The history of the vessel sink can be traced back into ancient China where such vessel-looing washbasins were used with a typical sidekick, the pitcher. In other words vessel sinks have been around before the system of running water came into being. As a matter of fact, the vessel sinks were commonly found in bathroom of sushi bars in Japan.
Vessel sinks come in a variety of materials, such as rushed nickel, natural stone, hammered copper, pewter, bronze, glass, ceramic, metal, cast iron, etc. Most of these materials offer you various shades. Glass sinks can also come in a translucent get-up that look spectacular. The sinks are also available in various shapes such as oval, rectangular, ellipse etc. When you buy sinks, you always want them to be in character with the bathroom decor. The shade of the bowl should match to that of the bathroom. But in case of a vessel sink, the more it contrasts with the background, the more it stands out. Here are the top benefits of vessel sinks-
• The design of the bowl can be customized according to your imagination and need. Designer often re-purpose vintage basins, pottery, and even galvanized buckets into vessel sinks. Of course, they have to be accompanied with suitable faucets that would render the final look.
• Replacing a vessel sink is easier than an under-mount sink. This is because of its free-standing characteristic. Other sinks are wedged and sealed beneath the counter top. You do not need a cut-out on the counter top. All you need is a drain of 1 ¾ inches.
• The vessel sinks also have an ergonomic aspect about them. Most bathroom sinks are about 32 to 34 inches tall. They are sometimes difficult to use for people who have considerable heights. A vessel sink rises two to six inches above the counter top, increasing the comfort level of users of various heights. To install these sinks your counter top should be slightly lower than a standard one. Call an expert plumber, who can give you appropriate suggestions about height of the counter top that you need for the vessel sink.
The vessel sinks have demerits as well. They are very prone to splashing. This can be minimized by choosing a faucet that have the appropriate height and reach. You need a faucet with a long neck that would reach the center of the bowl. The faucet should be placed appropriately to prevent splashing. It is better to choose a faucet with an aerator.