Kitchen Sink Spotlight: Pros and Cons of a Butler Sink

August 31, 2020

Choosing the perfect sink for your new kitchen can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on kitchen sinks to help you make an informed decision. In this post, you’ll learn about the pros and cons of a butler sink. If you’re more interested in undermount or inset sinks, we’ve published articles on each of those, too. 

If you’ve already decided on how you want to fit your sink, check out some of the other pieces in our Sink Spotlight series. We’ve covered topics like choosing the perfect kitchen tap and our top tips for hiring a reliable plumber. Click on any of the links below to learn more:

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Pros and Cons of a Butler Sink


  • elegant and stylish
  • impressive feature in any kitchen
  • large enough to hold plenty of dishes
  • available in many materials and finishes


  • expensive to install  
  • hard to DIY install due to size and weight
  • very heavy

Butler Kitchen Sinks

Butler sinks are kitchen sinks with large basins that originated in farmhouses. They were built to reduce the strain of leaning over the counter to use the sink, which is why they feature an apron-like front. As time went on, they began to appear in butlers’ pantries across the country. Thus the name “butler sink”. Their size is due to the need to clean everything (including children) in the same sink. Over the years, the sink evolved and maintained its popularity.

The Butler Sinks’ UK Roots

In the 17th century, a smaller form of apron front sink began appearing in wealthier homes in the United Kingdom. These sinks, called butler sinks, appears in butlers’ pantries. From this development, two main types of sinks evolved. The first, called the London sink, came from London and featured a shallow design with no overflow meant to conserve water. The other, the Belfast sink, hailing from Northern Ireland, had a deep basin with a built-in overflow. This kitchen sink design was due to the abundance of water in Belfast during that time and the need to clean small children in the sink.

The Belfast and London sinks are still popular today. Many consider the Belfast sink to be the best variation on the butler sink due to the built-in overflow and deep basin. They look great in any style of home and can be found in a myriad of materials and colours.

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The French Farmhouse Sink

The apron front sink then made its way to the rest of Europe, and the French Farmhouse sink emerged. This broad apron front sink was made of white clay from Limoges, France, and is still popular today. French Farmhouse sinks today are made of clay and feature linen covering the base of the sink. These kitchen sink units look great in traditional farmhouse kitchens and are often made of wood.

French Farmhouse Sink

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Installing a Butler Sink

Given their size and shape, butler sinks work best with custom cabinetry and worktops. You’ll also need to install your faucet in your worktop or on the wall behind your sink. These factors make installing a farmhouse sink quite expensive, but most say that the result is worth it. A butler sink creates so much visual interest in your kitchen in a simple way and is an instant focal point in any kitchen.

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Kitchen Sink Garbage Disposal

Garbage Disposal

Professional Installation Recommended? Yes

Are you prone to throwing your dish in the sink without scraping off your food scraps into the rubbish bin? If you are, and you’re tired of scooping out your scraps from the sink basin while you’re washing dishes, it might be time to invest in a garbage disposal. A garbage disposal will grind up your food waste and dispose of it appropriately. Just make sure you don’t try to push your food down with your hand!

Bidvine tip: To ensure your family’s safety while using a garbage disposal, we recommend setting out ground rules for its use. This article from the Food Network includes seven important rules for using a garbage disposal.

We advise against installing a garbage disposal yourself and recommend hiring a trusted professional to complete the project for you. You don’t want to risk your rubbish ending up where it shouldn’t or breaking your kitchen sink setup. Luckily, you can find a local plumber on Bidvine to install your garbage disposal for you.

Keep in mind that owning a garbage disposal comes with added maintenance in your kitchen. You’ll need to keep it running properly and clean it regularly. Given that disposals are cutting up food waste, you can imagine the amount of residue that can build up inside of them (including on the rubber flap that separates it from your sink). You’ll want to be absolutely sure that the disposal is not running when you clean it, though. You don’t want to risk an injury. If you’re worried about cleaning it regularly, we recommend hiring a professional cleaner.

Kitchen Sink Soap Dispenser

Soap Dispenser

Professional Installation Recommended? Yes

If you find yourself constantly running out of hand soap or washing up liquid in your kitchen, a built-in soap dispenser might be right up your alley. Built-in soap dispensers are also perfect if you’re regularly knocking your soap into your sink, as it can get quite annoying.

When you’re installing a new sink in your kitchen, why not make your life more convenient and install a soap dispenser as well? Your technician will need to install the dispenser alongside your kitchen tap, so this will need to be done before the sink installation is complete. Otherwise, the project will be more laborious, but likely still possible depending on your sink.

Are you ready to put your days of running out of hand soap behind you? You can find a professional to install a built-in soap dispenser on Bidvine. All you need to do is answer a few quick questions about your project and you’ll be on your way to a more convenient life. more
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Sink Spotlight: Which Kind of Kitchen Tap is Best for You?

No kitchen sink or kitchen renovation is complete without a beautiful kitchen tap. We’ve collected the most popular types of kitchen sink taps, starting with the traditional tap. From there, the taps get more intricate and specialised. If you’d like to learn about the different types of kitchen taps, keep reading!

Would you like to learn more about choosing the perfect sink for your dream kitchen? If you would, you’re in luck! This post is a part of a series dedicated to kitchen sinks, and the links to the other posts are below:

Now, let’s get into learning about the different types of kitchen taps!

Traditional Kitchen Tap

A traditional kitchen tap is a staple in most kitchens, as it is easy to install and use. Traditional taps are usually less expensive than more high-tech taps, making it a perfect entry-level tap. If you’re interested in having a no-nonsense tap without extra buttons or functionality, a traditional tap is perfect for you.

Kitchen Tap

If you’d like to expand the functionality of your kitchen sink, keep reading to learn more about the different types of kitchen taps! more

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