September 01, 2019 5 min read

Before you make any moderately significant changes to your sink, you need to know what type of sink you need. Sinks are available in two styles: single and double bowl. A single bowl sink can clean more dishes. But a double bowl sink will leave more counter space and can also be used for drying.

Read on to find out more about single and double sinks, and how they can benefit you.

Single Bowl Sinks: Benefits and Drawbacks

Single Bowl Kitchen Sink


·         Faucet Variety:

With single bowl sinks, you can choose from a ton of different faucet options. Choose between single and double hole faucets or the more recent disc faucets. Some faucets come with a side sprayer for washing dishes more conveniently.

Kitchen Sink Faucet

·         Easy Installation:

As expected, single bowl sinks are easier to install and cheaper to purchase. Since they only have one bowl, they can easily be installed. You only need to connect one water drain to get the sink working. However, with double bowl sinks, you would need to attach two water drains.

Easy Installation

·         Lesser Cost:

Single sinks cost less than their double bowl counterparts. A typical kitchen sink with one bowl shouldn’t cost you more than $200. Moreover, these sinks are readily available in the market. And all you need to do is go to your nearest home and appliances shop and get a single bowl sink.

Lesser Cost

·         More Space:

Single bowl sinks are better for washing larger dishes and cutlery. These sinks have one single bowl that can take up the space of two smaller ones. Bigger dishes like trays, plates, pots, and pans, and even large woks.

Big Size Kitchen Sink

·         Easier To Maintain:

By and large, single bowl sinks are easier to clean and maintain. However, this also depends on what you’re using them for. If you’re using them for cleaning dishes, they might accumulate dirt and oil. If the sink is just for cleaning larger dishes that your dishwasher can’t handle, then maintenance is a breeze.


·         Less Versatile:

A single bowl sink can only be used for a handful of purposes. Some use them for washing all the dishes, while others use them for the ones that don’t fit in the dishwasher. A double bowl sink can be used for a variety of purposes. But a single sink doesn’t have much versatility to it.

·         More Water and Detergent:

Essentially, single and double sinks use the same amount of water and detergent. But depending on what you’re using them for, single bowl sinks can use more substances to clean. Double sinks can be used for drying, so only one half is ever in use for cleaning.

·         More Counter Space:

Single bowl sinks require a lot of counter space. Double sinks can be used for drying, so one half can double as a makeshift counter. However, with single bowl sinks, you can only use them for cleaning. This means that not only will you have lesser counter space, you’ll also need a separate space for drying. Single bowl sinks don’t provide the same functionality as double sinks.

Double Bowl Sinks: Benefits and Drawbacks

Double Bowl Sinks


·         Highly Versatile and Functional:

Double bowl sinks have two bowls for a reason. The first way to use these is to use one half for washing dishes and the other for drying. This is the most common way to go about things. You can keep a drying rack on one of the bowls to help save up counter space.

The second way to use them is to have two people clean the dishes in two separate bowls. This will speed up dishwashing, but it requires two people. Moreover, a double bowl sink only has one faucet. So you’ll need to take turns rinsing the dishes.

·         Frees Up Counter Space:

When you use a drying rack on a double bowl sink, it automatically saves up counter space. The space that would’ve been used by the drying rack is now free for other equipment. A double sink is about the same size as a single bowl sink. So you get added space in both the sink and the counter. This is one of the main reasons why people choose double sinks over their single-bowl variants.

Frees Up Counter Space

·         Less Water and Detergent:

Last but not least, if you only use one half of the double sink for dishwashing, you won’t need to soap the other. So you’ll end up using half as much soap and detergent as a single bowl sink. You can easily reach a feasible water depth without wasting too much water and soap. The differences may seem small, but every drop of detergent is sacred.


·         Lesser Faucet Options:

As opposed to single bowl sinks, the faucet options are reduced. The problem has less to do with the style of the faucet and more to do with the installation. You see, double sinks are connected to water drains. So it is harder to fit in any accessories such as sprayers and pull-out faucets.

·         Tedious Installation:

As mentioned, double sinks require two drains. As such, their installation will require more time, effort, and money. If you can do the plumbing job yourself then installation shouldn’t be an issue. However, if you usually hire a plumber to get the job done, it will cost you more. Even if you use the other sink for drying, you still need an outlet for the water that drips off the dishes.

·         No Space for Larger Utensils:

This is by far the biggest issue with double bowl sinks. Double bowl sinks do not provide more space than single bowl ones. Instead, it’s like adding a partition in a single bowl sink. This reduces the amount of space you have for cleaning.

Some double sinks have smaller side bowls to provide extra cleaning space. But this is nothing compared to the space given by single sinks. Double sinks are not suited for larger dishes and cutlery. And even a dishwasher won’t be able to clean them. So you will have absolutely nothing to clean larger dishes with if you choose a double sink.


Single and double sinks both have their purposes in life. One is used for cleaning while the other can hold a drying rack as well. Furthermore, using both sides of the double sink for cleaning will speed up the process.

However, the ultimate choice is always in your hands. We have listed the benefits and drawbacks of each type of sink. Now it’s up to you make the ultimate choice and pick out your preferred sink style.

Whatever you choose, make sure you’re comfortable with it!




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