How to select a good kitchen sink? (1) – Sink material

The kitchen sink is used most frequently in all kinds of kitchen supplies, so it is very necessary to choose a practical, beautiful, wear-resistant, brush-resistant and easy-to-clean sink. 

We will organize a series of articles on the sink to summarize some knowledge points of sink purchase.

The material of the sink

The first step in choosing a sink is to identify the material.

The sink of which material should be considered in combination with the kitchen decoration style and the color tone of the room.

There are mainly the following kinds of water tanks on the market: stainless steel, artificial stone (acrylic), ceramics, cast iron enamel, stone water tanks, etc.  

1. Stainless steel sink

At present, the most common and widely used type is stainless steel sink, which accounts for 90% of the sink market. Major well-known brands are mainly engaged in research and development and production of stainless steel sink.

Stainless steel is an ideal material for kitchen sink. It is light in weight, easy to install, wear-resistant, high temperature resistant, moisture resistant, anti-aging, corrosion resistant, oil resistant, waterproof, dirt resistant and odor resistant.

Moreover, the metallic texture shown by stainless steel is quite modern and can achieve versatile effects. It has various shapes, is suitable for various styles and is incomparable to other materials. 

2. Artificial stone (acrylic) sink

Artificial stone (acrylic) and artificial crystal sink are fashionable. They are all artificial composite materials, which are formed by high-temperature processing of 80% pure granite powder and 20% acrylic acid. 

It has rich patterns, high selectivity, corrosion resistance, strong plasticity, certain sound-absorbing function, no seams at corners, and relatively smooth surface.

Compared with the metal texture of stainless steel sink, it is more gentle, and acrylic has rich colors to choose from, which is different from the traditional color tone, uniform cloth color, exaggerated and bold color, which can be said to be unique.

Its pristine and primary color side is also loved by some families advocating natural style. Most artificial stone sinks are traditional white. 

In addition, the sink can be connected with the artificial stone table without seams, and is not easy to leak water or retain bacteria.。

However, you should be careful when using this kind of water tank.

Sharp knives and rough objects will scratch the surface and damage the smoothness, which is easier to scratch or wear. Moreover, it is not resistant to high temperature, and the pot just taken off the stove cannot be brushed directly in the sink.

Artificial stone is relatively fragile, but it is difficult to repair once it is scratched by external force or broken at high temperature.  On the other hand, it is infiltration. Dirt will permeate into the surface of the sink.

At present, artificial stone (acrylic) sink is basically out of the market, unless you don’t cook much and completely pursues the decoration style.

3. Ceramic sink

Ceramic pots have the advantages of easy care, easy cleaning, high temperature resistance, temperature change resistance, hard surface, wear resistance and aging resistance.

Most ceramic sinks are white, but ceramic sinks can be colored when they are made. You can choose the appropriate ceramic sink according to the overall tone of the kitchen to make the kitchen more beautiful. Of course, the price of ceramic sinks is naturally higher.  

The disadvantage of ceramic sink is that its strength is not as good as that of stainless steel sink.

If it is not used properly, it may be broken. In addition, its water absorption rate is low. If water penetrates into ceramic, it will expand and deform.  

The most important thing for a ceramic sink is to see if it is fired at a high temperature. It must reach a high temperature above 1200℃ so as to ensure the low water absorption rate of the sink basin. 

On the other hand, good glaze can ensure good cleaning. The important reference indexes for choosing ceramic flume are glaze smoothness, brightness and water storage rate of ceramic. 

Sink with high glaze finish is pure in color, so it is not easy to get dirty and dirty, and it is easy to clean. The lower the water absorption rate, the better the ceramic sink.

Personally, ceramic water tank with a single tank is better.  

4. Cast iron enamel sink

This kind of sink is rarely available. Cast iron ceramic sinks used to be the most common in kitchen. The outer layer was fired with strong cast iron at high temperature, and the inner wall was coated with porcelain glaze.

This sink is durable, environmentally friendly and sanitary, beautiful and elegant.

The only disadvantage is its weight. Due to its excessive weight, it is required to reinforce the table when making cabinets.

However, this kind of material is similar to ceramic sink and has gradually stepped out of modern kitchens for easy to be scratched.

5. Stone sink

Stone sink is characterized by high hardness, oil resistance, rust resistance, corrosion resistance, good sound absorption, etc. 

Its natural colors can well express your kitchen’s personal style. Stone water tank is a niche product and its price is also relatively expensive.

6. Copper sink

This kind of sink is made of purple copper plate, and its thickness is generally about 1.5 mm. 

It combines classical European and modern styles of design, and also incorporates fashionable, practical and personalized design concepts.  Suitable for all kinds of kitchen, furniture, cabinet and sanitary ware. 

It gives people a feeling of elegance, dignity and luxury. 

Generally, wealthy families will choose. The price is more expensive.

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