Canstar Blue’s 2019 sinks review has seen Stylus, IKEA, Blanco, Oliveri, Mondella and Clark compared on their design, ease of cleaning, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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A beautiful sink can be the centrepiece of a kitchen or bathroom. Whether you’re designing your home from scratch or renovating, it’s worth investing the time and money in a sink area you can take pride in. After all, think about the time that you spend standing there, be it washing the dishes or brushing your teeth! Home renovation shows have helped put sinks back on the agenda, meaning you’ll find lots of weird and wonderful designs in retail showrooms. So, where can you find a great deal at a reasonable price?
Do you go with a standard sink, or do you splurge and get ‘his-and-hers’ matching sinks to wow guests? Do you update your home with a nice shiny stainless-steel sink, or do you try something new or dare we say contemporary? A good starting point will be finding the right brand for your personal tastes and budget, which is where Canstar Blue’s 2019 review can help. We’ve surveyed more than 300 Aussie households to get their feedback on the sinks they have purchased in the last three years, with their experiences reflected by the star ratings table you see above.
While six brands received the minimum sample size to be included in this year’s review, only one outshone the rest – Stylus. The brand knocked Blanco out of top spot from last year, scoring five stars for ease of cleaning, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction, along with four stars on design.
The six brands in our sinks review were rated in the following order for overall customer satisfaction:
While Stylus claimed top spot, competitors IKEA, Blanco, Oliveri and Mondella threw everything at them but the kitchen sink, achieving four stars for overall satisfaction, ahead of Clark which finished on three stars. Other results of note include Blanco receiving five stars for ease of cleaning and variety, alongside this year’s winner, with Oliveri the only brand to score five stars for design.
To help you decide which brand has the best new sink for your home, read on for details about the six compared.
Boasting more than 50 years of experience in the design and manufacture of bathroom and kitchen products, Stylus has a fairly concise range of sinks on offer. These are available from various retailers, with locations found on its website. Depending on the line, Stylus offers a minimum of 12 months to a lifetime product warranty on its sinks.
Within the kitchen line-up it has its Stylus range, which features both double and single bowl sinks. All models have a stainless-steel design with bowl sizes and dimensions detailed online. These varieties also include stainless steel basket wastes.
For those after a bathroom sink, there are two ranges available, including Venecia and Symphony, with all varieties coming with a white finish. The Symphony models include semi recessed vanity basins, wall and mini-wall mounted basins, plus vanity models depending on the sink type you’re after. Within the Venecia options, most are wall models that include a basin fixing kit with an optional pedestal or shroud available.
Living up to its reputation of having everything you need to fit out your house, Swedish retail giant IKEA offers a number of sink models for Aussie households to pick from, including both kitchen and bathroom ranges. While only sold through IKEA, sinks can be purchased online as well as in-store, with delivery and click and collect services available.
For the kitchen, IKEA offers both single and double bowl sinks, available in either an inset or onset model, suiting kitchens of all shapes and sizes. While the tapware may be sold separately, IKEA offers the kitchen sink in a variety of styles and finishes, including white, stainless steel and black, helping to give households a kitchen to impress.
For those after a new bathroom sink, IKEA’s range is split into traditional and counter-top basins for those looking for a different style for their bathroom. Shoppers can select from single or double basins, suitable for both those who like having their own space or don’t mind sharing. Most models additionally include a strainer and water-trap, with IKEA also listing materials and assembly details on each product online. Dimensions and sizes are also listed on IKEA’s website, with each sink available with a warranty of up to 25 years. And as a bonus, the sinks don’t come in a flat-pack, although some assembly may be required.
Founded in 1925, German brand Blanco has a long history in the manufacturing industry, now available in retail stores across the globe. Available for purchase in Australia from homeware stores and retailers, Blanco lists all retailers online via its website.
While predominantly offering kitchen sinks, Blanco’s range can be categorised into Steelart, Silgranit and Contemporary, giving customers plenty of options when it comes to the style, price and size. Available in inset, flush mount and undermount varieties, shoppers can find a sink to fit around their current kitchen design, with stainless steel, white and black finishes available.
Kitchen sinks can additionally include optional accessories, such as a glass cutting board, stainless-steel drainer and soap dispenser, as well as pop-up handles for easy use, with Blanco also offering a 30-year warranty on all models. Sink dimensions and specifications can additionally be found on the website.
