Basin buying guide

The basin forms one of the main focal points of your bathroom, so it’s worth taking the time to choose one that you’ll love to look at and use every day.

There are many different styles, shapes, and sizes to choose from, so you can always find something to perfectly suit your bathroom and your taste. Whether you’re replacing an old basin, or buying a whole new suite, this guide will give you an overview of what you need to think about.

Things to consider:

1. Size

Basins come in a range of shapes and sizes to suit different rooms, such as a cloakroom or en suite, so it’s best to start by considering the type of bathroom you’re buying for, and how much room you have.

Corner basins or cloakroom basins are designed to make the most of the space in a smaller bathrooms by utilising corners and eliminating pedestals.

For larger bathrooms you have a wider range of styles to choose from, such as the classic pedestal basin, or a countertop basin for a more contemporary and striking look.

Palm corner basin]

A corner basin makes great use of space in smaller bathrooms.

2. Mounting

Different basins are designed to be installed in certain ways, such as mounted on a wall, or placed on top of a unit. A countertop basin can’t be mounted to a wall, for example, so always check to make sure your basin can be fitted in the style that you want.

You will also need to take note of what style of basin waste you will need, as these are generally not included with the basin. You can find out what type you need by checking the full specification tab under any of our basin products.

3. Taps

Choosing the taps for a basin is really just as important as choosing the basin itself. You need a tap that matches the style of your basin and your bathroom, as well as one that can be fitted to your chosen basin. For example, some basins have only one central tap hole, so will need a mixer tap, whereas others have two for traditional separate hot and cold taps.

Cavendish 500mm 1TH basin and pedestal

The Cavendish 500mm 1TH basin and pedestal comes with just 1 tap hole, so a basin mixer like the Coniston basin mixer tap (pictured) must be used

Types of basin

Full pedestal

This is the classic basin that most people would think of when they imagine a bathroom. Pedestal basins come in a range of styles, both traditional and contemporary, and can suit almost any bathroom. While it may appear that the basin is supported entirely by the pedestal, it’s actually mounted on the wall, and the pedestal is mostly there to cover unsightly pipe work.

Arte basin and pedestal

The Arte basin and pedestalis a good example of a contemporary full pedestal basin

For more in-depth information, please see our full pedestal basin buying guide.

Semi pedestal

The semi pedestal basin is completely wall mounted, because the pedestal, as the name suggests, is only half the size of a full pedestal and is only there to cover the pipe work under the basin. This means it can provide the elegance of a pedestal basin without taking up floor space in your bathroom.

Fairbanks semi pedestal basin

Go for designer style with the Fairbanks semi pedestal basin

For more in-depth information, please see our semi pedestal basin buying guide.

Wall mounted

This style of basin is fixed against the wall, with nothing covering the pipework underneath. This is why most people opt for more decorative bottle traps, which are designed to look more aesthetically pleasing. Wall mounted basins often create a more contemporary look than the traditional pedestal basin.

Deco wall mounted basin

The bottle trap makes an interesting feature on the Deco wall mounted basin

Find out more about wall mounted basins.


A semi-recessed basin is partly sunk into a vanity unit or worktop, so that only the rim or the front part of the basin is visible. This means the pipework is also hidden within with the unit.

Mode Ive semi recessed basin 550mm

The Ive semi recessed basin can be used with fitted bathroom furniture

For more in-depth information, please see our semi recessed basin buying guide.


This type of basin sits on top of a vanity unit or worktop, so it appears almost as if it’s a separate bowl that could be picked up and moved. This can create a very modern and luxurious look, and can suit a wide variety of bathrooms.

Rydal counter top basin

The Rydal counter top basin has an genuine, designer appeal

For more in-depth information, please see our counter top basin buying guide.

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