Before you can install your new bowl sink, you will need to choose what type of bowl you want. You will also need to consider the current countertop in your bathroom or powder room. Do you want to mount the bowl on top of or underneath the counter? Considering mounting options and bowl materials will help you select an appropriate bowl sink for your room.
Bowl sinks are available in a variety of materials, including glass, crystal, pottery, ceramic, enameled cast iron, stainless steel and other metals. You will need to decide what material will work best for your space and usage. And you don't have to purchase something new -- it's possible that you could recycle a bowl for this purpose. It would just take a few adjustments, such as drilling a hole for the drain.
Since crystal, glass and pottery bowls are all very delicate, it is probably best to install these types of bowls in rooms used infrequently, such as powder rooms or guest bathrooms [sources: Short and Long of It, Vandervort]. If a delicate bowl cracks or chips, it is nearly impossible to fix and you will need to replace the entire sink. But if you do select a glass bowl, make sure it's made from tempered glass, which is more durable and safe than regular glass [source: Bathroom and Kitchen Guide].
Alternatives to tempered glass are ceramic, enameled cast iron, stainless steel and metal bowls, which are the most durable of all the bowl sink choices. Keep in mind that the cost will differ between the bowls due to the quality of the materials used to manufacture them, but they are equally easy to clean [source: Short and Long of It].
Now that you've selected your bowl sink, read the next page to learn how to install it.