Bathroom sinkBefore choosing a bathroom sink, there are some steps homeowners need to think through prior to shopping; installation, material and overall style. The bathroom sink is arguably one of the most used items in the house, and it needs to stand up for years without losing any of its good looks.

The good news for buyers is that there have never been so many styles, colors, materials and configurations to look at, but having that many choices can also be overwhelming. Here are the questions to answer before shopping:

Installation basics

Before shopping for a sink, it’s best to have the vanity already chosen so homeowners know which mounting style they need; drop-in, vessel, or undermount. Or, if there isn’t a vanity, will the choice be a pedestal or wall-mounted option?

Drop-in is the most popular because installation is the least fussy while a vessel sink makes the biggest fashion statement. An undermount bathroom sink helps keep clean-up easy and maximizes counter space.

A pedestal sink can also make a splash because its profile can be classic, modern, transitional, or somewhere in between. A wall-mounted sink can also command a fair share of attention. Both are good choices for smaller bathrooms where square footage is at a premium.

It’s also important to note how many faucet holes have been drilled into the sink. For wall-mounted faucets, the sink won’t have holes, but most sinks – including those included with a vanity – have either one or three holes already drilled.

Material matters

Sink shopping must take into account the material used to fabricate the sink. While there are more material choices than listed here, buyers choose from these five options most often:

Stainless steel – Classic, easy-to-clean, and long-lasting, the stainless steel sink is a top go-to for a reason.

Porcelain – Popular because of an almost unlimited list of color options, porcelain can also chip and dropping anything in it – like a hairdryer or straightener – can scratch the surface.

Cast iron – This household stalwart endures for a reason; because it lasts forever and its enamel coating requires little maintenance.

Granite composite – Though gaining in popularity because it stands up well to nicks and scratches, granite composite can also require special maintenance.

Glass – clean, modern, sleek and stylish, a glass sink is a flair for the dramatic and can come clear, with a hint of color, waved, textured, and smooth.

It’s your style

Bathroom sink styles are only limited by the imagination of the homeowner; traditional, classic, modern, textured metal, colored glass or even industrial.

Would a sink built for one or two as a twist on a double vanity work better or does a more traditional profile fit better? Is the bathroom located in a classic Victorian where an antique white bowl works best or does a square sink on a round vanity fit the bill?

The possibilities are almost as endless in the bathroom as they are in the kitchen.

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