Small Countertop Basins

There are different types of basins for kitchen and bathroom use. There are wall-mounted, vanity, console, pedestal, and countertop basins. Small countertop basins are commonly found in kitchens than in bathrooms. This type is often used because it is easy to install and is not that expensive. In kitchens, stainless steel basins are popular while porcelain, vitreous china, and enamel-coated cast iron are ideal for bathrooms. The plumbing and supply lines are simply concealed in the base.

Most countertop basins are round, square or rectangular in shape. The color of the basin depends on the material it is made of. Homeowners who prefer functionality to style usually choose countertop basins.

What are Countertop Basins?

Countertop basins are also known as self-rimming basins. They are called as such because they have round edges that support the basin within the countertop. This type is more preferred for kitchen use because of the ease of installation. You can simply fit the basin into the cut portion in the countertop, secured with caulk or plumber’s putty. The mounting clips that come with it must also be attached to the underside of the basin. Small countertop basins are commonly made of stainless steel, porcelain, cast iron, or copper.

How to Choose the Perfect Countertop Basin

There are many choices of countertop basins for bathrooms and kitchens.

  • Stainless steel basins are very popular for their durability. They are guaranteed to last long; they are inexpensive and they are also easy to clean and maintain.
  • Porcelain basins have been around for a long time. They are durable as well but are heavier compared to stainless steel basins.
  • Ceramic and fireclay basins are also high quality types of basins. They do not rust, their colors don’t fade, and they are easy to clean. However, dropping heavy objects can damage them.
  • Copper basins are slowly gaining popularity for their hygienic properties. Bacteria and germs don’t live long on their surface, and they also don’t rust or tarnish. But they must always be wiped clean to avoid watermarks.

You will have to carefully weigh the benefits, aesthetics, and price of the different types of basins before making the final choice.

Countertop Basins versus Vanity Basins

While the countertop basin may seem similar to the vanity basin, the primary difference is that the vanity basin is mounted on a cabinet, making it quite functional. Plus the plumbing is hidden inside the cabinet as well. In comparison, a small countertop basin rests on the countertop itself. The countertop basin is often placed in laminate plastic, stone, tiles, or a synthetic composite countertop and you can easily install it on your own. You can simply cut the countertop to the shape of the basin and drop it in. The vanity basin, on the other hand, has to be done by a professional to maintain the integrity of the cabinet although some homeowners can and have successfully installed their vanity sinks on their own without any problem. 



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