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What are the Pros and Cons of Different Kitchen Sink Styles?

Bowen Remodeling Kitchen Sink Styles

When you’re designing your kitchen for a remodel, one of the aspects you need to think carefully about is the various kitchen sink styles to choose from.

There are several different types of kitchen sinks to choose from when you’re updating your kitchen design or having a full kitchen remodel done. It’s important to carefully consider your needs as well as your budget before you decide which sink style is the best for your home.

Top-Mount Sinks

One of the most common types of kitchen sinks is the top-mount sink, also known as a drop-in sink or self-rimming sink.


The installation process of these sinks is relatively straightforward, to the point that many people can do it themselves without hiring a professional. The cost of these sinks is lower than most other options, and you can save even more money by installing them yourself. This makes it one of the most economical options.


These sinks are surrounded by a wide rim, which creates an area where gunk and debris can build up, requiring a little extra effort when cleaning. Also, some people don’t like the way the rim looks because it sits on the countertop and creates a separation that provides an aesthetic that’s not as seamless and clean as other options. Lastly, the rim prevents you from being able to easily sweep food and other stuff straight into your sink from the countertop.

Undermount Sinks

Undermount sinks don’t have the rim that top-mount sinks have because their rim is underneath the countertop, rather than on top of it.


These sinks have a much more seamless look than top-mount sinks. The seamless construction allows you to sweep food and other debris straight into the sink from the counter. They provide a cleaner and sharper aesthetic, and they’re easier clean due to being rimless.


Even though food and debris don’t build up around a rim as it does with a top-mount sink, these things can get caught around the edge where the sink meets the countertop. Undermount sinks are more limited in size than top-mount sinks, and they also tend to cost a little more.

Apron Sinks

Apron sinks eliminate the need for a front area of the countertop due to the way they’re installed.


Apron sinks are single-basin sinks, but they are quite large. They are set at the far-front area of the counter, allowing you to be right at the edge of your sink—this can be effective at preventing fatigue and making it easier to access your sink. In addition, many people choose apron sinks because their kitchen has a farmhouse aesthetic. These are most popular in country-style and rustic kitchens, but there are also modern apron sinks in stainless steel that will look amazing in any kitchen.


Not only are these sinks more expensive than most other options, but they are also more prone to allowing water to drip onto the floor and splash out due to the fact that they are set at the edge of the countertop, leaving very little area for water to splash out without ending up on the floor.

Prep Sinks

A prep sink—also known as an island sink or a bar sink— is a very small, single-basin sink that is usually found in a bar area or on a kitchen island.


These sinks are amazing when you entertain frequently, allowing you some extra space to prep food and drinks. They can be installed on a small area of countertop, at a bar, or on a kitchen island.


Prep sinks are specialized, which means they aren’t for everyone. Many people have them installed, only to rarely use them. In addition, they can take up precious countertop real estate that you can’t afford to lose. These are also somewhat expensive, especially since they’re a secondary sink that requires extra cost and installation fees. For this reason, it’s important to make sure you really need one before you commit to having one installed.

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