It all just depends on your cooking and cleaning style.
Double Kitchen Sink
Credit: Laurey W. Glenn

If you're lucky enough (but also patient enough) to be renovating your kitchen, one of the things you're most likely having to consider is what kind of sink to put in. And though it may seem straightforward (it really just needs to hold water, right?), the options are seemingly endless. You've heard the merits and woes of a farmhouse sink (if not, find out what our home editor wished someone had told her). Maybe you want an undermount sink for easy cleanup, stainless steel for a sleek look, or stone for a seamless edge with the countertops. But whatever material and style you go with, you'll ultimately have to decide: one or two bowls?

Double kitchen sinks have a lot of pros. So for many, the double sink is a no-brainer. For example, if you're a hostess, double sinks make soak-rinse-dry cycle for hand-wash items like champagne glasses significantly easier. One side is for soapy water, one side is for rinsing. Or households with more than one cook in the kitchen may find the option to soak dishes on one side and clean/skin food on the other quite convenient. Petite, older homes without a dishwasher may find the expanse and organization of the double sink handy for gathering dirty dishes and cleaning in one fell swoop.

But, what's the one big hold up? Well, don't expect to clean and stuff an 18-pound turkey in a double sink. Got a baby to bathe? Not the ideal sink either. And don't expect to stay dry, no matter how hard you try, scrubbing cookie sheets and pizza pans in a double sink. The double sink can also encroach on valuable counter space, so a petite single bowl may be best if you're working within tight confines.

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How to make the call? Well, are you more of a multi-tasker? Then the double bowl's for you. A focused, one-thing-at-a-time baker or frequent pizza eater? Better get that big old farmhouse sink.