Everything You Need to Know About Countertop Basins

By Megan

16th Oct 2023

4 mins read

Bathroom Ideas

Countertop basins are of the most popular basin designs that can make a big impact on your bathroom. If you are on the fence about opting for a countertop basin, these are some of the things that you should consider.

White basin on wooden counter in orange bathroom

Adding a countertop basin to your bathroom is a great way to elevate your bathroom design. Their sleek and luxurious design makes them a great choice for modern and contemporary bathrooms. 


What is a Countertop Basin?

A countertop basin, also known as a vessel basin, sits on top of a surface, such as a vanity unit. They are designed this way so that will attract attention and become a stylish focal point in your bathroom.

Despite looking great in most bathrooms, you may be asking yourself if a countertop basin is the right choice for you. So that is why we’ve put together everything that you should consider if you are thinking about adding a countertop basin to your bathroom.


Where Can I Place a Countertop Basin?

The first thing you want to ask yourself is where can I place a countertop basin? What makes this style of basin a great choice is that they can be placed on almost any surface. From vanity units, vintage units and wall hung units and shelving. This makes countertop basins extremely versatile as they can be combined with any style. 

Adding a countertop basin to a retro unit is a great way to create a mid century modern vibe in your bathroom. Or adding your new basin to an oak effect unit to create the scandi style bathroom of your dreams.

Whilst being extremely versatile in terms of style, opting for a countertop basin is not alway the best idea if you are working with a smaller space. This is because countertop basins aren't designed to save space, they are designed to look aesthetically pleasing. However, a great way around this is to opt for a wall hung countertop unit or shelving unit to hold your basin. This way, the floor space will be left open, which won't make your small space feel overcrowded and allow for an easy flowing bathroom.


How do I Choose a Countertop Basin?

With so many different designs and styles available, it can be difficult to choose a countertop basin. Your decision is dependent on your preferred style and what aesthetic you want to achieve in your bathroom. It’s also important to know what is going to hold your countertop basin before making your decision.

If you want to achieve a sleek and symmetrical style in your bathroom, you should stick to using the same shapes. Adding a square basin to a square unit or a round basin to a round unit. To achieve a more contemporary or scandi vibe in your bathroom, combining different shapes is a great way to achieve this aesthetic. Adding a round basin to a square or rectangular unit is a great way to make your bathroom feel more contemporary.

When choosing a specific design or colour, this is where you really want to think about the style that you want to achieve in your bathroom. If you are looking to make your bathroom look more minimal and fresh, sticking to a white basin is the way to go. Adding a countertop basin also gives you the opportunity to incorporate a fun pop of colour into your bathroom. You can do this by adding a subtle coloured basin.


Are Countertop Basins Difficult to Clean?

Unlike regular basins, a countertop basin has more exposed edges which can make the cleaning process slightly longer due to the larger surface area that needs to be cleaned. You will also need to clean more thoroughly around the base of your countertop basin to avoid the build up of mould following any spillages.

You can clean a countertop basin just as you would a regular basin, using warm soapy water or a bathroom cleaning spray that is available at most supermarkets. Similarly to a standard basin, different finishes can sometimes mean different cleaning methods. For example, when cleaning a black a brass sink, some cleaning solutions may be too strong and could affect the finish on your sink. So always make sure that you are aware of the recommended cleaning methods for your countertop basin.


Which Countertop Basin is Right for me?

Now that you know whether or not a countertop basin is right for you, it’s time to choose the perfect basin for your bathroom. With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start, that’s why we have shared 5 different countertop basins, to get you inspired for your bathroom re-design.


Casca Oval Countertop Basin

The Casca Oval Counter Top Basin is a great choice for almost any style of bathroom, from modern and contemporary to minimalistic and Scandinavian. This versatile basin will help to elevate your bathroom design.


Arezzo Rustic Patterned Round Countertop Basin 

If you prefer a more rustic or contemporary aesthetic, the Arezzo Rustic Patterned Round Counter Top Basin will make a great addition to your bathroom. This unique basin design is sure to become the centrepiece of your rustic yet modern bathroom.


Venice Matt Black Round Countertop Basin

Adding a bold coloured countertop basin such as the Venice Matt Black Round Counter Top Basin is a great way to make a statement in your bathroom. This sophisticated basin would look great paired with matt black or brass taps, in a modern and contemporary bathroom.


Nuie Rectangular Ceramic Countertop Basin

The Nuie Rectangular Ceramic Countertop Basin is a great choice if you would prefer to add a rectangular basin instead of a round one. Rectangular countertop basins look great in almost any style of bathroom, from industrial to modern. 


Arezzo Matt Blue Curved Rectangular Counter Top Basin

A great way to add colour to a neutral bathroom is to add a colourful countertop basin like the Arezzo Matt Blue Curved Rectangular Counter Top Basin. Adding a fun pop of colour such as blue or pink is a great way to break up neutral tones such as white or grey without the colour becoming too overpowering. This subtle blue colour would look great in most bathroom styles, from Scandinavian to modern.



Megan is an expert bathroom blogger, she enjoys writing helpful DIY articles and bathroom inspo blogs. As well as specialist bathroom advice, Megan also shares expert how-to blogs with step by step guides.

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