Kitchen Sink Materials

January 30, 2014
Kitchen Sink Materials

The kitchen sink should be an easy choice, but for anyone who has renovated before they may well be aware that the kitchen sink can be something that makes or breaks the kitchen - both aesthetically and functionally.

Choosing the right kitchen sink material is important, you need to not only match the material you want for your style needs, but, importantly your budget.

Lifestyle needs should also be considered, especially when looking at purchasing high end kitchen sinks.

The more common kitchen sink materials on the market in Australia are:

Stainless Steel

The modern choice for kitchen sinks, stainless steel kitchen sinks are relatively economical, easy to install and come in ta variety of designs and designs.

These durable designs can scratch a more easily than other materials and are a little louder when used for washing dishes, but overall they are a great addition to any kitchen as they can be adapted to fit your design needs.

Double Sink with Return

Cast Iron

The cast iron type of kitchen sink is one of the oldest styles around, and has still remained a popular choice for kitchen sinks to this day.

The cast Iron sink is finished in a porcelain enamel coating, as naked iron is prone to rusting; this coating provides a tough layer that protects the sink from stains and damage.

However, when considering a cast iron sink, you should factor in the extra weight requirements for the bench top and that cast iron sinks tend to cost more than a standard steel kitchen sink.

Cast Iron Kitchen Sink


Generally made from a combination of granite and quartz, with granite being the preferred dominate ingredient, the composite kitchen sink is a fine choice.

This style of kitchen sink is very hard wearing and resistant to stains and scratching.

Composite Granite Kitchen Sink


One of the more expensive styles of sinks on the market, fireclay kitchen sinks are made from a clay mold and left to dry.

Once dried, a porcelain enamel coating is applied then kilned at extremely high temperatures to fuse the coating into the sinks surface, creating a strong and durable sink.

The only consideration is that due to the coating being fused to clay, it can chip off from the kitchen sink if it is knocked hard enough from a wayward kitchen utensil.

Fireclay Kitchen Sink