Friday, November 5, 2010

The kitchen sink

I'm still in a partial fog (anyone else have this nasty, little bug right now?), but I'm actually up this morning and thought I'd post about picking the kitchen sink.


I have a double sink right now and I don't like it. When I try to wash a pan, I have trouble because neither bowl is large enough to sit the pan down. If this were my forever home, I'd switch to a large, single basin sink. However, between watching real estate shows and talking to the guys in the showrooms, it seems that most people want a double basin sink. So...what to do?

Here are the double basin options. The first two have one large basin and one smaller one. The third has equally sized basins. All are under mount, of course.


I have a garbage disposal that is attached to the left basin of my current sink. I think I would keep it there. If I went with the different sized basins, should the garbage disposal be attached to a large basin or small one? I think it should be on the large basin, but I'm not certain.


The single basin options are little more basic: square or rectangle. I think the squares are for people with deep counters or corner sinks, so I'd go with the rectangular sink on the right if I did the single basin.





Because of the input I got in the showroom, I think I'm going to go with the double basin sink with the larger basin on the left. I'm not crazy about double basins, but at least having a larger area on one side will allow for larger pans to be cleaned.


I'm curious. Do you have a single or double basin sink right now? Do you covet the other style or do you like what you have?
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20 comments:

  1. The great debate! I currently have a double sink, larger on the left and I hate it. If I twist and turn things I can sometimes get a large pan in there, but it's not easy. I do think you are right about the disposal though - mine's on the left. I'd much rather have the large rectangular one basin. A girlfriend of mine just put on in her home and I'm very envious!

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  2. Our house has a very deep single-basin sink. My landlord said he chose it for that very reason - giving you lots of room to wash large items. I love it. My parents have the double-basin, and it drives me crazy.

    My last condo, which also had a small renovated kitchen, had one large, deep sink. Again, that landlord put in the deepest one he could find.

    I also think that in a smaller space one large sink is a better use of the space. But that's just me, and I'm no realestate expert!

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  3. I have a double sink, only because that's what my husband really, really wanted when we designed our kitchen.

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  4. I think you should put the disposal in the side that you will be "rinsing" dishes. I find that it really stinks when you have a sink ran with soapy dish water and you find that you need to dispose of scraps and the sink is full of water already.

    My sink is an enamel coated cast iron that has a lower divider in the middle to better accommodate pot and pan handles.

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  5. I really prefer a single bowl, I'm surprised that you were told otherwise...I find double bowls to be awkward.

    I can't wait to get rid of my stainless steel sink; it always looks filthy!!

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  6. I'm an overall fan of our double sink. It is deep and has one side that is bigger than the other to allow for larger items. Yeah it is a pain to wash cookie pans and the like, but I really only run into that problem a few times a year. And its not like it is impossible, just a wee bit harder than easy.

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  7. We have the big basin on the right and small basin on the left. Our garbage disposal is on the big one and I don't like that at all. I think we had to do it that way because of plumbing but it annoys me. I do like having one large side and one smaller side though.

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  8. Our new house has a double basin with both equal sizes. We had a double growing up and I never really thought about it either way, but when I went to college, my apartment had a large single basin and I hated it. I decided that I would always have a double basin. With only one basin, you could only have one thing going on in the sink at a time. If you're just washing dishes, that's fine, but if you're cooking and cleaning or soaking fruits and need to rinse a dish, it gets to be a pain. I'm a big multitasker and I like to be able to do more things at once.

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  9. I love a single bowl sink too! If you have to get a double bowl I would recommend finding one with a low divider. It will help a lot in accommodating larger pots and still gives you 2 bowls. A nice deep sink is great too but be sure not to get too deep or you'll have to be all hunched over when you're doing dishes. (I've pulled out a few too deep sinks for clients in the past) It's going to look great!!

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  10. Thru the years, (I am 58) all of the homes I had came with a double sink. I hated them. I feel the same way about side by side refrigerators. Same problems! When I bought my cottage, I knew that I would have to gut the kitchen and the very first decision I made was to buy a single bowl sink. Finally, happiness!! I will never go back to a double sink again. I have now lived with a single bowl sink for the last four years and I have NEVER regretted that decision. I feel the same way about side by side refrigerators.

