Choosing Your Kitchen Sink
Ch o o s i n g Yo u r Ki t c h e n S i n k
Desi gni ng The M ost Frequent l y Used Ar ea Of Your Ki t chen
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Gu i d e l i n e s
H i g h Tr a f f i c A r e a
No doubt about it . . . the sink is
the most frequently used area in
your kitchen.
It’s where you’re likely to be
standing at as family and friends
gather in the kitchen before a
meal.
It’s also the gathering spot, as
guests help you clear the table
after a delicious feast.
Washing vegetables, slicing and dicing, draining pasta, adding
water to recipes, rinsing dishes, washing fine crystal, soaking
pots and pans, watering plants . . . it all happens at the sink.
Morning, noon, and night, from food preparation to clean-up,
your sink is a hard working companion. It's exposed to hot and
cold, bumps and bruises, nicks and cuts, plus a full array of
enemies mounting daily attempts to leave their permanent mark
(coffee, tea, wine, fruit juices, beets, etc.)
The sink is also a visual focal point, sure to be noticed by all who
enter your kitchen.
It's no wonder your sink has to be
as tough and durable as it is good
looking.
Today’s design options provide
both style and durability, making it
easy to choose the right solution
for your lifestyle – as long as you
know what important features to
consider.
This booklet features a step-by-step process designed to assist you
in choosing the ideal sink solution for your lifestyle. Reference the
guidelines listed below as you read through this booklet, study sink
brochures, peruse the internet, and visit showrooms.
Primary Sink
Secondary Sink
Material
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Color
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Style
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Dimensions
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Number of Bowls
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Configuration
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Depth
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Installation Style
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Colander
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Cutting Board
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Sink Grid
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Crockery Basket
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Plate Stack
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Custom Accessories:
Decorative Accessories:
Soap/Lotion
Dispenser
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Strainer Baskets
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Coordinating Faucet ________________________
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Manufacturer:
History
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Quality
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Product Portfolio ________________________
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Service
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Warranty
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From contemporary to classic,
stainless steel works well with any
type of décor and complements
almost any countertop or work
surface. It’s also the ideal choice for coordinating with professional
style appliances.
Stainless steel not only looks
sleek and professional, but it
wears well too. It’s hygienic and
easy to maintain. More durable
than porcelain or cast iron,
stainless steel is highly resistant
to heat, stains, and rust. Because
stainless steel is a forgiving
material, it’s easy on dropped
dishes and glassware.
Consider these characteristics when shopping for a stainless
steel sink:
MATERIAL
304 series stainless steel, known for its durability
and stain resistance, is the best possible formulation
for kitchen sinks.
The chrome and nickel content in stainless steel
is an indicator of quality. Chrome gives stainless its
luster and durability, while nickel adds hardness and
strength. Premium stainless steel sinks will minimally
feature 18/10 chrome/nickel content.
THICKNESS
The gauge of stainless steel measures
thickness. The lower the gauge, the
thicker and more durable the stainless
steel. 18 gauge is optimal for residential
kitchen sinks.
FINISH
A long-lasting satin polished finish is
easy to clean and impervious to water
stains and calcium deposits.
DESIGN DETAIL
Tight radius corners create more spacious
bowls than sinks with rounded corners.
A flat sink bottom allows goblets and
stemware to stand up, and rear drains
maximize usable space under the sink.
SOUND INSULATION
Quality stainless steel sinks feature
insulation that muffles sound, including
garbage disposer noise.
Stainless steel sinks are easy to care for. Water spots and mineral
deposits can be prevented by rinsing thoroughly after each use
and wiping dry with a clean, soft cloth. Non-abrasive cleaners
such as BlancoClean are ideal for regular maintenance.
Stainless steel sinks will show day-to-day wear, including minor
scratches. Over time this wear will become uniform with the
sink’s grain, creating its own
unique character, much like the
patina on fine silver.
Be sure to ask about warranties
when shopping for your sink.
Premium quality stainless steel
sinks are often backed by a
limited lifetime warranty.
S T E E L
Durable and timeless, stainless
steel sinks are popular for their
clean, modern look as well as
their resilience.
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S T A I N L E S S
S T A I N L E S S
M AT ER I A L
M AT ER I A L
S T E E L
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Hard composite kitchen sinks have been
available since the early 1980’s, using some
of the toughest materials available from
Mother Nature. More than just a coated
surface, these sinks are solid material
throughout, ensuring consistent color and
durability year after year.
