Drop in or Undermount Sink?

Drop-in vs. undermount sink

Drop in or Undermount Sink?

Okay, it’s time to figure out what kind of sink you want – Drop-In or Undermount? You stare blankly for a moment, trying to connect the names with what you’ve seen. No worries. We’re here to help with some quick definitions so you can calmly respond when it’s time to choose between a drop-in vs. an undermount sink.

Drop-in vs. undermount sink

Top: Drop In Sink

Bottom: Undermount Sink


Comparing a Drop-In Vs. an Undermount Sink

Drop-in sinks, also called self-rimming or top-mount sinks, have a lip around their perimeter that rests flat on the counter.  The sink sits straight into the countertop cut-out with the lip holding it in place. Hidden metal clips control horizontal movement and that connect the sink to the counter. 

Undermount sinks install from below the counter. This sink does have a rim, but the rim is not visible as it attaches to the bottom of the counter. 

So how do you choose which kitchen sink is best for you? 

While both drop in and undermount sinks have their benefits, the decision may come down to what’s important to you. 

Here are some things to consider when deciding which kitchen sink may be best for you: 

  • Ease of cleaning
  • Maximizing countertop space
  • Choice of countertop materials
  • Resale value
  • Cost

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