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When it comes to most areas in the home, there are things that often get overlooked due to thinking it has little value or impact. The bathroom sink falls into this category but it has more value than you know. The right sink can add a touch of character to your bathroom space and can enhance the overall appearance and style as well. We have come a long way since the caveman days when sinks were made from whatever material was handy like wooden bowls or even a turtle shell. Today there are many options available as manufacturers have explored different styles and materials to create a sink that suits each homeowner and serves varying purposes. With such a variety it can be difficult to know which one is best for you and your needs. Today we want to explore the selections offered and what they have to offer you.
Vessel bathroom sink
This has been a popular trend for a while with vessel sinks having the look and feel of a more contemporary style. A vessel sink is simply one that sits on top of the counter instead of the traditional undermount sink although there are options where they can be semi-recessed where it will sit inside some of the countertop but this will require a precise cut. This sink provides several benefits such as an elegant style as it is unique, elegant, and possesses a beautiful shape that makes your bathroom feel more luxurious. The material choice can also play a factor in the impact it makes such as clear glass and even ones with color in it. Some even have been made from natural stone which gives it more of an organic feel. Marble and granite are additional options offered that can give your bathroom an upgrade. They work well in pairs or as stand alones for a guest bathroom. Another benefit is the fact that it leaves you with some additional countertop space since it sits on top. This also means that it does not break up the design of your bathroom vanity like the undermount sink can do. Installation tends to be simple as you typically cut a whole into the countertop before placing it on top. Of course, like anything, there are some downsides to a vessel sink such as cleaning. Because it is sitting on top of the bathroom counter, dirt and grime can get stuck in that space and may require some extra attention from time to time. Due to the rim being fully exposed there is the possibility of it becoming chipped if something were to directly fall onto it but this is a low risk factor and should not be a big concern. While some may consider them a fad, they are still a great option to consider if you are looking for a unique look and feel for your bathroom.
Undermount bathroom sink
The undermount sink is among the most common sinks chosen for bathrooms and with good reason, they have been tried and tested over the years with steady, dependable results. They are also considered a very versatile sink option, they are used in both residential and commercial projects. Due to this versatility they can work well with just about any design layout or style you can think of making them a great choice. Like the vessel sinks, they also allow you a great use of your bathroom countertop which means more room to lay out your things as you get ready in the morning. Some even have opted to match their countertop and sink making it appear like one piece, of course if you choose opposite colors it can make a stunning contrast as well. As they are recessed into the countertop itself, undermount sinks are very easy to clean and maintain which is a big plus today. You can scrub the countertop edge and have the excess water run right into the sink. If you are doing a renovation on your bathroom with the intention of selling it, choosing an undermount sink is your best option since it increases the value. Just be sure to select a countertop that is more neutral in color and style so it will appeal to more buyers. Some of the downsides to an undermount sink is the level of difficulty when installing it. Unlike the vessel sink which goes in from the top, this type of sink must be installed from the bottom and precision is a must when it comes to this. The lip of the sink and the countertop must match to prevent any possible leaks and for it to look right. If you are wanting a sink that delivers on style and simple maintenance, look no further than an undermount bathroom sink.
Drop-in bathroom sink
A drop-in sink is one that hangs from its rim on the top of the bathroom countertop and is one of the older sink options versus undermount and vessel sinks, newer arrivals to the sink squad. It is often referred to as a self-rimming or a top-mount sink. With not too much difference between it and the undermount sink, it can really be a choice of personal preference though they tend to be a cheaper option of the two. Installation is simpler because it goes from the top down meaning you can even attempt to do it yourself. Another benefit is the fact that this sink is also easy to clean, even easier than the undermount because all the areas of the sink are visible due to the rim resting on the countertop. All the important areas are within easy reach too which means maintaining a clean bathroom sink is simple. Undermount sinks tend to require specific materials for countertops but drop-in sinks work with anything making them a versatile choice. The drawbacks to having a drop-in sink is that the countertop can be a little harder to clean because of the rim. While the sink itself is easy to clean, the bump can present a problem. When you scrub the edge, water can collect around it plus makes it cumbersome to wipe directly into the sink. One good thing is the fact that it is also a cheaper option making it great for the renovation budget. Learn more about the differences between an undermount sink and a drop-in sink from this article by The Spruce. A drop-in sink is a great choice that has provided many homeowners with a durable option for their bathroom.
Choosing your bathroom sink
Selecting the right bathroom sink for your space matters because it is not something that you want to change or replace on a regular basis. Taking the time to consider which one is best for you and will represent your style correctly is important. The sink is a main feature in the bathroom and will be used daily so it needs to be durable and something you will enjoy using. Sometimes the only thing you need to completely revamp your bathroom space is a new sink so let us help you find the one that is perfect for you. Our design team is experienced in assisting clients finding exactly what they need to refresh their home.