The best hard composite sinks
typically contain 80% natural
granite and feature the touch
and feel of natural stone. Unlike
cast iron and soft composite
materials, granite sinks combine
the best performing ingredients
to produce kitchen sinks that
are durable, stain resistant, easy
to clean, and available in a
collection of dynamic designs
and colors.
Think about these features when looking for a granite sink:
STAIN RESISTANCE
The non-porous design resists most
household stains, including coffee, tea,
mustard, beet juice, red wine and hair dyes.
HEAT RESISTANCE
Unaffected by extreme changes between
hot and cold, and heat resistant to 536° F.
DURABILITY
Hard, resilient surface is highly resistant
to chipping and scratching.
VERSATILITY
Moldable into an unusual variety of striking
designs and functional features including
unique angles, large capacity and extradeep bowls.
ACID/ALKALIS SAFE
Acids and alkalis typically used in the
home won’t harm granite materials.
COLOR THROUGHOUT
Pigments provide color throughout
the sink, not just on the surface.
HYGIENIC
Will not absorb odors or bacteria.
EASY INSTALLATION
Most designs are ideal for drop-in or
undermount installation.
Maintaining your granite sink is easy. Daily cleaning may be done
with any non-abrasive cleaner and a scrub pad such as Scotch
Brite. Just rinse and wipe the sink with a soft cloth after each use
to eliminate water spots or soap film build-up. Normal stains can be
easily removed with a
soft scouring pad
and a non-abrasive
c leaner suc h as
BlancoClean. More
stubborn stains will
c ome off w it h a
bleach/water solution,
baking soda or vinegar.
Don’t forget to ask about warranties when shopping for your
sink. Premium quality granite sinks are often
backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
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G R A N I T E
M AT ER I A L
M AT ER I A L
G R A N I T E
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STYLE/ DESI GN
CHOOSI NG YOUR DESI GN
STYLE
NUMBER OF BOWLS
Style is largely a personal
choice, reflected in bowl shapes
that range from round or curved
to square or angled. Unique
st yles, suc h as farmhouse
designs with an apron front, or
specialty European designs
often create a more distinctive
focal point.
The size of your kitchen and your typical activity should be
considered when deciding how many bowls your sink should have.
DIMENSIONS
The interior width of your sink base cabinet determines the
maximum dimensions for your sink.
• When replacing an existing sink, choose a sink that will fit in
the existing sink cutout. If your sink base cabinet allows, you
may be able to expand the cutout by cutting away additional
countertop material.
• If multiple cooks are typically working in your kitchen, consider
the possibility of a second full-size sink.
• When two cooks use the same sink together, a double bowl
configuration with equal size bowls may be ideal.
• If two cooks use the same sink, but one focuses primarily
on prep work, a 1-1/2 or 1-3/4 bowl design may be the best
solution, with the smaller bowl positioned on the side of the
preparation area.
• For a smaller kitchen a large single bowl design can serve
many functions.
• Sinks with rear drains maximize
usable cabinet space under the
sink, providing increased storage
options.
• There are fewer limitations on dimensions when designing an
entirely new kitchen, however carefully consider all factors
that may limit the location and size of the sink base cabinet.
EQUAL DOUBLE BOWL
33"
SINGLE BOWL
1- 1/2 BOWL
25"
33"
TRIPLE BOWL
43"
1- 3/4 BOWL
33"
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STYLE/ DESI GN
CONFIGURATION
The relationship between the sink and dishwasher often determines
the best sink configuration.
The two most popular styles of installation are drop-in and
undermount. Personal preference and countertop material are
the two most important factors in choosing a style.
UNDERMOUNT
• For a right-handed person, the ideal dishwasher location is on the
left side of the sink. This allows for holding the dirty dishes with the
left hand while rinsing with the right, then placing them directly
into the dishwasher. The opposite is true for a left-handed person.
Undermount sinks are ideal for use with
solid surface, granite, marble, and often
tile. Sinks mounted beneath the countertop material create a sophisticated,
integrated look while providing the
easiest situation for countertop clean
up, as crumbs and spills can be wiped
directly into the bowl.
• For double bowl sinks, the garbage disposal is commonly
installed on the same side as the dishwasher.
• For 1-1/2 or 1-3/4 bowl designs, the garbage disposal is
typically installed in the smaller sink, on the same side as the
dishwasher, for the greatest convenience.
SINGLE BOWL
EQUAL DOUBLE BOWL
1- 1/2 BOWL
1- 1/2 BOWL REVERSED
1- 3/4 BOWL
1- 3/4 BOWL REVERSED
REVEAL
Consider these three undermount options:
POSITIVE REVEAL The countertop edge
sits back from the edge of the sink,
exposing the sink rim, typically 1/8".
