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How Much Does a Vessel Sink Cost?

An updated bathroom can add several thousand dollars or more to the value of a home. Though not all homeowners update their bathrooms before selling their homes, doing so can help them get more money when the house sells. Other homeowners renovate their bathrooms because they want to give that space a more modern look. Many of those homeowners opt for vessel sinks, but they need to look at the price of those sinks and the cost of installing one in their home.

The Costs

  • Ceramic sinks: $80 to $120

  • Glass sinks: $150 to $300

What is a Vessel Sink? 

When most people think of sinks, they think of traditional ceramic bathroom and kitchen sinks. Traditional sinks feature a large basin that sits inside a stand and the sink sits flush with that stand. There is also another type of sink called an undermount sink that fits beneath the surface of the counter. Vessel sinks actually sit above the counter or stand. Homeowners need to use faucets that rise up above the top of the cabinet, but they can choose from a number of different styles and designs for both the sink and the faucet.

Glass Sinks

Vessel sinks are typically available in three different types of materials: glass, metal and ceramic. Glass is one of the more common materials because it has a modern look and works well in different styles of bathrooms. Most glass sinks feature a rounded design, but homeowners can also find square and rectangular designs available. Glass sinks come in a clear glass with designs in different shades, including blue and green.

Metal Sinks

Metal sinks are a popular option for those who want a more traditional look. Typically made from copper, this sink features a protective coating added to the surface of the metal that prevents it from rusting when exposed to water. In addition to metal vessel sinks, homeowners can find glass sinks made with a unique finish that mimics the look of metal.

Ceramic Sinks

Ceramic is one of the more popular choices for bathroom and kitchen sinks. Ceramic has a number of advantages over glass and metal, including:

  • Withstands scratches

  • Holds up well to daily use

  • Comes in a wide range of colors and designs

Those interested in adding a ceramic vessel sink to their bathroom will also find that these sinks come in several different shapes and designs, including traditional oval or rounded sinks and more modern square sinks.

Additional Costs of Vessel Sinks

Vessel sinks can fit almost any budget that a homeowner has in mind. Some shoppers prefer the more affordable options made from ceramic and cheaper materials while others like the look of the more expensive models made from glass or metal. Ceramic sinks range in price from around $80 to $120 while glass sinks usually start at $150 and can rise to more than $300.

Homeowners also need to think about whether they want a recessed sink or an above-counter sink. An above-counter vessel sink sits directly on top of the counter and uses a small drain hole drilled into the bottom of the sink. With a recessed sink, the installer will cut a small area out of the top of the counter and place the sink inside that hole. This adds extra stability to the sink, which can keep it from tipping over or sliding out of place. It typically costs around $190 to install a new sink, but homeowners can spend as much as $280 to install either an above-counter or recessed sink.

Sink Faucets and Other Components

Most vessel sinks available from home improvement stores do not come with the necessary faucets, and homeowners will need to purchase those components separately. They need to look for faucets that are tall enough to fit over the top of the sink, which can be difficult when it comes to matching a taller sink with a new faucet. With traditional sinks, homeowners can replace the faucets anytime they want, but with a vessel sink, they may have a hard time finding a replacement faucet.

Advantages and Disadvantages

It's important that homeowners think about the advantages and disadvantages of vessel sinks before adding one in their bathroom. These sinks come in a number of designs that can work in any bathroom or kitchen, including designs that mimic traditional Japanese koi ponds, farmhouse sinks and the sinks used in upscale spas and hotels.

Many people love knowing that they can easily swap out one sink for another with minimal fuss, and many homeowners like that installation is easy. They do not need any special tools to install the sink themselves. Another benefit of a vessel sink is that the sinks add more storage space to a room. Traditional sinks hang down beneath the surface of the counter, which reduces the storage space in the cabinet below. As vessel sinks sit on top of the counter, homeowners will have more room in the cabinet under that sink.

Despite some benefits, vessel sinks also come with a few disadvantages. Many homeowners find that the sinks aren't as durable as traditional sinks. Vessel sinks do not have a counter surrounding the edges like traditional sinks do, and those edges and rims can suffer from chips, cracks and other types of damage. Some homeowners also dislike the lack of stability found with an above-counter sink. They can easily knock the sink over or cause it to shift across the counter when brushing their teeth or using the sink in other ways.

There is also concern from some that vessel sinks are just a trend or a fad. Some designers dislike using vessel sinks because they worry that the sinks will look dated within a few years. Those interested in selling their homes might also find that the sinks don't appeal to all potential buyers. Before a homeowner replaces an existing sink with a vessel sink, they need to think about whether that sink will work with the design of their space and their future needs.

Last updated on May 30, 2014

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