When choosing a sink for your new bathroom, it’s important to consider several factors. First, consider how much space you have for your sink, countertop and vanity. Second, consider which bathroom you’re remodeling and who will use it most. For example, are you remodeling your powder room, family bathroom or master bath? Starting with these questions will help you narrow down which sink types are good options for your bathroom remodel.
1. Integrated sink and countertop – This style of sink is molded as part of the countertop for one seamless piece. This type of sink is usually made of some form of composite material as the sink is molded during manufacturing. These sinks come in standard sizes and are a great option for a busy family bathroom. Another bonus is that this type of sink is easy to clean with no ridges or edges between the counter and the sink.
2. Undermounted sink – This type of sink is mounted so that the rim is underneath the edge in the countertop opening. This option can be a little more expensive as it typically requires a stone or stone-like composite to anchor to. Laminate and other less expensive materials don’t work with this sink type. The undermounted sink also provides easy clean-up and is great for busy family bathrooms.
3. Drop-in sink – Also called a top-mounted sink, the drop-in sink has a basin that drops into the countertop while the upper rim sits on top of the counter. The rim can be flat and small or tall and wide for a stylish statement. This type of sink is compatible with nearly any type of countertop material as it sits on top and doesn’t have to be flush with the edge of the bowl the way the previous two types are. This type of sink is best for a master bathroom or a powder room that doesn’t have as much activity because it’s not quite as easy to keep clean.
4. Vessel sink – This type of sink features a basin that is entirely or partially on top of the counter. This type of sink is considered a statement piece. Most vessel sinks are fairly deep and hold quite a bit of water. One caveat is that it might be necessary to lower the height of the counter and vanity to make sure the sink is still comfortable to use. This type of sink works best in a powder room or a master bathroom.
5. Pedestal sink – This type of sink is a single, wall-mounted sink with a pedestal to hide the drain pipe. This sink is a good choice for tight spaces where storage isn’t an issue, such as a powder room. This sink type leaves no room for storage or countertop space. It particularly works well in powder rooms with a classic or traditional style.
Choosing a sink for your bathroom remodel can be confusing. Do you choose an undermount sink or a vessel sink? The answer can be found in the details of the specific bathroom you’re remodeling and the way it will be used, and by whom. Armed with this knowledge, you can then select the type of sink that will work best for that particular bathroom.