One of the hardest knocks against laminate countertops was that they required a drop-in sink—one that rested on top of the counter so that the particleboard base was protected from water. Unlike undermount sinks for stone or seamless integral sinks for solid surfacing, drop-ins have a lip that accumulates grime and makes wipe-downs more difficult.
But now, thanks to special waterproof adhesives and new installation techniques, there are acrylic and stainless-steel sinks with lips that go under the laminate. These sinks, from Wilsonart
(shown) and Karran
, must be professionally installed; a basic acrylic version adds about $600 to the cost of a counter.