A few months ago on my facebook page, I asked the question: “What is your kitchen sink preference? double or single”? These were the results:
“They love the functionality”
“They couldn’t resist the sleek look”
When it comes to kitchen sinks, I’ve always owned the typical stainless steel double bowl sink. Like many love-hate relationships, I had my fair share of ups and downs with my previous owned sinks.
Here’s the thing. According to my husband, me washing the dishes is like Shamu the whale passing through the kitchen. I will admit—I’m a messy girl at the sink.
I’m one of those people who prefer to use a dishwasher any chance I get. However, every now and then, I get stuck hand washing big pots, baking trays and non-stick pans that I just can’t put in the dishwasher. . .and here is where my nickname “Shamu” comes into play. For the life of me, I could never figure out how to wash an oversized baking tray in a double bowl sink without getting water all over the countertops, the floors and the cabinets.
Being in our new house and having the creative freedom to pick our kitchen from scratch has made me the happiest girl ever. It was the perfect opportunity to address all the problems I ever had in the past, specifically my issues with the kitchen sink.
After much thought, I chose to go with the BLANCO SILGRANIT PRECIS CASCADE undermount sink (in cinder). This stylish single bowl is by far one of the best decisions I made for this kitchen! I always recommend doing your due diligence for any big item your about to purchase for your home. After all you want to ensure you’ll love if for years to come.
When it came to BLANCO SILGRANIT sinks, I did A LOT of research, I read A LOT of reviews and by the end of it, I confirmed that this was the sink for me.
Before, I get into the nitty gritty of this sink’s features, let me quickly sum up why I chose this model. The first obvious reason is because I can fit my baking trays in the sink without making a gigantic mess in my kitchen. Two, it’s low maintenance and extremely durable. And three, its freaking stylish and dresses up my IKEA kitchen!
When you look at this sink, you can automatically tell right off the bat that this is superior in quality and construction. The SILGRANIT is a rock-hard composite material, formed using 80% pure granite. It has a soft dull finish, which comes in a variety of colours.
The durability is supposed to be one of the best. So far it has stood up to my clumsiness (you know, the accidental dropping of wet pots and pans) and still not a single scratch! The SILGRANIT is also made to withstand heat up to 280ºC (536ºF). I constantly dump hot pots of water worrying that somehow it may damage or fade the interior of the sink but I’m proven wrong every time, it remains unaffected.
This sink has a depth of 8″. I wanted a deep bowl but not overly deep. Working with a small kitchen I wanted to be able to utilize the space under my sink. With an 8″ depth (9-1/4″ if you factor in the undermount), I was still able to clear a sliding garbage and recycling bin underneath the sink, which was high on my priority list.
The sink is deep enough to wash bulky items, however, the most brilliant part of the design is the secondary bowl with the stainless steel mesh basket (which is included with this sink by the way).
This has a depth of 5 -1/2″, which is a back-friendly depth for rinsing food or small items. Furthermore, I love the cascading effect of the water trickling down to the drain. Very clever!
This sink is obviously a work of art. It’s a key piece to the overall look and feel of our kitchen. The colour Cinder is a warm charcoal grey which looks stunning against our white quartz countertops. A colour combo that will stand the test of time!
The dimensions of the PRECIS CASCADE model are 28-3/4″ x 18-1/8″ which fits a minimum base cabinet of 33″. However, our installer was able to make it work on a 30″ IKEA base cabinet (always check with your installer first). Shape definitely matters when it comes to sinks. You get more volume when you have a rectangular shape, straight sides and a flat bottom. Soft rounded corners allow for easy cleaning and good drainage as well.
I personally love the undermount, I think it adds to the sleek look of this sink. Also it allows countertop crumbs to be easily swept into the bowl.
There’s no denying this is a good-looking sink. However, if I had to nit pick about the design, the only thing I would love to see in the future is a sleeker looking drain to match the contemporary look of the sink. I find the current drain to be a bit on the traditional side for the SILGRANIT sinks.
With that being said, they do have these neat CapFlow Strainer Covers that can be purchase. It just kicks everything up a notch!
This cover does not sit flush with the bottom of the sink so water is able to freely flow underneath when the tap is running. I do, however, find myself removing it sometimes when I’m washing big pots to get a flat surface.
Faucet and soap dispenser:
I absolutely love my faucet! This single lever model with pull out spout is the BLANCOCULINA Mini in Stainless Steel. My favourite feature is probably the magnetized hand spray holder, which also has the dual spray toggle button. It has a 360° swivel and a flexible spring spout that reaches all four corners of this sink.
The soap dispenser is the BLANCO TORRE style in Stainless Steel finish. The shape and design complements the faucet perfectly. I was using another soap dispenser for a while and recently replaced it with the TORRE for a better match to my faucet. As soon as I started using it, I instantly felt a difference in quality (this is made of solid brass).
I have been using this sink for a few months now and maintenance has been next to nothing. To be honest, half the time I forget to even wash it down because the colour absolutely hides everything. I love the fact that this sink is non porous which means dirt and bacteria cannot penetrate the surface.
I have this very bad habit of emptying my coffee cup in the sink without turning on the water. Usually, marks are left where the coffee has dried up but once I run the water (which is many hours later) the stain literally washes away without scrubbing. I’m not even joking.
When I do clean the sink I just use dish soap and water. Usually a good reminder that I need to clean my sink is when a slight build up eventually forms around the stainless steel drain and/or the stainless steel is discoloured (usually from the staining of my coffee). This is as bad as it gets for me.
Again, a little soap and water does the trick. BLANCO does sell cleaners specifically for these sinks, however; I have yet to try them out.
Would I recommend this sink? Definitely!
Would I consider using it again in my future kitchen? Heck yes!
After living with my own SILGRANIT sink, I can see why people love them so much. It definitely meets every high expectation that I had.
Will this sink stand the test of time? With a lifetime warranty, I have no doubt whatsoever! Maybe I’ll post an update in a few years and let you know how it’s holding up 🙂
Now who still prefers a double bowl sink!?
*Click through these links to see more about our kitchen plans, creating an IKEA island, how to disguise a kitchen soffit, a kitchen recap, about our wallpaper, DIY built-in bench, DIY upholstered bench seat, about our kitchen chairs and our kitchen reveal.
Disclosure: I’ve always been a fan of BLANCO products so I was beyond psyched that BLANCO Canada has agreed to partner with me in my kitchen makeover. This post reflects my honest thoughts and opinions of the sink, faucet and soap dispenser. I was not compensated nor asked to write this review.