Most popular worktop sink are:
- 1Sit on sink (Inset);
- 2Under-mounted sinks;
- 3Butler sinks (Belfast);
- 4Complete work surface sinks (Roll tops).
Inset sinks are inserted into the customised cut on top of the worktop; they sit over the edges on square hole. Therefore, the edges don’t need to be polished which makes the cut cheaper. Also, the drainers can go on top any kitchen appliances. Limitation in this type of sink comes from the original design of the sink itself, means that you could have on one largish single bowl. Due to stone hard nature the inset sink would be the perfect joint place as the joint will be covered by the sink and there is no fear from “Blowing” unlike wood or laminated worktops.
Under-mounted sink looks neat and modern as the solid worktop have a straight surface and the only appliances goes on top are the tap, filter or push button. The sink itself sits underneath the worktop and the sink edges are rounded and polished gives a nice smooth shape for the sink area. That’s requiring extra work and worktop price will be more expansive than inset sink cuts. Under-mounted sink also require tap holes cuts and customised drainer groves thus extra machine need to be involved in the cutting process which makes the under-mounted sink the expensive choice. In this scenario there is a trade-off between costs and design.
Most under mounted sink comes in bowl and half bowl shape and Blanco Ypsilon 340-U and Blanco jota 160-U can fit into standard 600mm base. There are two main set of under-mounted sink either sink comes as a one set of bowl and half bowl or set of two sink bowls are separated or there is long distance between them. The Blanco Supreme 533- U or Franke equivalent ARX160 or the CDA Cum 16 which is more reasonably priced. Again all of these will go into a 600mm base unit.
Belfast and butler style sinks also like under-mounted sink the edge of the worktop need to be polished and shaped. The advantages in this case are that you will have huge sink and large selection from steel, ceramic or custom design. We can design a sink that is from the same material of the worktop itself. Another pros save the granite cost by cutting down the size of the worktop.
Complete worktop sink and roll top sinks went out of fashion for many years but have made a huge comeback in recent years , particularly in contemporary kitchens. They are hugely practical and make a massive statement. A run of steel contrasted with strong coloured units will have a huge impact – although they can be quite costly to buy they do save you in granite cost!