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  11. I really don't think a double sink is a requirement for resale. I say do what you want and as long as it's new and you have granite, it's all good! I really don't mind a double sink, I like being able to have dirty in one side and clean in the other. Pans just have to stick out of the sink, no biggie.

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  12. hi, i just put in a single basin stainless rect. sink that i bought on overstock and omg it's wonderful 32x19x10 so deep and lovely! and i cook and love to roast and never could get the roaster in the water,had to rest it on the divider,and the price?! 349.00 the guys that installed the countertop were ooooing!! the other plus is everything hides in the sink, you have to be next to it to see any dirty dishes!goodluck. denise

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  13. I have a double basin sink that is extra deep. I don't think I would be happy with a single basin, I need a side to rinse and a side to stack while they wait for my daughter to load them in the dishwasher. For some reason, the disposal was installed in the sink closest to the dw, which seems wrong. I would rather rinse in the sink farthest from the dishwasher, then stack in the sink closest to the dw. Sorry for the long comment. Best of luck with the big decision.

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  14. 99% of the sinks we install are double basin. I think people are scared to go with the single basin....even if it's what they really want.
    I tell customer's to go with the single basin if they don't generally do dishes in their sink....and really, most people don't do dishes in their sinks anymore.
    I personally have the double with the larger side on the left. I LOVE it. I can fit a heck of a lot of dishes in that side when need be. :) I wouldn't go with stainless again though. I'd do quartz composite next time. I recommend them to most of my customer's now days.

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  15. Big deep single. The only thing I dislike in the kitchen is the double sink. Unless you have a big laundry tub the turkey pan just won't get washed well!

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  16. Wait...I'm supposed to cook a turkey? :)

    I don't think anyone would host a Thanksgiving dinner in my place. If they did, they'd serve Chinese take out.

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  17. I had the exact same dilemma a while back, plus one about a standard size or smaller, to give more counter space in a tiny kitchen. I love a single sink for the same reasons as you, but everyone said I should get a double for resale. I ended up going with a single, smaller sink against everyone's suggestions. :-) It just looked right. Maybe just try to picture walking in for the first time- would a single sink stand out? I swear a lot of people wouldn't even notice such a thing (but then again, there are a lot of people who would).

    If you want to check out the opinions I got on the matter, http://hiphousegirl.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/quick-question-about-sinks/

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  18. I have a double (big/ small) and I feel like I have plenty of space! I guess going from a shallow half and half makes anything seem better! Also, my disposal is on the small side and it works for me.

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  19. I have a shallow single stainless sink and hate it. Too shallow, too dirty looking and not good if I want to wash anything by hand.

    My parents have a super deep and wide single stainless sink and I hate theirs too. It just tends to collect dishes since some people are too lazy to put them in the dishwasher. ;) It is, however, great for soaking and washing big pots and pans.

    One of my grammas and an aunt both have double deep sinks that are coated something or other...not stainless. I love them! The larger basin is on the left with the disposal and a fitted bottom thing - not a full on drainer but more like a cookie cooling rack but for the sink so when you're washing by hand, the dishes don't sit on food particles. I have no idea what you call that. Then the small basin's on the right with a fitted dish drainer.

    They always look clean, they're fine for cleaning one big pot at a time, they're great for washing dishes by hand (which is great because you can't put fine china or silver in the dish washer and I ALWAYS end up washing the dishes at Easter/Thanksgiving/Christmas?etc).

    Then my gramma in Florida has a double average depth sink that has equal sized basins. She will use the right side for stuff that has to be washed by hand, rinsed and/or put in the dish washer, then the left side is designated for food. Very good idea!! She keeps the scrap bucket in that side as well - a big brown Country Crock butter tub that my grampa empties into the compost bin outside every day.

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  20. Now that I've had both, I LOVE my big, deep rectangular sink. Double sinks always drive me crazy, especially when the smaller size is the disposal and isn't as deep, and when the faucet isn't high enough above it, etc. If I had more money in the budget, I would have put in the same sink but only in porcelain instead of stainless since it's already super scratched up. All that said, I think whatever you picked will be perfect in your awesome new kitchen!

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