Types of Bathroom Sinks


One of the simplest ways to change the look of your bathroom is by installing a new bathroom sink; however, you'll want to consider several factors before sinking a lot of time and money into your purchase. To choose a bathroom sink that best suits your needs, determine what your budget is, which style of sink will work best with your decor and whether the sink will be heavily used or serve mainly as a decorative element.


  • Some of the most common types of bathroom sinks are:

    • Self rimming: Mounted above the counter with a visible rim; available in a wide range of sizes and shapes.

    • Under mount: Installed from underneath a countertop; offers the option of either counter- or wall-mounted faucets.

    • Pedestal: Sits on a base instead of a countertop; a great choice when you're looking to save space.

    • Vessel: Rests on top of a counter or vanity; wall-mounted or tall vessel filler faucets work best with this type of sink as they provide adequate clearance above the sink rim.

    • Console: Offers the style of a pedestal sink along with countertop area; is usually supported by two or four legs.

    • Vanity: Consists of a countertop and sink made of marble or other material that sits atop a cabinet.

    • Wall hung: Mounted directly on the wall; can be installed at any height on a flat wall surface.


  • Bathroom sinks come in a variety of materials, including vitreous china (fired at a high temperature and coated with a glaze); fireclay; glass; enameled cast iron; stainless steel; and solid surfaces that resemble stone. China, fireclay and solid surface sinks are available in many colors, offering great choices for any style of decor. If you're looking for durability, long-lasting cast iron sinks resist just about every type of structural damage; however, there are fewer color choices in comparison to china or fireclay. Stainless steel sinks can bring a sleek, modern look to a bathroom but, although stain and heat resistant, they can be scratched. Most small scratches can be buffed out.


  • Make sure that the sink you choose is an appropriate size for your countertop or bathroom space, and that it's compatible with the faucet you'll be using. If you select a pedestal or console sink, the exposed plumbing underneath should match your faucets. And when selecting a one-piece contertop sink, measure the dimensions of the vanity cabinet to ensure a proper fit.

Unusual Sink Materials

  • You can create a dramatic look in your bathroom by selecting a sink made out of a unique material. Choose from striking natural and manufactured materials such as natural stone, gemstone, copper, brass, hand-blown glass, ocean glass, mosaic tile, carved marble and natural wood, including teak and mahogany.

Decorative Sinks

  • From hand-painted porcelain to hand-carved designs, decorative sinks serve as functioning works of art. Choices can range from the rustic appeal of hand-thrown pottery sinks created in Vermont to an ornate sink with a touch of classic Italy. Whether you prefer a rustic look or refined elegance, there are enough choices in bathroom sinks to whet your interest.

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