This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling (we service the greater San Jose CA metro area) as well as part of a sub-series about vanities and sinks. To access either of the lead posts please select one of the links below.
A vessel sink is a sink that sits on the vanity as a bowl or vessel would.
They mimic the water vessels that were common in the days before indoor plumbing. I’m not sure why we mimic those days, but some of us do.
In modern times, water comes into the vessel sink via a faucet (no surprise there) and the drain protrudes up through the countertop so the sink can attach to it.
From an installation perspective, the vessel sink shown in the image on the top right is good because the bottom is flat. A nice flat bottom makes a stable installation easier.
You can however get vessel sinks that are not flat on the bottom, as shown below.
I personally dislike that style for various reasons; 1) They’re tougher to install, and 2) Keeping the space between vessel and the countertop clean annoys me as you have to get right into that space, and 3) I’ve seen thin ones break accidentally by someone dropping a bottle of nail polish.
However some of you guys love these. I know because we’ve installed a lot.
If you really must have a vessel sink, I recommend a flat bottom and thick walls, such as is shown below.
Why? Because I’m big on low maintenance.
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