Choosing the right bathroom sink involves a little more than just finding which one looks good. Sure, you want your sink to project your bathroom's style and some sinks, like vessel sinks, can actually be the focal point of the bathroom. But before you make any buying decisions there are a few things to consider.
Your scenario, relative to whether you're building new, remodeling or just replacing an old sink, will determine which direction to take when choosing a new bathroom sink.
For example, you'll need to be sure the sink you want is compatible with the faucet you currently have or will have, if you'll be buying both.
Other factors such as how the sink is installed (installation type), it's configuration (more on what this means later) and the material it's made of come into play.
Finally, it helps to know what kinds of features and innovations are available so that you don't limit your options.
Once you consider these aspects and blend them with your own wants and needs, you'll be better equipped to make the right choice.
Choosing the right sink from among the myriad of bathroom sinks that are available requires that you know a little bit about the "technical details". Once you have that down, you can pair that knowledge with whatever aesthetic and style choices you want to make.
Three important details to understand about bathroom sinks involve installation, configuration and material. It's important to understand these points so that you'll choose the right sink that's compatible with your plumbing and faucet configuration as well as your lifestyle.
Bathroom Wall SinkWall mounted sinks are affixed to the wall and work well in small bathrooms, allowing for usable space below the sink. Even if there's only room for a wastebasket, the space that it offers gives the bathroom a larger visual feel. Some wall mounted bath sinks feature a decorative cover that's installed over the plumbing and drain pipe.
Pedestal bathroom sinks are somewhat related to the wall mounted variety in that the sink basin is attached to the wall but rests on a pedestal that supports it from underneath. This is another type of bathroom sink that works well in small spaces since there's no need for a vanity. On the other hand, both pedestal and wall mounted bath sinks don't provide any storage space that you get with bathroom vanities.
Self-Rimming Square Bathroom Sink
Self rimming, top mount and drop-in are different names for the same type of sink. These sinks are placed in a cutout in the vanity top, secured in place by the rim of the sink. A variation of this is the tile-in sink which is a self-rimming sink that's used with a tiled countertop. The tiles usually fit over the sink's rim making a flush surface between the sink and tile.
Undermount bathroom sinks are mounted underneath the counter or vanity top, making for an uninterrupted surface between the vanity top and the sink.
Undermount Bathroom Sink
The console bathroom sink is similar to a wall mounted sink except it's also supported by two "legs" mounted at the front of the sink. This 'two-leg' style is the traditional concept of a console bathroom sink however there are many different styles and variations on this theme.
Vessel Bathroom Sink
The vessel sink is simply a free-standing bowl that sits on top of the vanity, though some can be mounted partially recessed into the countertop. It is essentially what its name implies -- a bowl. Though it may sound mundane, there are literally hundreds of varieties of vessel sinks, offering you unlimited design capacity.
In other words, your sink's configuration needs to match or be compatible with the type of faucet you currently have (if you're just replacing a sink) or are planning to buy (if you're replacing both the sink and the faucet). A three-hole faucet, meaning one that's made up of a spout and individual handles, requires a sink with three holes.
Here's a list of the most predominant materials used to make bathroom sinks.
Vitreous China / Fireclay / Porcelain
Glass Vessel Sink
Concrete Bathroom Sink
Wood / Bamboo
Material choices alone give you a wide range of options when it comes to choosing the right type of sink. Keep in mind your lifestyle and the kind of use the bathroom will see when choosing your sink's material.
While there are a lot of decorating options when it comes to bathroom sinks, they're not as laden with some of the functional bells and whistles as kitchen sinks. Despite that fact however there are some features and styles to be aware of. Consider them as you think about the type of sink that might work best in your bathroom.
Knowing the type and style of sink you want is a big part of the decision-making process. But before you make a final decision consider the following points. There may be something here that you didn't think of that might help you make the right choice (and avoid the wrong one).
Note The Higher Faucet and Handle To Accommodate The Taller VesselVessel sinks usually sit on top of the counter/vanity meaning they'll be higher than other types of sinks - that requires either wall mounted faucets or taller deck-mounted faucets. Make sure the faucet handles are easy to reach - if they're low and behind the vessel sink, they won't be easy to access.
Note The Minimal Room On The Edge Of The SinkThe amount of room on or adjacent to the sink varies with the style and configuration you choose. Sinks with little to no room to place toiletries can be frustrating. Vessel sinks are usually okay since they're mounted on top of a vanity that usually has sufficient countertop space. Some styles of pedestal sinks however don't afford much room. Think about the kind of space you'll want/need before making your choice.