ZERO REVEAL The countertop meets
the edge of the sink, fitting flush with
the sink bowls.
NEGATIVE REVEAL The countertop
extends over the edge of the sink on all
sides.
BOWL DEPTH
DROP-IN
Function and comfort are the most important factors in choosing
bowl depth. Normal depth, which may be adequate for your
needs, is 8 to 10 inches.
Designed to be simply “dropped-in” a
cutout, the rimmed edge of this sink
rests securely on the countertop. Drop-in
sinks can be used with virtually any
countertop material.
• For those who cook with large pots and pans, a deeper depth,
such as 10 inches allows for easy soaking and scrubbing.
• Consider your height and comfort level reaching into a 10-inch
deep sink, which would typically be found in a 36" high countertop.
You can replace a drop-in sink without disturbing the countertop
or moving the plumbing. Just be sure your new sink requires the
same size cutout.
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CUSTOM ACCESSORI ES
D ECORAT I V E ACCES S ORI ES
CUSTOM ACCESSORIES
DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES
With just a few hardworking custom accessories, you can turn
your sink area into a fully functional preparation and clean-up
center. Consider these possibilities:
Coordinating elements add the finishing touches to an optimally
functional kitchen.
SINK GRIDS
SOAP/LOTION DISPENSERS
Ideal for draining just washed crystal,
fine china, and silver.
No more messy bars of soap or unsightly
plastic soap containers. Easy refill storage
bottles provide an integrated solution for
coordinated and convenient clean up.
COLANDERS
Drain pasta or freshly washed fruits and
vegetables.
STRAINER BASKETS
Decorative waste strainers, including those
with lift-out baskets, catch what you don’t
want going down the drain.
CUTTING BOARDS
Premium hardwood or safety glass cutting
boards protect your countertop, or, when
placed on top of the sink, create extra
work space while allowing easy access to
scrape waste into the garbage disposal.
AIR GAPS
Provides dishwasher overflow protection,
where required by code.
PLATE STACKS
Drip dry plates, bowls, and other
kitchen utensils. Remains “parked” in
the sink when not in use.
GLASS FILLER FAUCETS
CROCKERY BASKETS
The perfect solution for drying all your
dishes.
An elegant way to dispense filtered or
instant chilled water.
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CHOOSI N G A COM PAN Y
CHOOSI N G A COM PAN Y
Once you’ve determined the type of sink that will work best for
your particular needs and lifestyle, it’s important to choose a
manufacturer whose quality and service you can trust.
Today, BLANCO is a leading international company with annual
global sales in excess of $750 million and more than 6,000
employees. The company exports to more than 120 countries.
For 80 years, BLANCO has been a world leader in quality, innovative
design, and unsurpassed attention to detail.
PRODUCT PORTFOLIO
HISTORY
After pioneering the use of stainless
s t eel s i n k s i n t h e k i t c h en i n
1952, BLANCO went on to create
ergonomically designed sink systems
and accessories in 1970. Additionally,
the company was among the first to
create sinks with hard composite
materials in 1980.
B L AN C O o f f er s m o re t h an 1 1 0
undermount and drop-in stainless
steel models, as well as the industry’s
leading selection of granite sinks,
all in a variety of bowl depths and
configurations.
Through the years, the company has
continued to revolutionize the kitchen
sink area with functional concepts that now include an array of
kitchen faucets, matching bar faucets, bar sinks, and custom
sink accessories.
Today, BLANCO has produced more than 30 million sinks in three
factories worldwide.
SERVICE
BLANCO’S U.S. based Customer
Service and Technical Support
departments are staffed with live,
friend ly p rofessionals – no voic e
recordings or answering services.
QUALITY
With state-of-the-art stainless steel and granite sink manufacturing
facilities, BLANCO utilizes advanced automated technology along
with proprietary research and developmental capabilities.
The company is ISO 9001 certified by the International Standards
Organization, which recognizes companies for “quality assurance
in d esign, development,
production, installation, and
service.”
Established in the U.S. since 1987, the
company’s state-of-the-art distribution
center is in Lumberton, New Jersey, just
25 miles outside Philadelphia.
WARRANTY
BLANCO offers a no- hassle, limited lifetime warranty on
most products.
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THE CORNERSTONE OF EVERY GREAT KITCHEN
Stainless Steel Sinks • Silgranit® Sinks • Kitchen Faucets
Bar Sinks & Faucets • Custom Sink Accessories
BLANCO AMERICA, INC.
Lum berton, New Jersey
w w w.blancoam erica.com
© 2005 Blanco America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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