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Quartz composite sinks pros and cons: What you need to know about quartz kitchen sinks

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It isn’t until you’re planning a kitchen remodel that you realise just how many decisions there are to make — including deciding on a new kitchen sink. We’ve come a long way from the days of just stainless-steel options and one of the latest materials to gain popularity are quartz kitchen sinks, like those that have just been released by Hafele.

I’m going to run through the pros and cons, and everything you need to know about quartz sinks, to help you decide if it’s the right option for you. 

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Quartz sink

Pros of quartz kitchen sinks

Highly resistant

Quartz sinkware is designed to last. Quartz is incredibly durable and is heat, scratch and stain resistant — ensuring it looks good for many years.

Get the most out of your quartz sink by hiring a licensed plumber to install it. A licensed plumber can install your quartz sinkware with precision and ensure it operates efficiently.

Given the higher performance of these sinks, they generally also come with longer warranties. For example, the new range of quartz sinks from Hafele come with a 20-year warranty on manufacturing defects. It’s also hard to beat the quality German manufacturing.

Hygienic

Being smooth and nonporous, quartz has bacteria and odour resistant properties. It’s the ideal material for a kitchen sink.

Quieter

This may seem like a strange benefit to add to the list but as a mother of two young children, it’s a big selling point! Quartz sinks have natural soundproofing capabilities that make them much quieter than stainless steel and other materials. The sound of water from the faucet and then clanging of dishes in the sink will all be significantly reduced. 

Modern design

One of the biggest pros of quartz sinks is simply how stylish they are! These sinks are the perfect fit for modern interior design homes and can be a focal point of your kitchen with their clean, modern design.

Quartz sink Hafele
One of the shapes available in Hafele’s new quartz sink range

Colour options

Continuing with the aesthetic benefits, another pro of quartz sinks is that they are available in black (onyx) or white so you can select the finish to suit your space.

With various designs, quartz sinks can complement any kitchen design, and its sound-dampening features enhance the overall experience. For a lasting and stylish kitchen upgrade, quartz sinkware is a reliable choice.

Cons of quartz kitchen sinks

Cost

The only con of quartz kitchen sinks is that they are slightly more expensive. Although a lot more affordable than fireclay kitchen sinks and other premium materials, quartz is slightly more expensive than stainless steel equivalents. The benefit of their sleeker yet understated design, and high durability, justify this additional expense.

Other important info about quartz sinks

Do quartz kitchen sinks scratch?

The main concern I hear people raise when you mention a black or white kitchen sink is a fear of them scratching but quartz sinks are scratch resistant. Personally, I’ve had my sink for over 4 years and do all of my dishes by hand — and there’s not one scratch, dent or imperfection.

Kitchen with quartz kitchen sinks

Can quartz kitchen sinks crack?

Quartz is one of the most durable materials available. It can withstand the highest temperatures and is resistant to stains, scratches, dents and chips. Quartz sinks are made with a composite of quartz and acrylic (generally 80% quartz and 20% acrylic), which offers strength and flexibility, making them highly unlikely to crack. Hafele are so sure of the quality of their German quartz sinks that they back it with a 20-year warranty on manufacturing defects.

If you love the look and durability of quartz kitchen sinks, you can browse the new range at Hafele on their website here or pop into their nearest showroom.

Do you have any questions about quartz sinks we didn’t cover? Pop it in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you asap. 

Check out more building related articles here

Quartz kitchen sinks in marble bench
Hafele quartz kitchen sinks range

This article was first published in February 2020 and continues to be updated with latest information.

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    13 COMMENTS

      • Hi Diane, white quartz sinks shouldn’t stain as they are still made from a stain-resistant quartz material. It’s always a good idea to check the warranty of the sink before you purchase to make sure you can get a free replacement should there be any issues 😉

    1. Hello I have an Ikea KILSVIKEN sink (Inset sink, 1 bowl with drainboard, black/quartz composite) form 2022 and I need to incorporate Food Waste Disposer – Insinkerator Model 56 Food Waste Disposal. Is that possible, due to the durability of the sink? Can you help me?

    2. Can I overmount a quartz sink over a laminate benchtop? Are there any issues or complications either aesthetic or functional or any other downsides I should be aware of?

    3. Do you find that you break or crack dishes in your quartz composite sink? I love the look and features of these, but wonder if that’s a good reason to get stainless steel, instead?

      • Hi Tammi,

        No I don’t find that. Quartz sinks are metal sinks with a special coating… rather than a solid stone sink. I do find I’m more careful washing dishes in butler’s/farmehouse sinks which are generally made from fireclay and can chip dishes. Hope this helps 🙂

      • Hi Janet

        I don’t find water spots show or look milky but if you top mount your sink (ie place it on top of your benchtop), water can sit on the outer edge. It just needs to be wiped down with a sponge. Hope this helps 😉

    4. I have a quartz sink that cracked about a year after install. I received a new one under warranty. My question is ….How do you remove a quartz sink from a quartz counter top? I loosened the mounting brackets but there appears to be an adhesive between the sink and countertop. The sink is already cracked so I’m not worried about it but I am concerned about damaging the quartz countertop.
      Am I doomed to hours of forcing a razor blade between them to release the sink?

      • Hi Randy, sorry to hear about that. It sounds like your sink is undermount, is that right? There is either epoxy or silicone between the sink and countertop. If it’s silicone (which is more likely), this is relatively easy to remove by fully extending a Stanley knife and running it between the sink and underside of the countertop around the area. If it’s epoxy, it’s more difficult and I would suggest getting your plumber to remove the sink (as you generally need to use a chisel). Hope this helps and happy new year!

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