How to Choose Drain Assembly for My Sink?
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How to Choose Drain Assembly for My Sink?

1. Measure the Sink: The sink drain needs to fit your bathroom sink's drain opening to work properly. Measure that opening to ensure you get the right size drain, or check the manufacturer's instructions that came with the sink, as they should include the corresponding drain size.

2. Determine Drain Type:
Pop up drain (also called press and seal drain) is easy to operate and install. The pop-up mechanism is activated by simply pressing down on the drain cover.
Twist and turn drain (sometimes called a lift and turn) features a small nob that is used to manually lift the drain cover. Like pop up drains, these drains are very easy to install and do not feature any beneath the counter mechanisms. Twist and turn drains are closed by pressing the drain cover down and turning, or "twisting", to hold in place.
Grid or strainer drain is often used in bar sinks and have no closing function. The grid on the drain cover allows water to flow through the drain at all times while blocking larger items.
Chain and plug drain is operated manually by plugging and removing a stopper. These drains usually come with a small basket, or crumb cup, to keep unwanted items from falling into the drain when the stopper is removed.
Drain with pop-up rod features stoppers and lift rods that are activated by pulling up on the lift rod located at the back of the faucet, so it requires the faucet with a fitting hole. The lift rod is attached to the drain underneath the sink and will lift and close the drain cover.

3. Choose the Right Style: Make sure your home's bathroom presents a stylish appearance by choosing a drain that complements the sink. You may choose the drain to match the finish or color of the sink and faucet. Or you may choose the drain with a different material or finish which also works well as an accent to the sink. Brass drains are some of the most popular bathroom sink drains, as the material is both pleasing to the eye and durable. Stainless steel and bronze drains are also common. Bronze is a versatile finish that creates an eye-catching combination with several sink materials. It blends well with copper sinks, and stands out when paired with concrete sinks. A nickel finish offers a nice shine; you just have to keep it clean so it retains its appearance. If you're going for a modern look, a chrome drain is a great choice, particularly with a matching chrome faucet.

4. Overflow: Drains can be purchased with or without overflow openings. An overflow opening is a small hole drilled in the top of the threaded portion of the drain that allows overflow water from the sink to enter the drain pipe. If your sink features an overflow, it is very important to purchase a drain with an overflow opening so that your sink and drain function properly. If your sink does not feature an overflow it cannot be paired with a drain with an overflow opening.