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by Pei Wen Tan August 04, 2020 4 min read

What to consider when choosing your above counter basins

Are you looking to modernise your bathroom? Countertop basins, or alternately, above counter basins are an excellent choice to give your bathroom that modern touch.

If you're not too familiar with the terminology, countertop basins or above counter basins are freestanding basin sinks which sit on top of your stone bench, looking similar to a large bowl.

Countertop basins or above counter basins are available in a large variety of materials, colours, and sizes so it can get quite tricky to choose just one when there are so many options available!

Since countertop basins or above counter basins are sitting directly on top of the vanity surface, standard short basin mixers will not be able to be used. Instead, opt for either a tall basin mixer or wall mounted mixer. Tall basin mixers can even be offset to the sides as well as behind the basin to provide additional flexibility in the design.

Some tips for installing your new countertop basin / above counter basin would be to keep 50mm at the minimum to ensure that there is adequate space to clean behind the basin and to position your mixers so that the flow of water lands either behind or directly on top of your waste (depending on what type of waste you are using)

Installing countertop basins or above counter basins also only require a single hole for the waste and can be secured in place by the plug and waste along with some silicone along the edges.

Before you install your above counter basins however, it is important that you consider the following factors to ensure you choose the right one for you!

SASSO Countertop basin


What material do you want your above counter basin to be made of? There are multiple options to choose from, and it depends on both the look you’re going for and the durability you need. Stainless steel and ceramic are two common options to weigh between when choosing the material of your sink.

Stainless steel is a great option for a lightweight alternative which doesn’t rust and is easy to clean. If you like the metallic look, this is definitely a viable choice. It’ll look good especially in a more rustic or modern bathroom.

On the other hand, ceramic sinks are great for a minimalistic or classic look, as you can opt for the pure white option which allows for great versatility when designing the rest of your bathroom.


What shape do you want your sink to be? There are admittedly not many choices when it comes to choosing the shape of your sink. Most people opt for a circular option as it looks nice and adds variety over a rectangular counter.

However, if you like the block look, you can opt for a rectangular sink for a unique take on your bathroom aesthetic. This is a great way to change things up and create a customised bathroom feel. Additionally, if you prefer a rustic or warehouse aesthetic, then a rectangular sink could add to that.

ZEN Stainless steel countertop basin


The colour of your above counter basins is integral to the overall style of your bathroom. Before choosing the colour sink you want, it is necessary to consider the other appliances and fittings in your bathroom and whether the colour you choose will match the existing palette.

There are many options to choose from when it comes to colour, but this is also heavily dependent on the material you choose. If you choose stainless steel, you could go for a silver, gold, or rose gold colour amongst other metallic styles.

If you choose ceramic, you’ll be looking at more traditional colours like white. It all depends on the overall mood of your space and how you want your sink to match that. You’ll be using your sink everyday, so take the time to choose the colour that you want.

You don’t want to be greeted by an eyesore when you walk into the bathroom every morning, so consider your decision carefully. You colour decision will heavily influence and be heavily influenced by the style you have chosen your room to imitate, so consider it carefully.


The size of your above counter basins will be heavily informed by the size of your bathroom and your counter. You don’t want to oversize or undersize as it makes for an awkward visual. Consider what you will be using the sink for – if it’s simply for washing your hands, a smaller above counter basin might be sufficient.

If you will be using it to wash your face however, a smaller sink can lead to splash back and affect the efficiency of your day-to-day personal care routine. In this case, going for a larger above counter basin could work better.

Ultimately though, you need to consider your counter size and how your sink will look placed on top of it.

Expression Wall hung vanity with Sasso countertop basin


The style of your bathroom will impact the decisions you make when choosing your above counter basins. One good idea is to create a mood board for the style and aesthetic you want for your bathroom, and use this to inform your purchase decisions.

This will help you create a picture of your dream space and assist you in choosing your bathroom fittings and appliances. Once establishing your aesthetic, it will be much easier to choose what kind of above counter basin you would like to purchase.

Consider the above factors in order to ensure that you get an above counter basin which both satisfies your needs and your aesthetic. It can be tough to make a decision due to all the options that are out there, but if you follow the pointers above you will hopefully be able to make a choice you’re happy with.

Every item in a bathroom or room contributes to the overall aesthetic so don’t discount the importance of choosing this item. On the other hand, don’t stress too much about your choice. Choose the option that you genuinely like the best, regardless of whether it’s traditionally attractive!

Pei Wen Tan
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