Undermount or top-mount sink?

sanveannFebruary 6, 2013

My husband and I are in the beginning stages of planning our new home, and of course the kitchen is getting the lion's share of my attention :) One of my big dilemmas is -- undermount or top-mount sink? I am leaning toward undermount, just because we have small children and it seems to be easier to whisk the crumbs into it, rather than up and over the lip! My mom is convinced it will cause leak issues, though.

Any experience? Pros and cons on either side?

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Undermount hands down for our upcoming remodel. Have had one for decades and would never go back to top-mount. I prefer the aesthetics of the undermount.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 11:55AM
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What ck_squared said. Pre-reno our kitchen had a top mount and I thought it was a pain to clean around it. Post-reno we have an undermount in the kitchen and 4 undermount bathroom sinks. No leaking problems, and I don't recall reading about any leaking problems on this forum. Does your mom have an undermount that leaks?

I much prefer the look of undermount sinks and the ease of cleaning around them.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 12:08PM
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No, I'm sure she's never had an undermount sink -- she just likes to think of reasons why things she doesn't like won't work :P

I would say I prefer the way the top-mount actually looks, but not so much that I really want to deal with scrubbing around the rim constantly.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 12:22PM
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(huh - sounds like my mom)

I have undermount and way prefer how easy it is to keep clean. It's also nice just seeing the counter and not any part of the sink. Then you have to decide between a positive reveal and a negative reveal.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 12:35PM
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I've never had an undermount sink till we re-did our kitchen a year and a half ago. I love it, and won't willingly have a top mount again. All our bathroom sinks are undermount and we've never had any problem with those. The undermount is easier to clean and I love the way it looks.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 12:40PM
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I think undermount is much more practical and easier to maintain. Other than having to scrub around edges and water collecting around the rim, over time overmount sinks have the possibility of the grout not holding and water that collects around the rim can leak into your cabinet.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 12:41PM
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I have lived with under mount for 2 months now and will never go back. It is amazing how much easier it is to clean and just generally looks neater all the time.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 12:42PM
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Undermount, hands down!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 1:04PM
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I have top-mount, but it's because we have laminate and wood countertops. If solid surface or stone, I'd go for undermount. You asked for pros and cons, and you've heard lots of pros. The con would be if you needed or wanted to change the sink... It would mean, I think?, taking up the counters and probably disrupting the backsplash.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:37PM
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