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Best Pedestal Sink Reviews: Ultimate Guide in 2018

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utting together your dream bathroom can be both exhausting and incredibly fun. On one hand, you get to pick and choose exactly what you want for your space, creating a bathroom that works perfectly for you and your family. On the other, you have to painstakingly select every detail, which can be overwhelming. Take the sink for example: how to choose amongst the thousands of seemingly identical options? To help you out, in this guide we are going to help you choose the best pedestal sink for your bathroom.

We are going to talk you through the best models and help you decide on your ideal pedestal sink, or even if a pedestal sink is the right choice for you. Hopefully, by the end of this guide you will have a better idea of what you want and need for your space, and will be well on your way to your beautiful new sink.

Top 5 Best Pedestal Sink reviews

To give a good idea of the options available, we are going to go over the top 5 pedestal sinks on market. We have carefully reviewed each one, pointed out the pros and cons of each model, and compared them to each other. This will give you a good idea of what is on the market, and which popular pedestal sink might be the one for you.

We are reviewing the sinks by themselves, without faucets. Faucets are bought separately, allowing you to select the type of faucet mechanism you prefer and choose one that matches with other components in your bathroom.

Note that unless otherwise stated, ‘depth’ in the dimensions means the length from the wall to the edge of the basin, and the not the depth of the bowl.

KOHLER K-2362-1-0 Cimarron Pedestal Bathroom Sink review

KOHLER is an American manufacturer known for the quality of their plumbing products. They are a long-established brand founded in 1873 and at the forefront of bathroom plumbing manufacturing and design.

This sink is from their Cimarron collection, which includes matching toilets and fittings. It comes in a variety of tones of white as well as black, but we are going to be reviewing the plain white model, which is the cheapest of them all.

Basic Information

  • Dimensions: Depth 22-3/4″ (57.8 cm) x Width 18-7/8″ (47.9 cm) x Height 34-1/2″ (87.6 cm)
  • Color: White
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Faucet holes: 1
  • Warranty: One year limited warranty

Design

The design is clean and simple with a modern feel. The large basin has a unique shape blending straight and curved lines and all edges are smoothly beveled. This pedestal sink would fit in perfectly with all styles of bathroom, but is a good fit for a more modern, contemporary feel. In particular, it would be a great choice if you have a bathtub and/or toilet with a similar, squared design: combining it rounded fixtures may look ‘off’. It is worth checking out the toilets in the Cimarron range if you are renovating your whole bathroom to pick out one that goes with the design.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Modern, sleek, unique design that fits in with most bathrooms
  • Bright, quality finish
  • Easy to install
  • Good value
  • Hides plumbing effectively
  • Enough flat surface to comfortably keep soap and other products
  • Wide basin allows for splash-free washing

Cons

  • Requires careful installation to make sure the back of the basin is sitting right against the wall
  • Not a lot of room to maneuver behind the pedestal, which can make plumbing installation awkward
  • White model will not match if your other bathroom fittings are off-white or another color

Pricing

This is considered a very affordable pedestal sink, particularly for the quality of manufacturing, finish and design associated with KOHLER products. Other colors than white are considerably more expensive, with some being over double the price.

How it Compares

This sink is not particularly taller than the others on this list, but the basin is larger, with more flat surface for your soap, toothbrush, and other bathroom items. Because of this, it is ideal for larger bathrooms with more floor space but potentially also those with less cabinet or shelf space.

Despite it being considered very reasonably priced (see above), it is the most expensive of the sinks listed except for the other, almost identical KOHLER model which is the same price. What you are paying for is the KOHLER luxury brand, as well as the guarantee of quality that comes with it, as well as modern, unique design.

Why Choose This Product

Overall, this is the best sink for someone with a slightly bigger budget and who places more importance on sleek, contemporary design. Compared to the other KOHLER model, it is simply a matter of preference as to what model of faucet you want.

