What kind of kitchen sink best suits your needs? Your very first decision may be to determine whether you prefer a single or a double tub. The distinction is pretty straightforward: a single tub is one large sink, while a double sink is a side-by-side pair of smaller tubs.
The double versus single tub preference is split right down the middle. However, for those that do prefer the double sink, it is not uncommon to hear one complaint over and over again: the divider in the middle gets in the way... making doing dishes a noisy affair with handles hitting the divide. This is where the low divide option comes in handy.
Low divides are a genius innovation to give you a double tub sink without the banging! A low divide splits the sink into 2 tubs with a dividing wall that is about half the full height of the sink. This is enough of a divide to fill one side up with dishwater, but not enough to create a racket while washing. You can rotate your large panhandles from side to side and wash a cookie sheet, no problem, just like with a single tub.
There are only a handful of options to help you bring the low divide sink into your kitchen. Here are a few of the best.
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It was Kohler that spearheaded the low divide movement with their "Smart Divide" sinks. Kohler offers seven different sink models in varying sizes.
Models with Smart Divide include:
- Vault (featured in "Stainless Steel Sinks - The Best of The Best")
- Woodfield (pictured here)
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Blanco Low Divide
Blanco's sinks are big, and that includes their low divide model. The Blanco "Diamond" 1-3/4 sink is a scratch resistant model made in their Silgranit II material (a granite composite made of 80% natural granite). The low divide bowls are both the same depth, though one bowl is considerably larger than the other. The Blanco Diamond comes in a variety of color including biscuit, truffle, anthracite, and more.
Blanco also offers the "Performa Cascade", which has a low divide... with an opening for the water to "cascade" down to the larger bowl. Not a true low divide that creates a double sink, but more of a rinse side. The Performa Cascade is also made in the Silgranit II material.
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Elkay is a smaller brand with great value. The company offers several models of the stainless steel Lustertone, which features a low divide or "Aqua Divide." The Lustertone is available in different sizes and bowl configurations. If you want something fancier, the Elkay Quartz Classic ELGULB3322GYO, is made from a sound deadening material that makes washing dishes more pleasurable.
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Lower-Cost Low Divide Sinks
While it is possible to spend hundreds of dollars on a beautiful granite composite low divide sink, it's also possible to get all the style and function without the cost. Most lower-cost sinks are made of stainless steel, which may be less glamorous than stone but is certainly attractive and functional. Some of the brands offering lower-cost low-divide sinks include Century, Magnus, and MR Direct.
Strongly Consider Low Divides
Functionality is everything with a kitchen sink. It is a great feeling to be able to use your kitchen sink the way you need to, and low divides can make your kitchen work for you both functionally and aesthetically.