Zuhne’s Modena sink is designed to sit beneath your counter. Its clean lines and single bowl will look great in a modern kitchen.
It’s made of stainless steel, with a uniform 16-gauge thickness in every part of the sink. It’s industrial-strength, dent and scratch-resistant. And the curved corners make cleaning a breeze. Simply give it a wipe over after each use to keep it looking good.
This is a particularly good option if you’re sensitive to noise. Zuhne claims the insulating technology here is more than twice as effective as that of other brands.
It will also prevent condensation forming on the bottom of the sink. That means you won’t have to worry about moisture dripping onto anything stored underneath.
The deep bowl will accommodate stacks of plates or tall-sided pots. And if you have high water pressure, it will also contain any splashes.
It comes with a drainer that sits on the bottom of the sink. That will help protect the stainless steel from scratching, as well as helping pots and pans to dry after washing.
A colander and caddy made of food-grade plastic are also included at no extra cost. These will rest conveniently on the rim of the sink. They’re particularly handy for washing and drying fruit and vegetables.
All this, and it comes with a lifetime warranty too. So is there anything not to like?
Well, very little. The only downsides we’ve managed to find here are pretty minor. The drain cover is too big to be removed when the drainer is in place. And the slope on the bottom of the sink is very gentle. That means that encouraging debris down the drain can be a bit of a pain.
Kraus’s KHU100-30 offers a generously sized basin that doesn’t cost a fortune.
It’s 30 inches wide and 10 inches deep, providing plenty of space for dirty dishes and pans. It will hold a stack of up to 30 plates, alongside a 12-quart stockpot. And if you’ve longed to be able to immerse your large roasting tin in water, it will handle that too.
It’s resilient as well. It’s made of tough T304 stainless steel, 1.5 millimeters thick so you won’t dent it. The attractive satin finish will blend in with most kitchen styles.
It’s designed to resist scratches and stains, but you will find some scratching occurs over time. It does come with a free dish grid to help protect the sink bottom as you’re washing up.
At first sight, the corners appear sharp, giving a sleek, contemporary look. But peer closer and you’ll see that they’re actually gently rounded. That makes cleaning far simpler. You’ll be able to get a sponge or cloth over every bit of the surface.
The base also has a clever undercoating to prevent condensation from building up underneath.
There’s even soundproofing, so you won’t be deafened by clattering crockery as you work. Thick sound-absorbing pads cover almost 80 percent of the base to minimize noise.
The bottom inside surface of the sink has a gentle slope to assist drainage. But it’s flat enough to stand up long-stemmed glassware without risking them toppling over.
Balancing these two objectives does, however, mean compromising on the speed of drainage. Unless you have a faucet with a pull-down head, you’ll find yourself chasing morsels of food around the basin. It’s a particular issue in the corners, where the slope just isn’t sharp enough for debris to drain away.
Overall, though, this is a high-quality sink at a remarkably reasonable price.
If you’re interested in a sink that comes with a host of accessories included, check out the RVH8300 from Ruvati.
This stylish undermounted stainless steel sink comes with a chopping board that will sit neatly on top. That’s great for a smaller kitchen where you need to maximize counter space.
It also comes with a basket strainer for draining off cutlery. There’s a rinse grid to sit in the bottom of the sink. A stainless steel colander fits neatly over the rim. And there’s a roll-away draining board too.
You certainly get a lot included in the package. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that although these accessories are “free”, the overall price is pretty steep. This will cost you three times as much as the Kraus KHU100.
The sink is made of stainless steel, and it has sharp corners for a contemporary appearance. It looks brilliant, but be prepared to use a bit of elbow grease to clean those tight spaces. The commercial-grade brushed finish, on the other hand, is great at concealing any scratches.
The base of the sink slopes gently and there are four diagonal grooves to guide water to the drain. That’s positioned at the middle rear of the sink, directly beneath the faucet. It’s a design that will minimize splashing when you’re running the water.
This sink does, though, experience the same issue as the Kraus KHU100 when it comes to washing away debris. The slope at the base is very gradual, so it’s not easy to wash away small morsels of food. On the plus side, the standard 3.5-inch drain opening will fit any garbage disposal unit.
If you love the look of black sinks, check out the attractive KGD-433B from Kraus. It’s made of 80 percent quartz to give the appearance and feel of real stone. The stainless steel drains in the double basin and the strip in the divider create a stylish contrast.
The 33-inch width will require a cabinet at least 36 inches wide. At 9.5 inches deep, it’s slightly shallower than the other sinks reviewed so far. The double sink allows you to wash crockery and glassware separately. The compromise is that you won’t be able to fully immerse large roasting tins in the water.