Choose this pedestal sink if you:

  • Love contemporary design and clean lines
  • Have other bathroom fixtures with a similar squared style
  • Want the quality and reassurance of an established luxury brand
  • Will be using a single hole faucet
  • Have all-white bathroom fixtures

Renovator’s Supply ‘Ondine’ Pedestal Sink

Renovator’s Supply (also known as Rensup) is a well-established plumbing brand that specializes in the manufacture and distribution of old-fashioned bathroom products for the renovation of period homes. However, some of its collection is more modern, as is the case for the Ondine pedestal sink.

Basic Information

  • Dimensions: Depth 14” (35.5 cm) x Width 16” (40.6 cm) x Height 33 (83.8 cm) ”
  • Color: White
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Faucet holes: 3
  • Warranty: One year limited warranty

Design

This sink has a more classic feel to it, and is branded as ‘space-conscious’, meaning it is quite small. This economy of space is achieved in the basin, which is not much bigger than the pedestal; the bowl however is quite deep. This creates an original, distinctive effect, and is ideal for smaller bathrooms or for giving the illusion of space. This design’s rounded lines work best with more classic and traditional bathroom designs, such as a period bathroom, but could fit into a more contemporary space if your other fixtures match.

The Ondine pedestal sink has 3 holes for a 4” center set faucet – this means one joined faucet set with two hot and cold handles and a tap in the middle.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • ‘Space-conscious’ design makes it take up less space in your bathroom
  • Versatile design works for both modern and period bathrooms
  • Ideal for narrow spaces and half baths
  • Scratch and Stain Resistant Reno-Gloss Finish
  • Very affordable
  • Open-back design makes it easy to install
  • Will hide most drains and plumbing

Cons

  • Does not come with a bracket to attach the basin to the wall: installer has to caulk it
  • Does not come in any other colors but white
  • Not much flat surface for bathroom items (enough room for a soap dispenser or soap dish)
  • Small basin can mean splashing when washing face

Pricing

This sink is on the lower end of what a quality sink can cost you. Of course, the low price is indicative of the smaller size of the sink, which is fair. Given Renovator’s Supply good reputation and years in the market, this pedestal sink is good value and ideal if you have more than one sink to buy. In fact, Renovator’s Supply also offers this sink in value packs of 3 and 4 on their website, which can provide you with some good savings if you are needing multiple sinks.

How it Compares

Compared to other sinks in this list, the Ondine pedestal sink is a smaller, more compact design. It is ideal for a bathroom or toilet with not much space, or if you want to make your bathroom appear roomier. It is a normal height, meaning you are not losing out on comfort or practicality.

Its design is more traditional than that of the KOHLER and American Standard models, but more modern than the Fine Fixtures one. In that sense, it is a good compromise between classic and contemporary, and works well if you are not trying to make much of a statement with your sink, preferring other design elements to take center stage.

Why Choose This Product

This is a pedestal sink for someone who does not have a lot of room for a big sink with a generous basin, and likes a more classic style.

Choose this pedestal sink if you:

  • Have a classic bathroom without strikingly modern fixtures
  • Don’t have much room for the sink
  • Are installing a sink for a half bath or other small space
  • Have a smaller budget
  • Are buying multiple sinks
  • Don’t tend to leave many items on the sink

Fine Fixtures Roosevelt White Pedestal Sink

 

Fine Fixtures is an American boutique bathroom fixtures manufacturer, offering a wide range of specially designed items to suit every style of bathroom. Their emphasis is on beautiful, unique design and high quality with competitive market prices.

This Roosevelt pedestal sink is designed in a classic, traditional style, and comes in two colors (White and Biscuit), two sizes (18” and 22”), and three faucet options (single hole, 4” spread and 8” spread). We will be reviewing the white 18” model with a 4” faucet spread.

Basic Information

  • Dimensions: Depth 14.75” (37.4 cm) x Width 18.12” (46 cm) x Height 34.25” (87 cm)
  • Color: White
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Faucet holes: 3
  • Warranty: Information not available

Design

This sink is the most traditional of the ones reviewed here, with an old-fashioned design. The pedestal is column-inspired, with a fluted design and a base. The basin is rectangular with a decorative, scalloped design and a small raised edge around the back of it. It has a good amount of flat surface for bathroom items and small indents on either side of the faucet, ideal for a soap dish. This sink would be most appropriate for a period bathroom or one with more classical elements, and would probably not work in a contemporary space.

