Many homeowners are choosing to install vessel sink vanities instead of cabinet vanities with preformed sink tops. The choice is entirely aesthetic. There is no compelling reason of why one style is any better or sores than another. Bathroom vanities with vessel sinks is one where the sink basin sits on top of the counter, like a bowl. The basin can be made of stone, glass, metal, wood or a composite polymer. In typical bathroom vanities, the basin is a part of the countertop, or else fits down into an opening cut in the countertop. A pedestal sink is sort of a cross between the two, because it is essentially a basin or vessel perched on top of a pedestal instead of a cabinet.
Choosing the best bathroom vessel sink vanities
An argument could be made that some vessel basins are better than the fiberglass or porcelain sinks of cabinet vanities. Copper sinks, for example, are said to have natural antimicrobial properties. It has been widely reported that bacteria which may survive for days on stone or stainless steel surfaces die within hours on copper. Hammered copper basins are very popular for vessel sinks and vanities.
The copper used often comes from a sheet of reclaimed copper which would otherwise have ended up in a landfill. Also, copper vessels are usually hammered out by hand by coppersmiths in Mexican villages or third world countries. Many copper vessels come from India. These origins appeal to socially conscious consumers and are eco-friendly choices, because of the recycled copper.
Stone vessels are also very popular, and they too are often crafted by hand in poor villages where stone crafting is the livelihood of the entire village. They are produced in marble, granite, onyx, travertine and many other beautiful mineral varieties. Prices range from a few hundred dollars for a modest sized limestone basin to several thousand for the same size in some types of marble or onyx.
Bathroom vanities for vessel sinks are also made from natural hardwoods such as teak or oak, and from more common woods such as bamboo. A bamboo basin can be purchased for a few hundred dollars, but hardwood basins of oak or teak will cost around a thousand.
Teak is a tropical hardwood that is often used in high-end Asian furniture. When buying items constructed from teak, you should insist upon knowing the origin of the product and only purchase goods that are made from teak especially grown for harvesting, not from trees cut from the rain forests.
Basins for vessel sinks are also made from glass. Some glass basins sit on top of the counter, like a typical vessel sink, while others drop into the countertop or are mounted underneath it. The glass is available in many different colors and styles, and will typically cost a few hundred dollars, although fancy designs or colors, like checkerboard glass vessels, may sell for six or seven hundred.