For several decades, a double sink for the kitchen has been considered the most convenient option for organizing space in this part of the house. Two bowls allow you to do several things simultaneously: wash fruits or vegetables and put dirty dishes. For a large family, this is not even a luxury but a necessity.
You can find triple and one-and-a-half sinks on sale. The latter is double sinks and can serve as a full-size double sink for a small kitchen.
The most suitable material for a double sink is stainless steel, in addition to which there are many other designs. Products differ both structurally and in size: there are, for example, corner sinks, compact and spacious kitchens. It is not difficult to find “your” option. And our tips will serve as beacons when choosing and help you install the product correctly.
- Form and configuration are some of the critical selection criteria, which also affect the complexity of installation. Consider this point if you install yourself.
- When ordering a sink, do not forget that there are often differences between the shape of the sink and the bowls. However, they may be the same.
Let’sLet’s consider the most popular types of double sinks in terms of the shape of the bowls or sections.
Different-sized rectangular bowls
The photo shows a rectangular design with bowls of a similar configuration. And here is a variant of a rectangular sink with trapezoidal sections:
The rectangular shape of the sink has many advantages:
- will easily fit into any furniture ;
- ease of installation;
- “Eats up” less space than an oval or triangular two-part sink.
Rectangular sinks are also made square, with the same size and depth or different-sized compartments. The hostesses liked the last option since the large bowl can be used, for example, for rough work and the small one for rinsing and drying. At the same time, you cannot confuse them since one section is smaller than the other. Twin sinks with bowls of different shapes have the same advantage.
An original beautiful solution. It is believed that round two-compartment sinks are not as compact as rectangular ones and are only suitable for a spacious kitchen.
And here is a small elongated oval bowl, which takes up very little space (while the shape of the sink itself is trapezoidal):
In this photo, the sink sections are not only of different sizes but also of various shapes. There are wings on the sides, which will be discussed below.
- When choosing a rounded sink, pay attention to the radius of curvature. With a slight curvature, the capacity and functionality of the bowl increase.
- For small kitchens, a suitable diameter of round sinks is about 30 cm. But it is much more beneficial to work with a sink with a diameter of 40-50 cm.
- The main advantage of the round sections is that they are straightforward to clean.
Triangular and polygonal
A triangular bowl is often combined with a rectangular bowl. For example, this option, where all three shells have different depths and shapes. Small triangular sections are designed for drying dishes and draining water after washing products in the main compartment (the form of the entire sink is a trapezoid):
More ergonomic designs can be found. Double sink in the shape of polygons:
A good solution for a corner sink: both the corner and the joint are involved. Laconic outlines will allow you to “fit” this sink even into a small kitchen.
In principle, any double sink is a non-standard solution. But the design idea does not standstill. On sale, there are triple sinks, one and a half lorries (the exact double, but one of the sections is much smaller than the other), asymmetric, with a wavy outline, colored, enlarged (up to 1 m).
Here is an example of a large sink with several sections. This is an option for catering.
And here is a beautiful sink with a wavy outline and a small partition between the bowls:
The double sink can be positioned along the wall, on the “island,” or in the corner. Narrow sinks are usually placed along the wall: this is convenient and saves space in a small kitchen.
In their homes, it is convenient to place sinks near the window, combining the countertop with the window sill:
It comes in any shape, usually with a wing. The wing, in this case, is located on the side of the corner to use this usable space:
A corner sink doesn’t mean big. It can be pretty compact. The structures do not necessarily have an angular shape since the name primarily indicates the location of such a sink.
Not only corner sinks can be placed in a corner. Anyone will do, with small bowls that will cut into the correspondingly shaped countertop.
Washing “on the island,”
Washing on the kitchen island can only be afforded by the owners of spacious kitchens or kitchens combined with another room. In the latter case, a cabinet with a sink serves as a means of space zoning.
Installation Method (Mounting)
According to the installation method on the headset, they distinguish between mortise, overhead, and consolidated (monolithic, built-in) kitchen sinks.
It cuts into the countertop while the latter remains open. Therefore, choose waterproof materials. This type of double sink is prevalent. On sale, you can find a broad range of shapes and colors. For worktops of standard sizes, products with a width of up to 55 cm are suitable. Sinks with a large wing, irregular shape, wide (up to 75 cm and more) should be installed on a wide cabinet or island-type headset. If you have a set with a narrow wardrobe, choose an elongated sink up to 40 cm wide.
It is difficult to make holes in the exact shape for inset sinks, but they remain the most popular option. Another drawback of installing a sink is the gap between the countertop and the bowls, where dirt will clog.
Overhead models are made mainly of stainless steel. They are fixed with a sealant to any surface so that both the hole and the table cover are closed. Therefore, a tabletop for such a model can be made from any cheap material.
In contrast to the previous versions, the integrated washbasin and worktop are one-piece construction. This way of placing the sink has both pros and cons. First of all, monolithic sinks are a guarantee of convenience and cleanliness. Nothing will come off and leak in them. There will be no gaps into which dirt gets clogged. From an aesthetic point of view, these sinks are just perfect.
