Kitchen sink advice needed (at my wits end)

Discussion in 'Plumbers' Talk' started by Doz Stanford, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Doz Stanford

    Doz Stanford New Member

    Greetings one and all,

    I've been sat at my computer over 6 hours looking at kitchen sinks so forgive me if I dribble all over the place.

    My mother requires a new kitchen sink and mixer tap, the Screwfix forums were my first port of call and I managed to get some brand recs from old posts but I sadly find myself needing a little more info before making a final purchase.

    The existing sink is 985mm x 500mm although I can cut the worktop to a max of 1000mm x 510mm.

    Other appliances in the kitchen have a brushed alu or steel finish and she would like a sink/tap to match, I assumed that a brushed finish would also make inevitable marks on the sink less apparent, that said I haven't even started to look at taps yet and I'm curious whether a matching brushed SS tap would be easy to find or indeed if it was the best finish to go for.

    I guess my main concern is regarding the thickness of the steel and whether 0.7mm is thick enough.

    Anyway, these are the sinks that I have bookmarked after my days efforts and I was hoping for professional advice on which one would be the best option, please feel free to add your own recommendation if you have one...

    1/ Astracast Korona 1.5 Bowl Polished Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, Waste & Accessories
    0.7mm thick steel, polished finish, comes with both plug strainers, middle sink basket & waste fittings
    Price £290 aprox

    2/ Franke Ascona Inset Sink 18 / 10 Stainless Steel 1.5 Bowl 1000 x 510mm
    0.7mm thick steel, silksteel finish, only has one plug strainer, no middle sink basket or waste fittings
    Price inc middle basket, pipes and additional plug strainer £285 aprox

    3/ Astini Delta 1.5 Bowl Brushed Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink & Waste AS0039
    0.8mm thick steel, brushed finish, comes with both plug strainers, no middle basket or waste pipes
    Price with waste pipes £110 aprox (I can't find the middle basket for this sink, which is something mother wants, so this one is likely ruled out)

    4/ Rangemaster Oakland 1.5 Bowl Brushed Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink Rh OL9852R
    0.9mm thick steel, brushed finish, comes with both plug strainers and waste pipes
    Price with basket £205 aprox

    The three other sinks we have been looking at are
    5/ Blanco: ALA 6297 Classic Pro 6 S-IF ALA Carte Sink
    6/ Blanco: ALA 7273 Classic 6 S-IF ALA Carte Sink
    7/ Blanco: ALA 7240 Classic 6 S ALA Carte Sink

    The only problem with these three Blanco sinks is that I am unable to find out the type of finish or the thickness of the steel.

    Many thanks in advance for your time and efforts
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Screwfix Select

    Hi, sorry can't help much, but my stainless sink has brushed ss bowls, but the drainer etc is more of a machined, slightly patterned finish, with polished chrome tap. After 10 years still looks good.
  3. The Teach

    The Teach Screwfix Select

    Get my sinks & taps from

    Have used sink products from abode and they are ok but brushed will show minor scratches.

    Trying to match a sink to the existing kitchen on the internet is difficult,reading reviews can be misleading and a waste of time.

    can you visit a plumbing merchants showroom and have a look ?
  4. Doz Stanford

    Doz Stanford New Member

    Greetings Teach,

    We spent most of Saturday going round everywhere local (15m radius) we could find on Google that sold plumbing supplies, 2x B&Q, 2,Wickes, 2x Plumb Centre, 1x Homebase and 5 x Indie stores, there were very few offerings on display and most just offered us brochures, hence why we spent most of Sunday on the web and ended up here hoping for some first hand advice, which seems sadly lacking in stores these days.

    Blanco seems to be a name that crops up a lot, the problem with their sinks however is a lack of specifics/details as their website is pretty rubbish and store listings are just as sparse.

    One quick question for you, are you saying a polished or silksteel finish would be more preferable than a brushed finish with the sink ?

  5. The Teach

    The Teach Screwfix Select

    They do not need to go into to much detail,they are a well known manufacture with a very good reputation,remember some manufactures mention 0.7mm thickness but in theory some parts of the sink will be far less.
    Polished,silk and brushed show up minor scratches. Stainless steel is better at masking minor scratches.

    Budget sinks i use abode products.
    Upmarket sinks i use blanco products,preference is the median range.they are stainless steel left hand bowl so no naff tap hole stopper,well designed bowls and look great.
  6. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Super Member

    I have the Franke Ascona sink, both sinks have a drain/plug/strainer thingy. Finish is brushed stainless steel although the drainer and around the sinks is a bit more shiny than the sinks, I have a chrome finish tap on it, looks fine as sink is a mix of brushed and shiny. Think you'd struggle to find a reasonably priced brushed finish tap.

    Had to buy a double waste fitting, this one I think since I have a dishwasher and washing machine to plumb in
  7. Wayners

    Wayners Screwfix Select

    I've always ordered sinks as most places have low to no stock. Plus the right and left drainer options. Last one I ordered was from the plumb centre...stainless steel looks it's best after a year of use because the first lot of scratches look terrible.. After a while it all blends in

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