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Sink & Taps Buyer's Guide | Rangemaster

Sink & Taps Buyer's Guide

Your sink is one of the most important appliances in your kitchen because you use it every day. Thanks to the different sizes and styles available we are now fortunate enough to be able to choose a sink and tap combo that complements any kitchen. Our buyer’s guide is here to help you decide which sink is most convenient for you and which taps will look best with your new sink. 

  • Sinks
  • Taps
Size of sink

Size of sink

Type of sink

Type of sink

Material

Material

Features and Accessories

Features and Accessories

Installation and Disposal

Installation and Disposal

Size of sink

Size of sink

Size of sink

The size of your sink will not only depend on what you use it for, but your lifestyle will also have an impact. If you have a dish washer then you may only need a small sink whereas if you have a large family and a lot of dishes to wash you may find that a larger sink is more suited to you. 

Size of sink
Single Bowl

This type of sink is useful if you have a small kitchen and you don’t want to overpower it with a large sink. If you have a dishwasher and you only need the sink for rinsing the dishes, not actually washing them then this size could work for you. 

One and a half bowls

This size will be perfect if you like to multitask when preparing a meal. The big bowl allows you to rinse off or wash your dishes while the half bowl enables you to peel or prepare veg or drain your dishes whilst washing in the main bowl.

Double Bowl

If you have a big family or even just a big kitchen with a collection or large pots and pans then a double bowl may be more suited to you. It gives you the flexibility that you need to wash and rinse or wash and prepare at the same time and also has the ability to hold plenty of equipment. 

Type of sink

Type of sink

Type of sink

The type of sink that you choose will depend on your personal preference and the worktops that you have as some have different requirements. 

Type of sink
Inset sink

This sink is the most common type of sink. It requires a hole to be cut into your worktop so that the sink bowl can sit underneath the base of the kitchen unit. It means that only the surface of the sink is visible – creating a clean cut design. Inset sinks often include a drainer too. 

Undermount sinks

An undermount sink has a minimalistic and modern finish in addition to being easy to clean. This type of sink needs to be paired with a waterproof worktop such as solid wood or granite. It’s the waterproof joints that connect the sink to the counter top and give it the streamlined look. 

Sit-on

The sit-on sink sits on top of the cupboard and acts as the worktop itself. It also requires no cut out so you don’t have to waste any worktop material. 

Reversible or handed

A reversible sink is used with drainers, it has tap holes that are already pre-cut at the front and back which enables the drainer to be used on the left or the right depending on your kitchen design. Whereas, a handed sink has tap holes pre-cut at the back and therefore the drainer position is already left or right.

Material

Material

Material

The material of your sink is up to you – it may depend on your budget or the type of look that you want to create in your kitchen. 

Material
Stainless Steel

This is probably the most common and popular material for a sink as it is low maintenance and affordable. Stainless steel is available in a range of finishes – silk, polished, brushed and linen and they all have their own unique appearance. Look for a gauge of 18 or lower as the lower the number the thicker the sheet of stainless steel is which means it’s more durable and less prone to scratches. 

Fire clay ceramic

For a traditional design in your kitchen, choose a fire-clay ceramic sink. This type of sink has incredible strength and doesn’t rust. It is also stain and heat resistant. It is available in a variety of colours so you can choose one to suit your kitchen. This material is made from a mixture of high quality new materials such as clay, glass and metal and is made to withstand heat. The glossy finish will give your kitchen added appeal and it is also available in different colours and styles so you can choose the one that best suits you. Ceramic sinks are hygienic, easy to wipe clean and are generally low maintenance, but they can chip or crack if heavy items are dropped in it. 

Neo-Granite

Rangmaster’s exclusive Neo-Granite material has been specially developed for extreme scratch resistance and incredible resilience to high temperatures. Incorporating 70% quartz particles, the new material also has an excellent inherent strength and stands up well to UV damage, retaining its colour over time, while offering natural aesthetic and superior environmental credentials.

Igneous

If you choose a sink that is made from igneous then you can be sure that it has the ability to withstand any kitchen conditions such as chemicals, heat and scratches. Igneous is made from 80% quartz and high-grade acrylic and thanks to its natural antibacterial surface it’s easy to clean. 

Features and Accessories

Features and Accessories

Features and Accessories

Now that you’ve got your brand new sink you may want to invest in some additional features or accessories to ensure that you can really get the most from it. The features and accessories are optional but they could provide extra benefits to your kitchen and sink. 

Features and Accessories
Drainers

Many sinks come complete with a drainer, but it will all depend on the type of sink that you buy and whether or not you have the space for one. Even if you have a dishwasher it’s still useful to have a drainer so that you can dry big pots and pans – it also uses much less energy than drying dishes in a dishwasher. 

Micro-sheen finish

Available with specific brands, a micro-sheen finish keeps your sink and drainer glistening at all times. 

Anti-bacterial surfaces

Some sinks have their own antibacterial surfaces thanks to the material that they are made out of – this will keep your sink free from germs and bacteria. 

Fitted clips & seals

Fitted clips and seals make it much easier and quicker to install sinks. 

Subtle Ground Edge Finish

A Subtle Ground Edge Finish frames and enhances the sink.  

