Are Belfast sinks practical? Well, they have been a popular choice since the 1700s, over 300 years, so they must have some qualities that people like. Back in the 18th century, it was mostly the landed gentry that had Belfast sinks installed in their kitchens. Two main qualities make them practical: their aesthetic appeal and their enduring robustness.
Belfast sinks are so called simply because they were originally made and exported from Belfast in Northern Ireland. They were essentially a progression of the Butler sink. Their depth and larger size made them ideal for washing larger objects, and their strength and durability allowed them to withstand years of hard wear and tear, and still retain their good looks.
The main innovation that the Belfast sink introduced was the overflow feature. In Belfast, there was an ample supply of fresh water, so it made sense to the makers of the sinks there to include a feature that catered for the accidental over-filling of a sink. In London, where the Butler sinks were produced, fresh water was more at a premium, so an overflow feature was not considered as they didn't think people would be accidentally overfilling their sinks.
You can read more about the history of Belfast and Butler sinks in our article.
The Belfast sink is not a showy kind of fancy sink. It has endured throughout the years with a simple, yet highly functional and practical design that suits its purpose perfectly. Despite that, most people find the aesthetics of a Belfast sink to be quite pleasing to the eye. Its very simplicity suggests its practicality, reinforcing a feeling of strength and endurance, exactly what you get with your purchase of a Belfast sink.
One of the main characteristics of a Belfast sink is the deepness of it. It can hold a lot of water, making it eminently suitable for washing large objects that otherwise would not fit into a more standard sized sink. It also means you can fit many smaller items into the sink at the same time, saving yourself the loading and unloading time that would otherwise be necessary.
Pictured to the right you can see one of our most popular Belfast sinks, the Astini Belfast 100 in White.
Despite their size and bulk, Belfast sinks are not a particularly expensive item. Their affordability and practicality make them an excellent choice for any modern day kitchen. Also, Belfast sinks can be purchased as either single or double sinks. If your needs are leaning closer to the industrial side of things, a double Belfast sink with double the benefits might just be the perfect choice for you.
Belfast sinks were once produced only in a plain rectangular design. That has changed. Today you can purchase a Belfast sink in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, all designed to suit the varying different kitchen plans and layouts. They still manage to retain that certain something that instantly identifies them as a Belfast sink, however.
If your curiosity about Belfast sink has been piqued, why not check out the range of Belfast sinks available at Taps UK? They have a wide range of models on offer to suit every occasion and every kitchen. You can contact them on 01527 868 510.