by Vivian Garzon

What is the Difference Between a Laundry Sink and Kitchen Sink?

Navigating the vast array of sink options all over Australia for your kitchen or laundry can be overwhelming. However, with our range of high-quality, hand-crafted sinks, we are here to simplify the process and help you find the perfect sink that suits your home.

What is the Difference Between a Laundry Sink and Kitchen Sink?

Traditionally, laundry sinks were larger and deeper than kitchen sinks, as they were designed for washing clothes and soaking large items. Also, laundry sinks in the past were made in a very thin stainless steel and not as modern as the sinks used in the kitchen because no one really cared about the aesthetics of the laundry room. It was a room where everyone looked to cut costs. However, with the availability of washing machines and dryers in most Australian homes today, the need for large laundry sinks has more of a preference than a regulation. As a result, there is no longer a hard-set rule that dictates the size or depth of a kitchen or laundry sink.

Avisa 700x450 Large Single Bowl Sink top mounted in a green laundry room with wooden benchtop and white subway tile splashback.

Image: Buildmat - Avisa 700x450 Large Single Bowl Sink with the Charlotte Brushed Nickel Square Mixer 

While there are some similarities between laundry sinks and kitchen sinks, there are also distinct differences that can be explored to assist in distinguishing between the two.

Exploring Sink Bowl Configurations

When it comes to sink bowl configurations, there are various options to choose from. It can include single bowls, double bowls, and sinks with drainboards. Traditionally, laundry sinks have been designed as deep and large single bowl sinks, while kitchen sinks have been either double bowl sinks or have a drainboard. However, nowadays, there are no strict rules regarding which sink is designated for a particular area, and the choice of sink largely depends on your specific needs and preferences.

For example, some people may opt for a small laundry sink if they do not anticipate much use, while others may prefer a larger single bowl sink with a drainboard on the side for washing and draining shoes or other items. Additionally, some may find that a double bowl sink in the laundry room works better for their needs, while others may prefer a single bowl sink in the kitchen. Ultimately, the decision on which sink to choose depends on the intended usage and the space available.

Moreover, advancements in sink technology and design have enabled the creation of more versatile sink options that can work well in either the laundry or the kitchen. Sink bowl configurations and designs have become more adaptable, enabling more interchangeable usage, and allowing you to choose a sink that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Brushed Gunmetal Marissa 810x450 XLarge Single Bowl Sink Trough top mounted in a modern kitchen matched with the brushed gunmetal Mira pullout mixer, in grey cabinetry and marble-look benchtop.

Image: Buildmat - Brushed Gunmetal Marissa 810x450 XLarge Single Bowl Sink Trough with the Mira Brushed Gunmetal Pull Out Mixer


Maximizing Efficiency and Style

In recent years, the trend of European-style laundries has gained popularity in modern builds, featuring stacked washer and dryer machines and a small laundry sink on the side. This setup is both space-saving and efficient and can also be easily hidden inside cabinetry for a sleek and minimalist look. If you prefer a smaller laundry sink, there are various options available that can cater to these needs. For instance, the Maya 380mm x 450mm Single Bowl Sink and the Nala 450mm x 450mm Single Bowl Sink are compact and small-scale, making them ideal for light handwashing. Despite their smaller size, these sinks are still functional enough to serve their intended purpose. This type of setup is particularly well-suited for smaller dwellings where space is limited.

Brushed Gunmetal Maya 380x450 Single Bowl Sink matched with brushed gunmetal Ashanti Gooseneck mixer in a small laundry area. Top mounted in stone benchtop with wood cabinetry.

However, it is important to keep in mind that while trends may be appealing, they should not compromise the functionality of the space. A large laundry sink may still be the best option for larger households. Therefore, it is crucial to strike a balance between functionality and aesthetics in choosing a sink that best accommodates your lifestyle.


Matching Your Sink Configuration with Your Lifestyle

Every type of sink has its own set of benefits and drawbacks, so it is essential to consider this factor before making a final decision. 

When it comes to kitchen sinks, single bowl sinks are ideal for those with smaller kitchens or who don't do a lot of cooking. They take up less space and are generally less expensive than double bowl sinks. On the other hand, double bowl sinks are better suited for larger families or those who frequently entertain guests. With two separate bowls, it is easier to multitask in the kitchen, such as washing dishes in one bowl while prepping food in the other. With drainboard sinks, it can easily provide extra space for drying dishes or prepping food.

Lucas 975x450 Double Bowl Sink with Shan Wooden Chopping Board on top.

For the laundry, a larger sink may be necessary for those with a large family. A larger laundry sink can accommodate all the clothes that need pre-soaking, and can also be useful for bathing and grooming pets. For those who enjoy gardening, a large utility sink can be practical when rinsing off boots and garden tools. Additionally, a large laundry sink can also double as a makeshift cooler for drinks, making it an ideal choice for those who love to entertain and host large gatherings. Some people even use their laundry sinks to soak barbecue grills or large baking trays that don't fit in their kitchen sinks, especially if they have a double-bowl sink in the kitchen that may feel constricted when washing larger items.

Finding the Perfect Fit for Your Space

Considering the available space in your kitchen and laundry is crucial when choosing the right sink for your needs. If you are building a new house, you have the freedom to select the sink type and layout that fits your space perfectly. However, if you are renovating and working with existing cupboards or have limited space, you may need to choose a sink that fits within your benchtop cutout. For apartments or townhouses with smaller spaces, a deep and compact sink will be the best choice. On the other hand, for older homes with provision for larger sinks, there might be limited options in finding the right sink that will fit. Looking for a high-quality and reasonably priced large sink can be a challenge so that's why we recommend checking out our Marissa 810mm x 450mm XLarge Single Bowl Sink Trough or Seville 900mm x 450mm XXLarge Single Bowl Sink. These sinks, along with their tap landing counterparts, are our largest single bowl sinks and can be paired with various accessories to make them even more versatile and multifunctional regardless of where you install them.

People are getting more and more thoughtful about their kitchen and laundry designs now compared to before and that’s a good thing! These spaces are no longer just utilitarian areas of the home but have become areas of focus for homeowners to express their style and taste. Even though these rooms are utilitarian, they can be well-designed and decorated just like the rest of the house. 

Brushed Brass Gold Jeeves 300x450 Single Bowl Butler Sink in a laundry area with stunning turquoise base cabinets and white wall cabinets, matching brass gold cabinet handles. The sink is top mounted in a stone benchtop with white subway tiles in a herringbone pattern as splashback.

When comparing kitchen and laundry sinks, depth is the main distinguishing factor. A deeper laundry sink is highly useful for a variety of tasks beyond just washing clothes, and it's important to consider all of your utility needs when selecting it. At the end of the day, there won’t be any clear-cut answer to differentiate the two sinks other than the depth as it will all go down to personal preference and which type of sink will suit your lifestyle. It is important to consider factors such as configuration, size, depth, space available, and usability to ensure that your sink is both functional and practical.

Brushed Gunmetal Nala 450x450 Single Bowl Sink in a beautiful modern kitchen with dark wood cabinetry and marble-look benchtop. The sink is top mounted and matched with the brushed gunmetal Charlotte squareline mixer.

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