Everything About the Kitchen Sink

double bowl sink

Written by Carol Van Zile, CKD, CAPS

What is the hardest working appliance in your kitchen . . . without a cord? It’s the kitchen sink! Every corded appliance in your kitchen is somehow connected to the sink. You need water from the sink to take to the range to boil spaghetti. You need water from the sink to clean the vegetables you get from the refrigerator. You need the sink to clean up that nasty 9” X 12” casserole dishes you bake in the oven. The sink is the appliance you need to rinse your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. Let’s review today’s common sink types, and see what is best for you!

double bowl sink

Double Bowl

The double bowl sink is still the most common sink in today’s kitchen. You usually have two bowls of the same size, referred to as a 50/50 sink. The advantage is it allows two people to work at the sink to multi-task, with one person doing food preparation and the second tackling clean-up. The disadvantage? It’s impossible to have a lasagna pan lie flat to soak.

60-40 sink

60/40 Double Bowl

A “spin-off” of the double bowl is a 60/40 style, where one bowl is larger than the other. The advantage is you have a large bowl to soak the 9” X 12” casserole dish and it’s much easier to fill and clean the oversized stock pot. The disadvantage is that the second bowl is usually too small for a second set of hands to help in the kitchen!

single bowl

Single Bowl

Oversized, single bowl sinks are rising in popularity and are great if you use a lot of large pots and pans that typically take up too much room in the dishwasher. These sinks are available in a multitude of sizes, with many the same size as a double bowl sink. Without the center divider, these sinks are versatile enough to soak the nastiest broiler pan, turkey pan or even washing the dog! Temporarily converted to a double bowl with the use of a plastic dish tub allows you to wash those small or special items you don’t want to put into the dishwasher.

apron front

Apron Front

Apron front sinks, also known as “farm house sinks”, can go rustic in appearance or sleek and contemporary. This sink style really makes a design statement. It has the added benefit of the front of the sink acting as the front of the cabinet; therefore, you don’t have to worry about the cabinet front being marred by belt buckles or exposed zippers.

How do you decide which sink to select? My advice is to really assess your own cooking and clean up style and decide for yourself what will work best for you and your family. If multiple cooks work in the kitchen, consider a second preparation sink if space permits. With all of these great options, the sink should no longer be an overlooked, under-appreciated kitchen appliance!