Vessel sinks – Pros and cons of this trendy fixture

Monday 13th, May 2013 / 16:50 Written by
Vessel sinks – Pros and cons of this trendy fixture

We’ve all noticed them in the bathrooms of restaurants – those trendy sinks perched atop the bathroom counter like serving bowls at a buffet. They come in a variety of textures, colors and designs, and many homeowners are considering them for the next renovation. But will something that looks great in a trendy restaurant be a good investment for your home?

The Pros

  • They are stylish.
  • They are easy to install, though most of us will have to buy a new vanity countertop or a whole new vanity in order to do it. Simply drill a small hole on the top and hook up the plumbing or hire a professional for an hour or less.
  • Easy installation means they’re also easy to change. A couple of years down the road, trade out the old sink for a new sink.
  • They free up counter space.


The Cons

  • They are stylish. Anything that may be a passing trend, also runs the risk of being a poor investment. It could just be a matter of years before people start rolling their eyes at these things, thinking, “That’s so 2010.”
  • Water and dirt can get caught between the base of the sink and the countertop.
  • They are more prone to cracks and damage. As a greater area of the sink is exposed, it runs a greater risk for incurring damage.
  • Vessel sinks lack an overflow drain.
  • They are a poor choice for kids, as vessel sinks are a high and a touch more fragile.
  • Water splashing out is common, especially under high water pressure. This effect can be mitigated with a vessel style that is less steeply sloped. As an extra precaution, a vanity should be chosen with a nonporous surface to reduce potential water damage.


Keep in mind that vanities are built at a shorter height to accommodate the rise of a vessel sink. Chances are you’ll have to buy a new vanity that suitable for a vessel sink. You’ll also need a different faucet, one that rises above the top of the bowl, providing enough clearance to wash your hands. Put briefly, you’ll likely need to replace your vanity and its hardware before installing a vessel sink.

There is a recessed vessel sink that allows for greater stability. A recessed sink involves drilling a bigger hole and setting the sink so that only half of it is exposed. If you’d like to keep your present vanity, this option is worth exploring, particularly if your current vanity is already on the shorter side.

Vessel sinks run between $120 and $1,200.