The single bowl kitchen sink is a popular choice for many homeowners, but it is the right sink style for you?
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.
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
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.
- Stainless steel single basin sinks start at well below $100.
- Granite composite single bowl sinks start at around $200.
- Cast iron single bowl sinks can be found for as low as $200, but most will be in the $400 to $800 range.
- Fireclay sinks are among the most expensive and are generally going to cost $500 and up.
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.
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.
- One use at a time
- Maximizes usable space
- Single drain or disposal
- Wide variety of styles
- Fewer luxe materials/finishes