It can be installed as either a drop-in or undermounted basin. That means it’s compatible with a wide range of different worktop materials and configurations.
The UV resistant finish will resist fading, keeping its deep color over the years. The material is non-porous, so it will resist staining and can be easily cleaned in soft water areas. All that’s required is to wipe it over with a soft cloth. The gently rounded corners make it light work.
But this isn’t the best choice if you’re in an area with hard water. It will leave behind a haze, and you’ll need to clean the bowl after every use to keep it looking its best.
The stone surface will, however, cope well with extremes of temperatures. You won’t have to worry about placing hot pans in the sink. And the thick construction will absorb vibrations, reducing noise.
The drain here is set into the rear right hand corner. The position means that the plumbing is in the rear corner of the under-sink cupboard, freeing up more usable space.
The bottom of the basin slopes gently to the drain. That means you won’t be left with standing water when you’ve finished washing up.
All in all, a striking and stylish double-basined sink, with plenty to recommend it.
Bokaiya’s sink shares many of the same features of the Ruvati RVH8300. It has the same stainless steel finish and the same sleek design. Like the Ruvati, it comes complete with a chopping board, cutlery drainer and colander. There’s no roll-away drainer, but there is a dish grid to cover the bottom.
There is, though, one big difference between the sinks: the price. Bokaiya’s model costs a third less than Ruvati. So is there a catch?
The two sinks are almost exactly the same size. Both offer a generous 10-inch depth. The Bokaiya is actually a little bigger than the Ruvati at 33 inches wide. And it has the same robust 1.5mm thick stainless steel construction.
And the Bokaiya doesn’t skimp on other features either. It features rubber pads to absorb sound, as well as a coating that both reduces noise and avoids condensation. It even has the same X-shaped grooves to support efficient drainage.
Although the exterior corners are sharp and modern, the interior has a very slight curve to make cleaning easier.
There is one downside here, and it’s installation. If you’re not proficient at DIY, we’d recommend getting in a professional. The brackets supplied with the sink aren’t standard, and you may find you need to make adjustments.
If you plan on getting someone to replace your kitchen sink anyway, that won’t be a problem. And you’ll be getting a great sink at a bargain price.
Lordear’s farmhouse sink is a great choice for anyone looking for classic style. It’s made of white ceramic, with two ten-inch deep bowls providing plenty of space for pots and pans.
The major disadvantage of many ceramic sinks is, of course, their fragility. But if you’re worried about chips spoiling the look of this one, don’t be. It’s made of fireclay, fired to 2,900 degrees Fahrenheit so it’s very strong.
It will resist high temperatures, so there’s no need to worry that hot pots and pans will damage it. And the ceramic construction makes it exceptionally easy to keep clean using only soapy water.
There’s a different design on the front and back, and you can pick which way around to install it. Choose from a couple of simple horizontal grooves, or a series of vertical channels, a bit like a ramekin.
It has a standard 3.5-inch drain to make installation easy. It drains fast and it’s very simple to clean.
The sink comes with a range of extras included as standard. There’s a stainless steel grid to help with draining and to protect the bottom of the sink. And there’s a matching oven mitt, insulation pad, and tea towel.
It isn’t the deepest sink on this list, with a depth of 9 inches. And bear in mind that the double bowls mean you won’t be able to fit in very large pans or roasting tins. But if you can cope with these minor drawbacks, this is a very attractive sink for a farmhouse kitchen.
Franke’s Ellipse is a granite sink available in a range of finishes. Choose from champagne, linen (slightly darker), mocha and onyx – there’s a colorway to suit every design scheme.
This offers two nine-inch deep bowls, the larger of which is just under 17 inches wide.
There’s plenty of flexibility when it comes to installation. The sink can be mounted beneath your worktop or dropped into place. There’s a single pre-cut hole for the faucet, but three additional holes can be knocked out if required.
This is a particularly good sink for anyone worried about hygiene. All Franke granite sinks are manufactured with a special coating known as “Sanitized”. This provides a protective barrier that fights bacteria, even between cleaning cycles.
One thing to be aware of if you live in an area with hard water is that light colors will work better. If you choose onyx or mocha, you’ll find the water marks the surface. Keeping it looking smart will require regular cleaning.
And we have heard of some issues with lighter finishes staining. It’s a very attractive sink – but we’d recommend using a washing-up bowl to keep it that way.
Blanco’s kitchen sink is made from a robust material called Silgranit. This has the appearance of stone, whilst repelling stains and bacteria.
It comes in a wide range of colors to coordinate with any kitchen design scheme.
