Find the right sink for your bathroom

A bathroom sink serves two purposes: it is a functional place for washing, and it makes a statement as part of the bathroom decor. Bathroom sinks come in a wide variety of sizes and styles.

Bathroom Sink Basics

Bathroom sinks range in price considerably, so a good starting point is to set a budget. A basic no-frills sink can be purchased for as little as $50, while a hand-crafted designer sink can fetch as much as $10,000 or more.

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Once you have determined your budget, it's time to choose a style. Bathroom sinks come in almost any style imaginable; there are even more bathroom sink options than there are for kitchen sinks. Consider the style of your bathroom. Is it sleek and modern? A contemporary glass sink or one of the dramatic vessel sinks would make a stunning statement. Is the bathroom small? If so, a pedestal sink is a stylish option that takes up very little space, but it doesn't allow for storage the way a sink set into a cabinet would.

Many bathroom sinks are made out of white porcelain, but there are other materials from which to choose. Porcelain colors are available, and metal, glass and stone sinks are increasingly popular. One of the newest choices is a wooden sink, which is beautifully textured but tends to be pricey.

Bathroom Sink Installation

There are several ways to mount a sink onto a bathroom countertop:

  • An integrated sink is made out of the same material as the countertop, such as Corian. This sink results in a sleek, clean appearance.
  • A flush-mount sink is installed at the same level as the countertop, and also results in a clean, contemporary look.
  • An under-mount sink is installed below the surface of the countertop; this option is easy to clean and has a modern look.
  • A top-mount sink (also called a self-rimming sink) is the easiest option to install; it rests on top of the counter.

How to Buy a Bathroom Sink

Home improvement stores carry a range of sink choices. For a wider selection, visit a specialty bathroom supply store or a retailer specializing in finished plumbing supplies. Don't forget to double check for all the necessary sink hardware, including drain plugs and screens for drains, if needed.