You have to consider various factors, before choosing a kitchen sink. However, durability has always been the most important factor, rather than looks, design, or style. Now, times have changed, and a wide range of kitchen sinks are available in different materials. There are traditional ones, that are made of porcelain, stainless steel, granite, and copper. At the same time, newer versions made of fiberglass and acrylic are also getting popular.
Polyester/acrylic composite sink is cheaper than stainless steel or enamel kitchen sinks. They come in a variety of colors are easy to install. The latest ones are the granite composite sinks that are made of granite and acrylic resin in the ratio of 70:30 or 80:20. These kitchen sinks offer a combination of great looks and durability. The surface coating is done with compact rock particles, which makes it non-absorbent and non-porous. These sinks are also not prone to cracks and stains.
They are available in many patterns and styles. You can either go for a single tub or a double tub sink. Even the placement of drains may vary from one type to another. There is a wide range of color choice, as they come in white, black, red and green. The most popular among them are white and black. However, these sinks can be a little bit expensive, when compared to those made of polyester/acrylic composite material.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Acrylic kitchen sinks are lightweight and are easy to install.
- As compared to stainless steel sinks, acrylic ones are sound absorbent, as they dampen the noise caused by the utensils, while cleaning.
- They can be cleaned easily with ordinary non-abrasive cleaners.
- These sinks are scratch proof and are usually not prone to stains. However, stains may appear with long-term use.
- The wide range of colors, styles, and designs, is a huge advantage in itself. Granite/acrylic composite material has a matte finish and resembles natural stone in looks.
- Most types of acrylic sinks come with a solid surface and germ fighting feature, and have hassle-free drainage systems.
- Exposure to petroleum-based products may damage the surface of acrylic sinks, especially the polyester/acrylic ones. Use of abrasive materials may cause scratches on the surface of the sink.
- Even though, they can withstand a temperature of up to 365° F, polyester/acrylic sinks are prone to thermal shock, which can melt the material. Granite/acrylic composite material withstands a temperature of 535° F.
- Long-term use may result in surface penetration and stains. They are also not that durable, when compared to stainless steel or enamel sinks.