A drop-in sink is one of the most popular types of sinks. It is also called a top mount sink and is literally recessed into a pre-cut hole in the countertop. The edge of the sink rests on the countertop for stability. Drop-in sinks have some distinct advantages over other models, especially in the kitchen. A drop-in sink is relatively easy to install and fits almost any type of countertop. It can be replaced without having to damage the countertop or relocate plumbing. They are generally cheaper to purchase and easier to install than undermount sinks. The bowl of a countertop sink is easier to clean than the bowl of an undermount sink. And if you have soft countertops, drop-in sinks can help protect the edges of the sink cutout.
Drop-in sinks, also called self-rimming sinks, overmount sinks, or top-mount sinks, are sink basins that install and sit on top of your kitchen counter.
TORVA Drop-in Kitchen Sinks are constructed with premium 16-Gauge 1.5mm thick grade Type-304 stainless steel for durability and strength. Handcrafted brushed finish to prevent and scratches for long-lasting in your busy kitchen. 3.5″ Sink drain opening fits standard garbage disposal unit in the US.
What Materials are Drop-In Kitchen Sinks Made From?
Stainless steel is the most popular material for drop-in sinks. Made from a mixture of steel, chromium, and nickel, it’s affordable and strong. Steel is also easily recycled and repurposed. Stainless steel, self-rimming sinks range from 22-gauge thickness to 16-gauge thickness. The lower the number, the thicker the sink, and the better the durability, but at a higher price tag.
All TORVA Drop-in Kitchen Sinks are constructed with premium 16-Gauge 1.5mm thick grade Type-304 stainless steel for durability and strength.
Single-basin sinks are the most popular type of top-mount kitchen sinks available to consumers. TORVA® offers 4 kinds of Drop-in kitchen sinks with single bowl.
The Benifits of Single Bowl Drop-in Kitchen Sinks:
- Can handle large items like pots
- Wider range of sizes that fit more kitchens
- Easier faucet placement
- Less expensive to purchase and install
- May be easier to maintain
Why Choose Drop-In Kitchen Sinks?
They’re generally cheaper to buy and easier to install than undermount sinks. In fact, even weekend warriors and DIY newbies should have no problem installing a basic overmount sink. If cost is a consideration in your kitchen, an overmount sink with a do-it-yourself install is a great way to stay within budget.
While cleaning may not be your foremost concern when choosing a kitchen sink, it should be considered. After all, you’ll have to care for and maintain your sink regularly. The basin of an overmount sink is easier to clean than the basin of an undermount sink.
If you’ve got soft countertops, drop-in sinks can help protect the edges of the sink cutout.
- Marble and some specialty counter finishes benefit from the added protection provided by the lip of a drop-in kitchen sink basin. It prevents the build up of water on the surface edges of the stone through repeated exposure of use.
- If you have laminate countertops, drop-in sinks are the only option: the particle board below the laminate surface isn’t strong enough to support undermount sinks but plays well with self-rimming basin types.
Why Choose Stainless Steel Drop-In Kitchen Sinks?
There are different types of drop-in kitchen sinks available on the market. The most common types of them are porcelain and stainless steel drop-in kitchen sinks. Porcelain is excellent when it comes to corrosion and rust. But porcelain is not ideal when it comes to durability. This is where a stainless steel sink comes in to play its role. For this reason alone, many people prefer to buy stainless steel sinks. These sinks are very common in industrial, commercial and residential applications.
- AFFORDABILITY: There are different ranges of affordability when it comes to stainless steel drop-in sinks. You can either buy a high-end kitchen sink or can also go for a budget-friendly option. There are different types of stainless steel drop-in sinks that can suit different needs.
- BETTER QUALITY: With the introduction of new technologies and innovation, drop-in kitchen sinks continue to improve in terms of quality and build. The 18-gauge and 16-gauge thick stainless steel sinks are stronger and less noisy as compared to their old counterparts.
- DURABILITY: In terms of longevity and durability, stainless steel is very long-lasting. It will not chip and is an excellent option for drop-in kitchen sinks and similar other applications. Stainless steel can also not fade, stain or crack as well.
- THE LARGER CAPACITY OF THE BOWL: As compared to other materials, stainless steel drop-in sink is very lightweight and is strong. This means that the manufacturers are able to create bigger and deeper bowls as compared to porcelain, or cast iron materials.
