Undermount v Drop-In Laundry Sink
Two of the most common choices when it comes to installing a laundry sink is undermount and drop-in. Today we are going to take a deeper look at exactly what each of these sinks offer, and weigh up their pros and cons. These are not the only options for your laundry sink, but they both have a range of benefits that can really suit this space. If you are looking to give your laundry an overhaul then this information may just help you make the decision as to which of these popular choices makes the most sense for you.
Undermount Laundry Sinks
An undermount laundry sink is fitted slightly below the countertop, on a hidden rim. To install this sink you will have a hold cut out of the counter and then the metal rim will be screwed around the perimeter of the counter. The clear benefit of this sink option is that it is the best for counter cleaning. Because of the sink’s position below the counter, it gives full access for cleaning up dirt, grime and other bits of grit that deposit themselves around the outer of the sink. Additionally these sinks offer a little bit of extra space on the counters, that is important in a room which is usually pretty small.
There are some downsides to this sink option, mainly that it cannot be installed with all counters, laminate counters and custom tiled countertops for example do not work well together. Additionally you may need to call in a professional for the installation, given the complexities of fitting the sink snugly.
Drop In Laundry Sinks
A drop in laundry sink delivers where the undermount doesn’t, with regards to the fact that it works with all countertops and can be installed much more easily. This means that if you have some DIY experience there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to install this on your own. These sinks also slot into the hole in a countertop yet they sit flush with the surface of the counter. The result of this is that grit and dirt can easily get stuck in the gap between the sink and the counter, making cleaning tough. This gap is usually filled with a layer of silicone, but there will still be small gaps that appear, and it won’t be long before dirt assembles there.
In terms of the cost between these two sink options, it is the drop that has a lower overall price, but this is largely down to the cost of installation rather than the sink itself.
Making Your Choice
When it comes to deciding between these two similar options; you should think about how much you want to spend, how much space you already have in the laundry and for what you will generally be using the sink. A drop in sink may save you a little bit of money, but recent studies show that an undermount sink is more attractive to prospective buyers, so there could be some resale value there.
Weigh up all of these options before you settle on the right sink option for your home.