Advances in countertops result in seamless sinks for less

Improved imaging technologies have given laminate countertops a serious design makeover in recent years, but you still had to settle for a sink that sat on top of the counter where the edge could collect dirt and bacteria. Now there's a seamless solution from Wilsonart—acrylic sinks that can be chemically bonded to a laminate counter to create a look that was formerly only available in solid surfacing, stainless steel and concrete.

Wilsonart has partnered with Lowe's to put examples of the integrated sinks, which are made in the U.S., and counters in more than 650 stores nationwide by next week. It is also releasing two new high definition Brazilian granite laminate patterns, Summer Carnival and Winter Carnival, available through Wilsonart dealers.

In Consumer Reports countertop tests, laminate countertops resisted stains, heat, and impact nearly as well as much more expensive materials. Acrylic sinks aced some, though not all, of our tough sink tests. Wilsonart's HD laminate costs about $1,500 to $1,600 for a typical kitchen, and its acrylic sinks around $400 to $550. Lowe's offers a one-year installation warranty on the countertop, sink and the seal between the two, according to a company spokesperson.

—Celia Kuperszmid-Lehrman

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