The sinks seem to be one of the most basic things in the home, office, hotel or any establishment. While there are several different types of sinks that have their own names, many people often refer to them by the common name that is sink. However, little do they know that different types of sinks have their own names and their own set of advantages and disadvantages.
There are 7 different types of sinks available on the market today. You can choose any of them depending on the space available in your bathroom and who will use it.
1. Countertop washbasin
As the name suggests, this sink should be placed above the countertop. Most bathrooms in theaters and hotels only have countertop sinks. Basins of this type are also known as vessel sinks.
Pros: These sinks are fully exposed above the counter unlike the built-in sinks and others. Therefore, they are able to create a strong statement in your bathroom and attract attention. Also, these basins are quite deep and therefore can hold a lot of water.
Cons: Since the sink is completely above the counter, great care must be taken when finalizing the counter height to ensure that the sink is at the desired height and not above or below it.
2. Top mount lavatory
This sink should also be placed on top of the counter. However, only the edge of the sink is above the counter, while the rest are below. The rim can be thin or a little thicker depending on your choice.
Pros: The sinks in this category can be combined well with countertops made of almost any material, including wood and laminate. This is simply because the entire cut is covered by the sink and thus the chances of the water damaging the counter become nil.
Cons: With such a sink, it is not possible to clean the water from the countertop directly into the sink.
3. Bottom mount basin
Sinks of this type are completely under the counter, including the edge.
Pros: Spilled water on the countertop can be cleaned directly in the sink.
Cons: These sinks are usually very expensive and their assembly is only possible with solid surfaces such as stone.
4. Wall-mounted washbasin
Wall-mounted sinks don’t need a counter to lean on. They can be fixed directly on the wall giving a minimalist feel to a room.
Pros: Since this sink does not need a countertop, it can save you quite a bit of floor space, making your bathroom appear larger.
Cons: In the absence of a counter, there will be no storage space unless you install some cabinets.
5. Washplane basin
These slim, streamlined, and sleek sinks are often seen in hotel and restaurant bathrooms.
Pros: These sinks are very suitable for toilets or bathrooms with limited space as they take up very little space.
Cons: The disadvantage of this type of sink is that it is only suitable for a dressing table. It is very shallow and therefore cannot retain water.
6 Pedestal basin
Wall-mounted sinks with their own pedestal are called pedestal sinks. They are also known as freestanding sinks, as they do not need to be mounted on a wall or countertop.
Pros: The freestanding sinks hide the pipes and also look very attractive.
Cons: These sinks are usually expensive compared to other sinks. Also, cleaning around a pedestal sink can be quite tricky due to the gap between the pedestal and the wall.
7. Semi recessed
If your bathroom has limited space but you still want to have some storage space, you can go for a semi-recessed sink.
Pros: Such a sink is placed at the front of the counter, which allows you to have much shallower cabinets. This will free up floor space and give you enough storage space to store your cosmetics and other bathroom essentials.
Cons: Since there is no countertop around the front of the sink, the chances of water splashing on the floor are very high.
Each sink has its own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the space available in your room and your style, you can choose a sink after evaluating its pros and cons.