Choosing the right sink for your kitchen is key to not only the right look but also the functionality of your kitchen. Undermount sinks continue to rise in popularity as they create a sleek, modern appearance that is highly sought after in modern homes. This type of sink is installed underneath the countertop and stays in place using a strong adhesive or caulking. Overmount/drop-in sinks are dropped into a hole in the countertop and sealed along the seam.
Undermount Sink Pros
Keeping the countertop clean is quick and easy with an undermount sink. Spills, food, and other kitchen debris can easily be wiped directly into the sink. Because they don't have a lip to hold them to the countertop, undermounts take up less counter space. They are also deeper than overmount sinks which can make washing dishes easier, especially if you use large cookware.
Undermount Sink Cons
Installation is more difficult and unless you have some experience you are going to want to hire a professional as proper sealing is vital for support and to prevent leaks. Undermount sinks require a heavier countertop such as granite, marble, soapstone, and concrete to support their weight. They cannot be used with laminate or tile as there are too many weak spots for proper support. If the sink is overfilled it can flood the countertop. There is the danger of water leakage should the seal between sink and countertop fail.
Overmount or Drop-in Sinks Pros
Overmount sinks are easy to install and are less expensive. The edges of the sink protect delicate countertops like marble or quartz from chipping. They are appropriate for all types of countertops.
Water and bacteria can build up along the seam of the sink if the seal begins to degrade. The appearance is not as neat and clean as an undermount.
Sink size should be appropriate to your kitchen size. A small kitchen should have a small sink so that it doesn't overwhelm the space. If your sink will be installed underneath a window, size it to the window.
Large farm sinks have been the rage for years but are now beginning to decline while stone sinks have begun to rise in popularity. Heavy stone sinks need to be sealed and treated regularly to maintain their appearance. Stainless steel is still the most durable and affordable sink material and will remain so for the foreseeable future.