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Basins and Sinks Buying Guide

Sink inspiration and Gardiner Haskiins New showroom

What to Consider when Choosing your Basin

Basins and sinks come in different sizes to suit different rooms. So, choose the best style to suit your space.  In small or awkward places, a corner or cloakroom basin may be the best option. For larger rooms, consider a pedestal basin or a vanity unit that can also offer extra storage.

Most basins and sinks are pre-drilled with tap holes but you should always check your chosen basin is suitable for your needs. Some will have an option of one or two tap holes while some may only accommodate one. If you’ve already purchased your brass-ware, be sure they are compatible with the basin before you order.

Be sure to check your water pressure before you purchase taps as different kinds of taps only work with certain water pressures. Read our Tap Buyer Guide for more information.

Types of Basin

Washbasin: This is a very popular styled basin. It is fixed to the wall using basin bolts and is usually supplied with one or two tapholes. These basins can be used with a pedestal or semi pedestal. Hand basins are also available for small areas, such as a cloakroom bathroom.

This basin sits on top of a furniture unit.Console or furniture basin: Designed to sit on top of a worktop, furniture cabinet or shelf. This basin only has its base in contact with the worktop. They are available with many tap hole options and are usually built with an overflow. Some basins are referred to as ‘grinded’ when the base is smoothed to allow a flush fit.

Semi-Counter Basins: These sit on top of a worktop and are partially sunk into the worktop. They are typically supplied with tap holes and fixed to the countertop.

Vanity/Inset Basins: These are entirely inset into a worktop. Some designs require taps to be mounted in the worktop.


Semi-pedestal for a cloakroom sized sink.Pedestal: This is a cover for pipework that stands the whole length between the basin and the floor. It is assumed this takes the weight of the basin, however, they are there for aesthetic purposes and the basin is usually wall hung.

Semi-Pedestal: This does the same job as the pedestal, however, it does not reach the whole length between the basin and the floor. It may be more suitable than the pedestal where space is a premium.

Bottle trap: This is usually used for wall hung basins and is available in Chrome to offer an alternative to plastic.

Basin waste: All basins need this, but they are not included with the basin. You can speak to one of our advisers to discuss all the options available, including push button.

If you choose a  vanity/inset basin, you will need to have a counter-top to position it on.

To find out more information call us on
0117 9340874, or email us

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