Smeg’s range of sinks vary from a simple, yet beautifully made, single bowl with drainer sink, through to the flagship of the range — a very sophisticated, double-bowl sink with elegant glass sliding chopping boards. A selection of sinks has been designed to specifically complement the iconic Smeg kitchen appliance ranges; for example, the LV range of sinks is shaped to perfectly correspond to the PGA range of cooktops, and the LD range will enhance the Marc Newson-designed range of ovens and cooktops. The design combination of Smeg Linear products with Smeg LQ sinks is superb.
Kitchen sinks are in most cases made of stainless steel, which is defined as a steel alloy with a minimum of 10.5–11% chromium content by mass. Stainless steel does not stain, corrode or rust as easily as ordinary steel. Stainless steel is austenitic — metallic but non magnetic. Smeg sinks are made from high-quality AISI304 (iron free) brushed stainless steel with a satin finish, 1mm thick is used for Smeg LD, LV, LQV, LQR, LR, VQ and VST ranges. The standard ranges are made with 0.6–0.7mm thick stainless steel.
The majority of Smeg sinks are made of lightly-brushed satin stainless steel to achieve the same finish as Smeg cooktops, ovens, rangehoods and refrigeration.
There are three methods of mounting sinks — topmount, flushmount and undermount. Topmounting is the standard method of installation, ie the sink is placed into a cutout and has a low profile.
For granite, marble, quartz resin and pure resin etc, flushmounting is often the preferred method as it achieves a completely flat surface. The ‘hole’ must be perfectly cut to accommodate the exact dimensions of the sink with a small rebate to accommodate the flush fitment of the visible trim. Undermounting is when the sink’s trim is perfectly concealed below the bench. It is important when installing undermount sinks that the manufacturer’s instructions are followed carefully, using silicon and the brackets provided. The sink should not be glued in place.
For both flush and undermounting, the sink should always be at hand for the qualified and skilled fabricator/stonemason to install.