The kitchen sink would undoubtedly win an award for the most task-oriented space. It is, after all, one of the most used items in your kitchen. Which other item performs as many different tasks? You may not realise it initially but impractical kitchen sinks can downplay the entire space’s performance. Choosing the right kind is one of the most important decisions you’ll make because you cannot get it changed in a jiffy either. 

Your kitchen sink should be able to withstand years of use so style takes the back seat in this regard. From the ideal size to the right material, from Butler Sinks to Belfast ones, from double bowls to single bowls, there are some crucial factors you should take into account before taking the plunge. Finding the perfect kitchen sink just got easier with our quick, comprehensive guide to the basics. 


Types of Kitchen Sinks

There are primarily 3 main types of kitchen sinks:


Undermount Sink

Under-mount Sinks

They create a flat surface because of being attached below the countertop. Additionally, they also make work-area cleanup effortless and convenient. Under-mount sinks are minimal and streamlined making it easier for you to find your way around them. They’re perfectly suited to marble, granite, engineered stone or other weight bearing bench tops. 


Over-mount Sinks

Easiest and less time-consuming to install, they are set into a hole cut into the countertop from above. Also known as self-rimming sinks or drop in sinks, an over-mount sink sits casually on the cabinet counter top with the drainer and sink combined. Immensely cost effective, they have a rounded edge that’s slightly raised to help drain debris and the like inside the sink. 


Farmhouse Sinks

A recurring feature in country style homes with an inherently chic country charm, farmhouse sinks tend to jut out of the bench and have a deep basin. The front edge of the countertop cabinetry is replaced easily by the front of the sink creating a glorious panel out of the sink design that’s uniquely decorative in and by itself. Since there’s no cabinet between the sink and yourself, doing the dishes become relatively easier. They come in a variety of materials (including stainless steel for a more contemporary look) and sizes.


Kitchen Sink Size

First determine if you are installing the sink in an already existing cavity or into a new bench. If it’s the former, you’ll have to install a sink that’ll seamlessly drop into that space. If it’s the latter, determine the maximum length available by measuring the cabinet length between the joists. Whatever you do always ensure there’s enough space for water filters or garbage disposal systems underneath. While a shallow sink will inevitably imply less strain on your back, a deeper one will ensure there’s more room for washing and cleaning your dishes. If your space is too small a large sink might overpower it, whereas if it’s too large a small sink will be underwhelming. Choose a size that best suits you and your needs.


Number of Bowls

Single bowl: Encouraging a compact and streamlined design, single bowl sinks accommodate a single kitchen faucet. But washing multiple utensils simultaneously can be challenging.

Double bowl: Double bowl sinks have two basis either of equal sizes or one large and another smaller one. Basin split can be useful if you’re tending to two different tasks. 


Three bowl:They come with one small bowl in the middle for garbage disposal and two large ones on either side. While there’s enough room to accommodate bridge faucet and a sink accessory, they demand a large amount of bench space.


Types of material

What your kitchen sink is made out of plays a key role in determining what comes out of it. 


Stainless Steel

One of the most popular styles, stainless steel sinks are great sound insulators and exhibit a contemporary look. They are easy to clean, durable and sturdy. They demand frequent cleaning to eliminate spots but are scratch resistant nonetheless and can successfully stand the test of time. 



They are discolouration, scratch and chipping resistant. Made of a non-porous material a granite kitchen sink is easy to keep clean especially if they have drainboards attached. You might however need to be careful with fragile materials like glassware with granite being such a strong material. 


Cast Iron/porcelain

Known for their vintage aesthetic, they come in myriads of different colours with a chic glossy finish that’s easy to clean. Cast iron sinks are highly durable and can withstand heat. Sharp objects may subject them to chipping overtime and metal pans can leave unwanted black marks. 



A little heavy on the pocket, stone sinks are innovative, eco-friendly and remarkably lightweight. While they are not scratch and crack resistant, they do offer a sleek, contemporary matte like stone aesthetic that’s highly sought after. 


Drain Placement

When choosing the drain placement, take the location of the existing plumbing and the type of work you do in the kitchen into account. 


OffCentred: They offer a lot of space and there’s enough room to set big pots and pans. They however can be difficult to repair because plumbing is pushed to the corners of the under-sink cabinet. 

Centred drain:they align well with a centredfaucet and the water drains way faster. However large pots may block this flow. 

Rear drain:There’s a lot of space including at the bottom of the basin for food prep and dishes. You can likewise include pull-out shelves or a garbage disposal system underneath, However, they are more taxing for maintenance. 


If you’re about to get new fixtures for a new kitchen or renovating your kitchen altogether, we hope our guide helped you make an informed and happy choice. Because when it comes to cooking to your heart’s content, you should never settle for less!

Zure Australia
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