Canstar Blue’s latest sinks review compares Caroma, Mondella, IKEA and Blanco on quality & durability, variety, ease of cleaning, functionality, design, 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 taste and budget, which is where Canstar Blue’s latest review can help. We’ve surveyed nearly 400 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. Only brands that received at least 30 responses are rated in our latest report.
Caroma was plugged in as the best-rated brand for sinks, receiving five-star reviews in all research areas – including overall satisfaction!
Here are the best brands of sinks in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:
Caroma scored five-star reviews across all research areas, namely for quality and durability, ease of cleaning, design, functionality, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction. Mondella similarly scored full marks for ease of cleaning, as did IKEA when it came to functionality. Although both brands landed on four stars overall, while Blanco rounded up the results on three stars overall.
To help you decide which brand has the best new sink for your home, read on for details about the eight compared.
With over 78 years of experience, Caroma offers kitchen and bathroom fittings that are designed to function well and also look the part, no matter your style. The brand offers both kitchen sinks and basins for your bathroom, backed by a 20-year warranty.
Caroma’s products are split into several collections, including LiveWell, InVogue, Classic, and Artisan collections with various taphole options to choose from. All Caroma products can also be sorted by price range on the website, which makes finding something within your budget even easier. In the kitchen sinks department, Caroma offers top and undermount models, in different grades of stainless-steel and various bowl sizes to fit in your kitchen space.
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 finishes are also available. There are also a number of different designs on offer from round bowls and drop-in basins to above-counter square basins.
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 kitchen sinks 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 most sinks 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 Stainless-Steel, Silgranit and Ceramic, 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. Sink dimensions and specifications can additionally be found on the website.
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.
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, are available in one or two bowl varieties, such as the Apollo, Diaz, Florence, Martini, Endeavour, Monet and Lakeland. Or if you’re hoping to make a statement with your kitchen, collections like Spectra may be your best bet, coming in a variety of colours and finishes to help create an eye-catching aesthetic.
With over 100 years of experience, Franke deals exclusively in kitchen fixtures, tapware and appliances such as ovens. The brand states that every kitchen should be as unique as you are, which is why it offers a range of sinks in different materials to choose from, including stainless-steel, fraganite and tectonite, and with features such as heat and sound insulation and advanced waste systems.
Franke provides a product explorer on its website to help you find the perfect fit for your kitchen based on the type of installation you want (i.e. inset, undermount, slim-top, etc.), finishes and series such as Urban, Chef Center, Neptune and so on.
For a one-stop-shop, it’s hard to beat Abey, with the brand offering an extensive range of basin mixers, taps and sinks for the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. This retailer stocks its own branded products as well as big-name European brands such as Armando Vicario, Gessi and Barazza. If you have a particular style or budget in mind, you can also browse sinks and accessories by collections and price points.
For the bathroom, there are wall and basin mixers available in pedestal, freestanding, inset, wall-hung and countertop styles, including exclusive pieces from brands like Gareth Ashton and Burlington.
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.
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 quality and durability, as well as price (or value for money) are the greatest drivers of satisfaction for consumers. That’s something to keep in mind when you go sink shopping. Our survey also found that 34% of Aussies compare and research sinks before buying one.
Keeping the sink mess-free is pretty much a force of habit for many households, with 52% of respondents cleaning it regularly and 19% using a drain cleaner (19%). But it isn’t always easy, with one in 10 admitting they had to call a plumber with clogged drains (12%), while 18% have a plunger on hand just in case.
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 option, 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/bathroom space.
When it comes to appearances, one in three consumers (30%) said design was their biggest consideration for purchase. There were only a handful of regrets, with 11% of people wishing they had bought a different style sink.
Our latest ratings show Caroma is the top pick for many Aussies, satisfying consumers on all aspects – including everything from quality to range variety, design and value for money. Mondella also proved to be popular for households that need something that’s easy to clean, with IKEA also being another strong contender for shoppers who love extra functionality.
With survey respondents spending more than $370 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 43% 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.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
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Canstar Blue surveyed more than 9,000 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 their home in the last three years – in this case, 398 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.
Here are the previous winners of Canstar Blue’s sinks ratings:
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