Guide to Bathroom Sink Prices
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No bathroom would be complete without the addition of a sink. With so many different choices, however, many homeowners feel overwhelmed by the selection. Whether someone is searching for the perfect material for their bathroom sink, or they are simply trying to decide if a double sink is worth the expense, this cost guide can help to narrow down the various options.
Average Minimum Cost of Bathroom Sinks: $30 (uninstalled)
Average Maximum Cost of Bathroom Sinks: $1,500 (uninstalled)
In many cases, the biggest determining factor in bathroom sink style will be cost. Along with the style of sink and the type of material, other influences on the total expense are the installation, whether the sink is a double-bowl or single-bowl design, delivery and shipping costs and any necessary alterations to the existing plumbing.
Types of Bathroom Sink Styles
There are seven major types of bathroom sinks, and each varies significantly in terms of installation, function and style. These sink styles include the following:
Pedestal sinks tend to be the simplest and best choice for small spaces, and for spaces where storage isn't a high priority. Vessel sinks, which are large, exposed bowls placed on the vanity, can also be smart space saving options. Wall-mounted sinks are very basic and affordable. While they don't provide any storage, wall-mounted sinks leave the floor completely empty and take up minimal space. Console sinks are similar to pedestal sinks, but they are freestanding, can look suitable in historic homes and are often convenient for users in a wheelchair. As the name implies, an integral sink is one that is made from the same piece of material as the countertop, which is a sleek design and one without any visible seams. Drop-in and under-mount sinks are installed into the bathroom vanity or countertop, and their names reflect whether the sinks are installed above or below the counter material.
Common Materials for Bathroom Sinks
Whatever kind of bathroom sink that is selected, the material will be one of the biggest influences on the total cost. The top material choices for bathroom sinks include ceramic, stainless steel, cast polymer and glass. Ceramic is one of the most common options, particularly for those who are looking for an affordable and traditional white sink in the bathroom. Ceramic is also most often used in pedestal, wall-mounted and console sinks. Vessel sinks, due to their unique nature, can vary dramatically in price depending on size, shape and style. Vessel sinks are often made from glass, which adds elegance to the space. Cast polymer is popular for those who want easy maintenance, an integral sink design and the look of a more upscale material like granite or marble. Finally, stainless steel is an increasingly popular choice for homeowners who want to upgrade their bathroom from ordinary to contemporary.
Pros and Cons of Installing a Double Bathroom Sink
One of the most in-demand aspects of a bathroom is a double sink. While homeowners might want to include this for convenience or to increase the retail value of the home, it is important to decide whether the pros outweigh the cons. Advantages of a double sink include the option for two people to get ready at the same time, the utilization of space in a large bathroom and the potential that buyers could be more attracted to the space. However, drawbacks include the reduction of usable space in the bathroom, the added expense and the additional plumbing that is required in order to install a double sink.
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Last updated on May 30, 2014