Vessel Sinks

The vessel sinks are a break from the typical model of sinks that are encased in a cabinet. The free-standing sinks look modern, sleek, and fashionable in a bathroom. As the walls of the sinks are exposed just like a bowl sitting on a table, the sides are decorated. The vessel sink also comes in variety of style. You can chose from traditional, cutting-edge, whimsical, elegant, or contemporary models that best go with your bathroom.

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.
What are they made of?

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-
• Vessel sinks offer a different level of versatility that cannot be found in other sink types. They come in various shapes and shades. Being made of various materials their look can skew toward primitive or modern, sleek or substantial. You also have the flexibility about placing it. It can be mounted on the counter as well be partially recessed.

• 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 flip sides of vessel sinks

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.

The vessel sinks needs to be cleaned well as they will otherwise show water spots. This is because they have an exposed exterior wall, which if not cleaned would look shabby. You should take a thin and long brush and clean the area between the base of the sink and the counter top. The prices of vessel sinks are also towards the higher side of the spectrum compared to under-mount sinks. The stability of a vessel sink is also questionable. They are not fit for houses with small children who can hold the sides to pull themselves up. Vessel sinks with exposed edges are prone to chipping.
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