Perhaps I am highly influenced by own 21st century first world life, but, to me, a sink is an essential in a bathroom. Bathroom sinks take many shapes and forms. They have certainly come a long way from being bowls filled with water carried into a home from an outdoor well. Now you will find bathroom sinks that are mounted beneath counters, on top of the counter, or seamlessly part of the counter itself. Sinks can be shaped like bowls, squares, rectangles, ovals, troughs, and much more. Nowadays sinks are even available in a large variety of colors and materials. The options truly seem endless.
Despite an endless supply of options, we have worked to find the best of the best to list here on this page. We’ve searched far and wide to find the most popular bathroom sinks. We have also done our best to categorize these sinks for you based on their shapes, mounting options, and décor style.
Before we dive right into a short list of today’s best and most popular bathroom sinks, let’s quickly go over the ups and downs of a few options you may want to consider before committing yourself to one type or another.
Above or Below Counter? – Actually, as I have already stated, there is really another option as well – all-in-one. For many people, the decision of purchasing an above counter, below counter, or all-in-one sink is one based on aesthetics. While aesthetics and overall bathroom design are, surely, something to be considered when making this decision, I encourage you to consider a few other things as well. First, water tends to build up along the edges of above-counter sinks if they are not properly cared for. If this is the option you choose, be sure to properly caulk the edges. Second, when not properly installed, an undermount sink can be structurally weak. If you go with this option, be sure that someone installs it who knows what he or she is doing. Finally, an all-in-one sink cannot be easily replaced if it ever cracks. In fact, you would need to replace the entire countertop.
Overflow or No? – Most people aren’t even aware of the overflow slot in their bathroom sink. Many of us, on the other hand, are well aware of the annoying, bathwater-stealing overflow inside our bathtubs. Is there really a purpose to an overflow slot in a bathroom sink? I mean, there isn’t one in most kitchen sinks, so why would one be necessary in a bathroom sink? The truth is that it really isn’t all that necessary. However, as someone with children I do understand that it can come in handy if you find yourself dealing with people who clog the drain and then find it necessary to leave the water running as they brush their teeth. Perhaps kitchen sinks don’t have overflow slots because their creators know that parents rarely let children use a kitchen sink unsupervised.
Whether you choose a sink with an overflow slot or not will be a matter of personal preference. Some companies have even become clever in the shape and design of these slots in an effort to make them more stylish. Sinks without overflow slots, generally, have a more polished appearance. Sinks with overflow slots are much more sensible for people with children.
Other Options – There are a couple of other options you should consider, in addition to the most popular options of countermount, undermount, and all-in-one sinks. These options include wall mount sinks, slim sinks, and pedestal sinks.