What Bathroom Sink Material is Best?
What Bathroom Sink Material is Best?
The sink is one of the key fixtures in any bathroom and as a result it’s important to consider which material will work best for you.
Your first thought might be colour, or style, rather than material but bathroom sinks get used EVERY SINGLE DAY, and often multiple times a day. So with that, you’ll want something easy to clean, maintain and in fitting with the rest of the room.
We breakdown some of the most common bathroom sink materials available to help make the decision that little bit easier.
Like most elements of your home, there are plenty of things to consider if you’re interested.
With a bathroom sink you’ll need to consider shape, size, style and the manner in which it is fitted.
Right now, however, we’re focused on bathroom sink materials so let’s get cracking!
Porcelain sinks are probably the classic bathroom sink style that first comes to mind.
Maybe the most popular material, porcelain generally comes in two key forms; vitreous china and fine fireclay. Both are forms of ceramic but vitreous china is non-porous whereas fine fireclay is the opposite, meaning you’ll need to ensure that it’s glazed before use.
Either option will work well, won’t break the bank, and is easily maintained and cleaned with normal soaps and gentle wiping cloths. Nothing too aggressive or abrasive here!
Ceramic sinks are also another bathroom classic, and for many out there it will be difficult to tell the difference between ceramic and porcelain.
Just like the porcelain equivalents, ceramic bathroom sinks are easy to clean and maintain, won’t scratch or chip easily, and really only require your normal cleaning equipment setup.
The kicker, however, is that they’re generally slightly more expensive overall.
While stainless steel sinks are more common in kitchens, as opposed to bathrooms, we can see the attraction.
Stainless steel sinks are extremely durable, low cost in comparison to other materials, and really easy to clean and maintain over the long haul. This will be common knowledge to almost everyone with a kitchen equivalent and a bathroom version will be the same in that it’s easy to bleach and deep clean when required.
Also, if you happen to be going for an industrial-chic look, then this option might be the one for you.
Stone might be our favourite bathroom sink material, but that could be due to the fact that it’s still less common than the others, even if it is growing in popularity.
Whatever option you go for, it will be unique, striking and extremely durable. Stone sinks are also pretty easy to clean once they’re properly sealed.
The downside is the cost, sheer weight/bulk of the piece, and the risk that the edges may crack or chip over time.
You’re much more likely to see a hammered copper style bathroom sink in a fancy upmarket hotel, but they do exist out there in the “normal” world too.
We can definitely see the attraction. Copper bathroom sinks are probably amongst the most unique out there and the old-fashioned style is generally long lasting.
Obviously this type of unique style comes at a price, both financially, and also in terms of maintenance and upkeep. Also, be warned that thinner (higher gauge) copper sinks can be prone to bending and warping.
Last but not least, resin bathroom sinks.
The biggest plus for a resin sink, which is made out of a poly-resin blend which is a bit like manufactured stone, is the fact that it can be set to any style, shape and size.
Cleaning and maintenance is also a plus, as it isn’t overly difficult, and it won’t break the bank in the same way some of the other options might.
So, with that, we’ll leave you to think.
From functional to statement piece, you’ve got plenty of options to consider!