With all of the different types of bathroom sinks available in today’s market, how do you choose the right ones for your home? Choices range from different materials to shapes, sizes and even installation style. Vessel sinks provide a dramatic and attractive choice for a bathroom, particularly when the homeowner wants to make a statement. Before you make that choice, however, consider some of the factors you will be dealing with; they aren’t for everyone.
What Is a Vessel Sink?
Vessel sinks are defined as any sink that sits above counter level. The vessel may be partially recessed, or partly below the counter, or the sink bowl may sit directly on top of the counter. These sinks come in an amazing selection of materials including glass, stone, porcelain, and metal as well as in a variety of different shapes and sizes to complement almost any bathroom style.
The uncommon height of a vessel sink usually means that you need to reach higher to use it. So you either purchase a lower, shorter vanity, or deal with a potentially difficult-to-use sink. Your faucet will also need to clear the rim of the sink, so be sure to take the height of the vessel into consideration with the rest of the installation to be sure you’ll be comfortable with it. Frequently faucets used with vessel sinks need to be wall-mounted.
Depending on the state you live in, sinks are generslly required to have an overflow valve to pass the building code. Some vessels have overflows, but often metal, stone, and glass vessels do not. If your state has an overflow law, you will be required to install a grid drain with the sink to prevent it from flooding in the case of a faucet leak. This means it can be difficult to stop up the sink if desired. If your state does not have an overflow law, you may be able to install a lift and turn drain that will allow you to fill the sink as desired.
Depending on the shape of the bottom of the sink and the height of the faucet, some vessels have quite a splash when the water hits the bottom. You may want to play around with pouring water from different heights into your sink before you settle on a faucet and sink shape to avoid a drenching each time you use it.
Vessel sinks have two sides to clean because both the top and bottom are visible. Make sure your sink is installed to make it easy to capture dirt and dust where the sink bottom meets the vanity.
Vessel sinks have a beauty and drama that add style and a unique appeal to a bathroom, but be sure to factor in these practical considerations when making your final decision, so you will be as happy with your sink’s function as you are with its look.