Updated on November 18, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Sinks are often the most-used tool in the kitchen, and can contribute to the overall aesthetic while providing functionality. For a modern and sleek-looking kitchen, you may want to consider an undermount sink. Undermount sinks are mounted from below the countertop, leaving you with a flawless countertop surface, meaning you won’t have any water or debris caught on the edge of the sink (and possible collecting bacteria), and making it easier to clean. Additionally, because there is no lip overhanging the counter, undermount sinks highlight the beauty of different countertop materials, such as granite and marble.
There are many choices when choosing an undermount sink, and it can be easy to be overwhelmed with options. Below is a list of our seven favorite undermount sinks:
The Best Undermount Kitchen Sinks
(Best budget option — $)
Why it’s great: When they see your kitchen sink with T304 stainless steel, an anti-condensation and noise-reduction coating, and 10-inch bowl with rear-set drain, your friends will think you purchased one of the most expensive sinks on the market. However, the Mensarjor single-basin sink is surprisingly affordable, even more so with the included lifetime warranty. Its clean, classic lines will enhance any kitchen’s aesthetic.
The sink comes with a bottom grid and drain basket.
Keep in mind: The ultra-modern design does not drain as well as some other designs.
(Best apron front — $$$)
Why it’s great: Featuring an apron-front in beautiful T304 stainless steel with a satin finish, the Kraus KHF200-30 will give your kitchen a modern, polished appearance. The sink features sound-absorbing pads over 80% of its base, providing a quieter dishwashing experience, and even dampening the noise of garbage disposals. It also features easy-clean corners and an optimal-angled bottom for better drainage. With a 30-inch by 20-inch basin, you can clean even the largest pans and platters.
The Kraus KHF200-30 comes with a stainless-steel bottom grid, 3-piece basket strainer, and kitchen towel.
Keep in mind: The smooth finish leaves some customers unsatisfied, as it shows water spots.
(Most versatile — $$)
Why it’s great: The distinct feature of this sink is the “low divide” wall between the two bowls. Because the divider is lower than most, it allows you more room to do dishes and fill large pots. It is almost a mix between a single-basin and double-basin sink. The Ruvati Low-Divide provides the divider for doing two tasks, but lets you wash a large roasting pan or baking sheet with ease.
The Ruvati Low-Divide comes with basket strainers and rinse grids.
Keep in mind: While the low divide is its best feature, it may not be for everyone.
(Most attractive — $$)
Why it’s great: Made with 16-gauge dent-resistant T-403 stainless steel, the Kraus Standard Pro is one of the toughest and most attractive single-basin sinks on the market. It’s also one of the largest standard kitchen sinks available. At 32 inches long by 19 inches wide, this sink is ideal if you cook with large platters, roasting pans, or baking sheets. One difference customers will notice is that the drain is rear-set, leaving you with more usable space in the sink basin. Because the Kraus uses NoiseDefend technology, it is also one of the quietest sinks available, and customers are very satisfied with its noise-dampening qualities.
The Kraus Standard pro comes with a draining grid and 3-piece basket strainer, along with a Kraus signature kitchen towel.
Keep in mind: With a single basin at 10 inches deep, it may be deeper and larger than sinks users are more familiar with.
(Most coordinating accessories — $$)
Why it’s great: You might think that the industrial-grade construction of this sink would make it unattractive or dedicated solely to function, but the Zunhe Modena is one of the most modern and distinct-looking sinks on the market. With one large 26×18-inch extra deep basin, a brushed finish and offset drain, it will give your kitchen a polished and modern look. The 18/10 industrial steel also makes this sink resistant to dents, scratches, rust, and stains.
This sink also offers the most coordinating pieces: the Zunhe Modena comes with a large draining grid, drain basket, 2-piece colander set, and sponge holder.
Keep in mind: Some customers complain of water spots, which can be prevented with proper cleaning and drying.
