Should I get a drop-in or under-mount sink

robinleJune 30, 2013

I am trying to decide between a drop-in sink or an under-mount sink. It is for the guest bath in a house that will be a rental. The vanity is a furniture style vanity 30" and the counter is quartz. I was thinking for this bathroom we would use a drop-in sink. Can you give me some input on this idea, the good and the bad.

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writersblock

If you go for quartz for the counter, definitely undermount. Why would you do a drop in? Curious as to how you decided on that. Are there more considerations you haven't mentioned?

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 10:39AM
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ck_squared

Definitely undermount. Drop-in just seems dated unless it's more like a vessel sink.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 11:28AM
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robinle

I was thinking about getting the Kohler Tresham drop in sink. It has a raised rim so I was thinking less water would get on the counter. I also liked that it already has the faucet holes in it so we wouldn't have to have the holes cut out.
The bathtub and toilet are Kohler almond color so the sink would also be almond color. I like the look of the under-mount better and can get an almond in it. Thank you for your thoughts on this.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 1:09PM
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writersblock

Unless you're also planning to use this as your own home in the near future, I just wouldn't bother. Use a simple undermount, then no worries about a tenant banging into it with something and breaking it.

Water on quartz shouldn't be a concern, I wouldn't think, as long as you have some kind of splash where the counter meets the walls.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 1:16PM
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nycbluedevil

With a drop in, the caulk around the outside gets gross after a while. Definitely under mount.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:04PM
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mongoct

The only way I'd advocate a drop-in over an undermount is if it was a DIY installation. A drop-in will cover the raw cut edges of the countertop hole, whereas with an undermount you'd need a cleaner hole and the raw cut edge would have to be polished to some degree.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 7:28PM
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attofarad

My wife wanted a specific drop in for the master bath vanity. I chose an undermount (for all the usual reasons) for my master 1/2 bath.

Not sure what I would do for a rental. I guess it depends on the rental. More $ for undermount, but I can't think of any other reason (unless you decide to marry my wife) to do a drop-in.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 2:50AM
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divotdiva

we are doing undermounts in master (granite) and possibly Kohler's Demi-Lav in powder room, model K2833.

Anyone have ideas on how to seal the demi-lav to avoid caulk that comes loose later?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 1:53AM
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sewlutions

I did an undermount in a remodel several yeare ago...I hate it. We have a faucet with two handles and there is ALWAYS water on the countertop. Also, the basin released itself last week and we've had to reattach the darn thing. Undercount looks sleek..but I want function over form!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 10:04PM
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sewlutions

I did an undermount in a remodel several yeare ago...I hate it. We have a faucet with two handles and there is ALWAYS water on the countertop. Also, the basin released itself last week and we've had to reattach the darn thing. Undercount looks sleek..but I want function over form!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 10:08PM
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