With the kitchen being the heart of the home, it’s crucial that every aspect of yours is well thought out.

Very few fixtures, however, are as important as your kitchen sink.

Quite easily the most used part of the kitchen, you’re going to want something that truly looks the part and does exactly what you need it to do.

While we’ve previously covered the importance of choosing the right size kitchen sink and the right type of kitchen sink, there’s another factor that can have an impact - what it’s made of.

So, to give you some guidance, we’re pitting two of the most popular kitchen sink materials against one another to assess the benefits of each.

We’ll also recommend a few of our most sought-after kitchen options to help those in need of some kitchen sink inspiration!

The Pros and Cons of Granite Sinks

Known for its toughness, granite is a heavy-duty material that doesn’t rust and can withstand all sorts of use. Resilient against almost everything you can throw at them, most granite sinks are scratch-resistant and heat-resistant, as well as being resistant to all manner of food stains.

In addition to their practical qualities, granite sinks have become highly desirable for their looks. A simple but highly effective way to add a natural touch to kitchens, granite’s organically occurring patterns and veins make almost every sink unique. You’ll find options in a range of colours, too.

The only downsides of granite sinks are minor. The fact that they tend to be a lot heavier than stainless steel sinks can make them a bit trickier to install - especially if you’re attempting to do it yourself. They can also be chipped if heavy items, such as cast iron pans, are dropped on them from a height - but this extremely unlikely to happen.

Both of our top picks here are from hansgrohe’s kitchen sink range. These stylish and luxurious sinks can seamlessly integrate with all styles of kitchen and are made using a unique composite of fine quartz sand and 20% high-grade acrylic.

The resulting surface is one that is both incredibly hard as well as smooth and pore-free. This surface makes them extremely easy to clean and prevents dirt from penetrating or sticking; a blessing in those busy family kitchens!

hansgrohe C51-F450-06 1.0 Bowl Kitchen Sink & Tap Bundle - 43217000
The hansgrohe C51-F450-06 1.0 Bowl Kitchen Sink is an exemplary option crafted using SilicaTec granite.

But hansgrohe SilicaTec kitchen sinks aren’t just about functionality and toughness. Grey, anthracite, and black composite sinks are all the rage at the minute, so anything from the range will be certain to give your kitchen a lasting style boost, too.

hansgrohe S510-U635 1.5 Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink - Graphite Black - 43433170
A substantial 1.5 bowl sink, the hansgrohe S510-U635 is our choice for those who spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Granite Sinks In Summary...

Pros:

  • Extremely hard-wearing.
  • Stylish, and available in multiple finishes.
  • Scratch-resistant.
  • Resistant to food stains.
  • Less prone to water spots.
  • Great heat resistance.
  • Quieter than steel.

Cons:

  • Heavy, which can make them slightly more difficult to install.
  • Risk of chipping when washing heavy items.

The Pros and Cons of Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks

Thanks to its unrivalled durability, stainless steel is the most popular material used for UK sinks. Rust and heat don’t pose a threat to this rugged metal, while the sleek and shiny surfaces it creates make cleaning and maintenance a breeze.

Due to their popularity, stainless steel sinks are available in countless contemporary and traditional designs to suit almost any kind of kitchen. There are a plethora of sizes on offer too, with options to fit even the smallest of kitchens - such as those in studio apartments and caravans.

There are a couple of slight downsides to stainless steel sinks. Firstly, unlike granite, stainless steel can start to pick up a lot of visible scratches through years of use. While many of these can be buffed out with a bit of maintenance work, they can become unsightly if not attended to.

They’re also considerably louder than granite sinks when in use. Though much of this noise can be alleviated with proper insulation, picking a thicker and more expensive stainless steel sink is your best bet if noise is a worry.

The first of our recommendations: the eyecatching Rangemaster Glendale. An impressive single bowl stainless steel sink, the Glendale is manufactured using high-grade 18/10 stainless steel and sports an elegant, pared-back design. It’s best suited for medium-sized kitchens.

Rangemaster Glendale 1.0 Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
The Rangemaster Glendale is made of fine 18/10 stainless steel and will comfortably withstand years of daily use.

Those with busier kitchens, on the other hand, should consider the Franke 1.5 Bowl Single Drainer sink. This large sink is made using 0.6mm thick 304 stainless steel; a grade renowned in industrial applications for its heat resistant qualities.

Franke 1.5 Bowl Single Drainer Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink inc. Waste
The Franke 1.5 Bowl Single Drainer Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink is a roomy, dependable choice for both modern and traditional kitchens

Stainless Steel Sinks In Summary...

Pros:

  • Heat resistant and never rusts.
  • Bright and appealing looks.
  • No risk of chipping.
  • Extremely easy to clean and low-maintenance.
  • Wide variety of options.
  • Cannot be chipped or cracked.
  • Lighter than other sink materials, making them easier to install.

Cons:

  • Can be louder than granite when in use.
  • Can be scratched over time.

The Verdict

In short, stainless steel and granite are both excellent materials for kitchen sinks. As there are very few negative aspects to either material, we suggest picking the option that is more suited to your needs.

Worried about being able to install it with ease? Go for a light stainless steel sink. More concerned about how loud your sink is in use? Opt for a weighty granite one. Whichever you settle on will be sure to look stylish and perform admirably through many years of use.



If you’ve found our guide to steel and granite kitchen sinks helpful, why not take a look at our expansive kitchen sinks range. The huge collection boasts all manner of sink, including granite, steel and ceramic options. For a variety of other style guides and DIY tutorials, stick with us here on the Victorian Plumbing blog.