Kitchen sink made of artificial stone - 8 tips for choice

Kitchen sink made of artificial stone has the most ambiguous "reputation". Sometimes they are called the best, and sometimes - the worst of all. For example, often users complain about indelible stains, chips, scratches and even ... falling off the bottom.

  • In many ways, confusion in terms of contradictions is to blame for contradictory reviews. After all, "an artificial stone" is often called and acrylic stone, and agglomerate of granite / quartz. And yet these two materials are very different from each other despite the external similarity.

In this article we will consider different types of artificial stone, compare this material with ceramics and stainless steel, and also give some advice on the selection and operation of "stone" sinks.

Tip 1. The cast (composite) sink is better than glued (acrylic)

Sinks made of artificial stone are glued and cast. Outwardly, they practically do not differ, but cast sinks are stronger and durable, and therefore somewhat more expensive. However, both types of sinks are good in their own way and have their weak points. Let's open this moment more in detail.

Glued sinks (sheet, acrylic)

Such washers look like monolithic and absolutely seamless. However, they have seams, because the bowl is glued together from two parts - sides and bottom, which in turn are made of sheets of artificial stone based on acrylic resins. Then the product is covered with gelcoat - a protective layer of 1-2 mm thick with characteristic light gloss. The gelcoat, as it were, clogs the pores of the stone base, thereby preventing the absorption of tea, coffee, wine and other coloring liquids and products.

  • Corian work top and sinkMonolithic table top, window sill and sink made of acrylic stone Koriana
  • Corian work top and sinkMonolithic table top, window sill and sink made of acrylic stone Koriana
  • Corian work top and sinkMonolithic table top, window sill and sink made of acrylic stone Koriana

Pros and cons of the acrylic sheet wash (compared to the cast)

prosMinuses
Low price (from 2.5 tr)The surface of the sink is very scratched. Periodically scratches need to be polished
Greater choice of colors and shadesDo not place hot dishes on the sink, as the material may melt
Less susceptible to chipsAt the glued sink can fall off the bottom due to the falling of a heavy object, say, a frozen chicken, because of the fusion of boiling water, and also because of sudden changes in temperature. Fortunately, a broken sink can be repaired and re-glued, leaving no trace
The possibility of seamless integration with the table topOver time, the washing can turn yellow due to the acrylic component

As a rule, after repeated "home" polishing, the acrylic sink is scarred less.

Molded sinks (other names: composite / agglomerate sinks, sinks made of artificial granite / quartz / marble)

Casting technology allows you to create a monolithic design, due to which washing is obtained more impact-resistant and heat-resistant. The manufacturing process looks like this: a composite stone in a liquid form is heated and laid on a template (matrix) and left until completely cooled.

  • мойка OmoikiriWashing of artificial granite from the brand Omoikiri in the interior of the kitchen
  • мойка OmoikiriWashing of artificial granite from the brand Omoikiri in the interior of the kitchen
  • мойка OmoikiriWashing of artificial granite from the brand Omoikiri in the interior of the kitchen
prosMinuses
The surface is practically not scratched. If desired, you can cut vegetables on a composite sink. And washing can be washed with abrasivesHigher price (from 4 tr). The average price is 12-30 thousand rubles. By the way, this is twice as expensive as stainless steel washers
Withstands blows. If suddenly a cast-iron frying pan falls on the sink, the bowl / wing will not crack, and the bottom does not fall outA smaller selection of shades
Greater resistance to temperature changesRecessed composite washers are not subject to repair and polishing
On the cast composite sink it is possible to put hot dishes. So, for example, European sinks made of artificial stone will withstand temperatures of up to 280 degrees, Russian sinks up to 180 degrees. For comparison: the heated frying pan heats up to 180-230 degrees
The chemical inertness of the artificial stone allows you to wash the sink by any means - based on alkalis, acids, acetone, chlorine
Sink made of artificial granite or quartz agglomerate does not turn yellow and does not fade with time
The service life of composite washing is 10-15 years

Tip 2. Optimal ratio of stone crumb and binding base - 80:20

Any artificial stone consists of a mineral component (crumb granite or marble) and a binder component (polymer or acrylic resins). The quality of the sink depends on their percentage ratio in the composition. Each manufacturer has its own "proprietary recipe" for fabricating the material and a patented name. So, for example, Franke called his "stone" a fregranut, Blanco - a silganite, Teka - a tegranite, and Omoikiri - a tetogranite. How to understand which composite sink is better?

  • It is said that the more a stone crumb material contains less resin, the better. However, not everything is so unambiguous here.

The fact is that the more material in the stone crumb (for example, 85%) and less binder, the more resistant to scratches and high temperatures will be washing. But at the same time, it becomes less shockproof. And vice versa: car washes with a predominant binder component are more shockproof, but less resistant to scratches and contacts with hot dishes / boiling water. Therefore, to choose a sink from an artificial stone is based on their needs. If you rarely use heavy dishes, it makes sense to choose a model with a high content of minerals.

  • Would you like to choose the average option? Look for a sink in which the share of stone crumb is 80%, respectively, the proportion of binder and additives - 20%.

Council 3. "Marble" washers are worse than "granite" and "quartz"

Artificial stone is made of granite, quartz or marble chips. Sinks made of artificial marble (cast marble) are less shock-resistant and resistant to abrasion, scratches, temperature changes, UV rays. But they are cheaper.

