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Ask a plumber: Split decision over new kitchen sink

The Langlade Smart divide kitchen sink from Kohler features a dividing wall that is about half the height as a standard double bowl sink.
The Langlade Smart divide kitchen sink from Kohler features a dividing wall that is about half the height as a standard double bowl sink. TNS

Q: We plan to install a new kitchen sink. But, we’re having trouble deciding if we want a double bowl or single bowl. Can you please help us with our final choice by giving us more information on this topic?

Linda, Idaho

A: With a double bowl kitchen sink, the obvious advantage is two separate bowls. Not only does that help when hand-washing dishes, it also helps if you plan to install a garbage disposer. Having a dedicated disposer bowl can really help with your daily grind.

However, a single bowl kitchen sink offers a larger work area since there is no dividing wall. All this extra space is great for washing large pots and pans.

Since both styles have advantages, as you mentioned this can be a difficult decision. But, a new style kitchen sink called a “smart divide” may solve your issue. The sink features a dividing wall that is about half the height as a standard double bowl sink. With shallow separate basins at the bottom and more upper area working room, a smart divide kitchen sink may be able to wash all your troubles away.

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com

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