July 19, 2013

What Do You Wash in Your Kitchen Sink?

Large basin sinks have been popping up in kitchen showrooms for years and have been slowly winning over consumers for their practicality and simple beauty.

Large basin sink in a kitchen design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre



“Ten years ago, most homeowners sought out double sinks when renovating their kitchens,” says Monarch designer Amanda Willson-Suppa. “In recent months, however, we have started to see a shift from the double sink to the larger basin sink.”

Apron-front sink in a kitchen design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre

Apron-front sink from Kindred KCFS33B
Why the change in attitude? For many, it comes down to evaluating what they actually use their kitchen for. With energy-efficient dishwashers in over 60% of homes in Canada, the kitchen sink is rarely used to wash plates, bowls, glasses and cutlery anymore.

“Those items get rinsed quickly and placed in the dishwasher,” explains Amanda. “What’s left are large pots and pans, cookie sheets and casserole dishes…items that don’t fit in a dishwasher and are difficult to wash in the standard double sink. Large basin sinks are also deeper than traditional sinks and make a great place to hide your dishes when company drops by unexpectedly!”