All About: Drop-In Kitchen Sinks

All About: Drop-In Kitchen Sinks

Cambria Bold
Feb 21, 2012

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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(Images: 1. Leela Cyd Ross; 2. Faith Durand; 3. Bethany Nauert; 4. Leela Cyd Ross; 5. Leela Cyd Ross)

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