Low Divided Kitchen Sinks & Cast Iron?????


We have been looking at kitchen sinks and it seems a big thing out there lately is the sinks with the low divider wall between the sections. I can see the point of this as I hate it when you place a pan in a regular deep sink and the handle keeps it up on a steep angle. The low divider supposedly makes it easier to lay a pot or pan in. Occasionally we fill one side of the sink with hot water and soap and wash some odd things by hand rather then trusting the dishwasher with them (or they just don't fit). Seems with the low divider you can't easily wash in one side and rinse in the other. Are we missing something here or is there a way to hand wash dishes in these low divider sinks? It seems the full divider sinks average about 8" deep while the low divider sinks can be had up to 9" deep. We like the deep sinks but still tossing on the divider height.
Also, any cons against cast iron porcelin coated sinks with sound deadening? We want a while sink but heard of issues with white granite sinks and also with plastic ones.
All suggestions greatly appreciated!
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Forget the damn divider. 99.9% of the things you hand wash can hold their own water. Have a pump dispenser of detetergent to make suds on demand. You get a more concentrated solution of soapwater. Keep a plastic bin under the sink for the 0.1% of the time (if that) you need to have a separate basin. I never use my plastic bin.
Get the biggest single basin sink you can fit in your cabinet. You'll have a single drain so that everything goes down the garbage disposal for no clogs ever.
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infiniteMPG wrote:

I like my trust stainless sink .. med depth? I prefer handwashing dishes unless there is a major company feast. We have a high arch faucet, which fills anything. If I want to soak a pot, I just fill it and set on counter while I do the rest of the dishes. When baking or cooking, I always have a sink full to wash things as I go and clean up afterward.
I would not want to go back to cast iron sink, as they chip and seem to erode too soon. I also like the rim of the stainless sink being on top of the counter.
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Norminn wrote:

The thing I hate about cast iron is that every aluminum or metal pot deposits its mark on the porcelain finish. And, it's hard to get rid of it. BTW, I have found that magic erasers work good for this.
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The low divider that you are describng, I beleive, is refered to as a spillway divider. I've had homes with & without spillway divider, equally sized & unequally size sinks and even single sink, porcelain over cast Iron and stainless stell
I personally prefer a double stainless steel sink with a spill way divider, it gives you the most use options. And I've never had a problem washing anything in this type of sink.
Single sinks are too restrictive. Procelien breaks glasses easier than SS but some people don't like SS ....water spots
Heavy weight cast iron shouldn't need sound deadening....get a quiet garbage disposal

I don't see how this is true..works fine for me.
cheers Bob
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How do you figure? If you don't have a divider, you have one huge, open expanse of space to work with. It's the opposite of restrictive. You just have to go to a shop that specializes in plumbing fixtures to find huge single-basin sinks.
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I've a very small kitchen and the sink counter run is only 60" so I updated about 10 years ago, sacrificing the standard double-bowl sink to gain a few more precious inches of countertop.
I put in a Kohler 22" single-bowl sink that has a second, raised drain in the the back right corner for a disposal. I'm about to redo that counter/sink run and as much as I love the utility of that configuration, I hate the porcelain (chipped in multiple places) so I'm trying to find something similar in stainless with no luck.
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........How do you figure? .......
cuz' I've used all sorts of sinks (including large single basin)
and my opinion is "I don't like them"
you can only do one thing at a time with the single basin sinks
I prefer two large basins OR if space is a problem, a large & a small one
When I said "restrictive" I meant "restricted" to a single use mode at one time, single function (not multiple functions) at the one time.
If I want to scrap a plate or grind some waste......a single basin tied up by wash water precludes that.
There is no way I'd go with a single large sink if it was the only kitchen sink, no backup prep sink (like an island sink)
cheers Bob
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On Sat 13 Sep 2008 09:00:17p, BobK207 told us...

It's all preferential. I would gladly trade my deep double-bowl sink for a deep single sink, with or without a garbage disposal unit. A large single bowl suits my needs better.
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There's no reason to fill up a basin to wash something. Pots and pans hold their own water.
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I guess drains shouldn't come with stoppers, since there is never a reason to fill a basin to wash something, yeah right.
A two basin sink uses less water & is more time efficient to achieve wash up but you're convinced of the single basin..fill pots & pans is a better method.
I'll not waste my time to convince you otherwise.
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Can you explain your reasoning behind not using a pan's natural water- holding ability?
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Yes, I can but I'm not willing to spend the time / effort.
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