Kitchen Sink Series, Part 2: Single Basin vs. Double Basin Sinks

Kitchen Sink Series, Part 2: Single Basin vs. Double Basin Sinks

Single Basin or Double Basin sink? That is the question we are tackling today.

Single Basin vs. Double Basin Kitchen Sinks

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If you’re struggling to choose between a single basin or double basin sink - we can relate.

We have often been asked by clients to go over the positives and negatives of each option, so we know it can also be useful to you!

So much about design is personalized to the individual who is using the space.

What they are accustomed to along with their likes and dislikes, all play into their choice for the best sink for their kitchen.

Keeping that in mind, lets get right into it and discuss the differences so you can make the best decision for your own kitchen.

What is a single basin sink? 

A single basin has just one large open space with no dividers.

It has become more and more popular over recent years.

In about 90% of all the remodels we do, clients choose a single basin sink for their kitchen. 

What is a double basin sink? 

A double basin sink has two smaller bowls with two drains within the same space as a single basin.

There are many different configurations with the two basins being equal sizes or one may be smaller than the other.  

What are the pros and cons of a single basin vs. double basin sink? 

Single Basin vs. Double Basin

Single Basin Pros: 

  • A single bowl offers more space for washing large pots and pans. 

  • Single basin sinks can fit in smaller spaces and in corner sink configurations while still allowing ample room within the sink to wash many different pots and pans. 

Single Basin Cons:

  • Having a single bowl means that it can be less efficient for hand washing dishes and may use more water to fill.  

  • One basin means that if you have water in the sink you would not be able to access the disposal while washing. 

Double Basin Pros: 

  • Ideal for washing dishes by hand because you can wash in one side and rinse in the other.

  • You always have access to the disposal because with the two drains you can use one side for dishes and the other for washing and prepping food or for rinsing down debris. 

Double Basin Cons:

  • Two smaller basins mean it can be more difficult to wash larger items. 

  • To accommodate two basins and still be functional, it will take up more space than a single basin. 


The choice you make on single basin vs. double basin really will depend on how you use your space and your priorities.

Both have their own great qualities that can help your kitchen be an attractive and functional space.

We want to hear from you! Which is more appealing for your kitchen?  

Now that we have discussed differences in styles of sinks  and number of basins we can move on to our third post in the series...

Choosing the right material for your sink