“ Brand: Franke „
As the new kitchen was all coming together after lots of false starts and the correction of many errors and we needed to find ourselves the sinks. The cupboard doors are 'vanilla' and the worktop is black granite with a brown marking in it so we decided on a white under mounted sink. This means that the sink is set underneath the worktop so that no part of the sink is visible on the surface of the granite if you see what I mean.
We didn't want a ceramic sink but didn't really know what else was out there until our plumber suggested a firm called Franke. We were soon settled down with our laptops investigating and sure enough Franke came up trumps.
The sinks that we went for were Franke Kubus Undermount White Kitchen Sinks and we had a one and a half bowl arrangement. The larger one cost £176.17 and the smaller one cost £131.06 and we ordered them online from Frankie Kitchen Sinks and Taps. They were delivered very quickly for a charge of just £5.96 but when we checked them the larger sink was badly marked. To be fair to the company, after one phone call, the replacement sink was delivered the following day complete with an apology. As I have said before something has gone wrong with almost everything to do with this kitchen so we weren't surprised! LOL!
The Kubus range of sinks are made from a substance called fragranite which is basically tiny particles of granite bonded together to create a smooth, flat surface which reduces the chance of limescale build up. Since the particles are so tiny it is difficult for residue, food particles and bacteria to accumulate in between the granules and this greatly improves the hygiene of the sink.
The sinks are very easy to clean usually just with plain water although a non abrasive cleaner such as Cif can be used for stubborn stains.
These sinks are available in white, graphite or coffee and they come in a range of sizes to suit every kitchen. Our main sink is 340mm wide by 400mm deep by 210mm high so it a pretty much standard size.
The sink was fitted by our kitchen fitter and plumbed in by our plumber neither of whom seemed to have any problems with the job so I am assuming it is a relatively easy sink to fit and plumb.
The plug hole comes fitted with a sort of strainer affair - take a look at the picture at the top of the review to see what I mean - and you just have to turn this to seal the hole and thus keep the water in the sink. When you want to release the water you just turn it back again and the water drains away, but any bits of food are caught in the strainer which can be removed and emptied into the bin. Clever eh?
The overflow is a little oblong gap covered by a piece of stainless steel - you can just about see it on the picture - and it looks very smart so doesn't detract from the overall look of the sink.
I have to say that I am really pleased with my sinks. They look really smart and classy and fit in well with the kitchen. They are a pleasure to use and really easy to keep clean so what more could I want?