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Bathroom Sink Buying Guide

What is a Bathroom Sink?

A bathroom sink, commonly referred to as a lavatory sink, is a bowl-shaped fixture that is used for washing hands, brushing teeth, shaving, and similar bathroom activities. Aside from standard function, the form of today’s bathroom sinks can help you to define the bathroom design space as contemporary, traditional, or transitional. Your individual design tastes are highlighted through selection of the appropriate bathroom sink.

Selecting a Bathroom Sink

There are three important considerations when selecting a Bathroom sink. These include Style, Size, and Material.


There are six distinctive styles of bathroom sink:
Self-rimming Bathroom Sink Self-rimming sinks, also called countertop sinks, are quite common. Self-rimming sinks are mounted with the rim of the sink resting above the counter. The sink itself rests in a rough hole in the counter top. These sinks are offered in a number of colors, sizes and pre-drilled hole configurations. When selecting a self-rimming sink, compare it first with the faucet you intend to install to ensure that a compatible match can be made. Self-rimming sinks can feature no holes, a single hole, 4” centerset, 8” widespread, or sometimes a custom configuration of hole tappings.
Undercounter Bathroom Sink Undercounter sinks, also called undermount sinks, are another common style of sinks. The edge of the countertop material is exposed at the hole created for the sink (and so must be a carefully finished edge rather than a rough cut). A mounting kit may be required to complete the installation of an undercounter sink.
Pedestal Bathroom Sink Pedestal sinks are freestanding sinks that are supported by an underlying pedestal. These sinks are usually quite decorative, as all parts are exposed. When purchasing a pedestal sink it is important to consider that a compatible pedestal must be purchased and that the plumbing under the sink will be exposed.
Console Bathroom Sink Console sinks, though similar to pedestal sinks, provide additional counter space. Another advantage of the console sink over the pedestal is that additional space that is yielded by supporting the sink with decorative legs.
Vanity Top Bathroom Sink Vanity Top sinks, similar to the console sink, the vanity, is a great way to add style and function to what would otherwise be just a bathroom cabinet. Vanities are typically a one-piece solution mounted atop a bathroom cabinet or fashionable enclosure.

Vessel Bathroom Sink Vessel sinks, also called above counter sinks, are truly a unique design element. Vessel sinks sit freely atop decorative counters or furniture as an ornamental basin. When selecting a vessel sink it is important to consider the position and style of the faucet. The faucet must be tall enough and have enough spout reach to extend beyond the edge of the basin. Some vessel sinks do not feature a overflow drain and a grid drain must be installed. Also, the plumbing below the sink may be exposed. For more information on Vessel Sinks check out our Vessel Sink Buying Guide
Wall Hung Bathroom Sink Wall mount sinks are mounted directly to the wall. Wall mount sinks are great for cramped bathrooms as they can be mounted on a side wall or in the corner. They also allow for additional space underneath the basin and sometimes feature an optional rack for extra storage.


The variety of design styles and options can be somewhat overwhelming when it comes to selecting a bathroom sink. Once you have decided on a style that befits you, it will be important to consider how the sink will fit into your current design space.

Take some time to examine the manufacturer specifications and your own installation space to ensure that the style of sink that you have selected will work. Be sure to keep in mind how the drain, counter top, vanity, shelves, and other items in the bathroom environment will be affected by the sink.


Bathroom sinks are made of many different materials. These include:

Vitreous China Bathroom Sink Vitreous china is composed of ceramic materials fired at high temperature to form a non-porous body, having exposed surfaces coated with ceramic glaze fused to the body. This is used to form a number of bathroom fixtures such as toilets, bidets, and lavatory sinks. Vitreous china sinks are susceptible to damage from heavy impact.
Fireclay Bathroom Sink Fireclay sinks are made from heat-resistant clay. Fireclay sinks are similar to vitreous china in that they are susceptible to damage from heavy impact.
Stainless Steel Bathroom Sink Stainless steel sinks represent a good trade-off between cost, usability, durability, and ease of cleaning. Most stainless steel sinks are made by drawing a sheet of stainless steel over a die. Stainless steel sinks resist damage from impacts.
Copper Bathroom Sink Copper sinks, as the name indicates, are made from copper, a malleable reddish-brown corrosion-resistant metal. Many copper sinks are hand hammered and have a rustic yet stylish appeal. Like stainless steel sinks, copper sinks resist damage from impacts.
Composite Bathroom Sink Composite sinks are produced from a variety of compounds. These compounds include a composition of porcelain, enameling grade metal, and other structural materials. They are bonded and formed into the appropriate shape. The manufacturing process for composite materials allows for a wide palette of colors. The material is usually a consistent color throughout. Consequently, minor scratches can typically be buffed out using sand cloth.
Cast Iron Bathroom Sink Cast iron sinks are heavy and durable. They are typically coated with porcelain or enamel. Because the porcelain is glass, they can be damaged by sharp impacts.

Manufacturer instructions for cleaning material surfaces will vary. Always consult the manufacturer documentation for information related to cleaning and maintenance.

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