After reading our buying guide, you should now have a better understanding about what bathroom vanities are, how they can benefit you, and the specific type of bathroom vanity you are after. This will make it much easier when you're reading about our top five picks and narrowing down your options. Let's look at our choices.
Foremost is an innovative, high-quality, furniture brand based in Newark, New Jersey. It opened in 1987 as a humble wood cabinetry, and now offers a wide array of products, including storage products, bathroom furniture, and accessories. With over 25 years in the business, Foremost is one of the most highly regarded brands in the furniture industry, selling its products globally and employing well over 2,000 employees.
The Foremost Palermo Euro Bath Vanity has a stunning espresso finish and comes in a small, compact size. This sophisticated bathroom vanity is slim enough to fit in any bathroom, and it has a matching wall mirror available. This transitional vanity has two raised panel doors and an interior, adjustable shelf for storage. The basin of the product is made from vitreous china in a European style, with a pre-drilled hole for a four-inch faucet. This stunning bathroom vanity features antique brass knobs for a classic, refined feel, and comes pre-assembled too!
When you're decorating your bathroom, there are lots of things to think about: deciding on the perfect bathroom rug
, the best type of showerhead
, or even the ideal bidet seat
for the fancier bathroom users out there. One thing people often overlook, however, is the classic bathroom vanity. A bathroom vanity is a fantastic way to store all your toiletries, spare toilet paper, makeup brushes and anything else you can imagine, in one handy place. They come in all sorts of styles, colors and designs too, meaning you can match them to the current décor of your bathroom and to your personality. Many people also like placing mirrors over their bathroom vanities in order to create a makeup station. Many vanities include holes too, so a faucet can be incorporated into them.
Before selecting a old bathroom vanity, there are a few things to consider. Measure your bathroom space before selecting a bathroom vanity, as they are available in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Be sure you will have enough room for door openings, including your shower door and the doors in the vanity itself, so you won’t damage other important items in your bathroom. Also consider whether you will need an electrical outlet near the vanity for items such as hair dryers, and check that the vanity won’t cover light switches or important decorative items.
Plumbing location is another big factor to consider, as this will show you how large your new vanity can realistically be. Although plumbing can be moved around, this is incredibly costly and may not be a viable option. Another factor people often overlook is the height of the vanity. If you are a tall person, you are going to want a vanity that is an appropriate height for you, so maybe give yourself a little measure beforehand too! If you have decided to purchase a new bathroom vanity without a top, you will also need to measure the cabinet's width and depth to select a countertop that is suitable for your product. Tops are usually around one inch wider and deeper than the cabinets themselves.
Storage is also important in vanities, as it's basically the whole point of a bathroom vanity to begin with. You will need to have a think about your own personal needs, and consider who else will be using the product too.
Finally, (and most importantly), think about how many pre-drilled holes your new vanity will have. Pre-drilled holes are designed for faucets, so decide whether you want a center-set faucet (a spout and valve on a single base unit) or a widespread faucet (a spout with both hot and cold handles).
The cost of your new bathroom vanity will depend on a variety of factors. The majority of bathroom vanities will set you back between $300 and $1000, depending on what they're made from, their size and their storage space. Products at the higher end of this scale tend to be made from higher-end materials, such as birch wood, cherry wood, Italian marble and porcelain. These vanities not only look nicer, but are far more durable too.
Pricier products will often be much larger in size and have enough space for two faucets or sinks, perfect for when you and your partner need a bit of space! They also tend to include more drawers or compartments compared to less expensive products. This isn’t to say that products at the lower end of this scale don’t work just as well; they are just more suited to smaller spaces and for a one- to two- person apartment or home. Cheap bathroom vanities are available ($250 or less) but they're made from flimsier materials and will not last as long.
The features you will want included in your new bathroom vanity vary according to personal preferences, the size of your bathroom, and what you will be using the vanity for. Doors and drawers, high quality materials, and soft close doors are a few features we recommend keeping an eye out for, however, to ensure you choose the right product.
Construction and Design
Bathroom vanities are available in two different styles, freestanding and built-in. Many people prefer freestanding varieties, as they are ideal for smaller spaces and apartments. If you have a larger space, you may want a built-in variety, as these products tend to offer more storage and countertop space. Bathroom vanities will have a big effect on the overall style of your bathroom, so it’s important to know your options first. When it comes to color and finish, bathroom vanities vary dramatically, from glass to wood and even metal. Espresso finishes are very popular in bathroom vanities, but if you want a more contemporary design, white, gray or black are also viable options.
We highly recommend looking for vanities with concealing drawers or doors. This helps stop people from being able to see what is actually inside your bathroom vanity. Let’s be honest, Sheila from down the road really doesn’t need to know that you have athlete's foot! Drawers and doors also help keep small children from rummaging around the vanity.
Look for a vanity made from durable materials such as birch wood, porcelain and marble. As well as looking attractive, they will add longevity to your product, meaning you can enjoy your new bathroom vanity for years to come.
We also recommend products that include soft close doors. Although this isn’t a necessity, it is a great choice for those will children who thoroughly enjoy slamming a door or two. This will stop the doors from becoming damaged and having to be repaired, and also stop that awful banging sound!
Performance and Ease of Use
You are going to want to dust your bathroom vanity fairly regularly, as a build-up of dust can cause damage to vanities, especially if they are made from wood. You will also want to make sure you clean your bathroom vanity about once a week, to prevent grime and lime scale build-up, especially on products made from porcelain or marble. If your vanity is made from wood, dry it thoroughly after cleaning to prevent the wood from decaying or becoming moldy.
If you have opted for a glass bathroom vanity, use glass cleaner or ammonia to remove streaks or grubby hand prints, and then wipe it clean with a paper towel. When it comes to installing your new vanity cabinet, we highly recommend using a professional, as this can be a particularly tricky job. If you are looking for a product that is particularly easy to use, we suggest looking for products that come pre-assembled too.
If everything has gone according to plan, you have now discovered your dream bathroom vanity and are now busy planning how you are going to fit it into your bathroom. If this isn’t the case, we have got your back! Just look at these brands' other bathroom vanity products to find something that works for you.