One of the most important elements of the kitchen is washbasin. It takes part in the preparation step of any cooking (to wash the vegetables, to collect the water etc.) and it finishes every meal (dirty dishes).
Therefore, there is a range of requirements to such an important element of interior. Washbasin has to look good, be easy-to-care, spacious and not to absorb the smells. This article will help to figure out how to choose a washbasin for kitchen among tens of various options.
What washbasin is better
What washbasin is better? There is no universal answer to this question. This element is being selected individually depending on the buyer’s needs. Washbasin has several parameters, which you need to determine before any purchase:
- Form and depth of the bowl;
- Number of sections;
- Installation option.
Speaking of material, modern market offers 3 main types:
Stainless steel, artificial stone and ceramics. We will tell pros and cons of every type later.
Depth. This parameter is considered optimal within the limits of 19-20 cm. It is convenient to wash the kitchenware in this bowl. Speaking of form, it depends only on designer’s thought. Anyway, both round and square-angled bowls will serve equally well.
Number of sections is also the individual parameter. If place allows, then 2 bowls are the golden mean. You can wash the dishes in one of them and rinse the dishes in second one. Alternatively, use the bowls for kitchenware and groceries separately. The choice is yours.
Washbasin can be removable or cut in. First option is quite simple in installation and care. Cut in bowl can provide you with certain problems. If this washbasin is at the level of tabletop, then you always need to watch for place around the washbasin to be dry. Otherwise, regular water in the seam can be the cause of intumescence around the bowl.
Washbasin of stainless steel
Washbasin of stainless steel is affordable and because of it it’s also the most popular type of washbasin. This material is simple in care and doesn’t rust. Besides, it perfectly fits in any interior due to the various options of surface (matte, glossy, rough).
Washbasin of stainless steel shouldn’t be too slim (1 mm), because it will rustle and you won’t be able to fix the mixer. Prefer the thickness more than 3 mm.
Clear advantage of stainless steel is its durability and heat-resistance. You can put there a pan, which you just took off the stove. Sometimes the washbasin can be with the enamel coating. You need to avoid such purchase. Any careless movement and there will be chip in the bowl.
Ceramic is one more material that is suitable for washbasin production. Ceramic washbasins accept any temperatures. Their care is a lot easier than stainless steel’s. It is enough to wash it by duster and the surface will shine. It is worthy of note that these bowls don’t rustle.
However, ceramics has one big disadvantage. You can’t fling a pot in this washbasin, because the material is quite fragile. For this washbasin’s exploitation to be more comfortable, you can buy ceramic washbasins with «the wing».
The most expensive and effective material is the artificial stone. Composite washbasin without waxing too poetic looks luxurious in any kitchen. This material doesn’t absorb the smells and is easily cleaned after the dirty dishes. Washbasin of artificial stone accepts high temperature, hits and scratches.
There are only two cons of such choice. First one is weight. As you understand, the stone can be light, so the tabletop needs to carry this load. Second one is the price. This material isn’t the cheapest, however this purchase is worth it.