When it comes to selecting a sink that’s right for your new space, there are a few things you need to consider to determine what’s going to work best with your design – from materials; stainless steel, cast iron, composite, fireclay, to different styles; single bowl, double bowl, farmhouse, one-and-a-half with drain.
But first, we recommend you start with determining whether you would prefer an undermount or topmount sink. This will then help you narrow down your options to then select materials and styles. What is the difference between undermount and topmount you ask? We explain the key differences between the two.
The main differences between these two sink types is as their names describe:
- Undermount sinks are mounted under the benchtop
- Topmount sinks are installed on top of the benchtop
What is an Undermount Sink?
An undermount sink is attached underneath a stone or waterproof benchtop using a silicon-based adhesive that supports the weight of the sink. In some cases, heavier sinks may require additional support. After installation, there are no edges visible, and the benchtop edge drops off directly into the sink.
Undermount Sink Quick Facts:
- This sink provides a clean and streamlined look, perfect for modern homes and kitchen designs
- With no sink edges, cleaning up is easy. Crumbs and debris can be wiped straight into the sink and won’t get caught on the rim of the sink
- Undermount sinks are best suited for solid waterproof surfaces including natural stone (e.g. granite), engineered stone (e.g. Caesarstone) or a solid surface (e.g. Corian). This is due to the edge of the stone being exposed to the water. Laminate is unsuitable to use, as it is not waterproof.
What is an Topmount Sink?
Topmount sinks (also known as inset, overmount and drop in) are installed on top of the benchtop surface. It is dropped into a pre-cut hole with the rim or lip of the sink holding it in place and the weight of the sink supported by the benchtop.
There is also a variation to this known as Inset Topmount. This is where a groove is cut into the benchtop so that the sink edge is flush with the bench surface. This option will attract a higher cost than the standard installation of an topmount sink due to the work required to achieve the flush look.
Topmount Sink Quick Facts:
- This style of sink works well when utilizing a traditional style for the space
- Most suitable when using a non-waterproof surface, such as Laminate
- A cost-effective option compared to an undermount sink, making it a good choice when you’re on a budget
- Food and dirt can gather between the lip of the sink and the counter if it’s not cleaned properly
Still not sure which you prefer? Pop into either of our Newmarket or Burleigh Heads showrooms where we have both style sinks on display, and you can explore for yourself.
Contact Kitchen Trends today to arrange a showroom tour or an obligation free design consultation with our expert team of Designers.