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Types of bathroom sinks

Updated on May 18, 2012


Bathroom sinks are an important piece of a bathroom. They are used daily and everyone looks and notices them. You can go to super stores and get the same plain white sink that everyone else has and adds no personal touch or style to the room, or you can take the time and research and look for different styles and varieties that fit you online. There are 5 main types of sinks that most people use: self-rimming, wall-mounted, pedestal, under-mounted, or above counter(also called "vessel")sinks. Different sinks are made with different materials. It depends on the type of sink you want and the maintenance they entail...not to mention cost differentials. Most are made with vitreous china, which is fairly easy to maintain and clean. Others may be made with wood, metal, stone and glass.



Self-rimming sinks are among the most common type of sinks. They are popular because they can be used in any type of vanity. One of the downsides to this type of sink though would be the clean factor. The sink itself may be very easy to clean and maintain, the real problem comes from the place where the sink meets the countertop. Dirt and grime can easily get caught there and it may take some effort to clean it out. There are many styles and variations one can get with this type of sink such as special finishes. Some of these special finishes could include metallic paints or glazes depending on where you look. Installation of this type of sink is fairly easy and painless. It is hard to go wrong with a classic choice.



Wall-mounted sinks have a major pro in that they don't take up a lot of space. In the same perspective, the lack of storage space could also be a major con. These particular sinks are more recommended for bathrooms that have less traffic or that aren't used as often. There are also different ways and spaces that these sinks can be used in. You can have one installed into the corner of the bathroom so as to take up as little space as possible. You may even be able to find some that have faucet holes drilled of to the side to give the appearance of a larger sink.



Pedestal sinks offer more room in the bathroom, but also offer little space for storage. This type of sink would warrant a medicine cabinet or something of that nature to help with any storage issues. These sinks are better used as guest bathroom sinks or even powder rooms. They are very easy to clean and get the job it is intended for done.


Undermount sinks are connected and attached to counters underneath using caulk and clips. If these are installed correctly, there is really no chance for any leaks. These sinks are extremely easy to clean and keep clean. They aren't the most popular, but they absolutely have a lot of upsides to them. They can go with just about any countertop, but aren't recommended for laminate.



Above counter sinks are a kind of throw back. The sink or "vessel" sits on the top of the vanity or countertop. It may seem outdated, but this is making comeback. They are available in all different styles and colors. They are also made from many different materials: stone, vitreous china, glass, and even bronze. These would require surface-mounted faucets though. These sinks come in many heights, so it is strongly advised to find a sink and measure the height before purchasing or installing a faucet


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