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A utility room isn't complete without a sink by the same name. Also referred to as laundry sinks or tubs, utility sinks are mainly different from other sinks due to their large size. Their wide, deep basins are perfect for heavy-duty chores like washing gardening tools, bathing small pets, emptying the mop bucket, or hand washing laundry. Due to their broad range of use, utility sinks come in a variety of different models and styles to suit just about any need. To choose the best utility sink for your space, consider the following characteristics:
There are a few options of basin types that have different installation styles to suit your needs or space. As these are typically permanent fixtures in a home, make sure that you choose something that you will like long term and that fits with other updates you may have planned for the space it will be placed in.
Drop-In: Also known as self-rimming or over-mount sinks, this installation type sits nestled into a hole cut in the countertop, with the whole of the basin below the counter, but its rim remaining above. Drop in laundry sinks are relatively easy to install and work well with most countertops and surfaces.
Undermount: With this installation style, the sink is installed entirely underneath a counter in such a way that the countertop completely covers the edges of the sink. This gives a utility sink a finished, contemporary look, and has the added benefit of making it simple to wipe things into the basin from the counter. Some undermount utility sinks may offer matching covers that allow you convert them into extra counter space when they are not in use.
Wall-mounted & Floor-standing: These self-explanatory types of utility sinks are installed separate from countertops as stand-alone units. They can be particularly nice for extra messy washing tasks that might get counters dirty, and can include helpful features like adjustable legs or extra basins.
Portable:Some utility sinks are designed to be portable, and can be taken anywhere that there’s a mess. Certain models are even meant to hooked up to a hose for outdoor usage.
Utility sinks are available in various materials; when selecting the right one for your space, be sure to take into account the weight of the material, the style that it works best with and the sink’s intended use.
The faucet you choose to go with your utility sink is also a large factor in how functional the installation as whole can be. If a large sturdy sink is merely accompanied by a trickling tap, you can’t get a whole lot of cleaning done. A utility sink should feature durable faucet with a relatively high water output. Generally any heavy duty faucet that would work well in a kitchen can also be used with a laundry or utility sink; wall mounted and commercial style faucets in particular are great laundry room additions that can handle the toughest of utility tasks. Some models even come with extra features such as side sprays or variable settings to make a variety of chores much easier.
Here's where you can add a touch of personality and charm to an otherwise utilitarian installation. Characteristics such as the shape of the neck, the number and size of handles, and general design can all impact the overall style of your laundry sink.
There are a variety of materials and finishes available that make it easy to find something to perfectly fit your space. Some of the most popular options include:
Spouts can be either aerated or nonaerated. Aerated spouts use a screen and resistor in combination with air to at once improve water pressure and limit water flow. Nonaerated spouts do not have that screen, so water can flow more quickly and freely.
Aside from aeration, keep the length and reach of the spout in mind. Water should be able to go directly from the spout into the center of the sink. A faucet too small or too large for your needs could make simple tasks more complicated, or even end up creating a mess.
While it may not make a big difference in your day-to-day use, the type of valve that you choose for your utility sink may affect the long-term durability of the faucet or change how easy it is to repair. There are four primary valve types that you can choose from: