When to Choose a Granite Sink

Kitchen trend aficionados are so¬†over granite as the go-to choice for kitchen counters. Once the darling of kitchen decor, granite is beginning to take a backseat to quartz, solid surface, and even luxurious materials like soapstone and copper. But we believe that granite will never be a relic of the past; every slab is a unique work of art by Mother Nature herself, and granite’s durability is hard to beat.

Even if you’re among the granite-haters, you should consider a granite sink when yours needs replacing. Granite and granite composite sinks are unarguably the most hardwearing and sturdy, a must in the kitchen fixture that is used most often.

While natural granite sinks are durable and practical, they are also incredibly heavy (consider extra installation costs and support systems). Like granite counters, each granite sink is different. Some choose to install a sink made of their counter material for a beautifully seamless look.

Natural granite may also be chiseled, carved or sculpted for a distinct appearance.
Barclay Aubrey Double Bowl Reversible Granite Farmer Sink
Barclay Aubrey Double Bowl Reversible Granite Farmer Sink
Barclay Bergamot 33" Double Bowl Sculpted Granite Farmer Sink
Barclay Bergamot 33″ Double Bowl Sculpted Granite Farmer Sink

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A more reasonably priced option – and one that complements other countertop materials – is composite granite. Composite granite, typically made of 80% granite mixed with 20% acrylic resin, looks and feels like natural stone at a more affordable cost.
Elkay E-Granite Undermount Double Bowl Sink
Elkay E-Granite Harmony Undermount Single Bowl Sink
Elkay E-Granite Harmony Undermount Single Bowl Sink
Blanco Diamond Super Single Bowl Metallic Gray Sink
Blanco Diamond Super Single Bowl Metallic Gray Sink

Granite composite is available in dozens of shapes, sizes, configurations, and matte finishes to enhance every kitchen imaginable. (Special thanks to Quality Bath customers who sent in images of their installed sinks!)

Blanco Performa Silgranit II 1-3/4 Medium Bowl
Blanco Performa Silgranit II 1-3/4 Medium Bowl
Blanco Diamond 1 and 3/4 Bowl Biscuit Sink
Blanco Diamond 1 and 3/4 Bowl Biscuit Sink
Schock Waterfall Cristalite Single Bowl Top Mount Sink
Schock Waterfall Cristalite Single Bowl Top Mount Sink
Houzer City Single Bowl with Drainer Board
Houzer City Single Bowl with Drainer Board

Like every sink material (and virtually everything in life), composite granite has its pros and cons.

Advantages of composite granite sinks

  • Heat resistant; will not fade or discolor when exposed to high heat
  • Resists scratching, acid, chipping, water spots, and staining
  • Abundant color options
  • Long life
  • Look and durability of natural stone at a fraction of the price

Disadvantages of composite granite sinks

  • May require extra support for installation
  • Matte finishes only
  • Require regular (but simple) maintenance
  • Lighter colors may stain; finish will dull from waterborne minerals if not regularly cleaned

What kind of sink do you have? What’s your dream kitchen sink made of?

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