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Sunny41 Sat 13-Jan-18 22:14:19

We are having a Wickes Tiverton bone kitchen with the island in Tiverton slate. We will be having Unistone Carrara Blanco quartz worktops. My final decision is the sink - we know we want an under mount but cannot decide on white ceramic or stainless steel. Thoughts?

JohnLapsleyParlabane Sat 13-Jan-18 22:17:44

We have a white ceramic under mount sink. It's a pain in the ass. Wish I'd insisted on stainless steel but DH really wanted it.

justdontevenfuckingstart Sat 13-Jan-18 22:17:46

Ceramic every time over ss. Can you not get a built in sink in the quartz rather than undermounted?

Mosaic123 Sat 13-Jan-18 23:39:50

Stainless steel. Easy to look after. Hardly shows as it's undermined anyway.

Mosaic123 Sat 13-Jan-18 23:40:31


Sunny41 Sun 14-Jan-18 10:29:37

I’ve not heard of a sink being built in quartz but it sounds expensive.

Sunny41 Sun 14-Jan-18 10:31:11

So 2 votes for stainless steel, 1 for ceramic. Any more?

mumpoints Sun 14-Jan-18 10:34:12

Ceramic looks better, as functions better.

Our ceramic one is awful to use. I have broken more crockery since having it than the sink is worth! Anything that slips out of soapy hands breaks. With my old stainless, it seemed to bounce!

mumpoints Sun 14-Jan-18 10:35:07

That should be “SS functions better”.

mumpoints Sun 14-Jan-18 10:36:23

What are your colours? I saw a stainless sink in a blue tint, can’t remember where, it was gorgeous,

Sunny41 Sun 14-Jan-18 10:46:12

Off white main cabinets, grey island cabinets, white marble quartz worktop.

Sunny41 Sun 14-Jan-18 10:47:53

And does the ceramic get scratched or chipped?

mumpoints Sun 14-Jan-18 10:49:14

So SS will look fine with those colours anyway then.

mumpoints Sun 14-Jan-18 10:51:33

Ours has crazed a bit around the plug. It always looks messy though. It is very flat bottomed and puddles stay in it. And if you pour a cup of half finished coffee down the plug, it has to be cleaned. A quick rinse doesn’t do it.

Sunny41 Sun 14-Jan-18 10:55:00

Thank you. I do prefer the look of ceramic but think we will be safer with ss.

mumpoints Sun 14-Jan-18 10:57:28

If you search for coloured stainless steel sinks, this company comes up they look fab!

Can’t find the blue one I saw, but they have a pearly one which looks like ceramic colour. Best of both worlds I’d say.

jigster01 Sun 14-Jan-18 10:58:14

Your kitchen sounds like ours ! Bianco Carrara unistone, porcelain units,charcoal island ( though looks deep navy blue) and blanco undermount sink will not be disappointed ..the quartz is superb and very beautiful-very busy 5 man house here and every 'stain' has wiped easy away

mumpoints Sun 14-Jan-18 10:59:11

Don’t know if they have undermounted though...

brizzledrizzle Sun 14-Jan-18 10:59:48

Ceramic with a bowl for washing up.

We have a large ceramic sink, it's great for washing cats in.

Vitalogy Sun 14-Jan-18 11:00:46

I think ceramic looks nicer but not so practical as SS. These undermount sinks, do they not ache your backs?

Sunny41 Sun 14-Jan-18 11:00:46

That looks interesting. Thanks.

KiaOraAura Sun 14-Jan-18 11:01:57

We've got a ceramic sink, had it about 7 years now (although its inset rather than undermounted. No chips, looks as good as new and we've never broken anything on it.

jigster01 Sun 14-Jan-18 11:06:26

Just to add a friend has white ceramic sink over granite and she said she wishes she had ss..I think because of scratching . If you do get ss I would recommend you buy a clear plastic mat for the base to avoid marks, scratching from cutlery etc ..we have a 1.5 bowl and again would recommend if you have space to get a sink that will be large enough to put your full width oven trays in ...great decision

Sunny41 Sun 14-Jan-18 11:12:57

It has to go over 600mm cupboard and we don’t think we can manage without 1.5 bowl. It’s the divider in the middle that I’m worried about banging stuff on with a ceramic one.

ArbitraryName Sun 14-Jan-18 11:14:51

We had a ceramic sink in our old house. It was great. No scratches or chips. Now we’ve got a stainless steel one and it’s covered in scratches.

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