Greatest Hits 2022: Single-Bowl Vs. Double-Bowl Sinks in the Kitchen


1. The dimensions and profile may be cumbersome.

For starters, one draw back is the quantity of counter house consumed. A double-bowl unit can measure 40 and even 48 inches lengthy (you’ll be able to even purchase a triple-bowl unit, which can be so long as 60 inches), and don’t overlook that much more counter house is required on either side of the sinks for stacking unwashed and clear gadgets. In a small kitchen, that’s numerous actual property. “Right here in San Francisco, folks do the arithmetic and discover that they only don’t have sufficient counter house to present away for 2 good-size bowls,” says Williams.

2. It eats up under-counter cupboard space.

One other minus: You’re additionally sacrificing under-counter cupboard space, since a sink base cupboard has no cabinets or drawers. (And that rubbish disposal takes up house.)

3. Sarcastically, it may possibly imply much less house for laundry giant gadgets.

Lastly, there’s the difficulty of sink measurement, particularly when one bowl is smaller than the opposite. “It’s simply annoying to have a second bowl that’s not very large,” says Williams. “It makes it exhausting to scrub cumbersome gadgets like roasting pans.” Some double-bowl models have a decrease inside partition that makes cleansing giant pots simpler.

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Above: A single-bowl, chrome steel sink in A Stylish Fixer-Higher on Fireplace Island, Finances Version.

Is a single-bowl sink cheaper?

It may be. For instance, a Kraus Undermount 33-Inch Double-Bowl Sink prices $299.95 at Residence Depot, whereas identical mannequin as a single-bowl sink—the Kraus Undermount 32-Inch Single Bowl Sink—is barely cheaper, at $224.95. Set up typically prices extra for a double-bowl unit, and chances are you’ll want two taps.

Can I swap a single-bowl for a double-bowl sink?

That might depend upon accessible counter house, clearly, and in addition on the cabinetry and countertop materials. You’ll possible have to enlarge the cutout to accommodate the brand new unit, which can be tougher with, say, a stone countertop in place.

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Above: One different: Not a double-bowl sink per se, however two sinks, separated. See Kitchen Confidential: 10 Methods to Obtain the Plain English Look.

Are there different methods to get the advantages of a double-bowl sink?

Right here’s an old-school thought: merely drop a plastic basin into your single-bowl sink and fill it with water. Afterwards, empty it and retailer it underneath the sink.

An alternative choice: Two single-bowl sinks put in in numerous spots, say one on the principle countertop and one on an island. (See 10 Genius Double Sinks, Utility Version for some concepts.) “A separate bar sink is nice when you may have two people who find themselves energetic members within the kitchen,” says Buttrick. If there’s room, you’ll be able to even make the second sink a full-size one. There can be further plumbing prices, however the busy cook dinner will respect house opening up across the sink (and having an additional hand).

Attempting to resolve which kitchen sink is best for you? Seek the advice of our guides:

Lastly, get extra concepts on easy methods to consider and select your kitchen sink and tap in our Reworking 101 Information: Kitchen Sinks & Taps.

N.B.: This publish is a rerun; the unique story ran as “Reworking 101: Single-Bowl Vs. Double-Bowl Sinks within the Kitchen” on December 21, 2017 and has been up to date with new info and pictures. Featured picture by Sarah Elliott from Kitchen of the Week: A Clear, Effectively-Lighted Area in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

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