They are often made from artificial stone and acrylic. But the material of manufacture can also be tempered glass, stainless steel, and even natural stone. You are unlikely to find a monolithic sink made of glass or natural marble in ordinary stores – they are only made to order.
The operating conditions, maintenance requirements, cost, appearance, and durability of the product depending on the material. Stainless steel and other metals were used for sinks, including PVD coated, acrylic, artificial, and natural stone.
Stainless double sink
Stainless steel is unpretentious, resistant to wear and tear, and durable. Fits perfectly into a modern interior. Combines well with chrome technology. The texture is matte, mirror-smooth, and textured.
High-quality stainless steel has the following properties:
- easy to clean with household chemical acids (vinegar, lemon);
- not afraid of corrosion ;
- resistant to ultraviolet radiation and food colors;
- the material is quite elastic, so you can even drill holes in it without fear that it will crack;
- heat resistance;
- grease and dirt-repellent coating;
- Low cost.
But do not be tempted by too cheap stainless steel sinks – over time, they fade, scratches may appear (even from knives and abrasive substances), under a heavy mixer, a bowl made of thin steel can bend. In addition, cheap stainless steel creates a lot of noise when water flows into it from the tap.
Imitation bronze or copper
Decorative coating for bronze, dark chrome, copper, darkened silver, brass is made by applying PVD coating on graphite, titanium, tungsten, molybdenum, nickel. Sinks with such a coating are exceptionally wear-resistant, durable, and hypoallergenic.
In a nutshell, the production technology applies a vaporous metal (created under vacuum in a special chamber) on the original coating. The resulting microlayer penetrates the product at the molecular level, so peeling of the material is excluded. But this does not mean that the sink becomes immune to impacts and scratches.
Double stone sink
Artificial stone is considered an elite material. Its composition is variable. It can be marble chips, granite (granite, granite), porcelain stoneware, quartz. The acrylic acts as a connecting element. Accordingly, the properties are almost the same.
Any kitchen looks more respectable with a stone sink:
Artificial stone properties:
- guaranteed service life – several decades;
- resistance to temperature extremes;
- does not deform from contact with hot dishes;
- silent, unlike stainless steel;
- shockproof, not afraid of scratches;
- does not absorb dirt, grease, plaque, repels water;
- resistant to dyes.
There is a wide range of synthetic stone double sinks in various colors. For comparison: stainless steel has only one color – metallic (matte or shiny).
The artificial stone construction is quite expensive but acceptable. But not everyone can afford natural granite or marble. But think: does it make sense to buy such a sink if you cannot visually distinguish it from an imitation?
Faience, porcelain – precisely what you need to create the effect of antiquity. It is not cheap, and besides, it is a great rarity. If you manage to get such a sink, the kitchen design will be truly unique. Natural ceramics have an undeniable advantage in terms of maintaining perfect hygiene:
- no greasy residue remains on the coating;
- not scratched;
- easy to clean;
- resistance to hot.
But at the same time, ceramics are “afraid” of chips; they can split from a decisive blow. Such a product is heavy. If you are buying ceramics, consider purchasing a double sink cabinet as well.
Plastic and beautiful but short-lived material. Large monolithic products are often cast from acrylic. Sinks made from this polymer are stylish and inexpensive. Acrylic perfectly absorbs the sound of flowing water. This is where the pros end and the cons begin:
- the material is not durable;
- unstable to boiling water and even hot dishes (you will have to put a special mesh on the bottom);
- without a mesh, you cannot put heavy words on the bottom of the acrylic sink;
- acrylic easily stains upon contact with natural dyes (tea, coffee, beet juice).
Thus, an acrylic sink is an attractive but not the most practical option.
Additional Features: Needed Or Not?
The functional potential of the double sink is enormous:
- soaking and washing dishes in two stages (in one bowl, you can wash dishes with special agents, and in the second, rinse with water or dry);
- washing fruits, vegetables, meat, herbs, mushrooms separately from dishes;
- taking water into the pan;
- scalding with boiling water, rinsing herbs and other products;
- Defrosting meat, fish.
If the double sink has unique built-in planks and colander, you can wash and cut food right in the bowls.
Such kitchen furniture is instrumental in families where two people work simultaneously: each will have its sink. This opportunity can also be used when teaching children how to wash their hands or peel potatoes: you will be standing at one sink, and the child is next to it. Another great feature of the double sink is using one bowl only for rough work (washing potatoes or peeling fish) and the other for a more delicate wash.
The sink is often full of dishes, and you need to wash the fruit or rinse the teapot. Then it seems necessary to buy a double sink instead of the old single sink.
But not in all cases, this is advisable: in a tiny kitchenette (up to 8 squares), a two-section sink, as well as communications under it, will take up precious space. Also, there is no need for it if only one or two people live in the apartment. It is also of little use to happy owners of dishwashers. In all other cases, a double sink dramatically simplifies life.
When choosing a sink, such criteria as:
- product dimensions (depth, length, width, diameter);
- the height of the cabinet or other headset;
- Configuration (the presence of “wings” and special recesses, openings for the dispenser).
