Laundry sinks, or utility sinks as they are also known, are really important to any home. Having them will not just help you when doing the laundry, but also when bathing your pets, cleaning up from gardening or outdoor work, and doing some spring cleaning. Aside from their practical purposes, more and more people are now becoming concerned about the look of their laundry or utility sinks, even though most are simply placed in a garage or laundry room and not in a location that is more decorative. Some utility sinks are also used as outdoor sinks and people may want a sink that not only meets their functional needs, but also looks good in their outdoor space. Hence, some homeowners have upgraded their standard white laundry tubs to more modern looking ones.
Modern sink designs are really making waves in the market despite the expensive tags that are attached to them. The prices of these sinks typically range from about $200 to $600, depending on the style or design. Compared to standard laundry sinks, which only cost in the neighborhood of $100, these sinks can really be hard on one’s pocket.
So what do these modern sinks have that they cost so much?
Laundry utility sinks have indeed evolved with the times. They are now made from other fine materials such as porcelain, stone and glass. There are also products available that are made from stainless steel, giving the sink a satin-like look. Most laundry utility sinks on the market also offer a stain- and scratch-resistant exterior, so you are assured that the classy look will last long. The surfaces of these sinks are also non-porous so you need not worry about dripping water stains while cleaning. If you are looking to use your utility sink outdoors, however, you will have to give some thought to the type of material you choose to make sure it will stand up well to the elements of the weather (for example, using stone or stainless steel will work well, but you would not want to use a glass sink outdoors).
Other features that make this line of modern laundry sinks more expensive are features like built-in soap dishes, washboards and drain boards. Some even have stylish faucets included in the package. Not every homeowner will need to spend the extra money on one of these newer styles of laundry sinks, and most will probably be fine with a basic cheap laundry or utility sink, but if you are placing the sink in a location that it will be very visible, you may want to consider spending a bit more to have your sink looking attractive, rather than being an eyesore. After all, once you’ve installed a laundry or utility sink, you will have many, many years of use from it. This means that any additional expense you lay out up front will bring you added rewards for years to come, and may be worth the extra initial investment.