The Roosevelt pedestal sink has 3 holes for a 4” center set faucet – this means one joined faucet set with two hot and cold handles and a tap in the middle.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Enough flat surface for bathroom objects
  • Indentations and raised edge around the back can stop objects from falling or slipping off
  • Old-fashioned design ideal for period bathrooms
  • Small enough for tighter spaces
  • Comes in a good range of colors, sizes, and faucet types
  • 18” basin is quite wide, and an even wider 22” option is available
  • Good value
  • Will hide most drains and plumbing

Cons

  • Will not work with more contemporary bathrooms
  • Indentations in the flat surface can limit what you place in that area or make objects sit awkwardly
  • Some users have complained that the white model seems slightly off-white in colour
  • Can be complicated to order the specific model you are looking for

Pricing

The Roosevelt sink is priced at an affordable low price, especially for a designed sink from a boutique manufacturer. Due to its elaborate design, it also looks more expensive than it is.

How it Compares

This pedestal sink stands out from the others reviewed here due to its classical design, which will look at home in a period or more traditional bathroom. In terms of dimensions, it has a basin width similar to the KOHLER designs but a basin depth closer to the Ondine: this means it is a good compromise between having a nice, roomy basin and the overall sink taking up less room. The Roosevelt pedestal sink works well for smaller bathrooms, whilst overall seeming larger than the Ondine, the other space-conscious choice on this list.

This sink and the American Standard are the only ones with a raised edge along the rim, which can be a good design feature to keep soap dishes, bottles, and toothbrushes from falling to the floor. The indentations in the sink can however be inconvenient: for example, a larger round soap bottle will sit awkwardly in the rectangular gap.

Why Choose This Product

Overall, this pedestal sink is for someone with a period bathroom or one with a traditional feel, as it would be completely out of place in a contemporary one.

Choose this pedestal sink if you:

  • Have a period or traditional bathroom
  • Have other fixtures with similar embellishments
  • Have all-white fixtures (or buy the Biscuit version if your fixtures match that)
  • Want your sink to make a statement whilst not taking up much room
  • Use a soap dish, or don’t leave too many items around the sink

American Standard Ravenna Pedestal Sink

 

American Standard is one of the US market leaders in bathroom fittings, priding themselves on being in three out of five homes in America. It is a trusted brand with a long history of designing and manufacturing plumbing products, and is a reliable choice.

The Ravenna sink is a contemporary design which will work great in most modern bathrooms. American Standard also sells a mounted towel rack which you can fit around the basin for economy of space.

Basic Information

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  • Dimensions: Depth 20” (30.5 cm) x Width 24-1/2 ” (62.2 cm) x Height 34” (86.4 cm)
  • Color: White
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Faucet holes: 1
  • Warranty: One year limited warranty

Design

The design of this pedestal sink is modern and contemporary, with smooth, rounded lines throughout. A raised edge around the whole basin creates a distinct bowl shape and keeps your bathroom objects from falling to the floor, whilst the flat area is curved for maximum surface. The Ravenna sink would fit in perfectly in a contemporary bathroom, but its simple rounded shape means it also goes well with more traditional shapes of toilet and bath.

The recommended towel rack (purchased separately) can provide a nice decorative touch to the sink and eliminates the need for a separate wall-mounted towel rack for your hand towels.The Ravenna pedestal sink has 1 hole for a single faucet.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Lots of flat surface for bathroom objects
  • Raised edge around the basin can stop objects from falling or slipping off
  • Contemporary design for modern bathrooms
  • Large basin for splash-free washing
  • Also available with 4” and 8” center faucet holes
  • Currently very good deal on Amazon
  • Will hide most drains and plumbing

Cons

  • Some users have reported difficulty installing
  • Towel rack purchased separately
  • Not ideal for tighter spaces

Pricing

The Ravenna pedestal sink is available with some great deals online and at certain vendors, especially compared to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) as listed on the American Standard’s website. Many people choose to also purchase the accompanying towel rack, which costs around $50 (prices differ based on finish). With this addition, this sink becomes the most expensive on our list, however it is still below the MSRP and is still a good price for the quality and reliability of an American Standard product.

