If you are planning to change the sink in the kitchen that you are remodeling, you should try to determine first whether you need a single or double basin sink. Whichever you choose, it is more likely that you can find either types in the material and the size that you need. Note that both can do the primary purpose of holding the dishes while you are actually washing them. However, you should also take into consideration how you are using the sink in a certain way. Thus, consider your preference before you decide.
If you have a dishwasher in your kitchen, going for a single-basin type of sink is a practical choice. However, if you rarely use your dishwasher and you opt to wash your dishes by hand, then you might as well choose the double-basin type of sink. Double-basin sinks allow you to fill one basin with soap and water for dishwashing, and use the other basin for rinsing and stacking the newly cleaned dishes. Or, you can choose the single-basin sink to wash and rinse the dishes as long as you have a drainer on the counter. However, this would lose a valuable counter space and increases your risk of cluttering your newly improved kitchen.
The number of drains actually depends on the number of basins you have; they all connect to the main drainpipe which is found under the sink. Having separate drains will actually allow two people to work on separate tasks at the sink; thus, you can wash fruits and vegetables in one basin, while the other can rinse dishes on the other. Aside from that, they are also beneficial in the event that it will get clogged. In double sinks, you can continue using one basin while the other is still on the process of unclogging. For single basins, on the other hand, you won’t be able to use them when they are clogged.
Sinks come in different shape and sizes. In fact with double sinks, they do not need to be of the same size. Without the divider in the middle, a single basin sink actually has a larger capacity than the double basin one. Thus, it is a great advantage especially when you are washing or soaking pots and pans. With double basin sinks, you can’t actually soak a large pot; so, you need to soak one side at a time.
The design of one style may appeal to you more than that of the other. If you are the type that doesn’t cook much or doesn’t like to get all the dishes out, an empty single basin may give your kitchen a neat look. Meanwhile, if you are always doing the dishes and you do not like to see a lot of clutter on your counter, you might as well consider choosing the double sink.