Counter Tops, Drop In's or Underslung - Vaal Decodes Bathroom Basin Basics

From counter tops to drop in and underslung basin options, Vaal  decodes bathroom basin basics and the differences between these three vanity basin variants. 
4 May 2021 Technical Info
Counter Tops, Drop In's or Underslung - Vaal Decodes Bathroom Basin Basics

From counter tops to drop in and underslung basin options, Vaal  decodes bathroom basin basics and the differences between these three vanity basin variants. 

 

Vaal Counter Top Basins

Practical, beautifully designed, and offering a stylish alternative to standard bathroom basins, counter top options feature a bowl-like fitting mounted onto the level surface of a bathroom vanity slab. Where some counter top basins make provision for tap holes and overflow fittings, others have been specifically designed to resemble a high-sided dish set on top of a bathroom counter similar to antique style washbasins.

While the concept may have been modelled from a vintage-style design, today's counter top basin designs are far from outdated. From beautifully rounded rectangular counter top basins such as the Alto Art, to the HR Symmetry basin, available in both rectangular and square alternatives, both create a polished finish to a modern bathroom remodel. Surface-mounted basins are also available in cylindrical designs, such as the modern Savannah basin which includes an integrated overflow mechanism and perches perfectly on top of any vanity stand.

The Savoy counter top basin has been styled to closely resemble an antique wash basin, although is suitable for both modern and contemporary bathroom themes.

The Swift surface mounted vanity basin, with one taphole and integrated overflow, is ideal for narrow bathroom vanity countertops,  and pairs well with oval or egg-shaped bathtubs that echo that same voluptuous shape.

Sold in a selection of basin sizes intended to fit both larger and smaller bathroom counter vanities, the Weaver counter top basin range brings a sharp angular design coupled with strong and striking features that suit a minimalistic or more masculine aesthetic. The larger Weaver basin is available with or without tap holes.

 

Drop-in Bathroom Basins

Also referred to as self-rimming or top-mount installations, drop-in basins are the more traditional choice, with a lip that sits just on top of the bathroom countertop and the "bowl" of the basin lowered beneath the counter. The tell-tale overhanging rim accentuates the basin, defining its shape and size, and was for some time, the only basin type available. Affordable and easy-to-install, the Concorde drop-in basin is designed in a standard rounded rectangular shape produced with 3 semi-punched tap holes. Alternatively, the Concorde Slimline rectangular drop-in vanity basin, is free from tap holes to create a detached basin and tap aesthetic. For a rounded style , the Jade Art option can be fitted as a drop-in or as a counter top version and is a beautifully smooth-edged basin bowl.

 

Underslung Basins

Secured underneath the bathroom vanity counter, underslung or under-mount bathroom basins are much more accessible and cost-effective than in the past at the height of their popularity. Installation requires the counter to be cut out to fit the basin shape and size underneath. The basin is then mounted in place using clips and heavy-duty adhesive. The rim of the underslung basin is secured beneath the vanity slab surface, creating a seamless counter top finish. A terrific space-saver for narrower bathroom vanities and smaller bathroom spaces, under-mount bathroom basins make it easier for surfaces to be kept clean and clear of mildew build-up and soggy soap mess. While perhaps a little trickier to fit, underslung bathroom basin vanities make up for a more technical installation by creating some of the most striking bathroom aesthetics. We love the Cardinal rectangular underslung basin with integrated overflow. This option is made from Vitreous china for added durability and is finished with a "glass-like" sheen. The Quail and Snipe underslung basins offer home owners slightly bigger sizes if required

 

While there is no right or wrong basin for your bathroom vanity styling, important considerations include available space, intended use, your bathroom’s theme and  desired aesthetics, and basin tap compatibility. As we see above Vaal offers a range of basin types, designs, and alternatives to buy with those mentioned here just an introduction to the full Vaal range on offer.