How it Compares

In terms of style, the Ravenna pedestal sink is different from any other on this list. Unlike the Ondine and Roosevelt models, it has a contemporary feel with sleek lines and smooth surfaces. However, it differs greatly from the KOHLER models with their straight lines and rectangular shapes by being distinctly rounded. Overall, its simplicity means it is very versatile and would fit into most modern bathrooms, as long as the other fittings also have rounded designs.

Size-wise, it is almost as big as the KOHLER, but slightly less deep. As a result, it works well in larger bathrooms. The flat surface is roomier than the other sinks, meaning it is a good choice if you have limited cabinet space or like keeping more things on your sink, such as lotion or razors.

Why Choose This Product

The Ravenna is a roomy, modern sink with a clean and simple aesthetic and some interesting customisation options in the form of the attachable towel rack.

Choose this pedestal sink if you:

  • Love modern and contemporary design
  • Want something clean and simple, yet striking
  • Have all-white fixtures
  • Have other bathroom fixtures with similarly rounded designs
  • Like leaving more items next to the sink
  • Have enough room for a larger sink
  • Like the option of adding a towel rack to your pedestal sink

KOHLER K-2362-8-0 Cimarron Pedestal Bathroom Sink with 8″ Centers

 

This sink is very similar to the other KOHLER on this list, except that it has three faucet holes instead of one. This is the 8” faucet hole model: compared to a 4” spread, this means the three taps are not likely to be on one mounted faucet, but instead will probably three separate pieces. This is a purely aesthetic choice, usually giving a sleeker and more modern feel.

Basic Information

  • Dimensions: Depth 22-3/4″ (57.8 cm) x Width 18-7/8″ (47.9 cm) x Height 34-1/2″ (87.6 cm)
  • Color: White
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Faucet holes: 3
  • Warranty: One year limited warranty

Design

As with the other KOHLER, the design is clean and simple with a modern feel. The large basin has a unique shape blending straight and curved lines and all edges are smoothly beveled. This pedestal sink would fit in perfectly with all styles of bathroom, but is a good fit for a more modern, contemporary feel. In particular, it would be a great choice if you have a bathtub and/or toilet with a similar, squared design.

This particular model is made to go with separate taps and faucet, or wide-set mounted faucet sets. This is a modern choice, great for minimalist designs, as it gives an illusion of space and scale.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Modern, sleek, unique design that fits in with most bathrooms
  • Bright, quality finish
  • Easy to install
  • Good value
  • Hides plumbing effectively
  • Enough flat surface to comfortably keep soap and other products
  • Wide basin allows for splash-free washing

Cons

  • Requires careful installation to make sure the back of the basin is sitting right against the wall
  • Not a lot of room to maneuver behind the pedestal, which can make plumbing installation awkward
  • White model will not match if your other bathroom fittings are off-white or another color
  • 8” faucet model will mostly only work with separate taps and faucet

Pricing

This sink costs the same as the equivalent single hole KOHLER model. As with the other one, this is a pretty good price for the quality you get with KOHLER. Again, other colours than white are more expensive. However, it is worth taking into consideration that 8” center set faucets tend to be more expensive than single hole ones, and can bring the cost of this sink up.

How it Compares

This sink has the same advantages and disadvantages as the other KOHLER model compared to the others: sleeker, more modern design and good flat surface, but a higher price point and takes up more space than some of the more petite models.

The only difference is of course the faucet. Whilst most of these models are available in single hole, 4” and 8” faucet spreads, this is the only one we have looked at that uses the 8” faucet. This choice is an aesthetic one to do with the faucets, so before choosing your model, make sure you have considered what style of faucet you are going to want, or what style goes best with your existing bathroom design.

Why Choose This Product

This KOHLER model presents the same advantages as the other one, but allows for a different design of faucet. 8” center set faucets tend to be more sophisticated in terms of design, meaning the overall effect will be sleeker – but also probably more expensive.

