25 Undermount Sink Ideas With Pros And Cons

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An undermount sink is a basin that is attached to the counter or vanity top from below the surface. The edge lip of the sink is mounted below a solid surface countertop, so the sink effectively hangs underneath the counter and creates a continuous flow from countertop into sink. Such sinks look modern and fresh anywhere but you may be still hesitating if to choose one or not. Let’s consider some pros and cons to make the right choice.

Pros

You can get up as much as 1/2 square foot of extra countertop space when the rim is underneath the countertop. You can wipe counter debris straight into the sink—no rim to obstruct you – such a sink is very easy to clean, which makes it an ideal kitchen piece. Undermount sinks are visually attractive since they do not interrupt the plane of the countertop. The countertop should be of solid surface materials like granite, soapstone, marble, or concrete as with other options you won’t be able to install an undermount sink.

white stone countertops plus a gold undermount sink and a unique vintage faucet  for a touch of refined chic

white stone countertops plus a gold undermount sink and a unique vintage faucet for a touch of refined chic

marble tiles and countertops plus a gold rectangurlar sink and gold fixtures is a touch of luxury in the space

marble tiles and countertops plus a gold rectangurlar sink and gold fixtures is a touch of luxury in the space

give your kitchen a warm look with dark cabinets, a neutral countertop and a gold sink plus a gold faucet

give your kitchen a warm look with dark cabinets, a neutral countertop and a gold sink plus a gold faucet

curved angles of this rectangular undermount sink give it a fresher and more modern look and feel

curved angles of this rectangular undermount sink give it a fresher and more modern look and feel

a white undermount sink in a white countertop create a perfect minimalist combo, which looks super laconic

a white undermount sink in a white countertop create a perfect minimalist combo, which looks super laconic

bathroom design with boho feel

bathroom design with boho feel

a white stone countertop plus a white rectangular undermount sink for a Scandinavian or minimalist kitchen

a white stone countertop plus a white rectangular undermount sink for a Scandinavian or minimalist kitchen

a white stone countertop plus a simple rectangular undermount sink make up a bold and contemporary feel in the space

a white stone countertop plus a simple rectangular undermount sink make up a bold and contemporary feel in the space

a white stone countertop plus a hammered brass undermount sink of an oval shape for a glam and chic look

a white stone countertop plus a hammered brass undermount sink of an oval shape for a glam and chic look

a white stone countertop and a polished hammered nickel sink for a neutral and fresh look in your bathroom

a white stone countertop and a polished hammered nickel sink for a neutral and fresh look in your bathroom

a white marble countertop with a double undermount sink for a contemporary or modern farmhouse kitchen

a white marble countertop with a double undermount sink for a contemporary or modern farmhouse kitchen

a white marble bathroom vanity with a hammered copper sink and matte black fixtures for a chic and glam look

a white marble bathroom vanity with a hammered copper sink and matte black fixtures for a chic and glam look

a white and navy vanity with a black undermount sink and brass and copper touches for a refined feel

a white and navy vanity with a black undermount sink and brass and copper touches for a refined feel

Cons

Undermount sinks are usually slightly more expensive than self-rimming sinks. The installation is more difficult, requiring clamps and adhesives; proper installation and sealing is crucial to prevent leakage and to make sure the sink is properly supported. Over time the heavy weight of water and a garbage disposal may loosen the seal between the sink and the bottom of the countertop. Such sinks only work with weight-bearing and water-resistant countertop materials; they aren’t well suited for laminate or tile counters, which have too many weak points along seams and grout lines to support the weight of the sink. Condensation build-up under the counter can cause mold; faucets must be attached to the countertop or wall. So, what did you decide, take it or not? Write in the comments!

a soapstone undermount sink and a matching countertop for a chic moody farmhouse kitchen

a soapstone undermount sink and a matching countertop for a chic moody farmhouse kitchen

a sleek white double vanity and matching white undermount sinks for a super minimalist look

a sleek white double vanity and matching white undermount sinks for a super minimalist look

a sleek black cabinet and a copper undermount sink plus a matching faucet make up a chic moody combo

a sleek black cabinet and a copper undermount sink plus a matching faucet make up a chic moody combo

a moody contemporary kitchen with an ultra-minimalist kitchen island and a dark undermount sink integrated

a moody contemporary kitchen with an ultra-minimalist kitchen island and a dark undermount sink integrated

a gorgeous double copper sink in a white stone countertop look chic, especially with a navy cabinet

a gorgeous double copper sink in a white stone countertop look chic, especially with a navy cabinet

a double hammered copper sink with mathcing faucets and a soap dish spruce up the blakc vanity

a double hammered copper sink with mathcing faucets and a soap dish spruce up the blakc vanity

a dark stone countertop with a geometric metal undermount sink for a farmhouse kitchen with a touch of dark

a dark stone countertop with a geometric metal undermount sink for a farmhouse kitchen with a touch of dark

a dark cabinet with an undermount sink and a brass faucet is a chic idea that guarantees a sleek look

a dark cabinet with an undermount sink and a brass faucet is a chic idea that guarantees a sleek look

a contemporary undermount sink with two parts installed into a white stone countertop is ideal for a modern farmhouse kitchen

a contemporary undermount sink with two parts installed into a white stone countertop is ideal for a modern farmhouse kitchen

a concrete countertop and a neutral kitchen sink make up a chic and bold combo for a minimalist kitchen

a concrete countertop and a neutral kitchen sink make up a chic and bold combo for a minimalist kitchen

a Calcutte marble countertop with a silver hammered sink, matching marble tiles around and a mirror in a silver frame

a Calcutte marble countertop with a silver hammered sink, matching marble tiles around and a mirror in a silver frame

a bright green and purple vanity with a round undermount sink and brass fixtures for a chic Moroccan feel

a bright green and purple vanity with a round undermount sink and brass fixtures for a chic Moroccan feel