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Often called a utility sink, a laundry sink is a rugged, large-capacity sink used primarily for cleaning or soaking clothing. A laundry sink is also used for washing items unrelated to clothing, such as paintbrushes. Laundry sinks are usually located in a laundry room or another peripheral area, such as a basement or garage.

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Like kitchen sinks, utility sinks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, which can make choosing the right one a challenge. This guide will review what features to consider when shopping for one, while highlighting some of the best utility sinks on the market.

Floor-mount utility sinks have the most utilitarian look. A floor-mount sink consists of a large basin that rests on four feet. These sinks are often made of heavy-duty plastic, which makes them ideal for utility areas of the home. Plastic construction also means these sinks are among the cheapest utility sink options.

The list below includes a mix of different types of utility sinks to suit purely utilitarian laundry rooms and garages as well as more sophisticated laundry rooms. It includes the best stainless steel utility sink as well as several high-quality plastic models.

For its ample capacity, sturdy construction, and useful high-arching faucet, the Jackson Supplies Tehila Utility Sink is an ideal choice for laundry rooms and garages. Those on the hunt for a more stylish laundry sink should consider the Glacier Bay All-in-One Stainless Steel Laundry Sink.

Some people see their laundry rooms and garages as pure utility areas, while others decorate them as they would any other room in the house. Keeping that in mind, we chose a mix of more expensive sinks that add style to a laundry room and affordable models that prioritize function over style.

The best type of sink for a utility room is usually a floor-mount sink. These sinks offer the largest capacity of any utility sink, which makes them more versatile. They also are made from rugged plastic that resists wear and tear. Thermoplastic sinks are also more affordable than stainless steel models.

While laundry room sinks come in a variety of size options, most are about 23 inches wide and 20 inches from front to back, with a depth of at least 13 inches. These dimensions create enough volume for soaking clothes or filling a bucket for mopping the kitchen floor.

To make a utility sink look chicer, it is possible to build a cabinet around it. Just make sure to build in a door or leave an opening that allows for access to the plumbing for periodic maintenance or repairs.

The main distinction for a utility sink, compared to kitchen or bathroom sinks, is the focus on durability and functionality, as well as the ability to resist stains, heat, and handling messier nuisances like mud and other grime.

You may recognize a utility sink by any number of its other monikers: laundry sink, garage sink, basement sink, shop sink, slop sink, mud sink, tub sink, wash sink, or mudroom sink. No matter the name, the purpose is likely similar.

Sinks come in a range of sink sizes, so size is important to consider when shopping for a utility sink or laundry sink. The best utility sinks are wide and deep. However, your needs should also come into play in selecting the right utility sink for your home.

A utility or laundry sink is often within a certain size range to handle its multi-purpose capabilities. You can find small utility sinks to optimize space or a large one to handle any cleanup needs your household has.

One of the largest sizes you can find in a utility sink (though some single-basin laundry sinks may range up to 48 inches). Sinks this size are usually double-basin sinks, often made with fireclay or stainless steel.

Since durability is key for a utility sink, here are the best sink materials to stand up to what a utility sink may face. Consider what material will work best with your functionality needs and your budget.

Another heavy-duty option is a cast iron laundry room utility sink. Durable and beautiful with a non-porous enamel coating that can come in different colors, cast iron sinks are not uncommon for utility sinks. The only thing is that the enamel may require more frequent cleaning with mild detergents and baking soda. Abrasive cleaners and harsh chemicals may cause the coating to stain.

Heavy objects falling cold also crack or chip the enamel, exposing the iron beneath to rust. A grid on the base can help protect a cast iron utility sink from such drops. Reinforcements for cabinets and even professional installation may be required for cast iron sinks due to their heft.

For tougher to remove stains such as paint, use a putty knife to remove as much as you can before soaking the sink in water and detergent (some recommend WD-40 for 15-20 minutes to remove paint stains, depending on the material). Then, use the putty knife again or a nylon scrubber (not steel wool) to remove any remaining marks.

Any utility sink is incomplete without a faucet. The best utility faucets will prioritize function over style, but you may also want to coordinate the look of your faucet with the style of your sink to match your chosen aesthetic.

A utility faucet, with the option to attach a hose for rinsing, is a natural pairing for a utility sink, especially those in a mudroom or garage. They often come without aerators to filter the stream, allowing a stronger flow of water to handle any mess.

Wall-mount utility faucets are also common, as opposed to being mounted on the countertop or sink deck, since some utility sinks are freestanding or wall-mount or have limited surrounding countertop space.

Two-handle faucets are also useful for utility sinks so you can control the water temperature easily with one lever controlling hot and the other cold. With simpler construction than single-handle faucets, two-handle faucets last longer and are less prone to leaking. Most utility faucets are of the two-handle variety. For added vintage style, a bridge faucet is also a two-handle faucet that also exposes the plumbing around the spout and handles, creating the look of a bridge.

How many times have you come into your house after a Saturday in the garden and the thought crosses your mind: "I'm too dirty to go inside." Sometimes we need a halfway point from outside to inside, with a durable sink that you can simply toss muddy clothes and shoes into. 041b061a72


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