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Choosing a sink for your dream kitchen
Source : The Hindu Published On : 2012-01-07 City : Chennai

Choosing a Sink for Your Dream Kitchen

Modern kitchens are more than modular segments. Complete solutions with compact systems for cooking, washing and other needs of the kitchen are available.

One fast-growing kitchen product is the sink. Available in stainless steel, cast iron, solid surface, composites, and natural stones, the sinks come with glossy, satin, or anti-scratch finishes. The sinks are not just single bowls with a drain tray. They come with two or three bowls, vegetable bowls, strainers, guards, drain kits, faucet, soap dispenser, and even garbage disposer. Some of the latest entries in the market have sensors too.

Though Germany and Italy are the pioneers in kitchen solutions, several imported and domestic brands are available in the market. Many houses prefer to have the conventional sink made of natural stones outside the house and the modern ones in the kitchen.

Gopinath Arunachalam, Chairman of Coimbatore Centre of Indian Plumbing Association, said the market was huge for kitchen sinks. About 90 per cent of the sinks available in the market were branded. Nearly 60 per cent of these were Indian brands.

Labour shortage to install the conventional sinks, delivery schedule pressures in multi-storeyed apartments, space constraints, smaller utility and store spaces in the kitchen had all led to additional facilities coming with the sinks.

Provisions for storing the segregated waste beneath the sink, separate bowls to wash the vessels and the food items, provisions for attaching the sink to a dish washer or a garbage disposer, noise damper and waste crusher were some of the facilities that came as value-additions with kitchen sinks.

Stainless steel sinks were the most sold now. Acrylic sinks were catching on. Steel sinks with enamel tops formed the luxury segment. Then there were natural materials that were artificially crafted, he said.

Public awareness should improve on the range of kitchen sinks available in the market, Mr. Gopinath added.

Customers should also ensure that the edges of the sink were not sharp. The edges should have double fold. The surface should be non-porous. The outlet pipe should be a U-Siphon, and this would soon become mandatory. It would avoid foul smell from the sink and protect it from cockroaches too.

Food particles should not stick to the surface of the sink, he said.

The outlet pipe should be larger (three-and-a-half inches) so that there was a possibility to attach any of the additional features to the sink later, he said.

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