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When designing your new kitchen, a sink & tap are two pretty crucial components. When it comes to looking for the right sink, it’s worth knowing what options are available.

There are 3 main groups to consider: Inset sinks, Undermount sinks and Belfast sinks.

But, not only do you have a choice of style there is also a variety of materials to look at too. Although sinks can be made from many different resources, Stainless steel, Composite and Ceramic are the three main materials to consider.

Sink Style

Inset Sinks

An inset sink is set into the worktop, lipping over the worktop edge and is the most common style of worktop. Inset sinks come with plenty of choice with various colours, styles and finishes available.

Undermount Sinks

Undermount sinks are mounted underneath the worktop. Also very popular however this type of sink is not compatible with laminate worktops. Inset sinks have a modern feel and come in various colours, styles and finishes.

Belfast Sinks

Belfast sinks are considered much more traditional in comparison to other styles. Unlike Inset and Undermount, Belfast sinks sit directly onto the base unit with the worktop lipped over the top edge on the back and sides. Again, this type of sink is not compatible with laminate worktops.

Sink Material

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel sinks are made to stand the test of time with little to no maintenance required. Stainless steel is by far the most popular type of sink in both homes & commercial kitchens as they offer ease of cleaning, durability and low cost.


Composite sinks are quite often made from Granite or Quartz mixed with an acrylic binder. Although this type of sink is extremely durable, being highly scratch, chip and heat resistant, when it comes to cleaning harsh chemicals should be avoided. Unlike stainless steel and other materials, composite sinks come in a variety of colours making them much more versatile.


Ceramic sinks certainly bring the wow factor to any kitchen. Not only are they pleasing on the eye, they are also extremely resistant to heat, impact damage, chips and scratches. They have a heavy duty glaze which also makes them conveniently easy to clean and hypoallergenic.

So, now you know the basics of sink styles and materials, take a look at what taps are available.