Although not every home needs a Utility and Laundry Room Sink Faucet, every sink requires a faucet. And finding the right laundry faucet is all about finding the best fit for your sink, whether you have chosen a white ceramic drop-in sink or a stand-alone utility sink.
Utility and Laundry Room Sink Faucet have many names — utility faucet, utility sink faucet, wash sink faucet, service sink faucet, mudroom sink faucet, mud sink faucet, washbasin faucet, garage sink faucet, and more. While you can choose any type of faucet for your utility sink, the best utility faucets favor durability over style, simplicity over complexity, function over form. Below you will find a descriptive guide to understand how many kinds of Utility and Laundry Room Sink Faucet are there.
Getting to know the types of laundry faucets
There are several types of laundry and utility sinks, varying from small ceramic drop-in laundry sinks to deep laundry pools. Pairing the faucet with your sink is just about learning how to find the best match, whether it is a sprayer convenience sink faucet or a wall-mounted hand-sink faucet.
Utility Sink Faucet
The Utility Sink Faucet varies from the kitchen faucet in one major region – the capacity to connect the hose. The Utility Sink Faucet is threaded on the exterior of the sink, just unlike the outside connection, enabling the hose to be connected. That is why you are more likely to locate service sinks in garages or mudrooms. Many homeowners add a small hose for rinsing vehicles, dirty clothes, and more.
Also, utility faucets usually do not include aerators such as kitchen sink faucets. Aerators are small mesh screens that are screwed into the beam. It is built to break down the volume of water by aerating the vapor, rising the splash and increasing the fluid strength. That is why the water flow from your kitchen sink is not like the outdoor hose. Aerated water is not as required for utility sinks due to the incredibly deep basins and the propensity of homeowners to add hoses to the post.
Utility faucets are mostly constructed of unfinished metals such as copper, bronze and stainless steel. Normally, they do not have a polished or painted finish because they are not intended to look perfect. That said, the incomplete look is perfect for an industrial building.
Wall Mount Faucet
Many utility sinks are also wall-mounted faucets – handles and beams are mounted on a wall instead of a countertop or sink deck. Wall-mounted faucets are excellent if you do not have a lot of countertop space. However, most of the utility sinks are freestanding sinks with four legs and no deck. As such, intend to install the faucet to the wall because the device requires a wide plate for the faucet.
Wall-mounted laundry faucets are mostly very modern in nature and nearly always built with two handles and a long post. The beam is often a simple brass pipe with a support rod, and the end has external threading like an outdoor beam. The handles on wall-mounted utility faucets are often cross handles or simple levers.
The bridge faucet is a two-handed faucet where the piping from the handles to the pillar is visible, providing a bridge-like look. Usually, this connection hides under a sink deck or countertop, but a bridge faucet is a stylish choice with vintage appeal, making it ideal for laundry rooms with a farmhouse, colonial, cottage or traditional interior.
Bridge grips provide little benefit over the other two-handle grips, except for elegance. As they are stylishly striking pipe and plumbing art, search for bridge faucets made of copper, bronze or brass. Chrome, stainless brass, and painted nickel make for perfect finishes for bridge faucets.
The Two-Handle Faucet
Most of the laundry sink faucets have a two-handle configuration, which has a classic symmetry typical to vanity sinks. Since two-handle faucets have a smoother structure than a single-handle faucet, they seem to last longer without leaking, making them perfect for laundry rooms.
The two-handle configuration also offers better temperature stability. Since plumbing is easy – one handle opens the hot water and the other opens the ice, combining it in one flow to the base – you have a better influence over optimal laundry temperatures. Because single-handle faucets depend on complicated mixing mechanisms, the temperature of the water is also never fully hot or fully cold. And cheaper mixing valves are unreliable, with the potential to spill. You are the mixing device for two-handle faucets.
Utility faucets almost always have two handles, like wall-mounted faucets and bridge faucets. The handles have a cross-shape or levers in different shapes and styles. With cross-shaped handles, you open the handle or close the valve. Pull the lever to open the valve with the lever handles and push it to close. In general, the levers are easier to use, especially if the faucet is higher than the typical faucet. Some utilities have levers that move up and down rather than forward and back.
Single-handle faucets are not popular for washing, kitchen, or mudroom sinks. Since there is not that much value in each of these rooms for a handle. These faucets are in the oven, where you sometimes have a hand filled with a skillet or a scrubber. However, you can still install a single-handle faucet in your laundry room, particularly if you have found a product you want.
A single-handle sprayer faucet is a convenient choice for pre-treatment of stains. Sprayer faucets include pre-rinse faucets, pull-down faucets, pull-out faucets, and some wall-mounted faucets.
The pre-rinse faucet constitutes of a roto-flex gooseneck beam and a hose that extends to the foot. This makes the bolt highly stable yet maintaining its rigidity, meaning that the hose will not kink or get in the way.
The usage of pre-rinse faucets and service sinks is more popular due to dogs. Although the pre-rinse faucets are versatile with decreased water speed, they are great for the washing of dogs. The water pressure rinses the soap out of the fur while the roto-flex beam moves with squirming pets. You do not need to wash your dog in the shower or take your puppers to the salon with a pre-rinse faucet and a deep utility laundry sink.
In general, a drop-down faucet has a wide gooseneck base with a spray nozzle that you can take out of the pipe. It is an extremely popular faucet in the kitchen, but it is not a common laundry room installation. That said, there is no reason why you can not install one in your laundry room. The large gooseneck sleeve stays out of your way while you are pre-treatment clothing. And the spray nozzle helps you target specific stains.
Pull-down faucets are compatible with conventional and existing sinks. Many even include beveled decor, making them great for traditional or cottage styles. Nonetheless, pull-down faucets cost more than other models, because they are specifically for the kitchen.
A pull-out torch has a shorter beam than a pull-down torch, but a wider sink. It is more popular for a pull-out faucet to be in a laundry room than a pull-out faucet. Although not as common, some faucets are specifically for laundry tasks. You can tell the difference because there are two handles instead of one. And it usually has more than two spray settings on it.