What are the disadvantages of ceramics

Ceramic sink - the advantages and disadvantages

Material properties

Modern ceramic sinks of high quality are burned particularly carefully and at particularly high temperatures. This creates a material with very special properties. The table below shows how they work in the kitchen:

propertyImpact in the kitchen
Particularly high hardnessRobust, resilient, high quality impact also almost no longer prone to scratching
Particularly smooth and dense surfaceDirt cannot adhere and penetrate the material - easy to clean
Particularly dense and firm materialSplintering is hardly to be feared today (unlike in the past)
Heat resistanceCeramic is resistant to the usual temperatures in the kitchen
Food safetyBecause of the smooth surface, ceramics are always food-safe when cleaned properly

Because of its good properties, a ceramic sink hardly needs any maintenance and stains can be easily removed. This is a major advantage of ceramic sinks. In addition, the following advantages also count:

  • Longevity (higher than other sinks)
  • beautiful for a long time with regular cleaning
  • good cost-benefit ratio

Disadvantages of ceramic sinks

However, you always have to consider some small disadvantages with the ceramic sink. The material properties of the sink not only bring advantages.

Disadvantage: high hardness

The high hardness means that dishes can sometimes break if they hit the hard surface too hard. Many pot materials (such as stainless steel) are softer than ceramic and can therefore leave unsightly traces of abrasion (which are easy to remove)

Disadvantage: robustness

The high robustness of the material also leads to a significantly higher weight of the sink than, for example, a stainless steel sink. The installation of these sinks should therefore best be carried out by specialists.

Disadvantage: expensive

Compared to stainless steel sinks, which are still "standard", the price of a ceramic sink is downright astronomical. While simple stainless steel sinks start at 50 EUR, even the simplest ceramic kitchen sinks can hardly be had for less than 200 EUR. In view of the longer service life and the significantly lower cleaning effort for ceramics, this can in some cases compensate for each other somewhat.

Granite sinks have almost more disadvantages than advantages. The material needs very careful care and can quickly become unsightly due to the ingredients in tap water. Ceramic is the better alternative here in any case, and stainless steel is certainly a more advantageous choice (apart from its unconvincing appearance).