How to Choose the Right Bathroom Sink

Once you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, the fun begins.  Not just picking the right general contractor but searching out the perfect flooring material, lighting, soaker tub, shower tile or enclosure, and the fixtures that will pull it all together. After all that, picking the sink is the easy part, right? Think again.

With the number of options now available, be sure to consider which bathroom you’re shopping for (master bath, powder room, or guest bath), who will use it (aging parents or little kids), and how much space you have to work with.

Read on to learn the pros and cons of 6 styles of bathroom sinks so you can find the perfect one for your household’s needs. 

  • Top-Mount – Also known as a drop-in sink, it’s designed to sit on top of a counter with most of the sink sitting beneath, but with the rim sitting on top. They work well with just about any countertop material without the risk of water damage since the cutout is covered by the sink rim.  
  • Undermount – As its name suggests, under-mount sinks are installed under the counter for a seamless look and ease of cleaning up spills. Undermount sinks are best suited for solid-surface countertops since other materials, like laminate, can’t be moisture-sealed.  
  • Pedestal or Wall-Mounted – If you prefer a simple look or your space prevents anything too large, a wall-mounted or pedestal sink could be the answer. You’ll want to install the plumbing inside the wall to achieve a clean, uncluttered look is choosing wall-mounted. If inside-the-wall plumbing isn’t practical or your cup of tea, consider a pedestal sink with the pedestal situated between the underside of the sink and the floor, discreetly hiding any pipework. What these options won’t hide – due to lack of cabinet storage – are toiletries, towels, and extra rolls of toilet paper.  
  • Vessel – Commonly shaped like a large bowl, a vessel sink is a great option if you want a statement piece in your bathroom. It generally sits completely on top of your counter which requires careful planning to ensure that cabinet or counter height doesn’t make the sink uncomfortable to use.
  • Integrated – This type of sink is molded as part of the countertop and often can be purchased off-the-shelf at your local home improvement store. With no seams or ridges, it makes for easy clean-up – a great choice for busy family bathrooms.
  • Wash Plane – These sleek, stylish, and stream-lined sinks are perfect for small spaces where the sink will primarily be used for handwashing. Because they are extremely shallow and not designed to hold water, they don’t contain a plug. Instead, a small stainless-steel trough is mounted under the sink to catch the water before it runs into a waste pipe.

So much to think about, right? To help you make the most of your bathroom remodeling project and sink selection, contact Plumbtastic today. We’ll give you advice you can count on and a guaranteed upfront price quote.

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