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Pros And Cons Of Vessel Sinks

Have you considered a vessel sink for your bathroom but not sure about what are the pros and cons of vessel sinks?

A direct descendent of the original washbasins, vessel sinks can become the showy centerpiece of your next bathroom remodel.

They lend a high-end panache to any décor and can dramatically change the look of an old, traditional bathroom vanity area.

Butcher block countertop with vessel sinks and black faucet on wall

What Is A Vessel Sink?

Vessel sinks are bowl-like sinks that sit higher than the surface of your bathroom vanity countertop. Some may be partially recessed, while others rest entirely on top of the counter.

Available in several styles, designs, and materials, many= vessel sink basins have the familiar bowl shape. However, you can also find alternative shapes such as rectangular, square, or nearly flat. 

Popular materials include glass, hammered copper, brushed nickel, concrete, stone, porcelain, and even wood, with designs that can turn an ordinary bathroom sink into something approaching a work of art.

What are the Pros And Cons Of a Vessel Sink

Combining beauty with functionality, vessel sinks are not suited for every application. Before adding one to your bathroom, consider the pros and cons of vessel sinks.

Pros of Vessel SInks

modern bathroom with porcelain vessel skins

Cons of Vessel Sinks

black rock vessel sink

Other Considerations

bronze vessel sink

Faucets. Since they sit above the countertop, vessel sinks require taller bathroom faucets. Faucet heights of four inches or greater are essential to provide ample clearance for the sink bowl. Unlike standard bathroom sinks, the vessel sink does not have an overflow relief drain, and faucets are entirely separate.

Think of the faucet as jewelry for your sink. Dress things up with a well-chosen faucet model. Simple, clean sink designs look elegant paired with a sleek, tall vessel faucet. You might also go for a more ornate look by choosing a faucet with decorative detailing or a waterfall that cascades water into the sink.

Accessorizing. Vessel sinks with a round or curved bottom need a mounting ring for stability purposes. This sink style also needs a pop-up drain compatible with sinks that don’t have overflow drain holes. Clear and translucent vessel sinks will reveal the mounting ring, so you may want to coordinate the ring finish with the faucet or, conversely, choose the contrast of a bold, bright color finish.


Vessel sinks offer a stylish and versatile addition to bathroom decor, with various shapes and materials to choose from. 

They provide a spacious and ergonomic design, easy installation, and the option to change them over time. However, potential drawbacks include splashing, extra cleaning for some materials, and varying price ranges. 

Stability and durability can also be factors to consider. Before opting for a vessel sink, weigh these pros and cons to determine if it suits your needs and budget.

Contact Us At A.M. Pellak Construction To Create Your Perfect Space

Your bathroom should be a sanctuary from the outside world. Vessel sinks add an elegant aura to any bathroom remodeling project. At A.M. Pellak Construction, we offer vessel sinks individually and as part of vanity sets. We install sinks them on wall-mounted vanities and more traditional floor-standing models.

A.M. Pellak Construction is a Pennsylvania family-owned and operated business serving Delaware, Montgomery, Chester Counties, and The Philadelphia Main Line since 2006. We’re a leader in the bathroom remodeling industry, and we offer a complete, premium service for our customers.

Our expertise, knowledge, and skill—combined with our unique design, building, and renovation approach—have made us a leader in the Eastern Pennsylvania construction industry.

Contact our team at A.M. Pellak Construction today for a free estimate on your next bathroom remodel. Or call us today at (610) 543-2479 and let’s discuss your next project!