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35 Eye-Catchy Vessel Sinks With Pros And Cons
A vessel sink is a sink that sits on top of a bathroom vanity or counter making a statement with its look. Whether you love them or hate them, vessel sinks have made a huge impact on the design world over the last few years. Those who were looking to remodel their bathrooms flocked to the trend, jumping at the chance of showing off a unique and eye-catching design, that somehow managed to be both contemporary and antique. There are modern materials and updated forms take vessel sinks into the here and now. But vessel sinks, like any other, have their own advantages and disadvantages, let’s look at all of them before you decide.
Probably the biggest plus of a vessel sink is its “wow factor.” Anyone can add panache to their bathroom for relatively little money. Installation is also pretty easy: avoid costly and difficult sink cut-outs. You need only one hole cut out for the drain pipe. Vessel sinks are flexible: as they are not stuck in place (as drop-in sinks are), they can be changed out fairly easily. You can gain a bit of extra counter room because the vessel sink basin takes up less area than recessed sinks.
Some designers consider vessel sinks to be impractical, they are considered outdated and non-modern. Because of the exposed edges of the basin, vessel sinks are prone to chipping and breakage. Vessel sinks are secured only at one point, rather than the entire perimeter. A recessed vessel sink, which sinks about half-way into the vanity but not as far as a drop-in sink, adds greater stability.
It’s difficult to clean around the area where the vessel sink basin meets the vanity or countertop. Vessel sinks do not come with overflow relief drains. The higher rim can be an issue for shorter folks.
Take a look at all these points before you choose vessel or not vessel sinks!
a mid-century modern bathroom with dark green and white skinny tiles, a dark stained vanity, a rounded vessel sink and an oval mirror
a minimalist bathroom with a matte black vanity, a sleek black vessel sink, a large mirror cabinet and a grey subway tile accent wall
a modern and serene powder room clad with white subway tiles, with a green and black vanity, a square vessel sink, white appliances and a large mirror