Bathroom (Lavatory) Sinks Buying Guide

The bathroom sink you buy depends on the style of your bathroom -- and how you use it. A large master bathroom benefits from multiple sinks; a very small bath might require a compact sink. The buying guide we've compiled will help you consider all of the options available as you plan and outfit the bath of your dreams.

Types of Bathroom Sinks

Types of Bathroom Sinks

Bathroom sinks come in so many shapes, styles, configurations, and materials that the choices can be overwhelming. So first we'll look at sink types -- the forms they take and how they're installed. Keep in mind that if you're updating your bathroom with a new sink, it will likely need to conform to the existing sink's space. If you're designing an entirely new bathroom, on the other hand, your choices will be far wider.

Self-Rimming, Top-Mount, or Drop-In Sinks

By far the most common kind of bathroom sink, this type -- which goes by any of these names -- is placed in a cutout on a vanity countertop. The bowl of the sink fits into the cutout, and the rim fits snugly over the edge, holding the sink in place.

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Undermount or Integral Sinks

Undermount sinks also require a vanity top, but unlike top-mount sinks, they are installed under the countertop, giving the edge where sink and countertop meet a seamless, flush look.

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Wall-Mount Sinks

Attached to the wall, these sinks are open underneath. If you like this style of sink but prefer the plumbing not show, you can install a cover to hide or disguise the pipes.

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Console Sinks

Console sinks are also mounted to the wall, but legs in each front corner provide additional support as well as a slightly more traditional look than the often-contemporary wall-mount units.

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Duravit
$838.74 $788.18

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Foremost
$485.20

FMM1070 Features Rear overflow Stylish french deco design Series 1900 Collection Installation Type: Console Sink Style: Traditiona...l Sink Shape: Rectangular Material: Ceramic Number of Faucet Holes: 3 Overflow: Yes Dimensions Overall Length - Side to... read more

Novatto
$211.35 $138.54

Vivido Oval, from the exclusive hand painted vessel collection of Novatto adds a touch of style to any bath. Novatto’s tempered gl...ass vessels will enhance and harmonize the look of any bath by unifying color and textural design. Tempered glass cannot be compared to everyday synthetic porcelain and ceramics. Constructed of high tempered glass, this round vessel sink has a unique hand-painted design of black and silver. Novatto uses advanced technology, including computerized glass processing, to produce glass basins with unmatched structural integrity and longevity. Standard 1.75 inch drain opening. Suggested Novatto pop-up drains: PUD-ORB (oil rubbed bronze), PUD-BN (brushed nickel), PUD-CH (chrome). Suggested matching Novatto mounting rings: MR-001ORB (oil rubbed bronze), MR-001BN (brushed nickel), MR-001CH (chrome). In-house testing has found these glass vessels to be very durable and forgiving. For best cleaning results, a soft cloth with mild soap and water or a non-abrasive glass cleaner is recommended. Just add water and enjoy Novatto's Limited Lifetime Warranty. Supreme packaging and boxing ensure damage free delivery. Novatto's customer service is always here to answer any additional technical product questions or help you choose a matching faucet at 605.368.5500 or productsupport@novattoinc.com. read more

Kohler
$129.30 $96.98

K-2032-96 Sink Finish: Biscuit, Faucet Mount: 4" Centers Features: -Available in biscuit.-Features drillings for a concealed arm c...arrier, a right-hand soap dispenser, and a faucet with 8'' centers.-ADA Compliant. Includes: -Includes a wall hanger. Construction: -Constructed from vitreous china. Color/Finish: -High-gloss finish resists staining, scratching, and chipping ensuring years of reliable performance. Dimensions: -Overall Dimensions: 18.25'' W x 20.75'' D. Collection: -Part of the Greenwich Collection. read more

Pedestal Sinks

Supported by a single pedestal centered underneath the sink basin, pedestal sinks are typically a nod to a more traditional style.