Waste Kit

A waste kit is used to prevent overflow in the sink, there are different types of waste kits available such as, square and basket strainer and bowl strainer which slot into the plug hole at the bottom of the sink. 

Draining basket

In addition to a drainer you may want to purchase a draining basket which will sit on top of it. The draining basket prevents scratches from forming on your drainer and it also allows you to organise your dishes so that they can dry effectively. 

Strainer bowl

This accessory is useful when trying to get rid of food waste - it stops the waste from falling and causing the sink to block. 

Food prep board

If you are using up the whole sink already and you don’t have room to prep your food then a food prep board may be useful. To improve hygiene in the kitchen you can colour code or use different styles for different foods. 

Plate rack

A plate rack balances on the sink and provides extra space to dry dishes when you have already used all of the space on the draining board.

Drainer trivet

This is similar to the plate rack and can be used as extra drying space. It can also be used to hold hot pots and pans straight from the oven to avoid damaging the worktop.

Glass worktop saver

A glass worktop saver enables you to prepare food without damaging the surface and is also easy to clean. It’s one of the most hygienic tools to use when preparing food. 

Installation and Disposal

Installation and Disposal

Installation and Disposal

Installation and Disposal
Installation and Disposal

While you can install your sink yourself it is always best to get a professional to do it for you. Different types of sink require different installation methods so by getting a professional to do it you can be sure that it is being done correctly – especially if the sink needs to be cut into the work top or if it needs specific tools that stop the water from leaking from the sink to the counter top. It’s always better to let the professional to the job. 

Warranty

Check the warranty on your sink as different manufacturers will have different policies. It’s important to fully understand the warranty of your sink so that you can rest knowing that if you aren’t satisfied with the sink then you are completely covered. You should note that warranty does not cover normal wear and tear which occurs through the use of the sink. 

Type of tap

Type of tap

Finish

Finish

Water Pressure

Water Pressure

Waste Disposers

Waste Disposers

Installation and Disposal

Installation and Disposal

Type of tap

Type of tap

Type of tap

Add a touch of aesthetic appeal to your kitchen by choosing from a wide selection of traditional and contemporary styles. 

Type of tap
Pillar

Pillar taps are traditional style taps, there is a separate tap for hot and cold water and they are usually the most affordable. 

Bridge

Bridge taps have one faucet, one tap for hot water and one tap for cold water. They also have two valves and two mounting parts. 

Filter tap

Filter taps remove impurities such as: harmful bacteria, chlorine, lead and parasites and cysts - including cryptosporidium from the water by combining the under sink water filter with the kitchen tap so that your water tastes pure. The filter tap can be turned on and off. 

Water saving and flow restrictor

These taps include a flow aerator to regulate the flow of water which reduced your water use and utility bills. 

Single lever monobloc

This type of tap only has one handle which controls the hot and cold tap so that you can regulate the water temperature and turn it on and off easily. 

Dual lever monobloc

This is similar to the single lever monobloc, except it has a dual lever which still allows for easy control of water flow and temperature. 

Boiling tap

This provides you with instant hot water so you don’t have to waste water and energy by using a kettle. 

Pull out head taps

This tap is used for extra control when washing dishes or food. The end of the tap can be detached from the main spout via a hose. 

Finish

Finish

Finish

Finish
Chrome

Chrome has a high shine finish but it needs to be well looked after and polished regularly to maintain that shine. However, it is durable. 

Brushed

A brushed finish gives the tap an eye catching sheen appearance and is long lasting. Brush finishes are available in both modern and traditional designs. 

Nickel

This is available in a variety of styles and can fit in different kitchen designs, it is also long lasting and durable. 

Polished brass

This finish creates a more traditional look and adds a rich element to the sink area. 

White

White works with modern or traditional kitchens and is resistant to finger prints or watermarks, however it can be prone to chipping due to the material that it’s made from.

Black

A black finish provides a contemporary look to any kitchen sink and works well with endless kitchen colour schemes.

Water Pressure

Water Pressure

Water Pressure

Water Pressure
Maximum

Your home will have a maximum limit for water pressure which will differ for each home and area. If the water pressure exceeds this then it can cause harm to the plumbing fixtures in the house, it can also cause leaks.

Minimum

The GSS (Guaranteed Standards Scheme) states that water companies should maintain a minimum water pressure of seven metres static head in the communication pipe. 

Waste Disposers

Waste Disposers

Waste Disposers

Waste disposers are great additions to your kitchen sink. Not only are they good for the environment but they also prevent blockage in the sink and help to keep it clean. Food falls into the sink and is washed away into the disposer and crushed into tiny pieces, it’s then flushed away as normal.  Some models contain a Bio Shield which protects against odour and bacterial growth. They are available in a variety of sizes and they are easy to install – you just need a mains power source nearby. Remember to clean your waste disposer regularly to keep it in pristine condition. 

Waste Disposers
Installation and Disposal

Installation and Disposal

Installation and Disposal

Installation and Disposal
Installation and Disposal

It is always better to get a professional plumber to install your kitchen taps. There are a number of factors to think about before installing your tap, such as the water pressure, so it’s best to carry out the installation safely with a professional. 

Warranty

Like kitchen sinks, you should always double check the warranty that comes with your taps before you complete the purchase with the manufacturer. It’s important to be sure that if you do encounter any problems with your taps that you are covered. 

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