Why choose a ceramic sink over stainless steel?

Ceramic (also known as fine fireclay or porcelain) sinks have been around in England and Europe for hundreds of years, so they are really nothing new to the world, they are just slightly newer to the Australian market.

People ask why buy a ceramic sink over stainless steel or any other type? The main reason is the look. A butler sink can be the centre of attention in your kitchen and make it look a million dollars! It can be used to give it a beautiful country style provincial look, complement the Shaker or Hampton style, or they are sometimes even used in a more contemporary kitchen. It looks especially brilliant with thick solid timber bench tops.

A very important point to understand when purchasing a ceramic sink, is it does require more care than other sinks. This simply means that in a stainless steel sink you can throw cutlery and plates in with little fear of anything breaking, whereas ceramic requires placing the items in more carefully. Having said this, Turner Hastings uses high quality solid fine fireclay which is very durable. This durability comes from the sink being fired at over 1250 degrees celsius, and being glazed twice for extra durability. It requires a lot of impact to chip or even crack the sink.

For peace of mind, you can purchase a rubber sink mat from Turner Hastings. The rubber sink mat has holes in it to allow water drainage during use. The protector mat prevents smashing a wine glass or damaging the sink with a metal object. Once dishes are done it can be simply rolled up and placed back in to the cupboard.

 Another great advantage of a ceramic sink is they are often made a lot larger than the stainless steel ones. It seems stainless steel sinks are getting smaller and thinner to save money, but it becomes impractical for years of use with large dishes, especially if you are one to entertain guests regularly!

Ceramic is also the most hygienic product on the market. It is a glazed product and cannot be stained with anything, even permanent marker can be completely removed with a cloth and minimal cleaning fluid.

Ceramic sinks can vary vastly in price. Typically the higher priced better branded products are better quality in a number of ways. Cheaper sinks are susceptible to crazing, which is when the clay absorbs moisture after months or years of use, and grey lines under the surface appear all over your sink. Turner Hastings' 30 year warranty covers manufacturing faults such as this. This does not apply if you have mishandled your sink. 

Finally, when you purchase your ceramic sink, make sure you get the sink and give it to the cabinet maker before making the cabinetry. This is important because being a handmade natural clay fired product, it can vary by up to 2% from the specification, and you will want to get your cabinetry and bench top perfectly lined up with the sink. 

If you have any enquiries regarding these sinks, simply give our friendly team a call on 1300 00 22 84.