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Undermount Quartz Granite sink with zero reveal inside of a modern kitchen.
Undermount Sink Reveals: Positive, Negative, and Zero Reveals Explained
May 7, 2021

Undermount sinks are installed under the counter (hence the name “undermount”), but they are not always mounted in the same way.

The reveal describes the style of how much of your undermount sink is visible below the countertop. Each sink can be mounted in three types of reveals: positive, negative or zero. Each reveal brings its own style and benefits to your kitchen.

Quartz Granite zero reveal, a countertop flush with the sinks rim.
Quartz Granite zero reveal, a countertop flush with the sinks rim.

Zero Reveal

Zero Reveal

A zero reveal is a counter that is flush with the sink’s rim. This is the most stylish and practical reveal for an undermount sink. It’s free from cracks and crevices where debris can get stuck, making your sink very easy to clean. And, it will add high-end appeal to your home.

However, it’s also the costliest to install. A flush mount requires highly precise measurements and may need to be sanded and adjusted to find the perfect fit.

Quartz Granite positive real, a countertop flush with the sinks rim.
Quartz Granite positive real, a countertop flush with the sinks rim.

Positive Reveal

Positive Reveal

A positive reveal is when the countertop is cut to expose a portion of the sink’s rim. This creates a step down from the counter to the rim and then to the basin, which can be helpful if you want to rest a colander or cutting board on the rim.

This is a popular mount because it’s less costly to cut the countertop (less precision is necessary), and it makes cleanup easy.

Quartz Granite negative real, a countertop flush with the sinks rim.
Quartz Granite negative real, a countertop flush with the sinks rim.

Negative Reveal

Negative Reveal

A negative reveal is the opposite of a positive reveal: the countertop hangs slightly over the sink on all four sides, hiding the rim completely and even covering part of the sink basin.

Some like the seamless look of this mount, but it has a few drawbacks. The countertop ledge can easily chip, and its exposed underside may attract mold. Though these risks depend on your countertop material, a durable stone countertop might cancel out those concerns.

Contemporary kitchen design with a stainless steel undermount sink with zero reveal.
Contemporary kitchen design with a stainless steel undermount sink with zero reveal.

The Right Reveal for Your Undermount Sink

The Right Reveal for Your Undermount Sink

Choosing an undermount sink reveal is easy because most sink manufacturers provide templates for all types of reveals. If you’re choosing an undermount sink based on its reveal, choose the style you like the most while considering your counter material.

The way your undermount sink is fitted into your kitchen countertop should be more than just a visual preference; it should be compatible with your lifestyle. Think about what “reveal” functions best for you before it’s time to remodel your kitchen.

Contact an MR Direct Sink & Faucet expert if you have any more questions on undermount sink reveals and which one works best for you.

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