To buy a single or double kitchen sink

Kitchen Sink Ideas

Here’s how to choose a kitchen sink you won’t regret.

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As you ponder the myriad of kitchen sink ideas out there — farmhouse sink, stainless steel sink, porcelain sink — the most difficult choice usually comes down to a debate homeowners revisit every time they remodel their kitchen: single sink vs. double sink.

Here’s an infographic and specific tips to help you decide on a kitchen sink you’ll love.

Kitchen sink ideas infographic Image: Shannon Lattin for HouseLogic

Single Sink vs. Double Sink

Choose the wrong kitchen sink, and you’ll never be satisfied with your kitchen remodel.  These pros and cons will help you choose between a single sink and double sink:

Pros of Single Sink:

  • They can handle very large items since a single sink is usually larger than the basins in double-sink versions.
  • You can use a plastic tub in a single sink to replicate a double sink when you need one.

Cons of Single Sink:

  • You can’t use the garbage disposal when you’ve got the sink full of dirty dishes.
  • You don’t have an extra basin that can double as a drainboard, saving valuable counter space.

Pros of a Double Sink

  • You have two drains so one can be dedicated for the garbage disposal and the other can be full of soapy water.
  • One sink can serve as a drainboard when you’ve got a lot of hand-washing to do.

Cons of a Double Sink:

  • Can’t handle large items easily, making them difficult to clean.
  • The basin divider takes up valuable space.

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