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  1.  
    Looking to spec a sink for my kitchen, I will be using a dishwasher primarily (never used one in my life).

    What are the preferred sinks? Reclaimed Belfast sink maybe? Although I've been told these have issues with dirt and grime at the edges.

    Any preferred option? Stainless? Bowl and a half? Single etc?

    Need a Mrs for this type of stuff!!
    • CommentAuthorringi
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2015
     
    Stainless, with bowl and half if you have the space. Otherwise you can't empty the tea pot while a pan is soaking.
    • CommentAuthorTriassic
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2015
     
    We went for stone worktops, only because we got a great deal on them. We fitted a stainless steel bowl and a separate S/S half bowl, these are bonded to the underside of the stone. Nice clean edges and easy to clean.

    We also have a dishwasher, we only run it when full, so make sure you have enough plates, cups etc to fill it, or get a small one.
    • CommentAuthorJamster
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2015
     
    Posted By: TriassicWe also have a dishwasher, we only run it when full, so make sure you have enough plates, cups etc to fill it, or get a small one.


    Get a small child or two - you'll always have enough dishes to fill a dishwasher. You'll likely have to fill it though.

    He said bitterly.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2015
     
    SS for me and never under-slung always inset.
  2.  
    Stainless it is then
    • CommentAuthorrhamdu
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2015
     
    Posted By: ringiOtherwise you can't empty the tea pot while a pan is soaking.
    However fabulous your sink, it's legal to have a plastic washing up bowl.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2015 edited
     
    Make sure the sink can take the grills/wire shelves from the cooker.
    Friends of mine have a camper van that has a tiny sink, so tiny you can't get a plate in it.
    • CommentAuthorRedDoor
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2015
     
    Some of the spec of your sink will be limited by the unit you bought for it to go over. A 500mm wide unit will limit your choice.
    We got a cheapy ceramic from Focus ( remember them?) but it looks a bit grotty now after 5 or 6 years
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    Stainless steel looks good even after 60 years.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015 edited
     
    Again, Corian can be used to form a sink's sides with a stainless steel bottom and grooves for draining in the Corian blending into the rest of the worktop. I was curious about how the bottom was fixed to the sides - seems to be with an adhesive - but it hasn't failed.

    You occasionally get water mark stains on the corian from limescale but that can be washed off.

    Don't mean to sound like a corian salesman but just putting another option out there. It looks very slick. I think it's a plastic of some kind so the embodied energy may be high.

    Deffo agree about getting a large sink!
    • CommentAuthorsnyggapa
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    from what I now know, I would always get a sink with a second (half sized would be adequate) bowl so that you can rinse something in the side bowl whilst you have the main bowl full of water.

    butler/belfast sinks look great in the right setting, but you can't wash glass in them and if you drop a plate then it breaks - so you need a internal plastic liner.

    -Steve
    • CommentAuthormarktime
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    Butler sinks are for conspicuous consumption, much like Aga's. You have a dishwasher? Then you dont need a draining board. Free's up ocean's of space, Have enough crockery so you can fill it and still have plates and cups to use.

    Get a sink that will occupy the max. area of the cupboard top below. Get a good quality S/S, don't buy the cheapest crap as it will discolour and not be recoverable with polishing.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015 edited
     
    I'm with gravelld on the advantages of Corian,- ( generically solid surface ).
    There are other companies producing very similar materials in all manner of colours and mixtures. The big advantage is the seamless way it can be formed and thermoformed. No more silicone sealants at worktop/wall junction, its all one. It can be cut, joined, routered, sanded, and glued ,( you really can't see the join), as wood.
    Sad thing is, it's not really a DIY job. Even if you had the time, and tools, and skill, you'll have difficulty getting the raw material as most of the better companies want to protect their name and will only sell sheet material to trained fabricators. I know I once tried to buy some.
    Oh, and it's expensive, but then the best always is.
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    Stainless steel and as big as possible. The sink in our kitchen is slightly too small and it's a pain when washing big pans. Double draining area.
  3.  
    What are the ikea sinks like in terms of quality?

    Or pick franke?
  4.  
    Just looking at the ikea range and their 1.5 bowl with drainer is £90 and uses 18/10 stainless

    Worth a shot or can get a single bowl franke for £100
    • CommentAuthorSimon Still
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2015 edited
     
    Whatever the brand, see if you can find out how thick the metal is (or look at them 'in the flesh') before ordering. Cheap sinks are as thin as 0.7mm, best quality 1.25mm or more
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2015
     
    May be OK in the utility but I wouldn't give it kitchen room.
  5.  
    I got the ikea one as I sent my old man to pick it up

    I may change it if it feels flimsy.

    Would you go for single bowl or 1.5?
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      CommentAuthorjoe90
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2015
     
    defo 1.5.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2015
     
    Yep
    •  
      CommentAuthorjoe90
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2015
     
    defo 1.5.
  6.  
    Yeah that's what I had in my last house but now I have a washing machine on order I wasn't sure. Better to be safe than sorry. I think I'll stick with the IKEA sink:

    I quite like the fact the half sink is on the outer side:
    http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/S09896283/
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      CommentAuthorjoe90
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2015 edited
     
    there is nothing worse than wanting to pour something away when the sink is already full of water, a 1.5 gives you that facility IMO
  7.  
    I made a mistake with mine, fitted two full size sinks side by side rather than going for one and a half. It gives great space for washing large items but it is very wasteful of hot water. I keep meaning to buy a plastic basin but keep forgetting.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2015
     
    If you go for a larger sink, which I would advise, you're also more likely to use a plastic bowl for day to day washing (because it uses so much hot water to fill the sink) so you're always able to pour something else away. Never had that problem when we only had the one sink.
    • CommentAuthorrhamdu
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2015
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: Chris P Bacon</cite>I keep meaning to buy a plastic basin but keep forgetting.</blockquote>~Would you like us to remind you from time to time?:bigsmile:
  8.  
    We bought a Franke.

    The best features are that the half sink is at the end not in the middle (ie half sink ... Sink ... Drainer}, the quality of tey steel and then depth of the lip which stops water flooding. There's a ridiculous 50 year guarantee. It comes with a glass chopping board.

    It is one of these

    http://www.franke.com/content/kitchensystems/uk/en/home/products/bymodelrange/sinks/mythos/mmx_661/101_0051_478_detail.html

    Cost was quite painful but worth it, and service is excellent.

    My real preference is for sit on top sinks, however, as they have no sealed edges of holes to go 'orrible.

    Ferdinand
  9.  
    That's basically what I bought from ikea for £90 including wastes. Decent thickness steel too
   
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