Buying Guide

Best Pedestal Sinks for Your Bathroom

Bowls
  • Bowls com in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
  • If it will be in a bathroom that is used frequently, look for a bowl with enough rim space for hair brushes, toothpaste and other hygiene necessities.
  • Deeper bowls make washing hands easier and prevent water from splashing out.
  • Choose a faucet style that complements the bowl.
Pedestals

Pedestals allow you to install a sink while minimizing the amount of floor space taken up.

  • Pedestals must be matched to bowls to ensure proper installation.
  • Taller people may be more comfortable with heights of 34” or 36”.
  • Available in various widths for different looks and fits.
Materials

Consult the chart below for information about some of the more commonly used materials for pedestals.

Pedestal Sink Materials
Description Feature/Benefits Other Considerations
Cast Polymer Pedestal Sinks Cast Polymer Includes cultured marble, cultured granite and cultured onyx. Polyester resin mixed with ground marble and finished with a gel coating. Mixes the look of stone with the molding potential of synthetic materials Extremely durable Gel coating may crack over time May not retain shine
Composite - Pedestal Sinks Composite Materials Made from acrylic resins and ground minerals. Color is solid through the thickness of the sink. Tough and durable Available in a range of colors Expensive Use nonabrasive cleaners to prevent scratches
Copper/Bronze Pedestal Sinks Copper/Bronze Thicker materials will add durability and expense. Acquire a warm patina with age Use nonabrasive cleaners
enameled cast iron Pedestal sinks Enameled Cast Iron Cast iron finished with enamel. Thickness provides a substantive look. Easy to clean Available in many rich colors Chip-resistant Heavy−may require extra counter support
Enameled Steel pedestal sinks Enameled Steel Made by spraying enamel on die-cast sheet metal and firing at high temperatures. Resembles cast iron. Lightweight Slim-edge profile Susceptible to flexing that can result in cracks in the finish May chip easily
Glass - Pedestal Sinks Glass Comprised of thick, tempered glass. Won't shatter May show water spots Use nonabrasive cleaners Ideal for countertop sinks
Solid Surface - Pedestal Sinks Solid-Surface Materials Made with acrylic and/or polyester resins and baked into sheets. Resin provides flexibility while polyester provides dramatic coloring. Stain-resistant Available in a variety of colors Withstand heavy use Can be used for integral sinks Require installation by an authorized dealer to maintain warranty
Stainless Steel Pedestal Sinks Stainless Steel Quality varies according to thickness, or gauge, and nickel content. The thicker the gauge and greater the concentration of nickel, the better the quality and higher the expense. Durable Easy to clean Thicker steel (18 gauge) resists water spots and dents Thinner steel is more economical Thin steel (22 gauge) may dent more easily and show scratches more quickly
Stone Pedestal Sinks Stone Marble, granite, soapstone and onyx are commonly used. May also be cultured stone, a mixture of crushed stone and plastic resins. Highly durable Heavy Wall-mounted units may require extra support Require periodic resealing
Vitreous China - Pedestal Sinks Vitreous China A pottery product made of clay fired at high temperatures. Often features a decorative pattern. Easy to clean Low moisture absorption inhibits mildew growth Resists discoloration and corrosion May chip when struck by heavy objects
Installation Considerations

The first thing to consider is how much room you have to install your sink and what is an appropriate bowl size for the space. The sink bowl and pedestal stand are sold as separate units.

  • You must place a solid wood block in the wall between the studs to anchor the sink.
  • A p-trap should be installed when configuring plumbing to seal in odors and sewer gases. Special decorative p-traps are available to match the finish of faucets.
  • Faucet holes are predrilled and may be single holes or 4” or 8” center configurations.
  • Bolts, screws and lags are used to connect the sink to the wall and the pedestal to the floor.
  • If replacing an existing vanity it may be necessary to adjust the location of water supply vales and the drain assembly.
Features

Colors. Available in traditional and bold colors to easily match your existing décor.


Console Sinks. Cross between a pedestal sink and a vanity that features a large basin and two or four table-like legs. Some include storage space.


Medicine Cabinets. Installing a medicine cabinet with a mirror above the sink allows you to keep necessary toiletries in a convenient place without having to install a vanity.