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Too many bathroom sink options getting you down? It’s a common problem. Undermount, drop-in, vessel or pedestal? Rectangular, oval or circular? One sink or two? The answer will largely depend on which bathroom you’re choosing the sink for, who uses the room and the amount of space you have. Here are five common sink types and their pros and cons. • Drop-in. Possibly the most common sink type, a drop-in sink is inserted from the top and has a visible rim. Depending on the style you choose, the rim can be slim or quite visible. Drop-in sinks work with almost every countertop type, but require a bit more elbow grease when cleaning as grime can sometimes get stuck around the rim’s edges. Drop-in sinks are typically oval in shape. • Undermount. An undermount sink sits under the counter and helps create a seamless look that’s easy to clean. However, it’s only a possibility with a solid surface countertop and doesn’t work with laminate. Undermount sinks come in many shapes, with the most popular being rectangular. • Vessel. If you’re looking for a statement piece, a vessel is the way to go. Sitting entirely on top of the counter, vessel sinks are essentially large bowls and come in many shapes. Make sure a vessel will work with your counter height before installing, as you don’t want it to feel too high when using it. •

Pedestal. Pedestal sinks offer a certain classic style that a sink with a vanity doesn’t. If your bathroom leans toward traditional or farmhouse, a pedestal adds simple elegance. It’s also great for small bathrooms as the base takes up less room than a vanity, but beware – you’ll lose out on all the vanity storage. However, a few well-placed baskets can solve that problem. • One sink or two? This will depend on your space and the bathroom in question. Powder rooms often have just one small sink, while master baths often have two. As for style with double sinks, drop-in, undermount and vessel are all common. However two side-by-side pedestal sinks can also work, especially in a master bath with traditional leanings.


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