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Basins and Sinks Buying Guide

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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 to your needs. Some will have an option of one or two tap holes whilst some may only accommodate one. If you’ve already purchased your brass-ware, be sure they are compatible with the basin before you order.

Types of Basin

  • Washbasin: This is a very popular style of 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. Handbasins are also available for small areas, such as a cloakroom bathroom.
  •  Console or furniture basin: Designed to sit on top of a worktop, furniture or shelf and only have the base in contact with the worktop. Available in a number of tap hole options and usually with a built in over flow. Some basins are referred to as ‘grinded’ when the base is smoothed to allow a flush fit.
  • Vessel basins: Are an attractive and modern alternative to the wall-mounted washbasin. They can be combined with wall or deck mounted taps and normally require a free flowing waste.
  • Semi-Counter Basins: These sit on top of a worktop and are partially sunk into the worktop. They are normally supplied with tap holes and fixed to the counter top.
  • Vanity/Inset Basins: These are completely inset into a worktop. Some designs require taps to be mounted in the worktop.

Additional Extras:

  •  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.