All About: Drop-In Kitchen Sinks
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.
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