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Granite vs Synthetic Kitchen sinks – What’s best for your kitchen



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Choosing which sink to buy for your home is unexpectedly difficult, however, it would be a lot easier if you have some knowledge about the materials wouldn’t it?

Let’s start with Granite.


What is a granite sink?


Granite is one of the most durable and hard-wearing materials that you can choose for your sink in your home. Granite composite is made from granite, crushed quartz, and acrylic resin, all combined. This material looks and feels just like natural stone, but is much less costly. Click here to read our blog all about the materials used and the production process of granite sinks.

This material complements most kitchen worktop materials making it a very popular choice for consumers. They come in a range of different colours and sizes to fit into almost any kitchen!


You are probably asking yourself, why would I be interested in a granite sink?


Advantages


Well, granite sinks have plenty of advantages. Granite sinks are extremely durable, this is due to how the sink is manufactured and the materials in which they use.

They are highly resistant allowing you to have complete creative freedom in the kitchen. You can put any foods onto the sink including the questionable ones such as lemons and limes (acidic) and beetroot and coffee (you’d think would stain!). As well as this, they are heat resistant which is ideal when working in a busy kitchen with lots of hot pots and pans.

As every sink is made up of a range of different materials combined, every sink is completely unique looking and no sink will look exactly the same, different flecks of the materials will show up differently.


Another advantage of granite sinks is that the cleaning process is extra easy- you only need a cream cleaner and a damp cloth- you don’t have to go all out and purchase special cleaning products, it’s a home remedy!

If you would like to buy specialist cleaning products, they are available click here to see which one would be more suitable for this material.

Take a look at the video below to see how easy it is to clean!


Disadvantages

So, you are now probably thinking that there are too many advantages for there to not be any disadvantages…like with any product you may buy, there will always be some sort of disadvantage. 


Granite sinks can be quite expensive at times, depending on which brand you use and prefer, so there are certainly cheaper options out there, but with granites, you get what you pay for.

There is a slight risk of the granite material chipping so with any sink you would need to be careful. Granite sinks are also big, bulky, and heavy, so this would require a lot of strength with transportation, and installation.

Overall, I think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, this material is becoming increasingly popular due to its longevity – once you have one installed you will not need to buy a new one for many years.


What is as a synthetic sink?


A synthetic sink can also be known as SMC or Tectonite. Franke uses tectonite to describe their synthetic sinks, SMC stands for sheet moulding compound or composite. Synthetic sinks have an acrylic-like feeling, and no this isn’t plastic…The material used to produce a synthetic sink is glass fiber reinforced polyester.

These sinks are incredibly durable, they are formed under high pressure to create a durable structure. They are available in a wide range of colours and sizes so there is something for everyone!


So, what actually stands out with a synthetic sink?


Advantages


Synthetic sinks are extraordinarily heat resistant up to around 300 degrees for a short period of time but this doesn’t mean you can leave a hot pan on the surface of the sink for a long period of time.

The synthetic material is remarkably light, so this would be easier for safer transportation, and easier with the installation of the sink. We have a range of colours, so it’s not just all plain… we have colours including black, grey and white.


One of the main advantages of a synthetic sink is that the price is strikingly low and cost-effective as they are manufactured economically, especially if you have a budget and need to stay within! They look very similar to granite sinks making this a best seller.

They are also incredibly easy to clean. We recommend the Franke Twister cream cleaner, this will keep your sink looking brand new after every cleaning.


Disadvantages


Like with all sinks, there is a lot of maintaining and cleaning, to make sure your sinks glisten like they do when they first arrive.
I would also advise, that if you live in a hard water area, more regular deep cleaning will be needed for the sink and limescale can build up on the sink – it is best to take precautions and maintain the cleanliness of the sink as you go along.


Another disadvantage for me would be refraining from leaving crockery in the bowl or on the drainer, as this could leave marks/chips- but again this is like every other sink.


Our most popular sinks – Granite and Synthetic


Our best-selling granite sink has to be the Astini Elmo, coming in black, white, and grey and available in 1 bowl or 1.5 bowls.

Our best-selling synthetic sink would be the Astini Xeron, this also comes in black white, and grey and is available in 1 bowl, 1.5 bowls, and 2 bowls.

Let’s conclude..

So, after reviewing both materials and finding out a little more information on the products, I am hoping that this has helped you make your decision a lot easier in choosing a beautiful sink for your home…


Just remember, if you haven’t really got a budget and are willing to spend a lot more on your sink, then granite is the best option for you.


However, if you have a slight budget, and looking for a lighter feeling sink, then synthetic is definitely for you!

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