There are different types of sinks, and choosing the one that best suits your needs is sometimes not easy. Because there is the risk of making evaluations only based on aesthetics, without evaluating the practicality or the needs of users, not to mention the dimensions of the bathroom.
The washbasins (more commonly called sinks) have become more and more an item from the relevant aesthetic value to furnish the ‘ bathroom setting. On the market, there are different types of every shape and size and made of traditional or ultra-resistant innovative materials, able to guarantee durability, ease of cleaning, and maximum hygiene.
How many types of sinks are there?
Today you can choose from a wide range of solutions, alternatives, and proposals for washbasins, which allow you to opt for the model most suited to your needs and more in line with the bathroom context.
The main categories of washbasins for the bathroom are:
- column and freestanding washbasins
- washbasins recessed or semi-recessed
- wall- mounted washbasins with or without half-columns
- washbasins Counter
The choice between one type and the other is mainly dictated by space requirements and by the furnishings chosen for the bathroom. Furthermore, some models are more suitable for classical contexts, while others for modern and design ones.
The countertop washbasins – a real piece of furniture – are perhaps the most trendy choice of this period; they adapt to any furniture/console, they can also take up little space. They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors so that they can be adapted and matched to any context, from the most classic to the most modern bathrooms.
The suspended washbasins do not require support or furniture and are installed directly on the wall. They can have the siphon visible or embedded in a semi-column. They guarantee great freedom of configuration in bathroom furnishings. The choice of these washbasins, in fact, is not strictly linked to that of the furniture and still allows not to give up on aesthetics and design. Today the most widespread have soft and sinuous lines or geometric profiles, linear and with an ultra-thin edge so that they can be perfectly adapted to any style.
The pedestal sinks and freestanding are the most classic. The column model does not need furniture, as it has a structure that supports it and in which the pipes and the siphon are inserted. The freestanding washbasin models, on the other hand, are a modern and design reinterpretation of classic pedestal washbasins and can also be positioned in the center of the room, thus becoming a design and furnishing solution, which gives the bathroom a great character. The latter are monoblock pieces designed and manufactured with particular shapes and of great aesthetic importance and valuable materials.
The built-in or semi-recessed washbasin is perfect both in modern and traditional contexts. It is usually chosen in combination with the bathroom cabinet or top as dimensions, thickness, and fittings for the taps are studied ad hoc. The built-in washbasins can be sub-level or above-floor, depending on whether the part of the sink is placed below or more protruding than the top/cabinet. The semi-built-in washbasin is only partially recessed, in this case, in fact, a part of the sink is completely inserted into the cabinet/top, while one side remains more protruding.
What are the most used materials for washbasins?
The washbasins are made of resistant and hygienic materials, able to maintain their characteristics over time. The most common and resilient, as well as the easiest to clean, is ceramic, which today is declined with ever thinner edges and in a great variety of finishes and nuances, even in the matt version.
In addition to ceramics, the washbasins can be produced in tempered glass, delicate, but with a high aesthetic impact, in glass-ceramic, a composite material born from a process of union between glassy material and small crystals or in marble resin, a very resistant material. Ecological made with dolomite mineral that undergoes a special treatment able to guarantee long-lasting shine.
In the design bathrooms today, we often opt for washbasins that are perfectly integrated with the disappearing top, in this case; usually, precious materials are used such as stone, marble, or quartz. Instead, among the most innovative and recently used materials is the solid surface, natural acrylic stone composed of minerals and resins, which guarantees a genuinely minimal thickness. This material is offered in a wide range of colors and finishes. It is 100% recyclable. It does not disperse volatile compounds in the environment. It is ultra-resistant, durable, fireproof, and thermoformable, a characteristic that gives it great flexibility of use, as it can be easily cut and shaped using heat.
What to consider when choosing a washbasin?
Before choosing the washbasin for the bathroom, it is good to consider some factors: the use that will be made of it , if for example it will be destined to a less used bathroom, or it will instead be used with high frequency; the size of the toilet; the type of furniture and the style of the bathroom (classic, modern, design); the number of people who live in the house and will refer to that bathroom, as in the case of huge families it is always preferable to opt for high-strength materials that are easy to clean.