Choose this pedestal sink if you:

  • Love contemporary design and clean lines
  • Have other bathroom fixtures with a similar squared style
  • Want the quality and reassurance of an established luxury brand
  • Will be using an 8” center set faucet
  • Have a slightly higher budget which accounts for more expensive faucets
  • Have all-white bathroom fixtures

What is a bathroom Sink?

Your bathroom sink is an essential part of your bathroom: it is where you wash your hands, face, and teeth, where you shave, do hair and makeup, or simply stop to check yourself out in the middle of the day.

The core elements of a sink are the basin and faucet, which allow it to hold and drain water as needed. However, after that, types and designs vary widely. Although we are going to be focusing on pedestal sinks today, let’s go over some of the other types you have to choose from.

Different Types of Bathroom Sink

Pedestal Sinks:

Characterized by a ‘pedestal’ which holds the basin in place (these are usually separate pieces). Although they may seem freestanding, the vast majority need to be mounted to the wall (using a bracket or bolts) and bolted to the floor. They are relatively easy to install and are ideal for bathrooms with less space, as they don’t require a full vanity.

Self-rimming Sinks:

These are simple sinks that you can just place on a countertop with an appropriately sized hole. They are the easiest type of sink to install, and because they are usually just one piece they don’t tend to leak. However, they require a vanity or cabinet to mount them into.

Undermount Sinks:

These are very similar in appearance and functionality to self-rimming sinks, however they are sunk into the countertop instead of resting on top of it. Because of this, they do not have a rim around the bowl and are easier to clean and wipe. It also gives them a more polished, modern feel. They can only be set into a solid material, like marble.

Vessel Sinks:

Vessel sinks are made up of a separate ‘vessel’ which sits on top of the surface rather than mounted on it. As well as classic ceramic models, bowls of a range of materials such as wood, metal, and glass are common, as are more quirky versions using recycled objects such as basins.

Console Sinks:

These are similar to pedestal sinks in that they do not require a separate surface or countertop. However, instead of one pedestal, the sinks sits on four legs, like a table. They usually incorporate racks or shelves for improved bathroom storage.

Why Choose a Pedestal Sink?

Pedestal sinks are usually associated with more old-fashioned bathrooms, but they have recently come back into fashion with sleek, contemporary designs. Before choosing a pedestal sink, you should consider the benefits and drawbacks of the model.

Pros

  • Take up less space than other vanity-based sinks
  • Tend to be overall cheaper because they do not require anything else for support
  • Clean and simple design
  • Wide variety of styles and colors to suit every bathroom
  • Quite easy to install without a professional

Cons

  • Tend to have less flat surface room for toiletries, soap, and other bathroom items: not ideal for family bathrooms
  • Do not offer additional storage like most cabinets, vanities or consoles do
  • Potential for leaks where the basin meets the pedestal
  • More surface to clean

Things to Consider When Buying a Pedestal Sink

The first thing to consider when buying a pedestal sink is whether that is the right type of sink for you. Look at the pros and cons listed above to help make your decision. Essentially, they are a good choice if you want to save some money and if you can’t afford for your sink to take up too much space.

Also, many people prefer the clean, simple look of a pedestal sink to having wood, plastic, or stone vanities and cabinets. It also means fewer things to think about and match with each other, and is a more straightforward option.

When choosing the best pedestal sink for you, consider the following:

  • Measurements and available space: How much room do you have for your sink? How big can the basin be without interfering with other elements or crowding the bathroom? How tall do you want the pedestal to be?
  • Cost: what is your budget for sinks? Are you just buying a new sink, getting all new fixtures, or re-doing your whole bathroom?
  • Users: who uses this bathroom? Is it for a single person, a couple, a family, or just the children? Are you likely to have guests in it? Do you need just the one sink, or two?
  • Design: does your bathroom have a contemporary feel, or is it more traditional? What color scheme does it have? Where does the sink fit into the layout?
  • Style: do you want rounded lines, or more angular ones? Do you want classical details or minimalist shapes?
  • Material: do you want any particular finish? Do you maybe want a metal pedestal sink rather than a ceramic one?
  • Color: plain white, off-white, black, or colorful? What specific shade of off-white do you prefer?

