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Which is Better: 15 Amp Split Circuit or 20 Amp Circuit in Kitchen?

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Hi there.

I am a doing some DIY kitchen work. In Ontario Canada, code allows either a split 15 amp multi-wire circuit or a 20 amp circuit (each with two receptacles allowed on the circuit). We only need GFCI if 1.5 m from a sink, so the outlets I am installing do not need GFCI protection.

Is one setup better than the other? I have the drywall off, so wiring the 12/2 wire for the 20 amp circuits or the 14/3 wire for the split isn't an issue. Both options are legal by code, but I just don't know which way to go. Maybe it is best to simply run two dedicated 20 amp outlets, as it takes the same amount of spaces in my panel as the double 15 amp breaker for the split.

Thanks for any suggestions.
 
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