Advantages of having a top-quality bathroom vanity
Granted, many people purchase these vanities mostly for their stunning visuals and to spruce up their bathroom space. But it's important that you also look past the stylish exterior and opt for a top quality bathroom vanity. This way you not only get a stunning piece, but you’ll also enjoy the following benefits:
- Most vanities that cost more are usually constructed using high quality materials making them long lasting pieces. Manufacturers even go as far as conducting quality controls to ensure that they produce superior products. The Homecart 60" Bathroom Vanity Cabinet is one such example that’s made of high quality materials and undergoes rigorous testing for strength & durability.
- High quality vanities aren't only made using superior materials, but most of them also feature wear and corrosion resistant properties. This means they can withstand moisture and will consequently last you longer. An example of a vanity that has corrosion resistant properties is the Homecart 60" Bathroom Vanity Cabinet.
- With high quality vanities, you don't have to worry about flimsy drawers. They are mostly sturdy units which feature solid construction.
- High quality bathroom vanities have drawers that are designed to open and close gently. A few examples of such units include the Simpli Home Chelsea Bath Vanity and the Vinnova Florence Vanity. The same benefit can't be promised with the lower quality models.
Features to consider when choosing a bathroom vanity
With many vanities to select from, deciding on one isn’t the easiest of tasks. But you don't have to spend time worrying about which one to buy. Have a look at our list of factors regarding what to look for in a bathroom sink. They’ll certainly make it easier to pick the right one for your bathroom.
Dimensions and available space
You need to consider the dimensions of the unit with regard to the space you have in your bathroom.
It’s advisable to first measure the size of your bathroom before purchasing a bathroom vanity.
Do you have a large bathroom? Then opt for the larger pieces. If you don't have much space, you can opt for the smaller models. The RunFine Bathroom Vanity is a good example of a neat and compact vanity sink that you can pick. It’ll fit easily into your bathroom without taking up too much space.
Aside from the size of the overall unit, you also need to consider the dimensions of the mirror—if your piece comes with one. This way you can pick the right size mirror for your needs. Also, you can establish whether you have enough space on your bathroom wall to install the mirror.
Single or double?
You can pick between a single vanity sink or double. The one you buy will depend on a number of factors including your needs, preferences and size of your bathroom. We'll briefly discuss the two types below.
Single bathroom vanity: Generally a single bathroom vanity will work best in smaller bathrooms. This is because these vanities usually feature a compact design and as a result, they won't be taking up too much of your bathroom space. Installation is also easier and quicker with a single bathroom vanity compared to a double. Plus you'll also save on installation costs.
Double vanity sink: As the name suggests, a double bathroom vanity has two sinks. This type is ideal for larger homes—or couples. You and your partner will have your own sinks. Alternatively, one can be for you and the other for your kids. The advantage of using a double bathroom vanity is that it'll significantly reduce the time you and your family take to get ready each morning
Storage: number of cabinets and drawers
The number of cabinets and drawers a bathroom vanity has is equally important. This will determine whether or not you'll have ample storage space. If you have many items to store, then you must opt for the models that have more drawers and cabinets. This is probably one of the reasons why we've voted the Ove Decors Tahoe Bathroom Single Sink Vanity our editor's choice, because it has a total of nine drawers. By picking this brand, you'll have more than enough space to store your items – especially if you're a large family.
Note that it's not only about the number of drawers and cabinets, but also the sizes. Opt for a vanity that has drawers available in different sizes to store items of varying shapes and sizes. The Tahoe bathroom vanity has a deep cabinet which you can use to store your taller bottles which you'll find convenient.
Sink size and shape
Do you want a rectangular shaped sink or a square? These sinks come in various shapes, namely: rectangular, round and square—with the rectangular shape being the most popular. As you may have noticed from our product list of recommendations, there are some that have rectangular basins such as the Ove Decors Tahoe Bathroom Vanity.
The round shaped sink is known to have a more contemporary look, while the rectangular gives off a classic or traditional feel. But the one you pick is ultimately a matter of preference.
Aside from the shape, you also need to consider the length and width of the sink. Naturally, a larger sink will make it easy for you to wash your hands or brush your teeth comfortably.
But note that with most bathroom vanities, the trade-off of picking a unit with a large sink is minimal counter space, since it'll take up more room.
The opposite applies: smaller sinks will mean more counter space. If you want a bathroom vanity with plenty of counter space, then you can consider the Wyndham Collection Sheffield Double Bathroom Vanity
Bathroom décor and style
The bathroom vanity you pick will depend on your bathroom décor and style. As you may have realized from our product reviews above, these vanities come in different styles and colors. Pick a color that’ll work best with your bathroom. Some vanities will blend in with pretty much any décor. The Simpli Home Chelsea Bath Vanity is one such example that’ll work with most bathroom designs.
Other pieces aren’t as versatile so you’ll need to consider factors such as color schemes and the look you’re trying to achieve before making your purchase.
Materials and construction
As we mentioned earlier, it's important that you pay attention to the material used in the construction of the units. Apart from durability, these materials will determine the overall look of your bathroom. The materials will also determine how easy the unit will be to clean.
Vanity sinks made of porcelain are the ideal option for many homes because the material is very easy to clean and maintain. If you want to achieve a contemporary look, then you can opt for vanities made of stainless steel.
Extras: faucets, mirrors, and drains
Some manufacturers included a few extras with their units including faucet, mirrors, and drains. You may have to pay a little extra for bathroom vanities which come with extra features. But it'll save you the time and hassle of making additional purchases of such pieces.
The weight of the vanity will largely determine how solid the structure is. Heavier vanities tend to feature a more solid construction. But note that the weight will also impact the installation process. Heavier units tend to be much more difficult to install compared to their lighter counterparts.
Ease of installation
You want a vanity that’s easy to install. If you can mount it yourself without calling in a professional, that would be ideal. Some units like the RunFine Bathroom Vanity come readily assembled which makes mounting quicker. Also, make sure you pick one that has straightforward installation instructions.