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What type of basin should you have in your new bathroom? We explore the pros and cons of the above counter kind.

Above counter basins, also known as vessel sinks, have become increasingly popular in modern bathroom design. Here are some pros and cons to consider:


  • Stylish Design: Above counter basins come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, allowing for endless design possibilities. They can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any bathroom space.
  • Space Saving: Since above counter basins sit on top of the vanity or countertop, they can create the illusion of more space in smaller bathrooms. This can be particularly beneficial in compact or narrow spaces.
  • Customisation: These sinks offer more customisation options compared to traditional under-mount or inset sinks. You can choose from a wide range of materials such as glass, ceramic, stone, or metal, allowing you to match the basin to your bathroom decor.
  • Easy Installation: Above counter basins are typically easier to install compared to under-mount sinks since they don’t require cutting into the countertop. This can save time and money during the installation process.
  • Accessibility: The raised height of above counter basins can make them more accessible for individuals with mobility issues or those who have difficulty bending down to use a lower sink.


  • Splashing: Because the basin sits above the countertop, there is a higher chance of water splashing onto the surrounding surfaces, especially if the basin is shallow or if the faucet is not properly positioned.
  • Cleaning Difficulty: Cleaning the area around the basin can be more challenging compared to under-mount sinks, as dirt and grime can accumulate on the countertop surface around the edges of the basin.
  • Limited Counter Space: Depending on the size and shape of the above counter basin, it can take up a significant amount of countertop space, limiting the available surface area for other bathroom essentials such as toiletries or cosmetics.
  • Potential for Damage: Since above counter basins are exposed, they may be more susceptible to damage from accidental impacts or heavy objects being placed on top of them.
  • Compatibility with Tapware: Not all taps are suitable for above counter basins. You’ll need to ensure that the tap you choose is compatible with the height and design of the basin to prevent water splashing or other issues. Eg. Wall mounted or overheight tapware.

Overall, above counter basins can be a stylish and functional addition to any bathroom, but it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons carefully to determine if they’re the right choice for your space.

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