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Our primary goal is to reach every potential buyer of plumbing fixtures, fittings, water management and filtration systems for home and office, and help them decide the right model. We do extensive research and field-tests from our end to make sure we have the right list of recommendations. We try to maintain objectivity and impartiality all through our selection process.
We don’t do promotional activities and are not linked to any specific brand or manufacturer. Instead, we stick to the facts that make the difference. Our mission is to be the most trustworthy industry specialists you will find online.
Our Product Selection Process
The selection process incorporated several stages including market study, consumer report and feature analyses, specs comparison, field test and re-evaluation of the entire selection process in the light of experts’ insights and suggestions.
Initially, we conducted an extensive online market research to track down high-end granite sinks up for sale offered at reasonable price points. That way, we found 20 top-rated models from the most reliable manufacturers.
Next, we collected the initially listed models at our disposal and took them in our lab to test them out. A group of community-based volunteers helped us with the tests. We closely examined the building materials, quality and thickness of granite stone used in the making, the color, weight, design and ergonomics and ease of installation of each model under inspection.
At the end of the testing, we championed 10 models from the rest. But that didn’t end our quest. We had to take the list to other plumbing engineers and industry experts for having their insights and suggestions. Having received newer perspectives and knowledge we proceeded to write full reviews on each model. You’ll find the reviews in the following section.
Our Top 10 Product List
In the following section, we’ve exclusively reviewed our 10 favorites with pros and cons list for your perusal. Let’s dive right into them.
Granite Sinks: Buying Guide
Sink is an integral part of any household. It is also known as wash basin, washbowl, sinker and hand basin. You don’t go around installing a new sink every year. That’s why the tougher and more durable they are, the better investments they become. Granite is one of the premium materials you can think of. But before you get a granite model, make sure it ticks the following boxes.
1. Appearance & Design
Granite composite sinks are perfect for those who care what their sink and kitchen are like in terms of aesthetics and functionality. There’s nothing more timeless and beautiful than granite and it will still be ‘on trend’ in years to come due to its exotic colors and appeal. The fact that there are different available colors means that you can really choose something that brings out not only the character of your home but also your own style. It’s even possible to match the sink color with that of your countertops.
As for their design, granite sinks are also super durable due to their natural makeup that has been enhanced with modern engineering. The kitchen sink is often the most important element of the room, so it’s important that the design is right. They are typically resistant to stein and high temperatures.
One of the main reasons that people opt to get a granite sink is due to their ultra-durable nature. They are harder than marble and travertine. The majority of granite sinks are made from around 80% with 20% acrylic resin. This simply makes these sinks extra durable. The material does not scratch or chip easily and is also non-corrosive, non-porous and therefore resistant to stains.
3. Resistance to Damaging Agents
Damaging Agents, such as heavy use, heat, chemicals and cleaning products are all too frequently found in the kitchen. However, granite sinks are extremely resistant to all of these agents by nature. You don’t want to have to tiptoe around a kitchen sink; you want one that can withstand the heavy use that you and your family will no doubt want to inflict on it. It’s not just for decoration, but for function too. That’s what makes composite granite sinks ideal for the family kitchen.
The one thing to consider is how resistant they are to stains. Resistance to other damaging agents is pretty similar regardless of which granite sink you choose. But stain resistance does not come at a standard level.
4. Undermount V/S Top mount
Many granite utility sinks can be used both undermount and top-mount. A top-mount (also called ‘overmount’) sink is also called a ‘drop in’ sink as it literally drops in the hole of the worktop.
Undermount sinks have a hidden rim underneath the countertop. This increases the workspace around the sink slightly. It also means that it is easier to clean the counter. You can also sell on your sink for increased value when you come to change it.
Drop-in or top mount sinks have a visible lip that rests on the counter. The sink is easier to clean as well as reseal when you need to. This is the easiest choice if you’re doing the installation yourself. A drop in or top mount sink is usually less expensive.
5. Single Bowl Vs. Double Bowl Sinks
Single bowl sinks or double bowl sinks have different advantages and disadvantages. The single basin choice lets you wash larger pans and pots and they’re not hampered with a divider. This is especially important if you do lots of baking as you can get your baking sheet in the sink more easily. A double bowl sink lets you do more than one thing at the same time, such as washing and soaking a dish. It works well for those who spend a long time preparing food or providing catering services.
