Undermount Kitchen Sink Guide

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    Your Guide to Undermount Kitchen Sinks

    Close up of kitchen sink
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    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,...MORE though. For every good thing about these sinks, there is a bad thing.

    Pros

    • 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.

    Cons

    • 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┬ábecause they rest directly on the counter.

    Pictured above, Elkay undermount stainless steel sink. This sink is intended for corners.

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    Blanco Diamond Undermount Kitchen Sink

    Blanco Diamond Undermount Kitchen Sink
    Blanco

    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 Sink

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    Franke Regatta Undermount Kitchen Sink

    Franke Regatta Undermount Kitchen Sink
    Franke Regatta
    This 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-160

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    Kohler Satin Double Bowl Kitchen Undermount Sink

    Kohler Satin Double Bowl Kitchen Undermount Sink
    Kohler
    Kohler'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 Sink

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    Blanco Undermount Sink

    Blanco Undermount Sink
    Blanco
    This 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 511-709

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    Swanstone Double Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink

    Swanstone Double Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink
    Swanstone

    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.

    Shop Direct - Swanstone KSDB 3322. Double Bowl Sink: 33 x 22. Undermount or Self Rimming Sink

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    Kohler Dickinson Undermount Kitchen Sink

    Kohler Dickinson Undermount Kitchen Sink
    Kohler

    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.

    Shop Direct - Kohler Dickinson Apron Front Cast Iron Single Bowl Undermount Sink

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    Elkay Avado Undermount Kitchen Sink

    Elkay Avado Undermount Kitchen Sink
    Elkay Avado

    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".

    Shop Direct - Elkay Avado 15mm-Radius Coved Corners Undermount Kitchen Sink

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    American Standard White Heat Undermount Kitchen Sink

    American Standard White Heat Undermount Kitchen Sink
    American Standard
    I 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...MORE Silhouette Double-Bowl Americast 5-Hole Kitchen Sink

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    Kohler Single Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink

    Kohler Single Bowl Undermount Kitchen Sink
    Kohler

    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.

    Shop Direct - Kohler 3332-NA Stainless Steel Single Bowl:23 to 30 Inch Kohler Stainless Steel Undermount Kitchen Sink