For those looking for a lighter finish, choose from white, the creamy biscuit, or biscotti, a shade darker. Truffle or metallic gray are available as mid-tones. Or for a darker effect, there’s cinder (dark gray), café brown or anthracite (almost black).
Whatever color you choose, you’ll be getting a sink that can cope with big fluctuations in temperature. And it will withstand hot liquids and pans up to 536 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s coated with a substance Blanco calls “Hygienic+”. This is designed to resist bacteria, keeping your sink environment germ-free between cleans.
This is designed to be mounted under the worktop. It looks brilliant, but we have heard of some issues with installation. In some cases, customers have received packages that don’t include mounting brackets or instructions.
Unless you’re confident you know what you’re doing, it may be wise to invest in professional installation with this one.
If you like a satin finish to your stainless steel, check out this double bowl sink from CBath. The least expensive sink on our list, it’s made of robust 18-gauge T304 stainless steel. It’s designed to resist scratches and staining.
It has rubber pads on the bottom and is coated on the underside with stone guard to reduce noise levels. That coating will also prevent condensation forming and dripping into your under-sink cupboard.
The larger basin is 18.5 inches wide and 9 inches deep. The smaller is 16.25 inches wide and 8 inches deep. Use one for washing dishes and pans, and the second for rinsing off.
The sink is designed to be installed on the top of your counter. It’s pre-drilled with a single hole for one mixer faucet, and a three-hole version is also available. The drain opening is a standard 3.5 inches.
There are compatible strainers and drainers if you want them, but you won’t need to pay for them if you don’t.
One thing to watch out for with this one is that the stainless steel will show water spots. That’s a particular issue if you live in an area with hard water. Give the sink a quick wipe over with a soft cloth after each use to take care of the problem.
Firebird’s 18-gauge stainless steel sink is well worth considering if you’re looking for a singe basin with a contemporary look.
It measures a generous 33 inches across and is nine inches deep. It’s designed to be mounted on top of your counter. The sharp corners will work especially well in modern interiors.
Those sharp corners are also in evidence inside the sink. That does make cleaning a bit more of a challenge. Use a washing up bowl when possible, and don’t allow gunk to build up between cleaning cycles. You’ll find you need to use a lot of elbow grease to get rid of it if you do.
There’s insulating rubber around the bottom of the basin. That will help to dull the noise as you wash up pots and pans.
The drain has an integrated strainer and cover to prevent debris from falling in and blocking your pipes. Also included in the package is an adjustable tray. This rests on the lip of the sink and expands from 14.5 to 22.25 inches. It’s a great way to provide extra preparation or drainage space.
All the hardware for installation is included too. There are though, a couple of factors to be aware of.
The first is that the mounting tabs here are glued on, rather than being welded. The second is that the back ledge isn’t as robust as some sinks. If you have a very heavy faucet, you may find that it flexes.
But if you can overlook these issues, this is a great sink at an exceptionally good price.
For the width, remember that there are fixings to accommodate, as well as the basin itself. Subtract three inches from your cabinet width to get the maximum width of the sink you need.
Remember to take into account the space needed for taps when you calculate the depth requirement. And for an undermounted sink, you’ll need extra space to mount it at the front too.
Finally, a deep sink is great at handling lots of washing up. But remember that it will take up room in your under-sink cupboard.
Choose your preferred finish
If you’ve got a traditional farmhouse kitchen, a ceramic sink will look great. The Lordear model on our list will give a classic finishing touch.
But if you’ve got a kitchen full of high-tech appliances, you’ll want something with sharper lines. (Just remember that a sink with sharp interior as well as exterior corners will be harder to clean.) Stainless steel is a great choice.
And if you have painted cabinets, why not consider a composite stone sink? They look great and are available in a wide range of colors to coordinate with your décor.
One bowl or two?
If you’re regularly annoyed by being unable to fit large pans into your sink, look for a single bowl option. It will give you maximum space to fully immerse big roasting tins. Just make sure you pick a sink that’s wide enough on the inside, so they won’t stick up at an angle.
The downside is that the bigger the sink, the more water it will take to fill it up. And with two bowl sinks you’ll be able to wash in one basin and rinse in the other. They’re also great for separating fragile glassware from pots and dishes.
Ready to buy the kitchen sink?!
That brings us to the end of our reviews of some of the best kitchen sinks on the market today. We hope they’ve given you all the information you need to make your choice.
Our top pick is Zuhne’s Modena undermounted sink. Its stainless steel construction is great quality, it has excellent soundproofing, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. And you’ll get some great accessories included in the package too.
Whichever option you choose, the right sink will make a huge difference to your kitchen. So match your requirements to our list, and you’ll be confident of making the right choice.
(By Sunrise Specialty)
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