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Kohler
$249.45 $191.78

"The charming, traditional styling of this Portrait lavatory pedestal integrates with the Portrait Suite to carry the understated ...elegance of French Provincial design throughout the room. It is available in a palette of KOHLER colors and Artist Editions designs to complement any décor. " read more

Kohler
$324.30 $249.34

K-2223-47 Finish: Almond Features: -Combines with K-2222 Portrait bathroom sink to create K-2221 Portrait pedestal sink.-Please se...e K-2221 Portrait pedestal sink for full details. read more

Kohler
$298.20

Graceful lines and delicate curves flow throughout Anatole. Accented with sculptural detailing, this pedestal infuses bath and pow...der rooms with romantic style. Pair it with an Anatole basin for an elegant combination. read more

Kohler
$185.10

Kohler K-2324-0 Kathryn Lavatory Pedestal, WhiteCarry the timeless sophistication of the Kathryn Suite throughout your bath or pow...der room with the Kathryn pedestal lavatory. This Kathryn pedestal is crafted of fireclay, providing a durable nonporous product with a hard, glossy finish. Combine this pedestal with a Kathryn lavatory basin to complete the lavatory.Kohler K-2324-0 Kathryn Lavatory Pedestal, White Features: Combines with K-2323 Kathryn lavatory basin to create K-2322 Kathryn pedestal lavatory Please see K-2322 for full details Kohler One-Year Limited Warranty read more

Vessel Sinks

A vessel is essentially a container, so vessel sinks come in almost any geometric shape. Such a sink sits on a vanity countertop as a freestanding unit or is sometimes a bit recessed into the countertop.

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Apron-Front Sinks

Apron-front sinks are set into a countertop on the back and sides but have a decorative front that breaks the front edge of the countertop. Their deep, wide basins accommodate large pots and pans, so they're more often used in kitchens. They are, however, also available for use in bathrooms.

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Kohler
$278.70 $168.99

Product Features: Specialty basin fulfills unique qualities for a distinct bathroom design Covered under Kohler's 1 year limited s...ink warranty Constructed from vitreous china providing a classic look and feel Combines spheres and arcs for sleek,... read more

Premier Copper Products
$2130.00

Highlight your kitchen's classic style with this hammered copper apron front double basin kitchen sink. The unique scroll design o...n the front of this sink will add intricate details to your home. The 50/50 kitchen sink includes a 360-degree swivel... read more

$417.49 $375.74

This beautiful farmhouse period-style apron-front kitchen sink has a stylish flat panel in front with a unique brushed stainless s...teel finish that will match any kind of kitchen decor or appliance. One of the most popular choices in contemporary... read more

$417.49 $375.74

This beautiful farmhouse period-style apron-front kitchen sink has a stylish flat panel in front with a unique brushed stainless s...teel finish that will match any kind of kitchen decor or appliance. One of the most popular choices in contemporary... read more

Product Features

Product Features

Once you begin studying sink features, you'll understand the myriad forms they take. An undermount sink might be a stainless-steel trough; a vessel sink might be engraved and hand-painted; a top-mount sink might be sleek and minimalist. The potential combinations of features are endless.

Materials

What a sink is made of inevitably plays a key role not only in how well the sink performs over time but also in how much time you'll spend maintaining it. Materials used to form sinks include cast iron, metal, stainless steel, stone, vitreous china, fireclay, porcelain, solid-surfacing, glass, and occasionally wood and concrete.

Finishes

Some manufacturers of bathroom sinks apply special surface treatments that make sinks easier to clean.

Drains

While most sinks come with standard drain covers, many manufacturers offer custom designs. Available in many metals and finishes, drains can add an eye-catching detail to the look of your sink.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Bathroom sinks see constant use, and they are a highly visible element, so evaluating your needs and choosing carefully is important to the success of your bathroom project. Here are a few things to consider as you plan your bathroom sink purchase.

Configuration

Keep in mind that if you're replacing a sink with pre-drilled holes but not its faucet, the sink you purchase must match the number of spouts and handles of your existing faucet. And if you're remodeling on a budget, you'll want to consider a sink configuration that takes advantage of existing plumbing, as it is more expensive to install new pipes.

Faucet

Certain types of sinks require certain types of faucets. A vessel sink, for instance, requires either a taller deck-mount faucet or a wall-mount faucet in order for the water flow to hit the deepest part of the sink basin. And faucet handles must be tall enough -- or mounted on the side -- to be seen and easy to reach behind such a tall sink.

