Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? If so, then our Sink Spotlight series will help you. Today we go back to basics with a look at drop-in sinks:
Sink Style: Drop-In
Also Known As: Topmount or self-rimming sinks.
Distinctive Features: These sinks "drop" into a hole cut out of the countertop, with the sink rim or lip resting on the top of the countertop. Faucet mounts directly on a sink ledge along the back edge of the sink.
Countertop Compatibility: Compatible with all types of countertops, including laminate.
Pros: Cheap, easy to install, available in most materials, most commonly stainless steel but also fireclay, composite, solid surface, acrylic, and cast iron.
Cons: Dirt and food grime gets caught between the rim and the countertop.
Installation: Installation is very simple if there is a pre-cut hole in the countertop. Clamps beneath the countertop keep the sink secure, while caulking around the rim provides a water seal..
Price range: Basic stainless steel drop-in sinks start as low as $50, but can range up to $350 depending on the material.
Related Kitchn Posts:
• All About: Farmhouse Kitchen Sinks
• All About: Undermount Kitchen Sinks
• Help Me Choose a New Kitchen Sink!
Other Recommended Reading
• Installing a Drop-In Sink | Home Depot
• Install a Drop-In Sink | Caulk Your Home
(Images: 1. Leela Cyd Ross; 2. Faith Durand; 3. Bethany Nauert; 4. Leela Cyd Ross; 5. Leela Cyd Ross)