Even though most kitchens have a dishwasher, more than 60% of all kitchen activities are focused around the sink. It is where meals are prepared, vegetables and salads are washed, ingredients are chopped, fish is gutted, bulky items are washed by hand, and pots and glasses are filled with water. Kitchen specialist Blanco advises people who appreciate comfort and want to save time to take the most frequently used workplace into account when planning a new kitchen.
“But no two sinks are the same. Apart from design and colouring, the size, material, type of installation and accessories are also important," confirms Petra Sohn, Blanco’s senior product manager. Investing in quality products is usually worthwhile, and in particular when considering a long-term investment like a kitchen. The focus is on the worthwhile use of the available space, innovative functions, ergonomic handling and ease of cleaning. Whether an extra wide sink cabinet or corner solution, there are numerous designs to suit any requirement. A 60-cm sink cabinet is recommended in order to ensure the optimum level of comfort. There is plenty of room for a spacious sink with main and additional bowls, such as the highly functional Blancoaxis II 6 S-IF. And because space is usually at a premium, well-planned accessories provide a very good service, whether the useful chopping board that can be moved over the drainage area, or the multifunctional colander that hangs over the side of the main bowl – the practical accessories increase the working space, and help the daily work sequences to flow smoothly.
Installation from above, flush-mounted or undermount?
There are also several installation methods to choose from. The most frequently chosen method is installation from above. The specialist inserts the sink in the prepared worktop cutout and secures it in place. Modern Blanco stainless steel sinks usually have at least one additional flat elegant flat-fitting rim – a universal solution for all worktops. Flush-fit installation with a flowing transition between the worktop and the sink is another option. With undermounting, the bowl is mounted evenly below the worktop. This type of installation is particularly effective with worktops such as natural stone. And finally, sink modules are installed as a complete unit – this saves having to make a cutout in the worktop.
Materials and colours to suit every taste
There is also a large choice of materials: classic timeless stainless steel, for instance, integrates beautifully in any kitchen ambience. Stainless steel is generally hygienic and appeals for its brilliant shine. Ceramic and Silgranit PuraDur II are the choices for people who want to add coloured accents. Silgranit sinks are highly dirt-repellent and very easy to look after. The patented hygiene protection formula makes the surfaces antibacterial. One of the most classic of all sink materials is ceramic. With finely contoured designs, Blanco sinks and bowls made of this natural, easy-care material offer attractive options for a functional, beautifully designed kitchen workplace.
Main water supply
The mixer tap has a very important role as the main source of drinking water. It is used an average of 75 times a day. Hygiene and safety are just as important as quality. Blanco only uses high quality materials that are harmless. As well as comprehensive internal quality assurance measures, the company also voluntarily has its mixer taps certified by the test centre of the DVGW (the certification body of the German Scientific and Technical Association for Gas and Water). Other quality characteristics that prove their worth in the kitchen every day: the integrated jet regulator reduces limescale build-up and has a water-saving effect. Ceramic seals in the cartridge provide durability and ease of turning.
Additional comfort is offered e.g. by the models with the extendable spray hose. They make it easier to fill pots and vases, and also help when cleaning the bowl. Special mixer tap solutions, for instance to lift out or for lowering to position the sink in the favoured position in front of the window, complete the product programme. There is a tremendous range of designs and versions available for maximum aesthetics and functionality in the kitchen. The various finishes such as chrome and stainless steel, and coloured mixer taps to match the Silgranit and Ceramic programmes are important in achieving a perfect match with the sink and individual furnishing styles.
The perfect addition to the sink as a working area is a high quality waste system – fitted right underneath it. After all, who likes walking around the kitchen with leftover vegetables or egg shells? Blancoselect Luxon, for instance, combined with the user-friendly foot and hand control, offers a very special level of comfort. Optionally available organiser drawers offer additional space for detergent and other kitchen utensils.
Competent advice for kitchen specialists and furniture retailers, lots of ideas and handy hints on everything to do with the sink as a working area are available at www.blanco-germany.com .