6. Full-Divide Vs. Low-Divide
A full divide in a sink means that the dividing wall between the two sinks goes as high or almost as high as the whole sink unit itself. A low divide is a shorter partition up to around halfway up the sink’s full height. The high divide works well if you effectively want to be able to use two sinks simultaneously. The lower divide is if you want the flexibility of being able to wash larger pots and pans as well as smaller bowls.
7. Heat Safe
The vast majority of composite granite sinks are built to withstand extreme temperatures, up to more than 500°F in most cases. This means that you can place a boiling pan on a granite slab surface to soak without risking damaging the sink.
8. Noise Free
Many people don’t realize that a kitchen sink can be a noisy thing until they’ve bought one and discovered that it is noisy. By then it’s too late to do much about it. This can be really annoying if you are using it for a long time. The quieter sinks will give a better usage experience. Granite sinks don’t tend to have much in terms of a noise issue, so this is certainly an advantage of choosing a granite sink.
9. Size & Space
Sinks come in all shapes and sizes and this is no different for granite sinks. Make sure that you choose a sink that will fit your space and your unit size as well as maximizing the space inside the sink bowl itself. Sometimes it’s a balance of the two that needs to be considered. Depending on your needs you can choose from a single, double and a triple-bowl sink model. In terms of frame design, they come in Rectangular, Oval, Round and Square shapes. You need to match your kitchen interior with the shape of the sink.
The most common length sizes that you can find available include 24”, 37”, 43”, 49”, 48”, 60”, 61”, 72”, and 73”.
Consider the depth of your sink as it will affect how you can use it. If you want to be able to hide your dirty pots and not see them until you’re ready to deal with them or hide them whilst they’re soaking, make sure you choose a deeper sink.
11. Ease of Installation
If you are going to be installing your sink yourself, you need to think about how easy this is to do. As mentioned above, drop in sinks tend to be easier to install than undermount sinks. Also, factor in whether the sink comes with everything you’ll need to install it properly or whether you will need additional items.
A great positive of granite sinks is that granite sinks are incredibly hygienic. They tend to be non-porous and therefore don’t hold on to bacteria like other sinks might. They can also withstand the use of different chemical products and cleaners so that you can give them a really good clean. Check the individual sink recommendations for this though.
13. Budget & Warranty
Composite granite sinks tend to be fairly reasonable in price compared with other materials for sinks. If your budget is tight, you still should be able to get a good quality granite sink which will give you the whole kitchen a new look without having to redecorate the whole room.
Most sinks come with a limited warranty too, and some with customer service. Check the individual sink’s warranty before purchase.
Pros & Cons of Granite Sink
Why should you choose a granite sink when you could choose stainless steel, ceramic, or copper? Firstly, you can technically opt for a full granite sink, rather than a composite granite sink like the ones in our list. This solid sink is heavier and durable and made from a single granite piece, but they are incredibly expensive. This is why most choose the composite granite. These sinks are lighter in weight but look just as good as solid granite.
As for the downsides, these aren’t often a deal breaker thankfully. The sink will need considerable support due to its weight. Don’t expect to be able to just hang the sink with minimum fastenings.
As for drainage, granite sinks often come with flatter surfaces than other types of sinks and therefore the drainage might not be as efficient as other sinks. Giving the sink a quick wipe after use usually eliminates this.
Given that granite is porous by nature, you need to check whether your composite granite sink is porous too. Many today are not, which is better for moisture protection. Be aware, though, that you may need to reseal the skin's surface after a while.
The maintenance of a granite sink also needs some elaboration. You should follow your individual sink’s maintenance guidance as a general rule. Many sinks need wiping down after each use. Some need a coating of oil afterward too. Have a look at our maintenance tips below.
Care & Maintenance Tips
Most granite sinks are easy enough to care for. They require little maintenance to keep them looking as good as new. Occasionally you may need to carry out some maintenance. Usually this is due to a stain issue.
Firstly, you should make sure your sink is fully sealed to prevent any staining. However, if the sink does get a stain, there is still a lot that you can do to remove the stain. If the stain is just a light water stain, you should only need a gentle detergent and water. If you use a brush with soft bristles, you’ll be able to scrub off the stain really easily with the detergent.