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Symmons
$142.98

SYM1730 Features Identity collection Ceramic cartridges Lid not included Country of Manufacture: United States Material: Brass Dim...ensions 0.5" IPS inlet connections standard 1.0 gpm (3.8 L/min) Overall Faucet Height: 4.5" Overall Faucet Width: 9.5"... read more

Signature Hardware
$799.95

"Treat yourself to a state-of-the-art pampering experience with the Arin Thermostatic Shower System with Hand Shower. Six body spr...ays accompany the shower head's rainfall and waterfall features to massage your body from multiple angles. Contemporary... read more

Signature Hardware
$503.95

"Eclipsing the standard shower, the versatile Glenley Shower System delivers multiple showering options and an impeccable design. ...Set on a slide bar, the telephone-style hand shower is height adjustable using the cross handle. A 3-way diverter lets you... read more

Signature Hardware
$59.95

The Ryle Hand Shower is the perfect enhancement for a cozy master bath. Dozens of nozzles deliver a soothing rinse while getting y...ou clean. The long hose provides ease of use and extended reach as you move. The Ryle is covered in a premium finish that... read more

Maintenance

Consider that sinks with deep basins contain water splashes better than those with more shallow basins, and self-rimming sinks -- with their lip -- are harder to keep clean than undermount sinks.

Lifestyle and Traffic

Think hard about how a bathroom is used. A much-used children's bath is a good candidate for integral sinks made of tough, easy-to-clean solid-surfacing, while a less-frequented powder room might be the place you show off a high-style but more delicate glass vessel sink. Still, make sure that glass sinks are tempered, and think twice about mounting a heavily used medicine chest on the wall above, where items might be dropped. Wall-mount sinks are particularly good choices for wheelchair users.

Space and Storage Needs

Because bathrooms are often of a modest size, a universal concern is available space and storage capabilities. A pedestal or wall-mount sink saves space in a very small bathroom, but neither provides more than minimal landing space. If you want more counter space, prefer plumbing not be exposed, or want to keep bathroom necessities out of sight, an enclosed vanity is likely the best choice; that dictates you choose a top-mount, undermount, or vessel sink.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$14.30 $13.02

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Better Homes and Gardens
$25.93 $24.18

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Toto
$92.00 $54.49

Transitional Collection Series B 18" Towel Bar with Mounting Hardware Toto YB40018 Features: Solid metal construction Mounting har...dware for both drywall and tile included Toto YB40018 Specifications: Product Weight: 2 lbs Height: 2-1/8" Length: 18"... read more

American Standard
$73.00 $46.20

Product Features: Constructed of metal ensuring durability and dependability Covered under American Standard's 1 year limited warr...anty High quality finish - will resist corrosion through everyday use Coordinates seamlessly with the Boxe Collection... read more

Toto
$102.00 $60.42

Transitional Collection Series B 24" Towel Bar with Mounting Hardware Toto YB40024 Features: Solid metal construction Mounting har...dware for both drywall and tile included Toto YB40024 Specifications: Product Weight: 2 lbs Height: 2-1/8" Length: 24"... read more

Newport Brass
$161.00 $112.70

Newport Brass NB15-09-08 Amisa Polished Copper Towel Ring. Bathroom Accessories > Towel Rings. Newport Brass Towel Ring, Amisa Col...lection, Solid Brass Construction, Single-post, horizontal pivot design with hanging closed ring, Includes Installation... read more

Newport Brass
$125.00 $87.50

Newport Brass NB12-09-10B Seaport Oil Rubbed Bronze Towel Ring, Closed Ring Style. Bathroom Accessories > Towel Rings. Newport Bra...ss Towel Ring, Closed Ring Style, Seaport Collection, Solid Brass Construction, Single-post, horizontal pivot design with... read more

Newport Brass
$200.00 $140.00

Newport Brass NB15-03-26 Amisa Polished Chrome 30" Towel Bar. Bathroom Accessories > Towel Bars. Newport Brass 30" Towel Bar, Amis...a Collection , Solid Brass Construction. read more

Barclay
$3,432.00 $2230.80

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