The Single Bowl Kitchen Sink: A 3-Minute Guide

The single bowl kitchen sink is a popular choice for many homeowners, but it is the right sink style for you?

wi-Radius 33-Inch Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Kraus Pax Zero-Radius 33-Inch Single Basin Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Benefits of a Single Bowl Kitchen Sink

Many people prefer a single basin kitchen sink because it maximizes the usable volume of the sink. It can hold more dishes, and it’s easier to find a place for large pots, pans, and baking sheets.

Some people also like the simple, minimal look of a single basin sink and feel it adds a more modern feel to the kitchen.

As an added bonus, single bowl sinks are usually less expensive than equivalent dual basin sinks due to their basic design and lower manufacturing costs.

Limitations of a Single Bowl Kitchen Sink

The trade-off for having that extra room is that the sink only has one functional section. Some people like having the extra bowl to use as a soaking, rinsing, or drying space–even if it means each bowl is smaller.

The terms single bowl and single basin are interchangeable.
Kraus Pax Stainless Steel Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
Kraus Pax Stainless Steel Single Bowl Kitchen Sink

Design Options

Single bowl sinks come in an wide range of finishes, materials, shapes, and colors.

Popular materials include:

Single bowl sinks are offered in a wide array of undermount and top mount options.

Single Bowl Sink Accessories

As seen in the image below, there’s a large selection of racks, caddies, and other accessories that will help you make the most of your single bowl sink.

Kohler Riverby Cast Iron Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
Kohler Riverby Cast Iron Single Bowl Kitchen Sink

Single Bowl Kitchen Sink Cost

Due to its simple design, a single bowl kitchen sink will almost always be less expensive than an equivalent double bowl sink. Of course, prices will vary greatly depending on brand, finish, material, shape, and mounting style.

Adams Farmhouse Apron Front Copper Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
Adams Farmhouse-Style Single Bowl Copper Kitchen Sink

Hardware Configurations

Single bowl kitchen sinks have a wide range of hardware configuration. Some have a lip with pre-cut holes for the faucet and handles, while others require separate holes in the countertop.

Some overmount configurations may include the hardware spaces and accommodate up to four individual attachments. There are multiple options for drains and disposals, including off-center positioning and sloped floors.

Installation

Single bowl sinks don’t typically require any special installation considerations, unless some other aspect of the sink you’ve chosen (such as material, size, or mount style) necessitates professional skills.


Pros

  • Affordable
  • One use at a time
  • Maximizes usable space

Cons

  • Single drain or disposal
  • Wide variety of styles
  • Fewer luxe materials/finishes


Single Bowl Kitchen Sinks Ideas & Inspiration

Zuhne Modena Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Zuhne Modena Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Water Creation SS-U-3018B Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Water Creation SS-U-3018B Stainless Steel Sink
Vigo Farmhouse Stainless Steel Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
Vigo Farmhouse Stainless Steel Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
Stufurhome NW-3322SO Overmount Stainless Steel Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
Stufurhome NW-3322SO
Sinkology SK202-30AC Hammered Antique Copper Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
Sinkology SK202-30AC Hammered Antique Copper Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
Ruvati RVH8000 Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Ruvati RVH8000
MR Direct 848 Single Bowl Quartz Kitchen Sink
MR Direct 848 Quartz Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
MR Direct 848 Silver Single Bowl Quartz Kitchen Sink
MR Direct 848 Silver Quartz Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
Kraus KHU32 Pax Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Kraus KHU32 Pax Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Kraus KBU14 Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Kohler K-3822-4-NA Vault Single Basin Kitchen Sink
Kohler K-3822-4-NA
Kohler K-6487-96 Whitehaven Apron Front Single Basin Kitchen Sink
Kohler K-6487-96 Whitehaven Apron Front Single Basin Sink
Kohler K-5827 Whitehaven Single Basin Cast Iron Kitchen
Kohler K-5827 Whitehaven Single Basin Cast Iron Kitchen
Kohler K-5864-5U-0 Cape Dory Single Bowl Cast Iron Kitchen Sink
Kohler K-5864-5U-0 Cape Dory Single Bowl Cast Iron Kitchen Sink