If the stain is slightly more stubborn, you need to make a thicker paste with water and baking soda. You can also use talcum powder in a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution. The soft brush should gently scrub away at the surface of the counter. Make sure you rinse it properly and you might need to use several layers of the mixture to get rid of the stains completely.
For more stubborn stains, you will need a paste of hydrogen peroxide and flour. You should put it on generously across the surface and place a plastic sheet to cover it. Leave it on for about 24 hours. To remove, scrape the paste off the top and then rinse with water.
Granite Sinks Installation
A farmhouse sink installation is where the sink is not fully enclosed by the cupboards or side boarding of a kitchen unit. This means that one outer side of the kitchen sink is visible. This gives the kitchen the old farmhouse look that is very on trend at the moment. They usually don’t have drainboards.
This is recommended for when you are installing a new sink into a new worktop or a countertop that is solid. This installation gives a more professional and luxurious look to a kitchen and maximizes counter space. With this kind of installation, you can easily wipe the work surface clean.
A top-mount or ‘drop-in’ sink is easy to install even for someone with minimal DIY skills. They can be installed in a range of countertops and can be used to replace an older sink. They usually have large drainboards.
Wrapping It Up
We have outlined the top-of-the-line granite sinks and detailed them for your perusal. If you still haven’t decided which sink is for you, have another look at our composite granite sink reviews and see if there’s one that takes your fancy. If you can’t decide between drop-in or undermount, there are always the options that can be used in both ways such as our number two choice among others in our list.
I’m sure you don’t need much more convincing of just how amazing these wonderful sinks are. What could be more satisfying when you’ve got a sink that is virtually resistant to all kinds of damage, is functional, and looks amazing too! If you’re still undecided, you can’t go wrong with our number one choice. It’s up there because we think it is the best granite sink there is!
1. Are granite sinks better than stainless?
Ans. If you want a sink that is extremely durable and looks contemporary and modern, you can’t go wrong with a granite sink. Stainless steel tends to be less expensive, but no way does it ever look as good. There are much fewer options when it comes to style and color. They are not as durable too and you’ll find they need replacing sooner.
2. What is the difference between a granite sink and a composite sink?
Ans. Granite is a solid stone which is porous. This means that it is likely to stain and be more unhygienic than a composite that is made from crushed granite with other materials. Granite sinks are usually made from one solid piece of rock which makes them much more expensive. Composite sinks are made from 80% granite mixed with resin to give them a non-porous surface. This is better for maintenance and cleaning and is not as expensive as full granite.
3. Are granite sinks hard to keep clean?
Ans. Your granite sink should not be hard to keep clean, especially if you have opted for a granite composite that is non-porous. Look at our maintenance tips to see how easy they are to clean.
4. How are Granite Sinks Made?
Ans. Solid granite sinks are made from one whole piece of granite or several pieces that are joined together. Composite granite sinks use a mix of 80% granite with resin to bind it all together. The granite is ground down and mixed with the resin.
5. What is the best way to daily care of a granite composite sink?
Ans. A wipe with a wet cloth with some dish soap if needed is all that you should need to care for your granite composite sink each day. It couldn’t be simpler than that.
6. Will ammonia or vinegar harm a granite acrylic sink?
Ans. These chemicals can harm stone sinks, but they would not harm a granite acrylic sink. It is worth checking your sinks maintenance instructions before using a product on it.
7. What does self-improvement mean? Does it mean top- mount installation?
Ans. A self-rimming sink is one that creates a lip over the top of the countertop. These are usually installed in a drop-in or top-mount installation.
8. How do I cut granite countertops for a new sink?
Ans. This is the tricky bit. If you can’t get someone to do it for you, go DIY. Firstly, mark out the area that you need to cut. You’ll need some pretty high-grade tools, such as an alpha hand saw and polisher. Then cut straight runs followed by angling the corners. Once it’s dropped out, clean up the corners into their curve by hand and then smoothen off with a drum wheel. Then straighten all sides with a diamond cup grinder. Attaching the sink to it is quite tricky, you’d need the right equipment and glue to do it, so make sure you get an expert’s help if you need it!
9. How do I secure an undermount sink to granite?
Ans. Most sinks come with the clips and tools needed to install it to the countertop. Read your countertop’s instructions and that of your undermount sink to see how to secure it safely.
10. What are the best granite sinks?
Ans. Check out our list of 10 ultimate granite sinks above. They are the best so far that we’ve found.