Single- vs. Double-Sink Kitchen


If you're deciding on a sink for the kitchen you're remodeling, you may be wondering whether you need a single basin or a double basin. It's likely that you can find both types in the material and size that you want. And both types will do the basic job of holding your dishes while you wash them. But it's also likely that you're accustomed to using a sink in a particular way. Consider how you use a sink before you make your decision.


  • If your kitchen has a dishwasher, then a single-basin sink is a practical choice. But if you use your dishwasher some of the time and hand wash your dishes and cookware when you have only a few pieces to do, a double-basin sink is a good choice. It allows you to fill one basin with soapy water to wash the dishes and use the other to rinse and stack them. You could use a single-basin sink to wash and rinse your dishes and put a drainer on the counter. But you would lose valuable counter space and run the risk of cluttering your nice new kitchen.


  • A single-basin sink has one drain, and a double-basin sink has two, which connect to a central drainpipe under the sink. Separate drains allow two people to work on individual tasks at the sink. You can wash vegetables for dinner in one basin, while your spouse rinses dishes to load the dishwasher.The dual drains are also advantageous in the event of a clog. In a double sink, you may be able to continue using one side of the sink until the clog on the other side is cleared. When a single-basin sink is clogged, you cannot use it until the clog is cleared.

Large Capacity

  • Both single and double sinks come in different sizes and shapes -- you can even get a double sink with one large and one small basin. Without the divider in the middle, a single-basin sink has a much larger capacity than a double-sided sink. This is a great advantage when you're washing or soaking large pots and pans. You can't soak an entire baking sheet in a double-basin sink, so the solution is to soak one side at a time.


  • The look of one style might appeal to you more than the look of the other. If you're a fastidious homeowner who doesn't cook much or likes to get all the dishes out of the way as soon as you use them, an empty single-basin sink might have the neat look that you admire. If you have a country kitchen, you might like the rustic look of an apron-front sink. On the other hand, if you're always doing dishes, and you can't stand clutter on your counter, a double-sink may be a better choice. You can stack your dishes in one basin and keep the counter clear of clutter and looking tidy.

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