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The Kitchen Appliance Store buyers guide to sinks and taps

Avoid common ordering and installation errors....

  • Please ensure you order the correct hand drainer on a non reversible sink.
  • Be aware you cannot undermount an inset sink.
  • Ensure that your sink base is big enough to house the sink bowls, waste and tap feeds.
  • Allow plenty of additional sink base space if you intend to fit a waste disposal unit.
  • Please check you have ordered the correct size, colour, or finish.
  • Some taps do not work with standard water pressure. This is particularly true of taps with a pull out spray.


Cameo Kitchens can offer an extensive range of sinks that are available in various materials. These include stainless steel, ceramic and granite. A large range of inset or undermounted models are available.

Inset or Undermounted?

   Inset sinks sit on the top of your work-surface and can be installed within any type of worktop.
View our range of inset sinks

   Undermounted sinks fit under your worktop so it is vital that the worktop material is not pourus. Stone worktops are the most popular material used with these sinks. Drainer grooves are often cut into the worksurface beside the sink cutout.
View our range of undermount sinks

Sink materials

   Stainless steel is the most popular choice of material. Stainless steel sinks are relatively easy to clean and are quite durable. These sinks can get scratched but can never rust.
View our range of stainless steel sinks

   Ceramics are often specified for traditional style kitchens as it is used to manufacture Butler or Belfast sinks. However is also used to manufacture a beautiful range of more conventional inset and undermounted sinks.
View our range of ceramic sinks

   Granite sinks are made of powdered granite mixed with a resin. This type of sink is available in a wide range of colours and renowned for being very durable. The colour of these sinks goes all the way through the material and chips in the surface are hardly noticeable unlike the enamel sinks of old.
Sinks also come in a wide range of bowl configurations and installation methods. There are single bowl, one and a half bowl and two bowl versions, and these can be inset, undermounted or flush mounting. These sinks are branded as Fragranite and Silgranite amongst others.
Regardless of the material that the sink is made from, great care must be taken when ordering any sink.
View our range of granite sinks

   The most common error made when ordering, is the handing of the drainer. Most manufacturers specify their sinks as left or right hand DRAINER where applicable. Some manufacturers, however, specify theirs as left or right hand BOWL!
Many sinks are reversible but if it is not, make sure your sink will be the right way round.

Not all sinks fit all sink base units

The size of a sink base unit can vary just as much as the size of a sink. Sink base units are normally between 500-1200mm wide. The unit has to be wide enough to accommodate the bowl or bowls of the sink that is being installed. Most 1 1/2 bowl sinks will fit into a 600mm sink base unit, but this is not always the case, especially if you are fitting a waste disposal unit or if the tap is in the middle of the sink. If you are fitting a waste disposal unit you will often need to allow for a bigger base unit.


The choice of tap or mixer is made all the more difficult by the number of finishes available. Tap finishes include chrome, silk steel, brushed steel, stainless steel, nickel and brass. There are many types of tap or mixer too.

   The tap heads or handles can be single lever, crosshead, dual lever or just a simple knob design.

Most of the taps offered are suitable for use in the UK, but there are some that require a certain amount of water pressure to be able to function properly. These are sometimes identified as high pressure taps or mixers.

The majority of taps that have pull out sprays are recommended for use on high-pressure supplies only.

Many models feature a pull out spray either included in the spout or separately. The hose on these taps, similar to a shower hose is extremely useful but takes a lot of wear and is likely to need replacing with use. A decent water pressure is required in order to these taps to function correctly.
View our range of taps

   Taps that include a drinking water filter provide bottled water quality at a fraction of the price. Filtered water not only tastes better when drunk on its own but much improves the flavour of boiled or steamed vegatables and hot drinks. A filter cartridge is located in your sink base unit and is easily replaced, usually every 6 months.

Boiling water taps provide boiling water useful for a multitude of uses such as blanching vegetables, peeling tomatoes or simply making a great cup of tea.
The water is produced at 100 degrees celsius in most models, from a tank either in your sink base unit or below the plinth.
View our range of taps with water filter
View our range of boiling hot water taps

Sink and Tap Care

   Hard water can dull the finish of sinks and taps. If you live in a hard water area please ensure that a limescale remover is used regularly to prevent this build up.

We occasionally get reports of stainless steel sinks showing signs of rust. It is impossible for stainless steel to rust although small metal particles can build up on the surface and then rust. These can be removed with any stainless steel cleaner.

Granite sinks are highly stain resistant, they are impervious to chemicals and alkalis and are coloured all the way through, so there is no danger of the colour fading. For everyday maintenance, use warm soapy water, CIF (or similar) or in hard water areas, use a small amount of dishwasher powder.

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