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Pros and Cons of Kitchen Sink Styles

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

Shopping for a kitchen sink? There are so many styes to choose from.... a single large sink, a double sink or a large sink with a smaller sink one on the side. You also have to think about what materials to use like stainless steel vs porcelain enamels as well as a few other options on the market. And last but not least, you get to choose between an undermount, overmount or seamless edge to complete the look. It can certainly feel a little overwhelming and it's kind of a big deal as it's a permanent choice... so I've put together some pros and cons to help you with your decision!

Single Large Sink vs Double Sink

Single Large Sink

  • Pro - Easily holds plates, large pots, pans, casserole dishes, serving trays, babies and pets

  • Pro - One drain to clean

  • Con - Uses more water to fill

Double Sink

  • Pro - Separate sides for washing and rinsing dishes

  • Pro - Separate side for food disposal

  • Pro - Dual depth options for each side

  • Con -Kids like to dump food down wrong side

Stainless Steel vs Porcelain

Stainless Steel:

  • Pro - Durable, never chips

  • Con - Scratches

  • Con - Waterstains possible


  • Pro - Durable

  • Pro - Smooth finish that retains heat

  • Con - Scratches

  • Con - Stains *check out Americast sinks which are sold as stain resistant

Undermount vs Overmount


  • Pro - Seamless appearance

  • Pro - Easier counter clean up

  • Con - Heavy, requires solid surface countertop

  • Con - Mold in caulk line


  • Pro - Can fit larger size sink within cabinet

  • Pro - Less expensive to install

  • Con - Flange on countertop

  • Con - Mold under flange lip

Seamless Edge

The seamless edge sink is a new option on the market that I do not have experience with yet, but I thought was worth mentioning. Top Zero Seamless Edge sinks feature undermount stainless sinks flush to the countertop. It looks like an integrated sink and can be installed on virtually any solid surface including granite, quartz and porcelain. Because they are technically more challenging to install, they are more expensive than a traditional undermount stainless sink.

The good news is, there really isn't a wrong answer. It really comes down to personal preference. Most people who like to wash their dishes on their own prefer a double sink so they can fill one side with soapy water and rinse in the other. Often busy family households prefer one large sink so they have more room like in this apron front sink below.

porcelain apron front sink
Design by Robin Johnson Interiors

So what is YOUR favorite sink style? Have you owned more than one type? Which is your favorite and why? Leave me a comment, I'd love to know! Also, head on over to my new FB group, Kitchens, Baths and Mudrooms by Design to join design loving mamas just like yourself. Each week I'll pick one members design challenge to solve on a FB Live! Get in early!


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