Buying Guide

Types of Bathroom Sinks

Bathroom Sink Types
drop-in bathroom sinks Easy-to-install drop-in bathroom sinks, sometimes called self-rimming sinks, fit through a pre-cut hole in the countertop, with the sink rim resting on the surface to finish off the look of the lavatory.
undermount bathroom sinks Undermount sinks have clean lines and emphasize the look of the countertop. They are mounted underneath the bathroom countertop and have no rim between it and the sink.
Vessel Sinks Vessel sinks, sometimes called countertop sinks, are one of the most popular bathroom sink styles that rests directly on a counter. These can make a bold design statement. These bathroom sink faucets can be wall-mounted above a vessel sink but more commonly rise up from the countertop.
pedestal & basin combos Pedestal sinks offer a range of styles from Victorian to contemporary. Because the basin is perched on a pedestal instead of a countertop, this type of bathroom sink is a good choice for smaller half baths.
console basin & leg combos Console sinks can be freestanding or wall-mounted and supported by two and sometimes four console sink legs. This type of bathroom sink has no countertop but some models have a shelf underneath for storing necessities.
wall mount sinks Wall-mount sinks can bring a contemporary look to your space or be used when extra floor space is needed. Wall-mounted sinks can be a good solution for situations where wheelchair accessibility is a consideration.
Corner - Bathroom Sinks Corner sinks are a great solution for small bathrooms where space is constrained. These compact sinks are typically wall-mounted but pedestal models are available.
Bathroom Vanities with Tops When additional storage is necessary, a bathroom vanity is the solution and there are many types of bathroom vanities with tops to complete the space. Some vanities are designed to accommodate vessel sinks. Other varieties have a more uniform look. These usually arrive fully assembled and ready to install.
Bathroom Sink Sizes and Basin Shapes
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The type of bathroom sink you choose often depends on the amount of available space. Be sure to measure before making a choice and confirm that the outside dimensions of your selection will fit comfortably.

Drop-in sinks can be 18 inches from front-to-back and 20 inches from side-to-side. There is significant variation among models, and there is no standard bathroom sink size. A corner sink designed for small bathrooms can measure less than 16 inches across its front.

As with sink sizes, there is no standard bathroom sink height to follow for installation. The height of a bathroom sink can range from 29 inches to 36 inches from the floor. Guidelines from the Americans with Disabilities Act stipulate a maximum height of 34 inches for wash basins in public areas.

Sink shapes include round, oval, rectangle and even asymmetrical. Some are specially designed to fit into corners while others stand alone on an open wall.

Bathroom Sink Materials
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Most shapes, sizes and types of bathroom sinks are available in a variety of materials. The best material for bathroom sinks will depend on your personal preferences.

  • Bathroom sinks made from clay-based ceramic material such as vitreous china, fireclay and porcelain are common and easy to clean. 
  • Metal sinks, including brass, copper and stainless steel varieties, are durable choices. Brass and copper sinks can be a significant component of the bathroom’s decor and many metal sinks may require special cleaners to prevent scratches.
  • Enameled cast iron sinks have a substantive look and are available in a variety of rich colors. These types of bathroom sinks are heavy but are made to last a lifetime.
  • Glass sinks are made from thick tempered glass to resist shattering. They bring a design element to the bathroom but can be prone to showing water spots and usually require nonabrasive cleaners.
  • Acrylic, composite, resin and solid surface sinks are durable options and easy-to-clean for highly used bathrooms. These sinks can be attractive options, too, with some varieties resembling marble or granite.
Features to Consider
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In addition to size, shape and materials, there are other features to consider when searching for a new bathroom sink:

  • Color: White, beige and copper are among the most popular sink colors, but sinks can come in countless different hues and finishes. Metallic, nickel, blue, green, gray and glass are great options for mixing up the decor in your bathroom.
  • Faucet hole options: Some sinks do not include a hole for the faucet. Instead, the faucet is installed separately into the vanity. Other options include single hole, centerset and widespread, which will all have different looks and accommodate different bathroom sink faucets. If you’re replacing your existing bathroom sink and keeping the same faucet, make sure it will fit the new sink.
  • Water conservation: some modern vessel sink and faucet combos have water conservation benefits. The flow rate is controlled for more efficient water use.
  • Number of sinks: For spacious bathrooms, a double sink vanity is a great option. Many have ample cabinet space for concealed bathroom storage. 

There are many different types of bathroom sinks available. Consider the size of your space, your decor preferences and the best material for your lifestyle when making a decision. Ready to start your bathroom updates? Reach out today to learn more about our bathroom installation services. For all DIY projects, The Home Depot delivers online orders when and where you need them.