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Your Guide to Undermount Kitchen Sinks
Undermount kitchen sinks have one distinct advantage over rimmed or drop-in sinks: zero rim exposure.
What we mean is that every sink does have a rim, but some sinks attach to the bottom of the counter and some sinks drop in from the top. Those sinks that attach from the bottom--the undermount kitchen sinks--simply hide the rim. And in fact, it is possible to find sinks that do double-duty, as either drop-in or undermount sinks.
Pros and Cons of Undermount Kitchen Sinks
Nothing's perfect,... though. For every good thing about these sinks, there is a bad thing.
- You can get up to a half square foot of extra counter space by tucking the rim underneath.
- You can wipe counter debris straight into the sink--no rim to obstruct you.
- Easier clean-up than rimmed sinks.
- Visually attractive.
- Slightly higher cost.
- More difficult installation.
- Need to make sure installation is very solid, due to heavy weight of water and garbage disposal. Rimmed sinks do not have this problem because they rest directly on the counter.
Pictured above, Elkay undermount stainless steel sink. This sink is intended for corners.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Blanco Diamond Undermount Kitchen Sink
Undermount kitchen sinks don't necessarily have to be stainless steel or fiberglass. Blanco's 33" Undermount Double Bowl Kitchen Sink is 80% natural granite, and has a drop-in option. It's only half the weight of a cast-iron sink, and is heat-, scratch-, and stain-resistant.
Shop Direct - Blanco Diamond 511601 33" Drop-In/Undermount Double Bowl SinkContinue to 3 of 10 below.
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Franke Regatta Undermount Kitchen SinkThis is a pretty sink. Franke's undermount kitchen sink offering is a luminous stainless steel in standard 18 gauge. This sink requires a minimum cabinet width of 33 inches. The bowls are 9 1/16" and 6 7/8" deep.
Shop Direct - Franke Regatta 30 Stainless Steel Double Bowl Undermount Sink - RGX-160Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Kohler Satin Double Bowl Kitchen Undermount SinkKohler's undermount kitchen sink is 18 gauge stainless steel, with left/right bowl depths of 9 1/2" and 7 1/2", respectively. Kohler's SilentShield Plus sound absorbing material helps mute the rattle you get with stainless steel sinks. Exterior size is 35 1/8" by 20 1/8".
Shop Direct - Kohler 3356-NA Satin Double Bowl:31 to 35 Inch Stainless Steel Undermount Kitchen SinkContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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Blanco Undermount SinkThis undermount kitchen sink from Blanco comes in an attractive Cafe Brown finish in 80% solid granite--no flimsy construction here. To increase bowl size, Blanco has slimmed down the center divider.
Shop Direct - Blanco America 511709 Blancodiamond 511-709Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Swanstone Double Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink
A double bowl undermount kitchen sink from Swanstone is made of Swanstone--what else? The bowls are 9 inches deep. No color to scratch off, because Swanstone is a compression-molded material with the color running all the way through.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Kohler Dickinson Undermount Kitchen Sink
An attractive and unique undermount kitchen sink from that stalwart of brands, Kohler. This farm-house style apron sink is made of Kohler's own version of cast iron, and measures 33" by 22-1/8" exterior with an 8 inch deep basin.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Elkay Avado Undermount Kitchen Sink
Nothing complicated here with Elkay's simple, geometric undermount single bowl kitchen sink. The stainless steel is the slightly thicker 16 gauge and comes with Sound Guard sound-deadening material in place for quieter washing of pots and pans. Sink measures 23 1/2" by 18 1/4".Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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American Standard White Heat Undermount Kitchen SinkI just love the name of American Standard's undermount kitchen sink: White Heat. Wasn't that the name of a Burt Reynolds movie about bootleggers from the 1970s or something?
Even though White Heat may be an especially assertive name for a kitchen sink, this one does come with its share of goodies:
- Half the weight of cast iron.
- Insulation against heat loss.
- Noise reducing materials.
- Colors available to match kitchen appliances.
- Holes for up to 5 faucets.
Shop Direct - American Standard White Heat... Silhouette Double-Bowl Americast 5-Hole Kitchen SinkContinue to 10 of 10 below.
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Kohler Single Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink
A straight-up simple single bowl undermount kitchen sink from Kohler, in standard 18 gauge steel. This sink has Kohler's SilentShield Plus sound-deadening system
No faucet holes through rim. A fairly compact kitchen sink at 23 inches by 17 1/2 inches.