Replacing a Bathroom Sink

Give a quick update to your bathroom or powder room with this guide to replacing a bathroom sink.


Whether you are redoing your whole bathroom or just want a stylish upgrade, replacing your bathroom sink is a great option. Check out these six sink ideas as well as the pros and cons for each.

Bathroom sink type: Wall-mount or console sink

Description: These sinks, as well as the faucets, attach to the back wall. Console versions may have a slender metal base underneath, with spots to hang towels.

Pros: Wall-mount sinks can be placed at different heights, which is a good option for replacing bathroom sinks at your particular desired height. They're also good options for small-space bathrooms.

Cons: Plumbing may need to be moved from the floor to the wall; these sinks also typically have limited surface area.


Bathroom sink type: Pedestal sink

Description: Pedestal sinks have a sink bowl that sits on a slender base.

Pros: When it comes to replacing your bathroom sink in a confined space, pedestal sinks are great options.

Cons: Pedestal sinks lack storage; one solution is to skirt the sink and put baskets underneath.

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Bathroom sink type: Above-counter sink

Description: These sit on top of a counter and may have faucets that are mounted on the counter, sink, or the backsplash.

Pros: Raised sinks mean less bending and greater comfort. And they come in a variety of styles and sizes. They're also easy to change out if you decide to replace the bathroom sink again in the future.

Cons: These must be installed correctly in order to avoid any movement. They also do not have overflow drains.


Bathroom sink type: Self-rimming sink

Description: A self-rimming sink is dropped into the countertop, but has a lip or rim that extends over the top.

Pros: These sinks are very easy to install and replace. There are a variety of budget-friendly styles and sizes available. Because they are installed on the countertop, they tend to have plenty of surface spots for soap and other containers.

Cons: Water can more easily splash out of these sink styles.

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Bathroom sink type: Below-counter/undermount/vanity top sink

Description: These sinks are installed in an opening in a countertop, with the lip of the sink concealed.

Pros: These offer a seamless, uninterrupted surface view for a bathroom countertop, as well as an easy way to clean off spills from the surface.

Cons: These may be more difficult to install than other sinks.

Bathroom sink type: Sink topper/Vessel sink

Description: A sink topper is a very shallow, often wider version of an above-counter sink. These are sometimes also shallow bowls.

Pros: These distinctive sinks offer great focal points for bathrooms. They are often found in interesting shapes, including elongated rectangles, which lend a feeling of spaciousness to the room.

Cons: These are not deep sinks and because they are spread wide, they may have more potential for splashing.


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