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Guide to Choosing a Bathroom Sink

Guide to Choosing a Bathroom Sink

Do you need to pick out a new bathroom sink for a remodel? You might be surprised and overwhelmed by how many options there are. A little bit of knowledge can help you narrow down your choices so you get the perfect bathroom sink for your style, budget, and needs.

Sinks, Basins, and Lavatory

The terms sink, basin, and lavatory can all be used to describe a bathroom sink. The latter two terms are only used for bathrooms whereas sink is also used to describe kitchen sinks. In regards to bathrooms though, professionals usually use the term sink to refer to free-standing sinks which are not in a cabinet, such as pedestal sinks.

Mounting Method

The first thing you will want to look at in order to narrow down your choices of bathroom sinks is how they are mounted. There are three general options:

  1. Pedestal Sinks: These are sinks which are set on top of a narrow base (hence the name pedestal). They are usually fairly small and a good choice when space is an issue.
  2. Wall-Mounted Sinks: These sinks are mounted directly on the wall, which means that the plumbing will be exposed. However, many newer wall-mounted sinks solve this problem by having attractive plumbing designs. Glass wall-mounted sinks are becoming particularly popular, especially in small bathrooms.
  3. Countertop Sinks: This is the most popular type of sink. The basin is set within or on top of a counter, which can serve as extra storage space and also hides the plumbing.

Countertop Sink Mounting Options

Within the countertop sink option, you will have 3 more options for mounting:

  1. Drop In: This is the most common option for bathroom sinks you will find. The basin is dropped within a hole in the cabinet. Installation is easy but there is a noticeable lip which is formed between the basin and countertop.
  2. Undermount: An undermount sink is mounted into the hole from below, so there is no lip formed. This makes cleaning it easier.
  3. Set-On Mount: These bathroom sinks resemble the sinks of yesteryear, which were just basins of water set on top of a counter. They are also called vessel sinks.

Sink Materials and Finishes

There is a lot to consider when choosing a material and finish for your bathroom sink. You can read more about this here.

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