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AIBU to ask you the benefits of a 1.5 bowl sink?

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IndigoHexagon Sun 07-Jun-20 16:22:38

We are just about to buy a new sink.

I wanted a simple bowl, no draining board, but my husband wants a bowl and a half sink with drainer, so the opposite end of the spectrum. I’ve compromised over the drainer, but can’t decide whether there is that much benefit of a half bowl to make it worth taking up the extra space.

So to all you that have a 1.5 bowl, is it worth it?

What an interesting life I’m leading!

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Amicompletelyinsane Sun 07-Jun-20 16:25:45

I used to have a1. 5 sink. Useful if I needed to use sink and wash hands etc. How've we now have a normal one bowl sink. We have a utility nearby to wash hands in if sink in use and a dishwasher. If I had to wash up and constantly use sink I'd have a 1.5 again

HermioneWeasley Sun 07-Jun-20 16:25:55

Definitely worth it - can chuck in contaminated items like knives been used on raw meat, while having main sink clean

dementedpixie Sun 07-Jun-20 16:26:14

That where I put dirty cutlery before sorting for the dishwasher. Can be used for draining stuff too if you are using the sink at the same time

ringletsandtwiglets Sun 07-Jun-20 16:26:39

I have one big sink and drainer, no half bowl, and HATE it. If I'm washing up and want to drain or rinse something before putting it in the main sink, I'm stuck!

I suppose I could use a plastic washing up bowl, but I don't like them... smile

If you have a choice, why wouldn't you go for the extra functionality of a half bowl alongside your main sink?

Redleathertrousers Sun 07-Jun-20 16:28:20

I put cups and cutlery and bowls on drainer and stack plates in the .5 bit to drain. Very handy. When the sink is empty I use the .5 bit for my dishcloth etc. Also handy for draining away bits of liquid before putting into main bowl if you've already filled it. (I dont have a dishwasher).

BikeRunSki Sun 07-Jun-20 16:28:28

I defrost things in the half bowl, and use it to drain things if the main sink is full.

Bluebelltulip Sun 07-Jun-20 16:28:41

I use the small bit for small amounts of water when I'm washing things down etc, when I need to rinse things while I'm washing up or tip anything down while the main bowl is full. I'll be getting another one when this one needs replacing.

ohfourfoxache Sun 07-Jun-20 16:29:12

I wouldn’t be without our 1.5 sink

If the kitchen was big enough I’d love a 2.5 with drainer, assuming there even is such a thing!

Euclid Sun 07-Jun-20 16:30:02

I would definitely recommend a bowl and a half bowl. The half bowl is very convenient, for example for rinsing something with cold water when the main sink is full of hot water.

NoMoreFlowers Sun 07-Jun-20 16:31:31

I've got a 1.5 and I can't see the point of it at all.

Windinmyhair Sun 07-Jun-20 16:32:47

We have our waste disposal unit in our half sink. It is life changing in terms of having a stinky food waste bin from peelings etc.

OverZoomed Sun 07-Jun-20 16:32:52

I use my 1.5 for:
- soaking washing in stain remover
- putting the stuff that has touched raw meat
- draining a colander
- putting tea bags too hot to go into the food waste

While leaving the other sink free for hand washing, filling the kettle or pans and washing veg.

Windinmyhair Sun 07-Jun-20 16:33:25

** or more to the point, no longer having the stinky bin!

RJnomore1 Sun 07-Jun-20 16:37:14

I lived with a single sink for 12 years in my last house as the layout meant there was no room for a 1.5 so when I moved it was one of the things that was non negotiable.

We have the waste disposal in there too like a previous poster. It’s just so so so useful to have a second space for hot/cold, dirty/clean whatever as well.

Life is better with a 1.5 for me.

NoMoreReluctantCustodians Sun 07-Jun-20 16:37:31

Its handy for draining pasta or potatoes of boiling water while leaving your sink clear. I inherited mine but would probably choose it again if I ever changed kitchen not a chance, I've heard all the horror stories of kitchens being installed

Troels Sun 07-Jun-20 16:38:37

Loved my 1.5 bowel and no drainer. We had a dishwasher so no need for a draining board.
The half said on our sink held my colander perfectly, and was used to drain veg, or pasta so I could hold the pan handle with two hands.
I also used it to rinse like others if the main side was full of hot water or dirty pots.

strawberry2017 Sun 07-Jun-20 16:39:32

I'm so confused if you didn't have a drainer where do you put your dishes when you wash them?

Toomanycats99 Sun 07-Jun-20 16:42:12

I decided to go for a large sink. I hVe a washing up bow and then the space down the side for running cold tap for water when washing up in owl or draining veg. Advantage of being a big sink is having the large space to soak big pans

IndigoHexagon Sun 07-Jun-20 16:42:17

Thanks everyone. We have a dishwasher too which will be right under the draining board and we also have a sink in the utility (which is our only sink at the moment, is very small and is all we’ve had for the past four years!) which is only 3 meters from where the new sink will be.

My argument against, is that if we’ve managed with just a tiny sink up until now, what on earth will will do with two more!

You’ve given me some food for thought, thank you.

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Tallace Sun 07-Jun-20 16:43:05

I wash my hands over it, pour leftover cups of tea down it, drain off cooked pasta water...think thats about it

IndigoHexagon Sun 07-Jun-20 16:43:34

@strawberry2017 - straight into the dishwasher or stacked neatly once it was full to wait for the next load!

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ShinyFootball Sun 07-Jun-20 16:44:43

I don't understand not having a drainer at all

I put the washing up liquid, sponge, scourer, and the jar we use to collect fat to avoid putting it down the drain. So for organisation I suppose!

ShinyFootball Sun 07-Jun-20 16:45:02

In the little bowl I mean not the drainer!

StopMakingATitOfUrselfNPissOff Sun 07-Jun-20 16:45:13

Just to throw in, we've got a 1.5 with no drainer. Pretty much everything goes in the dishwasher and the odd thing that doesn't just gets washed and dried and put away.
It's great and we haven't missed the drainer 2.5 years in!

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