Double sinks double your ability to get things done in the kitchen, and they’re available in a range of attractive styles and materials to fit any kitchen.
What is a Double Sink & When is it Used?
A double sink has two distinct sink bowls separated by a wall that is full height or nearly so. They are also called two-bowl sinks and double bowl sinks. Most have these features:
- Two bowls of the same size (a 50-50 sink) or of different sizes with popular ratios of the bowls being 60/40 and 70/30
- At least one accessory hole, and as many as two on the right side and one or two on the left of the faucet
- Faucet location directly behind the partition wall
While these are common features, they are not universal. Some double sinks have features in addition to these as well. The number of accessory holes varies from one to four for most sink lines.
The tasks made possible by a double sink include:
- Filling one side with soapy wash water and the other with clean rinse water
- Placing a drying rack on one side of the partition that prevents it from being splashed while also freeing up counter space
- Draining washed fruits and vegetables in a colander in one side while the other side is free for ongoing use
- Having one side of a 60/40 or 70/30 sink large enough for big pots and pans to soak in without taking up the entire sink
Top Double Kitchen Sink Brands
Most brands make double sinks. The top brands include:
Advantages and Disadvantages of Kitchen Double Sinks
Weigh these two-bowl sink pros and cons in light of how you plan to use your sink, or compare them with the pros and cons we’ve included in our Double Sink Buying Guide and Single Sink Buying Guide.
Double kitchen sink advantages – Double sinks:
- Allow you to dedicate one bowl to a task such as soaking a baking pan or drying dishes on a rack while the other side remains available
- Give you separate sink bowls for soapy wash water and clean rinse water
- Those with 60/40 and 70/30 ratios in bowl sizes allow for washing larger items while still leaving a side open
- Cost less to install than triple sinks (but more than single sinks) due to the number of drains
- Are available in more styles and options than triple sinks and in about as many as single sinks
Double kitchen sink disadvantages – Double sinks:
- Unless very large, won’t accommodate 9×13 pans being laid flat, and this is the biggest complaint from those with a double sink that wish they had a single sink
- Don’t usually come with strainers in both sides, but this can be remedied by buying an additional strainer
- Are larger than some single sinks, and so might not be ideal for a small kitchen with limited counter space
Double Kitchen Sink Style
Since double sinks remain the most popular type, the range of styles is excellent. They’re available in stainless steel, copper, granite, cast iron and other materials. Finding a kitchen double sink to work with your overall design scheme shouldn’t be difficult, though deciding between several beautiful options might be a challenge.
Double Kitchen Sink Prices
- Starting price of double bowl kitchen sinks: About $65
- Price range for most double kitchen sinks: $275-$850
- High-end double kitchen sinks: $4,000-$6,000
Is a Double Sink Right for your Kitchen?
If you use a lot of large baking pans, baking sheets and roasting pans, and you soak or hand wash them in the kitchen sink, then you might be happier with a single bowl kitchen sink. However, if washing those items is less frequent for you, and you don’t mind washing them as they lean against the sink side, then a double sink is worth considering.
With a double sink, you have two separate areas in which to accomplish work. The partition between the bowls helps to prevent drying dishes or draining fruit in one side from being splashed with water being used in the other. Those dishes could dry and the fruit could drain on the countertop, but if counter space is limited in your kitchen, then the sink is an ideal location to use.
If these points make sense for the way you use your sink, then a double bowl kitchen sink should suit your purposes very well.
Double Kitchen Sink FAQ
This double sink Q&A covers additional important issues you might want to consider.
Do double sinks cost more than single sinks?
Yes, all things being equal, but the cost difference is typically less than 10%.
Which sink should the disposal be connected to?
In a 50/50 double sink, it doesn’t matter. In 60/40 and 70/30 sinks, the disposal is usually connected to the smaller sink.
Are the bowls in a 2-bowl kitchen sink the same depth?
It depends on the brand and line. Most are the same depth, but a minority of lines feature a smaller bowl that is also shallower.
How wide are the widest double kitchen sinks? The narrowest?
The widest you’ll find in most residential lines is 45”, suitable for use in a 48” sink cabinet. The narrowest are 28” to 30” from various manufacturers.
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