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Select a kitchen sink that will serve your needs in a style you love.

Ace your sink selection

The kitchen sink plays an integral role in the busiest room of the house, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and works with your space. Follow this guide to find the perfect fit for your kitchen.

Size up your sink needs

The first step when selecting a sink is determining the size and number of bowls. If you have a small kitchen with minimal bench space, and/or don’t do a lot of cooking, a compact, single bowl sink may be all you need. In most households, however, it’s handy to have a sink that is large enough to soak your biggest pots and trays. Popular options are equal-sized, double bowl sinks, or dual bowl models, which include a smaller quarter, half or three-quarter bowl.

Dual bowl sinks are especially practical for busy kitchens as they cater for multiple users and purposes (cleaning dishes, washing hands, prepping food, etc.) simultaneously.

Modern kitchen featuring a stainless steel double sink, white panelled cabinetry and a marble splashback

Decide on the configuration

If opting for a dual bowl sink, consider if you want the main bowl on the left- or right-hand side and whether you need a draining tray. An integrated tray is convenient to stack large pots and pans, but if you have limited bench space, another option is a removable drying tray or basket, which fits over one of the bowls. Some models also include a chopping board, which is handy for small kitchens. Be aware that not all sinks come with tapholes, so it’s a good idea to shop for your sink and tapware at the same time to ensure they pair both aesthetically and functionally.

Green vertical subway tiles, timber benchtop and stainless steel sink in an eclectic kitchen

Select the style

Your benchtop material will influence your choice of sink. Overmount models can be installed in any benchtop finish including laminate and timber, but undermount sinks should be fixed to a solid surface such as marble, granite, engineered stone or concrete.

Overmount: This style is characterised by a raised lip (which goes over the benchtop) and is typically cheaper to buy and relatively easy to install. They’re also compatible with any benchtop material, and tapware can be mounted within the sink itself. Be aware that the rim and silicone seal around the edge can be hard to keep clean and, over time, the silicone may need to be replaced.

Undermount: These sinks are considered to be a more high-end option, sitting completely below the benchtop, offering seamless appeal. They also make cleaning the benchtop a breeze, as mess can simply be wiped straight into the bowl. Undermount sinks are only compatible with solid surface benches and should be installed by a professional fitter.

Inset/flush mount: Another alternative for a more streamlined look is an inset or flush-mount sink. These are designed to sit within a routed benchtop groove so the super thin edge is level with the benchtop surface and it appears integrated. Flush-mount styles generally aren’t compatible with timber or laminate benchtops. Pair it with a solid surface instead and leave installation to a kitchen professional.

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Pick a material

Stainless steel: Stainless steel is a perennial favourite, a popular choice that is durable, timeless, easy to clean and effortlessly matches an array of tapware. For a statement look, it’s also available in a range of colours such as copper, gold and gunmetal grey. When comparing options, the thicker the steel, the better the quality and sound insulation.

Ceramic: A go-to option for farmhouse and Hamptons-style kitchens, ceramic sinks have a lot of charm. However, they are less forgiving than stainless steel or composite and can chip.

Composite: Typically made from granite, quartz and resin composite, this contemporary finish resists stains, scratches and chips and comes in a range of colours including bronze, black and white. The matt look is also a wonderful way to soften glare and reflection in a bright kitchen.

If you’re renovating or building a home…

…check out our helpful kitchen cabinetry buyer’s guide, which will help you plan and choose the right kitchen cabinets for your home.

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Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

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