(Most modern — $$)
Why it’s great: This 33-inch sink comes is designed with 90-degree corners, giving it a modern and sleek look as compared to sinks with rounded corners. Made of T-304 grade stainless steel, you can be sure this sink will never rust or stain. The brushed finish will hide any scratches and make cleaning easy, too. If you have other kitchen appliances that are stainless steel, the brushed finish on the Ruvati Double Bowl sink will match them well. Because the basin has slight grooves, it will drain better than a flat-bottomed sink. Additionally, it features rubber padding and sound guard undercoating, which reduces noise.
This undermount sink comes with rinse grids and basket strainer drain.
Keep in mind: The sink is square and flat, which is not what many are accustomed to.
(Best overall — $$$)
Why it’s great: If you live in the kitchen and love to cook, the Kraus Kore Workstation will totally change your kitchen sink expectations. It features TRU16, the heaviest gauge steel on the market, which means it is dent-resistant and rustproof, as well as aesthetically modern and sleek. With an integrated ledge that fits its coordinating bamboo cutting board, roll-up drying rack, and bottom grid, this versatile sink will let you chop, clean, dry, and more, all in one place. It also features an offset corner drain, providing more room for working in the sink.
This undermount sink comes with a bottom grid, cutting board, drain basket, and roll-up drying rack.
Keep in mind: The price is a bit higher than other sinks, which may not appeal to some customers.
FAQs about undermount kitchen sinks
1. What’s the difference between an undermount sink and a regular sink?
A regular – or “topmount” – sink is dropped in from above. It has a lip that is installed on top of your countertop, with the sink resting around a cutout. Undermount sinks, on the other hand, are mounted from below, which means there is no exposed lip. While this installation does cost more, it leaves a sleeker and more modern look. Undermount sinks are often used with granite, marble, or quartz countertops, with a polished edge around the sink opening. In addition, it’s easier to clean undermount sinks, as there is no lip overhanging the counter to catch water and debris.
2. Should I have a single-bowl, double-bowl, or combination sink?
This all depends on your personal preference and your needs in the kitchen. Double-bowl sinks can be convenient for multitasking, with each side dedicated to different tasks such as washing and rinsing. A single-bowl sink does not have a divider, which means you can fit larger items in it, such as large pots and platters. When deciding which design works best for you, think about how you use your sink the most.
3. How do I measure for an undermount kitchen sink?
If you are starting with new construction, have your contractor or designer handle the measuring and cutting for your sink. If you have an existing countertop, you will want to measure the length and width and choose a sink with an opening that matches. Alternately, you could put your sink upside down on the counter, trace the outline of it, and then subtract the size of the rim.
4. Can I use an undermount sink with laminate countertops?
Undermount sinks are not the best choice when it comes to laminate countertops (consider a drop-in sink instead). While it may be possible to install an undermount sink on a laminate countertop, this will depend on what is below the laminate. If it is particleboard (which is used on most laminate countertops), there cannot be exposed cuts, as the particleboard is not waterproof. It is generally recommended to use undermount sinks with a hard, waterproof countertop such as stone or composite.
5. Can these sinks be top-mounted?
Generally, no. Because undermount sinks are designed to be installed below the counter, the rim that attaches is not made to be exposed above the countertop. This rim will generally not have a finished look, as it’s meant to be hidden.
6. Is there anything I should use or avoid when cleaning my sink?
Please do research before cleaning your new sink with anything except soap and water. Abrasive cleaners or strong chemicals can scratch or react with different sinks in different ways. In general, soap and water with a soft cloth are best, but you may be able to use a non-abrasive cleaner such as Barkeeper’s Friend (but not until you’ve read the individual manufacturer’s recommendations).
As you can see, there are many features to consider when selecting an undermount sink, and all of the above options would make a great addition to your kitchen. Consider the size and shape of your sink, and what kind of tasks you will be doing in it most. The sinks above represent different price points, but all provide a modern look and beautiful materials. No matter which undermount sink you select, you will enhance and improve your kitchen’s functionality and aesthetic.