An Australian brand, Oliveri has been operating in the manufacturing industry for 70 years, with the name recognised globally and available for purchase at homeware retailers around the country. Offering sinks of all shapes and sizes, Oliveri may be worth checking out the next time you’re in the market for a bathroom or kitchen sink upgrade.
Oliveri has plenty to offer, whether you’re looking to stick to a traditional style sink, or want something to stand out. Traditional styles, which are available in one or two bowl varieties, include the Apollo, Sonetto, Monet, Diaz and Petite ranges, while the Martini, Endeavour and Ultraform ranges will catch your eye if you’re looking for a classic style.
If you’re searching for something specific, the Titan or Solitaire ranges may be better suited to your needs, with the Titan models boasting larger capacities, while the Solitaire models come in a round design, ideal for those who may not have a lot of space. Or if you’re hoping to make a statement with your kitchen, the Spectra or Santorini ranges may be your best bet, each coming in a variety of colours and finishes to help create an eye-catching aesthetic.
If it’s the laundry that you’re looking to touch-up, Oliveri has a number of models available, including 45L and 70L tubs, all available in stainless steel finishes and a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
Mondella sinks are exclusively sold at Bunnings, with its product range grouped into seven coordinated design collections that are colour coded to help you choose a product to match. From contemporary to classic, its collections offer different on-trend styles and designs. Plus, behind every product is a 10-year warranty for peace of mind.
Kitchen sinks feature double and single bowl varieties, including a single round design for those limited on space. Choose from a range of finishes including stainless steel and black, plus a tempered black glass top. There’s also a square sink that comes in a single or double bowl variety.
In terms of bathroom options, there’s plenty to choose from. If you’re wanting to make a statement, you might like to consider its matte black or marble options, while for those wanting to keep it simple, standard white finished are also available. There’s also a number of different designs on offer from round bowls and drop in basins to above counter square basins.
Operating under the Australian-owned GWA Group, Clark sinks have been in the market since the 1940s, with the company today offering a number of models at retail outlets around the country. Clark provides a 10-year warranty on most sinks, with dimensions and instructions available via its website.
For the kitchen, Clark offers overmount and undermount sinks, with one or two bowl capacities available to help you find one that suits your kitchen and household size. Predominantly available in stainless steel finish, Clark’s range includes both single left or right-side bowls, allowing you to find one that can slot into your current kitchen space.
For those looking to refit their bathroom, Clark has a number of basins available, although you might have to look elsewhere if you want any other colour but white. Rounded and square basins are readily available, with Clark additionally offering wall-mounted sinks for a different take on the bathroom design.
Aside from the brands already mentioned, there are plenty of others you may like to consider that did not receive the minimum sample size to be included in our ratings, but are just as worthy of note:
When it comes to finding out what drives customer satisfaction when purchasing a sink, our research revealed the following factors as most important:
Our research found that design, ease of cleaning and value for money are the greatest drivers of satisfaction for consumers. That’s something to keep in mind when you go sink shopping.
Keeping the sink clean is a touchy subject for many households, with 27% of survey respondents indicating that it annoys them when other people don’t clean up. Generally, we’re a nation of clean freaks, with 63% claiming that they regularly clean their sink and 13% regularly using a drain cleaner.
Keeping the sink clean can be a struggle however, as 8% stated that they have clogged their sink, while 5% have had to call a plumber to help with clogged drains. Perhaps surprisingly, just 16% of respondents said they have a plunger on hand in case of clogging.
There are plenty of sink options available, depending on the style you’re looking to achieve. When asked what type of sink they most recently purchased, respondents said:
A double bowl sink seems to be the most common, which allows you to fill up one side with hot water and rinse in the other. However, the type you go with will ultimately depend on your needs and kitchen space.
With survey respondents spending more than $400 on their new sink purchases, it pays to look into all your options and different designs before making your purchase decision, as a sink isn’t something you want to be replacing regularly. With 56% of all survey respondents stating that they purchased their sink as part of a renovation, there’ll be plenty of designs and styles to take into consideration, so take time to let it all sink in before you make a decision.
Ultimately, what sink you decide to install in your home will come down to your personal preference, with factors such as size, style and costs all impacting the final decision. As a result, it’s always best to do your research before walking into the local hardware store, as you may be able to save some money from going down the drain, while finding a brand that adds an extra touch of class to your bathroom or kitchen.
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Our customer ratings for sinks saw a number of brands perform well in a range of categories.
Canstar Blue surveyed 6,174 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have installed and used a new sink in my home in the last 3 years – in this case, 399 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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