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Our Guide to the Most Popular Bathroom Sinks and Materials

Choosing the right bathroom basin sink can make a big difference in both the look and functionality of your bathroom.

With so many styles to choose from, like the classic pedestal sink or the trendy above counter hand basin, it helps to know what each type offers. This guide will walk you through the most common options, making it easier for you to pick the perfect sink for your space.

Types of Bathroom Basin Sinks

Pedestal Basin

The pedestal hand basin typically features a slender, elegant pedestal leg design that can create a sense of spaciousness and airiness in a compact bathroom. These trap basins are an iconic choice for powder rooms or ensuite bathrooms where floor space is limited. Their classic, understated look lends a tidy, fuss-free aesthetic.

Key Features: Pedestal basins maximise the open floor area by elevating the basin off the ground and concealing plumbing underneath. With no cabinets to stick out, the cleaning is a breeze - simply wipe down the exposed pedestal. Plus, the basin itself is easy to keep spotless.

Popularity: A longtime favourite for bathrooms that are short on square metres, the pedestal hand basin offers timeless style.

It remains a go-to option for achieving a clean, uncluttered look in small ensuite bathrooms or economy-minded powder room renovations.

Modern Pedestal Bathroom Sink

Wall-Mounted Basin

This floating style has the basin securely mounted to the wall without any pedestal or vanity underneath. By cantilevering the basin out from the wall, it fully opens up the floor area below - ideal for stashing a step stool, laundry basket or other items.

Key Features: The wall-mounted basin screams modern minimalism while maximising every inch of a compact bathroom footprint.

With no bulky cabinets, each centimetre of floor space is freed up. The floated style also simplifies cleaning around the basin perimeter.

Wall munted basin

Popularity: Extremely common in homes and commercial settings alike, wall-hung basins are especially prevalent where accessibility is paramount.

Their open design allows for wheelchair clearance or easy access from all angles.

Wall Hung Basin

Vessel Sink (Above Counter Basin)

Vessel basins come in an endless array of materials like vibrant glass, natural stone, hammered copper and designer ceramics - lending endless artistic flair to your bathroom.

Key Features: Sitting proud on top of the vanity surface, these statement-making basins exist as sculptural showpieces in your bathroom retreat.

Available in virtually unlimited shapes, sizes and finishes, a vessel basin demands an equally eye-catching high-rise basin mixer to accommodate its elevated height. The raised profile also means water pooling on the counter is a non-issue.

Popularity: A decidedly stylish choice that infuses any bathroom with contemporary pizazz, above counter vessel basins are rapidly gaining popularity across Australia.

Modern Above Counter Bathroom Sink

Undermount Sink or Inset Basin

With their rimless design seamlessly integrated beneath the benchtop level, inset basins allow for fuss-free wipe cleaning across the entire vanity surface - no awkward basin lip to manoeuvre around.

Key Features: Installed from below into a precisely cut-out section of the benchtop, these basins sit flushed underneath for a smooth, integrated look that maximises usable benchtop space.

Their rimless profile also eliminates grime-catching crevices for easier cleaning. The lack of a visible outer rim gives the vanity an ultra-modern, streamlined appeal that's ideal for luxury bathrooms.

Popularity: A huge hit in contemporary, high-end bathroom renovations, these sleek undermounted basins create a seamless, upmarket aesthetic.

Undermount Bathroom Sink

Drop-In (Self-Rimming) Sink

These inset basins offer an affordable and budget-friendly option that's simple to install. Their self-rimming design, with the outer edge sitting atop the benchtop cut-out, helps create a water-tight seal to prevent any seepage underneath.

Key Features: The basin drops neatly into the pre-cut hole with its wide rim resting securely on the benchtop surface for a seamless, snug fit.

Popularity: A versatile and common choice for many bathroom renovations due to their ease of installation.

Self Fimming Bathroom Sink

Seamless Basin 

The totally smooth, unbridled integration avoids any dirt-trapping crevices found with rimmed basins, making for ultra low-maintenance cleaning.

Key Features: Moulded from the same solid material as the vanity itself, these basins blend flawlessly into the benchtop without any visible outer edges or seams.

Popularity: Seamless basins are growing increasingly popular for their sleek, hygienic appearance in modern bathrooms.

Seamless bathroom sink and vanity

Semi-Inset Basin

This hybrid design combines the best of undermount and drop-in styles for maximum basin space.

Key Features: With the front half protruding past the benchtop edge and the rear section inset below, semi-inset basins offer a generous basin size yet still allow benchtop clearance.

Popularity: Ideal for compact bathrooms needing a larger basin footprint but where benchtop real estate is limited.

Semi-Inset Bathroom Basin

Common Materials for Bathroom Basin Sinks

Ceramic

Ceramic is an affordable and classic choice that comes in a variety of colors and styles.

Pros: Smooth, glossy finish that resists stains and scratches.
Cons:
Similar to ceramic, can chip or crack if hit hard.

Porcelain

Porcelain's non-porous, glazed surface makes it stain and bacteria resistant.

Pros: Durable, easy to clean, and widely available.
Cons:
Can chip or crack under heavy impact.

Glass

Glass sinks offer a sleek, one-piece design with no seams that is very easy to clean.

Pros: Modern and stylish, available in various colours and designs.
Cons:
Can be fragile and show water spots more easily.

Stainless Steel

The brushed or satin finishes on stainless steel hide scratches and water spots well.

Pros: Very durable, hygienic, and easy to clean.
Cons:
Can scratch and show fingerprints.

Natural Stone (Marble, Granite)

Stone sinks like marble and granite add a luxurious, high-end touch to any bathroom.

Pros: Luxurious look, very durable.
Cons:
Requires sealing and maintenance, can be expensive.

Acrylic

Acrylic is very lightweight yet durable, and can mimic the look of pricier materials.

Pros: Lightweight, affordable, and easy to clean.
Cons:
Can scratch and may not look as high-end as other materials.

Concrete

Concrete sinks have an industrial yet warm aesthetic and are very customisable.

Pros: Modern and customisable, very durable.
Cons:
Requires sealing and maintenance, can be heavy and expensive.

To Sum Up

When picking out a bathroom basin sink, it's important to consider the space you have available, your desired style preferences, and how you intend to use the bathroom. The most popular sink types each offer their own aesthetic and functional perks.

Additionally, the material you select will impact both the look and practical functionality of your sink choice. By carefully weighing these options for sink type and material, you can find a basin that not only looks great but also perfectly fits your bathroom needs and usage.

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