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
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
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
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.
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!