Pros and Cons of the Integrated Sink

An integrated (sometimes referred to as integral) sink is a popular option for both the bathroom and the kitchen. Why? Well, there's a lot to love about this setup. A countertop with a built-in sink out of the same material makes for a smooth, seamless, and contemporary appearance. It's also easy to clean. And the benefits don't end there.

Of course, as with so many dwelling decisions, there are a few things to consider before committing. Scroll on for the pros and cons of an integrated sink.

Pro: Integrated sinks are available in a wide range materials.

Scandinavian kitchen with terrazzo countertop and integrated sink
credit: Heju

From concrete, to terrazzo, to marble, to stainless steel, integrated sinks are available in an amazing array of materials to fit any style sensibility. And that's before you factor in the fantastic finishes such as matte, gloss, and antique.

Pro: Integrated sinks are completely customizable.

An integrated design allows for complete personalization like this cool industrial bathroom designed by Aamodt / Plumb. You can choose from a variety of materials, colors, shapes, sizes, features, and bowl styles.

Pro: Integrated sinks simplify the design process.

Instead of selecting a separate countertop and sink, an integrated setup streamlines the remodeling process. Choose one and you're done! P.S. You can even coordinate with your backsplash or appliances (like this steal-worthy example by architect Joseph Dirand).

Pro: Integrated sinks are quick and easy to clean.

kitchen with stainless steel countertops and integrated sink
credit: Remodelista

Because of the single-piece design, cleaning and maintenance is a breeze. Which means you can forget hour-long scrub sessions. All this stainless steel countertop and integrated sink need are a quick wipe-down. For this reason, it's a great choice for rooms with high traffic.

Pro: Integrated sinks offer a seamless look.

kitchen with soapstone countertops and integrated sink
credit: Food52

Love a sleek, modern aesthetic? Consider an integrated sink, where the basin and countertop are made of the same material. The result is a beautifully unified as seen in this stunning Brooklyn kitchen.

Pro: Integrated sinks make a statement.

bathroom with concrete countertop and integrated sink
credit: Studio McGee

Surely, you already know this, though it bears repeating: Words like "sleek" and "minimal" are a far cry from boring. And this polished concrete show-stopper designed by Studio McGee proves it!

Pro: Integrated sinks look very high-end.

modern kitchen with marble countertop and backsplash with integrated sink
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A far cry from the pink seashell sinks of the past, new models are made of luxurious materials (e.g., copper, soapstone, terrazzo, granite) and have a sophisticated, high-end feel.

Con: Integrated sinks can be expensive.

rustic farmhouse kitchen with marble countertop and integrated sink
credit: Coco + Kelley

How gorgeous is this kitchen? Designed by Canadian architects Scott & Scott, the sink, drainboard, and countertop are all carved from a single piece of marble. It's pure luxury — with a price tag to match. Between construction and installation a project like this can be a real budget buster. And don't forget the cost of sealing your stone, too.

Con: Integrated sinks are hard to replace.

country kitchen with quartz countertops and integrated sink
credit: Woonstijl

Let's say you have quartz countertops and a cast iron basin. At some point, you decide, you'd rather swap it out for a farmhouse sink. Not a problem — unless everything is integrated, at which point you're not doing a replacement, but rather a renovation.

Con: Integrated sinks can stain depending on the material.

marble countertops and backsplash with integrated sink in rustic kitchen
credit: Rose Uniacke

It's important to do your research. How will the material that you're considering patina over time? Will it be susceptible to scratches and stains? Some materials, like the marble in this kitchen designed by Rose Uniacke, are more porous than other types of stone so there is a higher likelihood it will stain.


Lindsay Cohn

Lindsay Cohn

​Lindsay Cohn is a freelance writer with a penchant for design and travel. Follow her on Instagram @​lindsay_cohn.