- EASY MAINTENANCE: As stainless steel is very durable and long-lasting there is not much you need to do for maintenance either. This steel is not affected by any of those chemicals in the household. For this reason, it is able to maintain its real luster when you use any of those chemicals and whip them using a soft towel.
- CORROSION-RESISTANT: Stainless steel drop-in kitchen sinks will not rust or corrode and it will continue to impart a glow. Additionally, you can also choose between different types of glows ranging from satin luster to mirror-like luster.
- SHOCK ABSORBING: Another huge benefit of stainless steel drop-in kitchen sink is that it can easily absorb shock and can provide cushion crystals, glassware, fine china and different types of ceramic against any of the breakage caused by accident.
- DETAILED ACCENTS: The interior designers are very aware of the fact that stainless steel drop-in kitchen sinks can accent any architectural details of your kitchen. The cool textures and clean lines can reflect the patterns and colors in the surroundings. Its timeless beauty can easily complement your décor even after the trendy colors are long gone out of trend.
- RECYCLABLE: This is perhaps another one of the huge benefits of stainless steel drop-in kitchen sinks as it cannot degrade over time. It cannot lose any of its properties and for this reason; it is one of the best green options too.
Undermount vs Drop In Kitchen Sinks
Which one is best at preserving countertop space? With undermount sinks, the countertop extends all the way to the sink—even a bit more. If you’re tight on room and need every possible square inch of counter real estate, undermount is the way to go.
One type of drop-in sink that rarely gets mentioned is the drainboard sink, which is like a drop-in sink on steroids. Usually, one side of the rim extends 8 to 10 inches to form a drainboard (thus the name) or in fancier models, a cutting board and food prep area. If you’re tight on counter space, this counter-intuitive move, adding more sink rim, might actually be more economical on space.
For the most amount of countertop space chose an undermount sink.
One of the more frustrating things about undermount sinks is the gap at the top of the sink, where it joins up with the counter. While this gap is filled with a bead of silicone caulk, it’s not 100% filled. A gap remains and this gap naturally becomes a magnet for food build-up. Greg Fox at Fox Granite Countertops recommends digging out the caulk on undermount sinks “every three to five years.”
With drop-in sinks, all working areas of the sink are visible and accessible. However, it should be noted that the small, visible seam formed by the lip and the countertop can build up gunk, as well. The only difference is that you have better access and more visibility when cleaning the drop-in sink.
The clear winner in this category is the undermount sink. In fact, ease of cleaning is the number one selling point of any undermount sink. Because there is no lip to form an obstruction, you can swipe food particles directly off the counter and into the sink.
Drop-in sinks’ rims are too high to allow this. Not only that, the angle formed between the rim and the countertop can build up with gunk.
For easy countertop clean up, choose an undermount sink.
Homeowners can easily install their own drop-in kitchen sink. As long as a cut-out in the counter is already in place, these sinks can be installed in less than 1 hour.
Best sink for DIY installation, choose a drop-in.
Undermount sinks can be attached to all types of countertop materials, except for laminate. The laminate isn’t the issue; it’s the underlying base of particleboard or MDF. MDF is too weak to hold fasteners that have no backer (i.e., a bolt, nut, and washer) arrangement. Drop-in sinks can be installed on all types of counter materials.
For the best options in countertop materials, choose a top mount.
Whether your kitchen has a drop-in sink or an undermount sink will not, by itself, change the resale value of your home. Resale value’s “needle” is affected more by major changes in your home, such as additions, whole-house flooring, or finished rooms than by single elements such as a kitchen sink, bathroom vanity, or choice of paint color.
As one building block of a highly valued “designer” kitchen, the undermount sink can be said to impart higher value to potential buyers than a drop-in.
For a higher resale value, choose an undermounted sink.
Why Choose TORVA® Drop-in Kitchen Sinks?
We concentrate on the quality and package of each product, to ensure that the product customer receive is complete and undamaged. All our products are made of the premium 304 stainless steel, to extend the product lifetime.
Our modern and practical style is suitable for modern aesthetics. Each product has been delicately designed to achieve the maximum in beauty and utility. Our black nano coating leads the market.
All products are life-time warranty. If customers have any questions, they can contact via email. We will reply to the email quickly and provide you with satisfactory service.