The washbasin is one of the most sought-after items in the home. It is needed in order to wash, brush your teeth, wash your hands, and each of the family members does this procedure many times during the day. If you also hang a mirror over it and attach several shelves for cosmetic and hygiene products, you will get a great place for personal care, or even a branch of a beauty salon. It is probably not worth proving that a washbasin should be strong and durable, easy to endure constant use, not crack, scratch, and even not make much noise under the influence of water, and at the same time look pretty, because the perception of the bathroom depends on this. So what is the best washbasin for your specific application?
To begin with, it would not hurt to figure out how washbasins differ from sinks, and those, in turn, from sinks. Oddly enough, there are several different versions on this issue, but one claims to be true: shells are called a number of plumbing devices, which in their shape resemble a shell from the sea. Among them stand out sinks – those sinks that are present in the kitchen and are intended for washing dishes, and washbasins – devices located in the bathroom and used for numerous hygiene procedures.
Modern washbasins most often they are made of porcelain or its cheaper version – faience, but there are other models on the market. Each of the materials deserves special attention.
Porcelain is an expensive durable material that is easy to clean. It is difficult to scratch or damage it, which means that such a sink can be used for many years, and at the same time remain in its original state. But at the same time, such a material has one significant drawback – fragility. If something falls on the sink, there is a very high probability that it will crack or break into small pieces.
Faience is an analogue of porcelain, only it is already cheaper, so such washbasins are in high demand. They are pleasant to look at and do not make much noise when water falls. With careful use, such a product will last long enough.
Steel washbasins will withstand the load of any object falling and will not crack. They are strong, inexpensive and as durable as possible, but at the same time, they are not very aesthetic, do not fit well into the interior of a modern bathroom, and require enamel coating. Do not forget that they emit a noise under the influence of the flow of water, which is uncharacteristic for all other types of washbasins. By the way, scratches are easily left on the steel surface, so it is better not to use abrasive products to clean it. This sink is the best option for public places.
Glass is not so rarely used to make washbasins. Such models look very beautiful, elegant, make the bathroom original and even expand the space due to their transparency. By the way, glass can be both transparent and matte, have some color, decor, etc. The disadvantages of this option include the high cost, fragility of the structure, as well as the complexity of maintenance, since it will not be easy to keep such a sink in perfect condition: all prints and dust particles instantly become noticeable.
Wooden washbasins are a real chic, luxury not available to everyone. They will be the perfect decoration for spacious classic-style bathrooms. In this case, the tree undergoes serious processing: special impregnations, protective moisture-proof layers. The end result is a reliable, eco-friendly sink with a unique look, but the price makes you look towards more affordable options.
- Stone sinks also look very beautiful, harmonious, as they resemble the natural combination of stones and water. A natural stone washbasin is an expensive pleasure that also requires careful maintenance. Artificial stone looks no different from its natural counterpart, but it is more affordable in price and easy to use.
Determine the size
The size of a washbasin should fit well into the bathroom, be functional, but not take up too much space. To meet the requirements of each of us, manufacturers offer washbasins that are completely different in shape and size. So, the standard sink is 50-60 cm long and 40 cm wide: in terms of ergonomics and functionality, this is the golden mean. But the modern market offers both larger options and more compact mini-washbasins designed for the smallest bathrooms. Before choosing and buying, it is important to carefully measure the parameters of the room, calculate and estimate everything, down to the centimeter, so that using the washbasin is not a hassle.
The installation height also plays an important role. For an adult, the most comfortable washbasin height will be 80-90 cm, and preference is given to a deep bowl, since it is much more convenient. With a lack of space, you can use corner models: they are more compact, and in terms of functionality they are no different from ordinary sinks.
Types of washbasins
A washbasin can be installed in a bathroom in very different ways, and the same washbasin can be used in several different ways. The main types today are considered:
the cantilever washbasins are attached to the wall without resting on the floor. There is a lot of free space under the sink that can be used to store a basket of laundry, detergents, or simply leave it free to visually increase the space in the bathroom. This is a nice option, in which all communications are hidden, but it will require powerful walls that can withstand the load of the washbasin;
Tulip shells use a special pedestal or semi-pedestal for installation. All communications are hidden in it: simple and effective at the same time. But it is not worth choosing too narrow a pedestal, since it can be difficult to access communications if repair is needed. In this case, the sink rests on a stand, this option is easy to install, but moisture can accumulate at the bottom of the pedestal, and you cannot organize any storage place here;
A built-in (mortise) washbasin in a cabinet or cabinet is the most aesthetic and practical option. A small bedside table under the sink will hide all communications and provide enough space for storing household chemicals or detergents. If the sink is built into the countertop, under which they equip a lot of drawers, shelves and cabinets, then it turns out to be an ideal option – a functional interior detail where you can wash yourself, and all kinds of bath accessories are not far from here. Such furniture is most often made from moisture-resistant MDF, less often from chipboard, since this material does not resist moisture well, even less often from wood with special impregnations: although it can withstand the conditions of the bathroom, it is expensive;
- if in the previous case the washbasin cuts into the countertop, then there are overhead washbasins, which have also earned wide popularity. In this case, the design turns out to be more interesting, you can fantasize with the shape of the sink, it is easier to mount it, but all the other advantages remain the same: you can usefully use the area of the countertop and the space under the sink;
- it is worth noting separately the washbasins that are installed on the washing machine: they save space, have dimensions, like the top panel of a horizontal washing machine, have a small depth, but at the same time cope with their functions and are simply irreplaceable in small bathrooms. But, at the same time, they are difficult to install, water drainage is difficult due to the non-standard location of the drain hole, and the non-standard siphon will clog up more often than the usual one.
This is where there is room for the imagination of designers, since this is the shape of the washbasins. They can be standard oval or square, or they can take absolutely any form: be in the form of a shell, vase, amphora, take a completely incomprehensible and inexplicable shape. Such non-standard forms, although no less functional than conventional sinks, are used to a greater extent to create an exclusive design.
Conventional sinks are often square, rectangular, or semicircular when hung on a wall or mounted on a pedestal. If the sink is built into a countertop or cabinet, it is more often round or oval. There are also corner options designed to be installed in a corner to save space.
When choosing a washbasin, also pay attention to the little things, for example, the presence of an overflow hole, which will save you from possible flooding. The name of the manufacturer also plays an important role: products from little-known Asian companies rarely surprise with quality, so it is better to purchase a washbasin from trusted manufacturers, and they are presented in different price categories: from expensive Ravak, Am.Pm, Cersanit, Aquaform to more budget Kerasan, Marmite , Duravit, Roca, Hatria.