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    • Annie1960
    • By Annie1960 15th May 17, 9:10 AM
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    Annie1960
    Franke Sink - why such big price difference?
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    • 15th May 17, 9:10 AM
    Franke Sink - why such big price difference? 15th May 17 at 9:10 AM
    There is a Franke sink here:

    https://www.johnlewis.com/franke-ascona-asx-651-1-5-kitchen-sink-with-reversible-bowl-silk-steel/p231335486


    What appears to be the same sink is also on sale here:

    http://www.screwfix.com/p/franke-ascona-inset-sink-s-steel-1-bowl-1000-x-510mm/37197

    Is it really the same sink? Am I missing something, or why is there such a large price difference?
    Last edited by Annie1960; 15-05-2017 at 11:45 AM.
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    • Ruski
    • By Ruski 7th Jun 17, 8:17 AM
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    Ruski
    Fitting (another) one to utility next week, along with matching tap

    I don't install anything that might come back to bite me on the !!!

    HTH

    Russ
    Perfection takes time: don't expect miracles in a day
    • carly
    • By carly 7th Jun 17, 11:19 AM
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    I have an Ascona in my kitchen. Its two years old. I hate it. It scratches really really easily, and only looks shiny when it is freshly cleaned and polished. I sincerely wish that I had never bought it. I have had SS sinks before which were much more hard wearing and didnt require constant cleaning. My water is hard and every dried droplet shows, up as do greasy smears from a dishcloth, I could accept all this in a utility room but not my kitchen. I would love to find a replacement but it would have to fit the cut out hole exactly as I do not want to replace the worktops.
    • Annie1960
    • By Annie1960 7th Jun 17, 2:36 PM
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    I have an Ascona in my kitchen. Its two years old. I hate it. It scratches really really easily, and only looks shiny when it is freshly cleaned and polished. I sincerely wish that I had never bought it. I have had SS sinks before which were much more hard wearing and didnt require constant cleaning. My water is hard and every dried droplet shows, up as do greasy smears from a dishcloth, I could accept all this in a utility room but not my kitchen. I would love to find a replacement but it would have to fit the cut out hole exactly as I do not want to replace the worktops.
    Originally posted by carly

    That's what I'm wondering, as mine will be in the kitchen and I want it to look good.

    Does anyone know any other brand of modern stainless steel sink that won't show every scratch? Mine will be in a quartz worktop, so I can't really replace it easily once it's in.
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 7th Jun 17, 4:02 PM
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    I wouldn't go with one that has large flat areas, that's where the marks show. A more ribbed draining area will disguise the problem more.
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
    • Annie1960
    • By Annie1960 7th Jun 17, 4:27 PM
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    Even the ones with a ribbed draining area seem to show every scratch.

    What has happened to modern ss sinks? In the past they were always hard-wearing, and looked good even after many years. Something seems to have happened to make them show every scratch, and it's become very difficult to choose something that should be simple.
    • Ruski
    • By Ruski 7th Jun 17, 6:32 PM
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    Ruski
    The other option is to have a linen finish (which I personally don;t like) but it hides scratches and droplets well.

    Any fitter will tell you that anything shiny (including worktops) will show up every mark

    HTH

    Russ
    Perfection takes time: don't expect miracles in a day
    • Annie1960
    • By Annie1960 7th Jun 17, 10:08 PM
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    Annie1960

    Any fitter will tell you that anything shiny (including worktops) will show up every mark

    HTH

    Russ
    Originally posted by Ruski
    But this did not used to happen. I have always had stainless steel sinks in the past and this was not a major problem. I'm not sure what has happened to modern steel to make them scratch more easily.
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 7th Jun 17, 10:15 PM
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    I can't say I've noticed any scratching on mine, Franke but not that model, perhaps I'm not that fussy! Although I do think the stainless steel fridge always looks awful so perhaps I am fussy. I don't know.
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 10th Jun 17, 1:57 PM
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    Franke are traditionally supposed to be the best sinks, my grandparents swore by them, but these days they're probably more like German cars, expensive and really no better than a Ford.
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

    "Never confuse education with intelligence"
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