The vessel sink is the latest trend in bathroom fixtures nowadays. This is the type of sink that you see sitting on top of the countertop instead of resting inset like the traditional sinks. This design is nothing new actually as it drew inspiration from the Chinese washbasins used centuries ago. Installing the vessel sink can be done in two ways: the above-counter, wherein the sink rests completely on top of the counter and the recessed installation, wherein the sink partially rests mid-way. Special consideration in using this sink includes choosing a wall-mounted faucet with a long neck to allow the water to flow smoothly to the bottom.
The vessel sink can be made from a wide variety of materials including glass, ceramic, stone, stainless steel, copper and brass. It may come as a surprise but there are also wooden-made versions of the vessel sink lined with waterproof finishes. Vessel sink shapes can come in standard round, oval, square, rectangle, oblong, shell-shape and even triangle. Styles are mostly contemporary, but there are a few choices that exude classic Victorian or Craftsman to match traditional homes. The price for the vessel sink can be anywhere from $150 – $400 with high-end brands reaching as high as $1,200.