Basins, sinks, wash basins… Whatever you call them, read our expert guide before you buy for your bathroom.
Washing your hands thoroughly has become more important than ever, which is why the basin you choose should meet your specific needs.
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:
Basins come in a range of shapes and sizes to suit different rooms, such as a cloakroom or ensuite, 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.
A corner basin makes great use of space in smaller bathrooms. Find out more about them in our corner basin buying guide
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.
Handy tip: Find out which basin waste you need by reading our guide.
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 1 central tap hole, so will need a mixer tap, whereas others have 2 for traditional separate hot and cold taps.
Many basins come with just 1 tap hole, so a basin mixer like the Dulwich basin mixer tap from The Bath Co. (pictured) must be used
Types of basin
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.
The Tate full pedestal basin is a good example of a contemporary full pedestal basin
For more in-depth information, please see our full pedestal basin buying guide.
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.
Go for designer style with the Foster 1 tap hole semi pedestal basin from Mode Bathrooms
For more in-depth information, please see our semi pedestal basin buying guide.
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 stylish. Wall mounted basins often create a more contemporary look than the traditional pedestal basin.
The bottle trap makes an interesting feature on the Constance 1 tap hole basin
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.
The Carter semi recessed basin from Mode Bathrooms 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.
The Eden countertop basin from Orchard Bathrooms has genuine, designer appeal
For more in-depth information, please see our counter top basin buying guide.
A more traditional and far less common type of basin is the undermount sink which usually comes as part of a vanity unit. Instead of sitting above the line of the countertop, the undermount sink sits below it. This gives a pleasing continuity between the countertop and the basin itself.
The Dalston floorstanding vanity unit from The Bath Co. contains a black marble undermount sink basin
Discover more about this type of furniture and sink combination in our vanity unit buying guide.
Got a better idea of the type you want? Why not browse our basins now?