What’s the best choice in kitchen sinks? Should you install a top mounted sink or an under mounted sink?
Up until a few years ago – we only had one choice in sinks – all sinks were top mounted. We could choose from stainless steel, porcelain or cast iron. Remember the first time you saw a cobalt blue sink in a design magazine? It was probably a top mounted sink.
Top Mounted Sinks
A top mounted sink is installed in the counter with a lip that hangs over the counter to hold it in place. They are easy to install because the faucet holes are already in place. You can install the faucets and drain “stuff” right to the sink before it’s even installed on the counter.
Sink manufacturers provide the installer with a template. The idea is to just cut a hole in the counter using the template as a guide and drop in the sink. Easy!
The plus side of a top mounted sink is they are cheap to install and they come in more styles. Top mount sinks are easier to replace but the edge of the sink is difficult to keep clean. The grout or sealer often needs to replaced because dirt and food particles collect and can’t be easily wiped away.
The new style of vessel sinks are also called top mounted sinks… but that’s a different story. 🙂
Under Mounted Sinks
The faucets are mounted in the counter top material so your choice of styles will be limited.
If you are looking for ways to cut the budget in a kitchen remodel… a top mount sink is the way to go.