Caroma is an Australian company with extensive experience in designing and manufacturing bathroom fixtures, including basins. Here’s a quick history. Caroma was established in 1941 in Adelaide, Australia, as a subsidiary of Fowler Industries.

Its initial focus was on manufacturing vitreous china bathroom goods. Their practical Caroma vanity basins have been at the cutting edge of bathroom innovation. In 1942, they introduced the world’s first one-piece plastic cistern, which transformed the industry. This discovery resulted in substantial water-saving breakthroughs over the years.

This brand has created and is maintaining a diverse assortment of basin designs to suit various bathroom styles and requirements. The Caroma plumbing provides a varied range of solutions for consumers, including classic pedestal basins, modern above-counter vessels, and integrated vanity basins.


How to Choose Your Bathroom’s Basin and Vanity


Wall, inset, semi-recessed, above counter, freestanding, or vanity basin? It all relies on the size of your bathroom and the amount of space you have available. The first step in picking a basin is to determine who will use it. Adults, kids, guests, or all three? This is vital for deciding how many basins you end up with, their shape, and material specifically. A double basin may be useful if you experience ‘morning rush hour’. An above-counter basin is ideal for an ensuite, but an inset or vanity basin may be more user-friendly in the children’s or family bathroom, and so on.

What Types of Basins Does Caroma Offer?

Bathroom basins are classified into six types: wall basins, vanity basins, semi-recessed basins, above counter basins, under counter basins, and freestanding basins. Most bathroom basins in Australia come with one or three tapholes. Learn more about the many Caroma vanity basins below.

Wall basins (or wall-mounted)

Wall basins are mounted directly onto the wall, freeing up floor space in the bathroom. This can make small bathrooms feel larger and more open, and it allows for easier cleaning of the floor area beneath the basin. Because wall basins are mounted on the wall, you have flexibility in choosing the height at which to install them.

This can be particularly useful for households with members of varying heights, as you can adjust the basin to a comfortable level for everyone. Wall basins often have a sleek and minimalist design that adds a contemporary touch to the bathroom. They can create a clean and uncluttered look, especially when paired with a wall-mounted faucet.

Vanity Basins (or ‘self-rimming vanity’)

Installed flush against the top surface of the vanity. The rims are flared and slightly lifted over the countertop. This helps to prevent spillage and protects the counter’s edge treatment. The majority are drop-in, designed to fit a pre-cut countertop.

Above-Counter Basins

As the name implies, these are located on top of the vanity surface. Installation is simple, with few tapholes or specialised plumbing required. Ideal for tall persons because the rims are above waist level and can compensate for short bathroom counters. One of the main advantages of above-counter basins is their aesthetic appeal. They add a striking focal point to the bathroom and can instantly elevate the overall design aesthetic. Above-counter basins come in a wide range of styles and finishes, allowing homeowners to customise their bathroom to suit their personal taste and preferences.

Inset Basins

Inset basins are versatile and can be installed on various types of countertops, including laminate, stone, quartz, and timber. They are available in different shapes, sizes, and materials, allowing for customisation to suit different styles and preferences.

Semi-Recessed Basins

Semi-recessed basins add visual interest to the bathroom with their unique installation style. The partially exposed basins create a focal point in the room and add depth and dimension to the overall design. This can help elevate the aesthetic appeal of the bathroom and create a more polished and cohesive look.

Under-Counter Basins

Caroma under-counter basin

These are installed beneath the vanity level for a sleek, minimalist design. The basin sides are shielded against impact. Installation is more complicated because there should be a custom-shaped cavity that must be carved into the surface, and it should only be put on solid countertop materials that do not require edge treatment, such as granite.

Bottle Traps

Bottle trap basins, also known as bottle waste traps or bottle S-traps, are a type of plumbing fixture used in bathrooms and kitchens to prevent sewer gases from entering the living space while allowing wastewater to flow freely. They are typically made of materials like PVC, ABS, or metal and consist of a hollow body with inlet and outlet pipes.

The inlet pipe connects to the basin’s waste outlet, while the outlet pipe connects to the building’s drainage system. They’re available in a variety of colours to complement a variety of décor styles. As such, they replace standard waste piping for a more environmentally friendly bathroom and give a wall basin or exposed bench top a clean, stylish appearance.

Shroud Basins

Shrouded basins, also known as pedestal basins with shrouds, or shrouded pedestal basins, are a type of bathroom sink that combines the functionality of a pedestal basin with the added aesthetic appeal of a shroud or covering. These are often used in bathrooms where space is limited, such as small powder rooms or ensuite bathrooms. The pedestal design of the basin allows for more floor space to be visible, creating a sense of openness and spaciousness in the room.