  • Sink made of artificial graniteMortise sink made of artificial granite from Franke in the interior of the kitchen
  • Sink made of artificial graniteMortise sink made of artificial granite from Franke in the interior of the kitchen
  • Sink made of artificial graniteMortise sink made of artificial granite from Franke in the interior of the kitchen

Advice 4. Buy a sink from an artificial stone only the known manufacturer and at firm with good responses

Sinks made of artificial stone (both cast and glued) can be ready (cut / invoiced and manufactured in the factory) and made to order (these are usually integrated models or models of non-standard sizes / shapes). In the latter case, the manufacturer should be chosen especially meticulously, because very much depends on the "assembly", and not only on the material. If an unscrupulous manufacturer breaks the manufacturing technology, or instead of the claimed Korean / German "stone" uses a counterfeit, the washing can simply burst.

  • Ideally, choosing a firm of sinks from artificial stone you need to focus on the reviews of those who use the sink for at least 2-3 years, and preferably about 5 years.
  • Also an important criterion of choice is the provision of a guarantee. The longer its term, the more the manufacturer is confident in its product. Most firms offer a warranty of 1 year, but some 3 or 5 years.
  • Ready-made mortise and artificial stone washers are manufactured by the following companies: Blanco, Franke, Longran, Poligran, Omoikiri, Granfest, Alveus, Zorg, Schock, etc.
  • Buy an acrylic sink from the "stone" of famous manufacturers, for example, DuPont CORIAN, Staron, LG, Hi-macs, Samsung, Tristone, etc.
  • Bypass the construction markets and nameless shops - they can run into fakes. It is more reliable to buy stone washes at dealers and in official representations.

Tip 5. Want a practical wash? Refuse to buy a dark sink

Dark sinks are the most marquee. Limescale deposits, rust, drops of water and food residue on a black or dark brown background will be particularly noticeable. The most practical washers are beige and light brown with pronounced "specks".

  • washing of ElleciBeige overhead sink from granite chips with two bowls
  • washing of ElleciBeige overhead sink from granite chips with two bowls
  • washing of ElleciBeige overhead sink from granite chips with two bowls

Tip 6. DO NOT buy a "stone" sink if ...

Here are 3 cases when instead of washing from an artificial stone it is necessary to choose a model from stainless steel:

  • If you want to buy a car wash paired with a chopper. The fact is that because of the vibrations and weight of the chopper itself, the car wash can crack (especially acrylic). In this case, it is better to choose stainless steel.
  • If you are accustomed to storing dishes in a sink, for example, for washing in a dishwasher. Stagnant water, liquids and pieces of food leave a raid on the bottom and walls of the bowl.
  • If for you in the priority of practicality, rather than aesthetics, because only a stainless steel sink will give you the opportunity:
  1. Drain boiling water, not including cold water;
  2. Shake off the sides of the bowl of leftover food from a fork or scapula;
  3. Put hot dishes on the sink;
  4. Do not wash dishes immediately.

Tip 7. Make sure that the sink has a pull-up to the center

When choosing a sink made of artificial stone, pay attention to the presence of a small pull-up to the center (to the drain hole). This is to ensure that the water drains into the sink, and does not stagnate at the bottom, leaving a dirty plaque.

Tip 8. You can choose the same mixer for an artificial stone sink

So the working area of ​​your kitchen will become especially stylish. True color mixer will be slightly different from the sink. Raznoton is not a marriage, because the sinks are entirely made of artificial stone, and the mixer is only covered with stone spray.

See more: How to choose a kitchen faucet

5 main rules for using an artificial stone sink

Such sinks are beautiful and hygienic, but you need to use them carefully, adhering to the following rules:

  1. Before pouring boiling water into the sink, ALWAYS start cold water at first.
  2. At the bottom of the sink it is desirable to lay a rubber / silicone mat or stand that will protect the bottom from scratches and contact with hot dishes.
  3. Try not to save dishes in a bowl, but wash it right away.
  4. Do not use acetone-containing cleaning agents to clean the artificial stone sinks, but also aggressive oven cleaners and hard abrasives.
  5. Do not put red-hot utensils in the sink or on its wing.

How to wash a LIGHT sink from an artificial stone?

Close the sink, fill the sink with water by about ¼, add a detergent and leave to soak for 15 minutes. At this time, wipe with the same liquid the rest of the bowl. Finally, open the sink, rinse and wipe the sink clean and dry.

And the last tip: you have to start caring for a sink right away from the moment of installation, then even the most capricious sink will serve you long.

Comparison of a sink from an artificial stone with sinks from a stainless steel, ceramics and a natural stone

If you are looking at the table on the smartphone, turn it to the horizontal position - so the whole table will enter the screen area.

Acrylic stoneArtificial granite / marble / quartzStainless steelCeramic sink
Ease of cleaning+–++–
Sound attenuation++- * The problem is partly solved by a layer of noise insulation, which is attached to the bottom of the back of the bowl. In addition, much depends on the thickness of the steel. If it is thick, the washing will be almost noiseless.+- *Ceramic sink не гремит от потока воды из крана, но может «звенеть» при соприкосновении с посудой
Scratch Resistance-+-+
Resistance to shock, falling heavy objects-+-+-
Invisibility of drops, stains and plaque from hard water++-+
Possibility of local repair (grinding scratches, chips)++--
Resistance to contact with hot dishes-+++
Resistance to sudden temperature changes-++-
Chemical inertness-+-++-
PriceLowMedium and highLow и средняяHigh

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