A kitchen sink is a busy place from washing dishes, peeling potatoes, defrosting leftovers and filling up the kettle. You can imagine how the wrong sink can interrupt the flow of your kitchen. So what is the right type of sink for you? Don’t have a clue? No worries, your friendly experts at JPG plumbing are ready to give you the ABCs of getting a kitchen sink. On this blog, we are going through the main things you need to consider when buying a new kitchen sink.


What size does your sink need to be?


Deciding on the right sink size is a matter of balancing your available space, what your needs are and taste. Your first step is to measure your bench tops. This includes bench width, height and depth. Use those measurements as a guide when you look at sinks. There might be one style that appeals to you that is too big. Then you can refer to those measurements when asking a staff member if they have something similar in a smaller size.


The next thing to consider is what you are going to use it for. If you have a washing machine then you might not need a huge sink. If you do a lot of cooking or live with a lot of people then a smaller sink is going to inconvenience you.


How stylish do you want to go?


There are a lot of incredible and stunning kitchen sink designs available. From the more sleek and modern types like the circular sink or ones that are coloured black. Then there are more unique designs that look like a waterfall or a river. It’s easy to get swept up in all these innovative ideas and lose sight of what is going to work best for you. Yes, having a beautifully designed kitchen is important. So is being able to use it! So keep in mind what you need it for as well as how it is going to look in your kitchen.


What type of sink is best for your bench top?


Depending on the material and size of your bench top, there are types of sinks that will work better for you. If you don’t have a lot of space there are types that can make your kitchen seem less cramped.


  • Insert/mount tops: These sinks are best for laminate or timber bench tops because they are inserted from above. The edges of the sink are over the bench top’s surface
  • Undermount sinks: These are great for stone and marble bench tops and if you don’t have a lot of space. They are held in place by strong adhesive and installed from below
  • Flush mount sinks: These types of sinks are designed to be seamless. So when you install them you need to have your bench accurately cut.
  • Laundry tubs: If you have a narrow bench then a laundry tub is a good space saving solution. They are deeper than other sinks and requires more plumbing space.



What kind of accessories are you going to have?


When you pick your sink you should also be thinking about what kind of tap you are going to have with it. If you going for a larger sink then a tap that has a hose so it is easier to clean. If you are going to have extra attachments for your sink then you need to have a sink that can accommodate them. Do you want a water filter? If so, then you need to make sure there is enough plumping room.


What material are you going to use?


When you are choosing your sink you should be aware of what type of materials are available. Some might look better in your kitchen, while others will be easier to clean. The types of sinks you can get are stainless steel, porcelain, fireclay, marble, stone, cast iron, copper, quartz and many more. If you are using your sink for a lot of washing with heavy pots and pans, then you are better off with a harder and more durable sink.


Ready to install your dream kitchen sink? Need a hand sorting out all that plumping? JPG Plumbing offers personalised, friendly and skilled plumbing services. Don’t take our word for it, you can browse out testimonials and check out our services. If you have any questions or would like a quote – call us today on 0400 978 442.