There are many styles of bathroom sinks, and each has its particular pros and cons—including its price. Since this seemingly simple fixture can have such a big impact on how a bathroom functions and looks, you may be wondering: What’s the best basin for our home?

That depends, of course, on your sense of style, budget, how many toiletries you like to stash on your counter, and plenty of other factors. There are a large number of sinks that can be used in the bathroom, and in many cases, it’s just a question of style and preference.

But in a few cases, you may definitely benefit from one style over another. For instance, a square sink tends to look more updated and offer a larger wash area that some might want. But others will want to have as much counter space as possible, making round and oval sinks a better choice.

Pedestal Sinks

This is the most common type of bathroom sink, which means they are easy to find. Their sleek, sophisticated lines can also appear to enlarge a room. These are best in small bathrooms, powder rooms, and guest baths, or bathrooms going for a vintage style. However, pedestal sinks have a small lip, which limits the room you have for setting out things like soap or toothbrush holders.

Wall-Mount Sinks

These can be very small or fairly large. And they are good from the standpoint of those who want to take into account universal design or to age in place, because a wheelchair can roll under them. However, wall-mount sinks have a flat horizontal steel hanger bracket that’s bolted to the wall with the sink fixture hung on the bracket. Because of this design, a gap can open between the sink and the wall if not installed correctly. And you won’t have a lot of storage or counter space.

Countertop Sinks

These sinks also called drop-ins and self-rimming sinks, fit into a variety of countertops. Thanks to their self-rimming nature, they’re the simplest to install. Countertop sinks are the style most commonly found in high-traffic family bathrooms. Here are the two types of countertop sinks:

Integral Countertop

These sinks combine a countertop and sin together. The one-piece, seamless design allows for a clean, sleek look. Since there are no crevices, they are also one of the easiest to keep clean.

Drop-in Countertop

Drop-in sinks drop into the counter and hang by the rim. They can be decorative in style and are usually used in a remodel because they are budget-friendly.

Vessel Sinks

Versatile above-counter sinks rise above the countertop, console, or cabinet to create a dramatic focal point. Vessel sinks are typically available in three different types of materials: glass, metal, ceramic, or even petrified wood. They are best suited for master baths and powder rooms, especially in contemporary, cosmopolitan homes.

Undercounter Sinks

These sinks are clean and modern. Plus, they free up usable counter space, and since there is no rim to catch debris, they’re also the easiest type of sink to keep clean. They don’t come in a lot of colors or styles and tend to be pretty plain and utilitarian.

Jack & Jill Sinks

Many homeowners, especially couples, want their routine to be as practical as possible. That’s why double sinks have become so popular. Having two sinks allows couples to optimize their bathroom use. While one person brushes their teeth, the other can wash their face. A double sink is also a good utilization of space in a large bathroom and offers more counter space for accessories. Drawbacks include the reduction of the total usable space in the bathroom. And, of course, installing a double sink entails added expense and additional plumbing. One other consideration: How much do you value your bathroom privacy?

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