Ed the Plumber: The right kitchen sink can offer flexibility when the time comes to pick your countertop.

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Q: My husband and I are planning a kitchen remodel and we’re trying to do it over time so we won’t have to take out a loan. We have a nice layout for the new kitchen in mind, and have already purchased the cabinets. Now we want to purchase the plumbing fixtures. But, we still haven’t decided on our countertops yet since that step is over a year away. Is there a sink you can recommend that will work with any countertop that we may pick out? This information will be very helpful.

— Jane, Rhode Island

A: You’re in luck. Recently, a new-style stainless-steel sink has hit the market and is becoming very popular. This type of sink is called a dual-mount kitchen sink because it can be mounted as a “drop-in” sink or an “under-mount” sink.

So, this will give you a lot of flexibility when the time comes to pick your countertop. If you go with a tile or laminate countertop, you can use it as the drop-in style because of its ultra-flat sink rim. This flat rim can help seal the edges of the sink hole, and the low-profile flat rim also makes it easy to wipe from the counter directly into the sink.

As an under-mount, the top side of the ultra-flat rim attaches easily to the bottom of solid-surface countertops.

Finally, look for a dual-mount stainless-steel sink with built-in sound-absorption pads. These pads can reduce disposer and dishwasher drain noise, and that really “sounds” like a good feature for any kitchen sink.

Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.