Picking out the perfect kitchen and bathroom fixtures can be a lot of fun for homeowners. Selecting the fixtures with just the right look and features makes a major difference in the look and convenience of your home.
Picking out a utility sink faucet is a lot less fun. After all, utility sinks tend to be tucked away in places that aren’t particularly decorated or are even unfinished — certainly places guests will rarely if ever, see.
However, utility sink faucets serve important functional purposes so it’s still important to choose the right one. In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about choosing utility sink faucets.
We’ll start by clarifying exactly what utility sinks and utility sink faucets are. Then we’ll go over the different types of utility sink faucets and how to choose the right utility sink faucet for you.
We’ll finish up by going over our picks for the top 5 best utility sink faucets on the market.
Utility sinks are large-capacity single basin sinks. They tend to be much deeper than a bathroom or even a kitchen sink.
A small utility sink is typically about 10 inches deep, while a large one can be two feet deep or even more.
The large size makes utility sinks ideal for cleaning things that kitchen and bathroom sinks don’t really fit, like garden and hobby supplies, oven and grill racks, and loads of laundry that can’t go in the washer. Depending on size, you can even use them to wash pets or even spray down messy children before they can leave a trail of mud to the bathroom.
They’re great for sheds, laundry rooms, mudrooms, garages, workshops, and other places where having a sink would be convenient so you don’t have to go all the way to a kitchen or bathroom. Because they’re especially common in laundry rooms for hand washing and spot treating, utility sinks are also frequently called laundry sinks.
Utility sink faucets, obviously, are the type of faucets that you’d use with a utility sink. They’re not the sort of faucet you’d use for your bathroom or kitchen sink.
Because their purpose is largely functional, utility sink faucets tend to be rugged and heavy duty and tend to have features focused on effectiveness rather than superfluous conveniences.
Appearance is typically not a major factor, so don’t expect most utility sink faucets to look as good as a bathroom or kitchen faucet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t attractive options available.
What Are The Different Types Of Utility Sink Faucets?
Utility sink faucets tend to have either a handheld sprayer or threaded spout.
A handheld sprayer is convenient for laundry or washing large items (or pets or children).
Where threaded spouts are really convenient is in the ability to hook up to a garden hose (with the right adapter) so they can provide a remote water source, such as to water plants or fill up large containers like aquariums without having to take lots of trips with smaller water containers. Other accessories, like aerators, diverters, and nozzles, can also be attached to threaded spouts.
You can even attach a handheld sprayer to a threaded spout, but there won’t be a convenient place to store it when not in use and you won’t be able to use the spout as normal without removing the sprayer.
Whether a handheld sprayer or threaded spout is better just depends on what your utility sink will be used for the most.
Some utility sinks don’t fall into either of those categories, but those that don’t probably won’t offer you the functionality of sinks that do. Since utility and functionality are what utility sink faucets are for, I wouldn’t waste my time with faucets that are missing important features.
What Do You Look For In The Best Utility Sink Faucet?
Speaking of important features, when choosing a utility sink faucet, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure that you’re selecting a high-quality faucet that fits your needs.
Durability is one of the most important factors for a utility sink. They should be well constructed and made from high-quality materials to avoid leaks and prevent breaking.
They should also be corrosion-resistant.
Utility sink faucets can come into contact with some pretty significant messes, so they should be easy to clean as well. Look for features like a wipe-off finish and a spout that makes it easy to remove hard water or other corrosion buildups.
Water pressure is also important. Higher water pressure can help with tougher messes but it can also lead to higher water use and may be too much for more delicate jobs, like spot-treating certain fabrics, washing pets, or watering plants.
Fortunately, you can typically add an accessory to help you lower the water flow rate, so it’s generally better to go with a faucet that offers higher flow and taper it back as necessary than go with a faucet that doesn’t offer adequate water pressure for all purposes.
In addition, some places limit the max water flow rate allowed from faucets in order to conserve water, so be sure to check if there are limits in place wherever you live. Accessories to reduce flow rate may or may not be sufficient to comply with local laws.
Ease of installation also matters. Can you DIY the installation or do you need to call a plumber?
Having a professional deal with it may or may not be a problem for you, but it is an added expense and inconvenience to keep in mind.
Also consider if you want a double or single handle utility faucet. One handle, especially if it’s a lever, allows for easy operation with just one hand.
Two handles allow for more precise control of water flow and for independent control of the cold water and hot water for more precise temperature control.
Finally, appearance isn’t usually thought of as a major factor for utility sink faucets, but
Our first pick is the Moen M-DURA Two-Handle Utility Faucet.
This faucet features a threaded spout, a vandal-resistant torque screw, and a heavy-duty ceramic disc cartridge to prevent leaks and drips. Like all Moen M-DURA faucets, it boasts solid brass construction.
The swivel spout has a 6.5-inch spout height and a 6.5-inch spout reach.
The faucet has a chrome finish. It’s compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
Two handle water controls
Some users found the installation instructions to be unclear
The LDR Universal Laundry Tub Faucet is specifically designed to be a laundry sink faucet.
This faucet has a removable spout with a retractable hose, which extends the reach of the spout, offering extra versatility. The spout can provide an aerated stream or a spray, which can be chosen using a button on the top of the spout.
The aerator can also be removed altogether, allowing you to attach a garden hose.
The faucet is mostly plastic, which means it’s not ideal for purposes that require a more heavy-duty spout. It does, however, have ceramic valves to prevent leaks.
Double handle water controls
The pullout sprayer is comfortable to use and makes it easy to direct water
Excellent spout reach with sprayer
Primarily plastic, which isn’t as durable as metal
3. Elkay Pursuit Laundry/Utility Faucet With Flexible Spout & Forward Only Lever Handle (Best High End)
The Elkay Pursuit Single Handle Laundry Faucet is a bit different from the other faucets on this list, and not just because it’s more attractive.
Like a pull-down sprayer, you can choose between an aerated flow or spray, but instead of a retractable hose, the high arc gooseneck spout itself is flexible. Just bend the spout to direct the water flow.
The spout will stay in position until you move it back, so you don’t have to use a hand to direct the water.
Flexible, positionable spout
Chrome and Lustrous Steel finishes. Lustrous Steel looks like brushed nickel
Comes with two aerators so you can choose between 2.2 GPM or 1.5 GPM flow
5. Speakman Commander SC-5811-RCP Wall Mount Utility Faucet
Last up is the Speakman Commander, the only wall-mounted utility faucet that made our top five. Available in Rough Chrome Plated and Polished Chrome finishes, this faucet isn’t great looking.
It nails functionality, though.
It has a pair of cross handles for temperature and water flow controls. The brass vacuum breaker prevents backflow.
The faucet is durably constructed and comes with a top brace to provide an additional attachment point on the wall. That’s especially useful is you take advantage of the built-in pail hook that allows you to fill a bucket hands-free and without worries of splashing.
Two handle water controls
Cast brass body, top brace, and solid construction
Wall mount style is more difficult to install than other faucets
Each of these faucets is an excellent option, so all you have to do is choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.
If you’re looking for a laundry faucet, the LDR Universal Laundry Tub Faucet is a particularly good option, while the Moen M-DURA Utility Faucet, Kohler Coralais, and Speakman Commander are great for more general-purpose uses. The Elkay Pursuit is a great balance between the two. Finally, if you’re still not happy with any of these options, there are other great utility sinks from each of the above brands.
And though none of their faucets made our top five, Delta Faucets and American Standard are other companies worth looking at for additional high-quality utility sink faucets.