Above counter or vessel basins are bathroom basins that sit on top of your countertop. As such, they off an amazing opportunity to create a showpiece or focal in your bathroom.
If you’re going to spend a lot of money on a bathroom basin, an above counter model can turn out to be a fantastic investment.
There are several advantages of an above counter basin:
- Very modern and stylish. An above counter basin is perfect for making a statement piece in your bathroom. There are plenty of styles, shapes and finishes to choose from.
- Easier to install compared to other basins.
- Allow additional internal vanity space since the bowl won’t be receding into the vanity unit. Hence, above counter basins can be a smart choice for small vanity units.
- Easy to uninstall.
We offer above counter basins in ceramic and stainless-steel materials in a variety of shapes and sizes. From elegant circular and oval designs to modern and sharp square and rectangle.
We also stock multiple colours including the classic white as well as trendy colours like matte black, gold and pink. We’ve hand selected our brands to be competitively priced whilst offering fantastic quality and warranty.
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How High Should an Above Counter Basin Be?
An average vanity in Australia sits around 800mm – 900mm high (including basin). If you opt for an above counter basin, you should consider a slightly lower vanity to compensate for the extra height of the basin which can easily add another 100mm – 150mm.
This height is very comfortable for most users, but of course if you are particularly short or tall you may have to consider other sizes.
How To Install an Above Counter Bathroom Basin
Above counter bathroom basins are one of the easiest basins to install since they don’t require a large cut. As such, they just need the plumbing connection beneath the basin itself. Once the plumbing is connected, silicone can be used around the hole to seal and waterproof the basin.
Whilst there are plenty of resources online that you can follow to achieve this, we’d recommend hiring a licensed plumber. Alternatively, you can opt to purchase a vanity that already has a basin installed.
What Taps Can I Use with an Above Counter Basin?
You can use most taps with above counter basins, but there are a couple of things to be mindful of.
If you’re above counter basin is relatively high and doesn’t contain any tapholes (or no possibility to drill them), it’s best to opt for a high basin mixer or wall mixer. That way you won’t be limited by the height of the basin. In general, a spout should end about 100mm – 150mm above the top of your basin. This allows for plenty of room to wash your hands and ensure the spout isn’t causing any obstruction.