Types of Bathroom Sinks

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Types of Bathroom Sink

When we are in the middle of a bathroom renovation, we think of all the different things that need to be replaced, and one of the main items on that list is the bathroom sink.

Believe it or not, there are a wide variety of different bathroom sinks that shoppers can choose from when they are looking for something new for their bathroom. Sure, we know about the variety of faucets, but the actual sink itself can be overlooked.

Types of Bathroom Sinks

So before we go looking for our bathroom accessories, let’s talk about the bathroom sink. While most shoppers know that bathroom sinks come in either drop-in style or undermount styles, there are still a wide variety of other styles that can and should be considered.

Depending on your bathroom’s design and overall style, one of these other less traditional bathroom sink styles could suit your needs better than the more traditional sink styles.

Self-Rimming Sinks

Also known as vanity sinks or drop-in sinks, these are some of the most traditional styles you will see in a bathroom. Between these and undermount sinks, self-rimming sinks are easily the most popular styles for most bathrooms because they are the easiest to install and can easily be fitted to an existing counter.

These sinks have a rolled and finished edge or rim that allows it to sit on top of the countertop, which is how it got its “drop-in” name.

Undermount Sinks

Undermount sinks are easily the second most popular style used in most bathrooms and kitchens for that matter. These sinks are installed underneath the vanity top and help to maximize the counter space.

These sinks give a smoother, clean-cut look to the vanity top and are considered easier to clean since you can whip any debris directly into the sink. Because these sinks are mounted under the countertop, the vanity needs to be made with a solid, sturdy material such as marble.

Vessel Sinks

Vessel sinks are quickly becoming a hot trend in bathrooms because they are simply a bold design choice. It adds a little something extra to your bathroom, though it does have a few setbacks, such as the fact that they are typically taller, so they wouldn’t be a great choice for a child’s bathroom.

Pedestal Sinks

While pedestal sinks aren’t necessarily new, they are making quite the comeback, especially in smaller powder rooms. They are great because they typically take up less room than vanity sinks, and they are easier to clean around when spills happen. Because they typically have a wider basin and a narrow base, they help to maximize floor space in smaller bathrooms.

Console Sinks

Console sinks are another great option for smaller bathrooms, or for bathrooms that need to appear bigger by having less obstructing the overall view of the room. These sinks are table-like and are supported by ornamental legs, such as bracket-like legs.

While these sinks give the room a more open feel, these bathroom sinks do leave the sink’s pipes open for all to see, so that may not fit everyone’s style choice.

Wall-Mounted Sinks

Wall-mounted bathroom sinks are another option for those looking to free up floor space and give their bathroom a more open feel. These sinks can be installed at a variety of heights and are very easy to clean. A few downsides of these sinks are that it cuts down on the amount of storage space in the bathroom and it leaves the sink’s plumbing exposed.

Bathroom Sink Buying Guide

Now that we have taken a few minutes to look at the different types of bathroom sinks that are available for consumers, how do you go about choosing the one that is right for you?

There are a few different things that shoppers should take into consideration when they are looking to purchase a new sink for their bathroom, and we’ve taken the time to outline them for you below. So take note and keep them in mind when you start your sink shopping experience.

Vanity Style

As we pointed out earlier, there are a number of different sink styles, so it is important to keep in mind what vanity style you will need to accommodate the new sink.

Will you be keeping your current vanity? If so, is it sturdy enough for an undermount sink? Or would a vessel or self-rimming sink better suit the vanity? Alternatively, will you be getting rid of your current vanity? If you are, will you be replacing it, or would a console, wall-mounted or even pedestal sink suit your bathroom better?


Another important question you’ll want to ask yourself is what type of sink will fit your lifestyle better? So, you have kids? Are they small children? Teenagers? Alternatively, maybe you and your significant other are the only ones who will really be using it? Is this bathroom a high traffic bathroom? Is it very rarely used?

These are all important questions you’ll want to ask yourself before picking out your new bathroom sink. Different sink styles will better suit certain lifestyles. For example, a vessel sink isn’t a practical style for a bathroom that is considered a high traffic area or one that children will frequently be. In the same respect, a drop-in sink with a large vanity doesn’t suit a small two-piece bathroom.

You want to invest in a sink style that will be practical for the bathroom and those who will be using it, so really take some time to evaluate your current and future lifestyle to see what will suit your needs in the immediate future.


Space is a big factor in what style sink you will be purchasing. As mentioned earlier, a small bathroom will be better suited for a pedestal sink or even a wall mounted sink because it helps to open up the small space and they take up little to no space on the limited floor space. For larger bathrooms, statement pieces like vessel sinks could really help tie the room together.

You’ll also want to take the time to consider the space you have when it comes to installing the sink. Sometimes extra plumbing is needed, and sometimes built-in shelves will get in the way. So, plan carefully.

Care and Maintenance

A bathroom sink is an investment, one that is expected to last you for several years. That being said, you’ll want to consider the care and maintenance that will go into your new sink. After it is installed, there is going to be additional upkeep that will be needed to keep your new sink performing well and looking good.

Small children are not going to be suited for vessel sinks that are made of glass considering they are easily chipped or broken. Certain wall-mounted and console sinks may not be ideal for certain families because of the exposed piping. Children and small animals can cause damage to these as well, which can lead to some pretty big bills!

The material of the sink is going to play a big part in the overall care and maintenance needed as well considering some materials are easily damaged or prone to stains, so they need careful attention to make sure they stay looking as good as the day you purchased it.

A Bathroom Sink for Every Style

Choosing a bathroom sink may not seem like a process, but as with any other aspect of a renovation project, it is and takes a lot of serious thought and consideration.

Not only does a shopper need to keep in mind overall style and design, but they also need to keep in mind the practicality, functionality, and durability of the sink. All of these things need to be considered because a bathroom sink really is an investment in your bathroom, so you want something that is going to not only look good but work for you and your family.

By keeping in mind the above-mentioned shopping guide and by making careful note of your personal tastes and needs, you’ll find that shopping for your bathroom’s perfect sink can be a breeze!


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