Installing a Pedestal Sink

The main thing you will need to do is attach the back of the basin to the wall, as this is the main support for your sink (the pedestal alone does not hold it in place). The bottom of the pedestal is also bolted to the floor. The specifics will vary from sink to sink, so make sure you carefully read the installation manual for your model.

Some sinks do not require a bracket and can be attached directly to the wall. However, most of them do need a bracket, and if your wall is not solid (e.g: plaster or drywall), you will need to reinforce it with blocking. Blocking is a piece of wood secured between two studs (the horizontal wood beams that make up the frame), for the purpose of attaching items such as sinks, handrails, or cabinets. A lot of walls already include blocking, check if yours does before cutting open your wall.

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To do a complete installation, including putting blocking in the wall, you will need:

Tools:

  • Water-pump pliers
  • Hacksaw
  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Drill
  • Small level
  • Wall patching tools
  • PVC saw

Materials:

  • Pedestal sink
  • Trap
  • Faucet (preferably with easy pop-up assembly)
  • 2×8 lumber (for brace)
  • Drywall piece
  • Screws
  • Wall-patching materials
  • Silicone caulk
  • Bucket

If you already have a sink in that space, you will have to remove it. Turn off your water supply and run the faucet for a bit to relieve water pressure. Remove the drain pipes, using a bucket to catch any water caught in them. Then, if it is a pedestal sink, simply reverse the instructions below (ignoring of course the installation of the blocking, as you either already have it or do not need it). If it is a self-rimming sink on a vanity, you will need to remove the sink and then either remove or deconstruct the vanity accordingly.

You are going to start by placing a blocking inside the wall. Mark the edge of the basin, and remove a section of drywall at that level. The hole should be from stud to stud (you can feel for these), or a bit bigger if you prefer. Take your 2×8 lumber (either store-bought or cut to size) and place it snugly between the studs. Attach the blocking to the studs with angle-driven screws.

Patch the hole with your piece of drywall and patching tools, smooth, and paint.

Place the basin on the pedestal and sit the sink against the wall to mark where the bracket is going to go (i.e: where the bracket holes are on the back of the basin). Screw the bracket onto the wood blocking, using a level to make sure it is straight while you are doing this.

Install the faucet and most of the trap into the sink and set the basin of the sink into the bracket, making sure it is level. Check the pedestal will fit snugly: it it won’t, you will need to adjust the bracket and do this again.

With the basin in place, connect set up the plumbing by connecting the trap with the supply lines. Turn your water back on and test the sink for leaks.

Put the pedestal in place. You should be able to lift the basin a bit to make sure it fits beneath it. Once in place, bolt to the floor using the appropriate hole: again, do not over-screw.

Finally, bolt the sink to the wall. If desired, apply caulk to the lines between the basin and the wall and the pedestal and floor: this provides more security and protects these small, hard-to-clean gaps from bacteria and mold.

It may seem complicated, but it is really quite straightforward to install a pedestal sink yourself, and you may save quite a bit of money by doing so. Most of all, think how proud you’ll be every time you use that sink and remember you put it up yourself! If DIY is really not your thing, or if you don’t have much experience with it, you can always get a professional to install your pedestal sink for you. There’s no shame in it, honestly.

Safety Precautions

As with any form of DIY, make sure you are being careful and methodical. This applies especially when you are using saws and powered tools such as electric drills.

More specifically, always be very patient when working with ceramic, as it can break easily. Handle your sink with care, and do not over-screw when attaching it to the wall and floor, as excessive pressure can break the china. Aside from ruining your brand new sink, breakage can easily be a cut hazard.

Also, your pedestal sink is likely to be heavy. Make sure you ask for help carrying the parts if you need it: you do not want to drop that basin on your feet!

Conclusion

Now that you have considered whether a pedestal sink is for you, looked at some of the most popular options, and learned how to install one safely, you are ready to go! Before starting out your pedestal sink journey, why not visit a nearby showroom to get a feel for sizes and designs?

Overall, a pedestal sink can be a great addition to any bathroom. They are economical in both space and budget, and provide a clean, minimalist feel. Designs vary widely in shape, style, color, and faucet design, meaning you are guaranteed to find the best pedestal sink for you and your bathroom. Happy shopping and installing!

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