The earlier is so-called overmount or drop-in sink. This traditional sink is installed into a hole of the countertop with covered edges so that their weight is supported by the lip.
The top-mount sinks are the norm for the majority of kitchens thanks to its cost-effectiveness and easy installation.
Moreover, they are compatible with almost all styles of countertops but not limited to the measurement of the kitchen walls.
However, it is hard to clean the lip. Food and debris often get stuck and put your living condition under health hazards of bacteria and uncomfortable smells.
The old and boring style also does not fit if your kitchen has an modern design.
If your main concern is the neat look and a high-quality sink, you might prefer the under-mount sinks.
Instead of sitting on the countertop, the sink is fixed underneath with a solid adhesive.
Besides adding elegance to your kitchen, the under-mount sink makes it effortless to clean up your counter. All leftover or spills are swept directly into the sink without being interrupted by the edges.
Moreover, the under-mount sink is often built to last with top-notch materials.
Make sure you install the sink properly since the structure is a little more complex than that of the top-mount sink.
To avoid leaks or troublesome problems down the road, you had better have a professional do it for you. It will definitely add extra cost.
Single bowl vs. Double bowl Sinks
The next question is, ‘Should your sink have one or two bowls?’ – It is up to your daily cleaning demands, as well as the available counter space.
As its name suggests, there is only one bowl covering the full size of your cabinet. It is the ideal sink when you have to handle large pans and pots within a limited-size kitchen.
However, one-bowl sink seems not versatile enough for a busy housewife who always finds herself cleaning this and that.
As you clean all (both fine china and wine glasses) in one place, it increases the chance of breakage. Otherwise, you need to clean stuff separately. It will take more time, for sure!
The sink is divided into two basins with a metal wall. You can wash fruits in one bowl while cleaning dishes in the other bowl. This is such a time-saver!
In addition, double bowls are available to separate things from delicate stuff like glassware or raw chicken while cooking or cleaning.
However, you have to trade-off between the convenience and the counter space. If the basins are too small, you will find it hard to clean large stuff.
Meanwhile, the large basins eat up more room in your kitchen.
These are more or less like double bowl sinks. The only difference, however, is that with double offset sinks, one bowl is bigger than the other.
The idea behind this design is that you can use on bowl (the smaller one) to clean and rinse your foods and veggies.
The bigger bowl will come in handy for cleaning your pot, pans and other utensils. Double offset sinks are great if you want to bring some versatility into your kitchen.
Full-divide vs. Low-divide Sinks
If it is a double-bowl sink that you choose, you must choose either full-divide or low-divide one.
Here are the basic to help you make a wise choice.
The full divide split two basins at the height of the sink.
The two bowls work as two separate small sinks. You can leave the dish to dry in one bowl and clean stuff in the other bowl without worrying about the overflowing soak water.
However, high divider is also troublesome. Most commonly, you find it noisy when moving things between the basins. Your hand keeps hitting the divide and even break your dishes.
Introduced for the first time by Kohler under its Smart Divide range, low-divide sinks now become more and more popular due to its convenience.
The height is cut in half, so the low-divide sinks adopt the versatility of the double basins and the openness of the single basin.
You have more space to accommodate large pots and pans. Also, transferring stuff from the basin to the other is effortless – ideal for multi-cleaning tasks, for example, washing and rinsing the plates.