Under-mount sinks are standard in bathroom design. They are embedded into the countertop and are well-loved for their functionality.
Since 2002, vessel sinks have become a popular option as well. Vessel sinks sit on top of the counter and usually come in a circular shape.
Here are some pros and cons for both vessel and under-mount sinks to help inform your decision!
You can’t beat vessel sinks in terms of style. While most of them are made from glass or ceramic, there are countless options to choose from regarding color, size, shape, and material. Using a vessel sink in your bathroom gives the illusion that the ceilings are taller because the counter is usually dropped down to accommodate the extra height of the basin.
Under-mount sinks do not excel in the style category. However, there are thousands of under-mount sinks on the market, so it will not be hard to find something you like.
Under-mount sinks are easy to clean, and they hide stains well because more than half of their surface area is hidden.
Vessel sinks put toothpaste stains and handprints on display, and they are generally hard to clean; especially where they are connected to the counter.
Vessel sinks are much easier to install than traditional under-mount sinks. You can even do it yourself and save money!
Under-mount sinks are tried and true. They sustain little damage because they are secure all the way around the edge.
Vessel sinks, on the other hand, are more vulnerable to cracks because they are more exposed and less secure. However, cracks in vessel sinks are rare.
Vessel sinks are easy to install, and they are easy to swap out. They also provide a little more counter space. It can be much less work next time you want to remodel.
Because they are more secure than vessel sinks, under-mount sinks can be a pain to switch out.
Under-mount sinks take the prize for this one. They are durable, easy to clean, and have over-flow drains.
Vessel sinks normally do not have over-flow drains, so they drain slower when the basin is full.
There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a new sink. Both vessel and under-mount sinks make a great addition to your home. Many contractors recommend using under-mount sinks for high-traffic areas and vessel sinks for guest bathrooms and other low-traffic areas.
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