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Hand sinks are smaller sinks in the kitchen, intended for washing hands. They’re usually found next to the kitchen sink, and are often a different color to the main sink, so they’re easy to spot. Hand sinks are usually smaller than the main sink and are often made from a different material, such as stainless steel, as they’re unlikely to be used to soak dirty pots and pans. Most hand sinks have one tap rather than two, to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Some hand sinks may have a push button or lever that controls the water flow. The faucet might be hands-free, so you don’t have to touch it to turn on the water. The sink may have a heated or vari-temp faucet for comfort.