There is a strong debate on kitchen sinks that some are not aware of until they come across it themselves during their remodel, and that is the double bowl versus single bowl debate. At Directsinks.com, we find usefulness for both, but this debate is really dependent on how you work in your own kitchen. I made a little checklist or quiz if you will. Take a look below!
- Do you have or want a garbage disposal?
- Do you throw your frozen meats in the sink to defrost on your way out the door in the morning?
- Are you water savvy, and care about your ecological footprint?
- Do you set your dirty dishes aside for later?
- Does prepping your food revolve heavily around your sink?
- Do you have limited counter space?
- Do you use a lot of large pots and pans when you cook?
- Do you wash your dirty dishes pretty quickly after use?
If you answered yes to questions 1 -5 a double bowl sink might be best for you!
Double bowl sinks get a bad rap in the north east because many people don’t find garbage disposals relevant but for those that do, a double bowl sink is often accompanied with them. Double bowl sinks are also super useful for food prep like peeling or chopping, you can just grind them down the drain when finished and rinse. Raw meats are better contained as well when defrosting or prepping. If you are a busy bee, double bowl sinks allow you to set your dishes aside for later, soaking or drying without stopping up your sink use. You can also separate you delicate shishware like wine glasses from your heavy metal ware.
A couple things people don’t consider before buying their double bowl sink:
Double bowl sinks eat up more counter space, so if you are putting in a sink for a small apartment or you have a tiny galley kitchen, this sink may not be for you. Additionally, people with double bowl sinks have claimed that neither side of the sink is truly large enough to hold cookie sheets and big pots to soak and wash. Some people just never use the other side of the sink.
If you answered yes to questions 6-8 a single bowl sink may be for you!
Single bowl sinks are best for smaller kitchens and those that cook with large pots and pans often. They are larger which allows you to have more space for washing and soaking those pans. Single bowls can also be versatile as well in the sense that because they are large, you can fit a basin of water in the sink for soaking purposes. Some single bowl sinks even have systems that allow accessories to work perfectly for ease of cooking like drain boards that can be added to one side of the sink to dry your clean utensils. If you have small pets or a baby, a large single basin sink is helpful for washing them without breaking your back bending over the tub.
Some things people don’t know about single bowl sinks:
You don’t really have the option of separating clean and dirty dishes, or hiding the dirty ones on the soaking side. If you have raw chicken defrosting and juice spills out, well then your whole sink is contaminated instead of half. Your fine china is more likely to be damaged if you put them in the same sink as your cast irons.
So you have a lot to think about if you are in the midst of deciding which side of the debate you land on. If you just can’t decide, we do have a small token of advice: CLICK HERE