Depth, width, height
For ease of use, the depth and width of the sinks and the height of the cabinet are essential.
- The optimum depth is 18-20 cm. The significant depth (25 cm) will force you to bend lower, unpleasant for your back. And a shallow sink (16 cm) is inconvenient because many splashes fly out of it.
- A comfortable sink height is determined: stand directly next to the sink and bring your hand to it. About 10 cm should remain from the arm bent at the elbow to the sink.
- The total length of the sinks, on average, is no more than 90 cm, the width is about 60 cm. The length of double sinks with a second narrow section (one and a half) is noticeably less – from 60 cm. The cabinet size must correspond to the sink (for a sink with two wide bowls, it is at least 80 cm in length, in the presence of a wing – from 1 m).
Double sinks are available with and without fenders.
Example of a lorry without wings:
Any hostess will appreciate the additional options of a sink with a wing or fenders. This is a flat area for drying dishes. It can be smooth or corrugated. Here you can put cutlery and washed vegetables, fruits, herbs in a colander to drain.
Example of a double sink with one grooved wing:
A sink with two wings is very convenient but usually takes up quite a lot of space. There are also compact options:
When choosing a sink, consider which soap dispenser you will use. The built-in dispenser is a convenient thing. It is wiser to take a sink with a particular hole for such a device so that you do not drill or alter anything.
Double sink with a built-in dispenser
You may need a double sink with a small recess. It can be done in many ways, for instance, to reset cleanups:
But this is far from the limit of functionality. There is an option where, in addition to two large bowls, there is a unique holder for knives, a container with a lid, a small recess for a sponge with holes for water to drain, a built-in soap dispenser, a mesh.
Whichever model you choose, installing a double sink (like any other) will consist of three main steps:
- Mixer installation;
- Installation and sealing of the siphon;
- Installation of sinks.
Installation depends on the type and model of the product. Under the overhead structure, you do not have to drill a tabletop and cut a hole of the desired shape in the middle. You may only have to fill the perimeter of the countertop.
The instructions describe the unexpected nuances of installation – be sure to read it. The same applies to siphons and faucets.
The stages of the sink installation are interrelated and affect the appearance and quality of the product.
The inset sink is mounted in the center of the countertop without going beyond its limits. Small inset sinks fit perfectly into tight spaces.
The overhead structure is installed in the hole; only its edges capture the entire tabletop, completely covering it. This gives two benefits:
- firstly, the hole for the sink may not be as ideal as in the case of the mortise structure;
- secondly, you don’t have to buy expensive material for the countertop (a chipboard sheet will do).
By purchasing an overhead stainless steel sink, you can save a lot.
Mortise and surface mounted sinks are mounted as follows:
- The mixer is attached to the hole of the sink using a clamping nut. By design, mixers are valve, lever, and sensor. For double sinks, a swivel mechanism is often purchased to switch the tap to another sink. A faucet with a dual spout is available for sale. One hole is for industrial water, and the other is for purified water. A handy device is a faucet with a pull-out spout (flexible hose).
- Drain clamps are inexpensive and sold at any plumbing store.
- After installing the tap and siphon, turn on the water and see if there are any leaks.
Don’t buy a cheap mixer. It will have to be rotated often, so you need to choose a high-quality element that will withstand heavy loads.
Siphon (drain-overflow) for double sink
Experts advise buying not a double siphon but two separate siphons – this reduces the likelihood of blockages.
Design And Accessories
The appearance of the sink, the placement, and the material from which it is made depending on your kitchen’s design, personal needs, financial capabilities, and taste. The designer’s advice will help to combine all these criteria. Here are some general guidelines.
- A laconic stainless steel sink is an almost universal option. Compatible with high-tech loft, Scandinavian, minimalism, and futuristic kitchen designs.
- Ceramics and stone are what you need for a classic or vintage interior.
- For country style, a coating that resembles bronze or copper in color is suitable.
- Some designers advise focusing on double sinks. For example, highlight it by color or tone.
- The stainless steel mesh is precisely the size of the second sink (you can dry fruits, vegetables, and even dishes). It saves a lot of time.
- Unique colander (colander), which is attached to the sink.
- Cutting board according to the size of the sink (it can be put on the bowl, getting an additional work surface).
- Disposer – crushes everything that accidentally falls into the drain.
- The bottom valve in the mixer is for drawing water into the sink (instead of the standard plug) with a lever on the countertop.
- Stone, quartz composite – upto 210.5-308.73 $
- The cheapest stainless steel costs about 42.1 $. High-quality and more expensive double sink made of corrosion-resistant steel – about 5-10 thous.
- A cornerstone sink with a wing and large bowls costs about 505.2 $.
- A similar acrylic model will cost only 6.5 thousand rubles.
- A small round sink made of artificial marble (one and a half lorry) costs 4.5 thousand rubles. Stainless steel – 4 thous.
- A model with two cameras made of stainless steel and tempered glass costs about 252.6 $.