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Buying Guide: How to Choose a Bathroom Sink

How to Choose the Bathroom Sink you need
Home of washing, primping, pampering (and other activities we won't name), chances are you spend a lot of time in the bathroom. The right sink will fit the needs of your family while complementing your decor.

Consider Your Space
The first task is to think about your bathroom's space allowance and your sink's ideal placement. Twin basins are great for bigger families, but you don't want to cramp your layout. There should be enough space to move comfortably, keeping in mind you'll need a place to stash toiletries.

Select a Style
While your choice of sink style is most-closely related to your taste, it directly impacts the space your sink will inhibit and the features it will have.

Pedestal Sinks are column-mounted to hide plumbing and available in glass, china or stainless steel. From understated to adorned, and traditional to contemporary, pedestal sinks offer a host of styles.

Wall-Mounted sinks are ideal for compact bathrooms where space is at a premium. Since they do not require a vanity, these models are great for powder rooms where a lot of storage is not required, or for a master bath that has a separate storage cabinet.

A more decorative option, Vessel Sinks come in an immense variety of styles and artisan colors. Simply a freestanding bowl, the understated silhouette can take center stage on your vanity.

Get a leg up on your neighbors by choosing a Console Sink. These ultra-stylish designs are similar to wall-mounted sinks but sport additional support legs.

Drop In sinks have a rim that sits on the counter, allowing the basin to rest below. These installations are ideal for remodeling as they can be easily retro-fitted into an existing countertop.

Perhaps the easiest to clean, Undermount sinks mount beneath to counter for a seamless surface. The result is a sleek, sophisticated style.

For a completely unique installation, shop Designer Sinks that offer a variation of fusion of these basic styles.

Choose the Material
Stainless Steel: An ever-popular choice, stainless steel comes at an affordable cost plus is lightweight and virtually unbreakable. Another bonus is its sound-insulating capabilities, but stainless does require frequent cleaning to remove water spots. Stainless steel is offered in differing gauges, or thicknesses: The higher the gauge, the thinner the steel. 18 is an ideal gauge for sinks, as it is least susceptible to denting or scratching.

Decorative Metal: Decorative metals offer a striking look for your bathroom. Some copper for example, are 100-percent recyclable and patina over time for a uniquely aged look. Though they may require more care and attention than some alternatives, these metals' multidimensional traits add unmistakable character.

Stone: Stone sinks offer optimal scratch resistance, with a non-porous surface that ensures a cleaner sink. Popular in vessel or console styles; polished stone has a smooth finish but requires sealing to prevent staining.

China: China (also known as porcelain or ceramic) is a non-porous, durable and glossy material. Fired at a high temperature for optimal longevity, it resists scratches, stains and chips.

Glass: One of the primary materials for today's bathroom sinks; glass can be colored and decorated in an endless number of styles. Popular in vessel sinks, tempered glass is more resistant to cracking or shattering.

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