Laundry Sink: Fiberglass or Other

redshoetravelerOctober 1, 2011

We're still early in the stages of our build. We are in the process of shopping for plumbing fixtures & I am unsure about what to do with my laundry room. It will have a run of countertop along one side that runs over the W/D and will have a sink in that counter top, too. It's on the 2nd floor, so it will not be seen by many by the family.

Though the function is more important than the look of the laundry room to me, the countertops will be granite just because of how the pricing worked out. Now I will have a nice counter, nice white custom cabinets, & new appliances. The laundry sinks suggested to me are drop-in fiberglass ones with large tubs. They seem very functional to me for a low price, but with all the other nice things, will I regret putting the cheap sink in? Any pros/cons to a fiberglass sink vs. stainless, porcelain, etc. for the laundry room? I've never had a fiberglass one before. Will it stain easily?

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gr8daygw

I put a deep stainless sink in my laundry room. It has counter tops and cabinets in there, nice room just off of my kitchen. I love that it looks pretty as well as very functional. I have a Grohe pulldown faucet with it. It's a large sink so that you could wash bigger pots and pans and if I have a party I love that it's right off the kitchen and useful almost as a second prep kitchen type of thing. I can't see a real need for one of those gigantic work station type of tubs JIMO. I've been very happy with my large stainless in there. Here are the dimensions 21" wide x 16" front to back by 9 1/2" deep. I love it and it wasn't really expensive. It's mounted into regular kitchen cabs where I can keep dog food and all sorts of stuff underneath and then in the overhead cabinets I keep all the laundry stuff, light bulbs, etc.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2011 at 5:02PM
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abfabamy

We have a fiberglass one right now that is a MESS! It's stained and scratched beyond belief. We do use this tub as a true utility tub.
We are remodeling that room and just ordered a stainless steel sink to replace it. It is 24 wide x 21 front to back x 12" deep, the deepest, reasonably priced one I could find. It is by Blanco and they call it a laundry tub. I wanted a deep sink to soak large things, fill mop buckets, etc.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2011 at 6:21PM
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dianne47

I wouldn't ever put a fiberglass sink into a nice granite countertop. Try stainless or cast iron. Kohler makes nice laundry sinks. Even Silgranit would be a better choice. Anything but fiberglass.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2011 at 6:34PM
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mydreamhome

Fiberglass in granite?!?! Who on earth recommended this? Those fiberglass laundry sinks are cheap--so if the GC recommended it, that's why--the one our builder usually uses was $77 retail cost which means he probably paid 1/2 to 1/3 of that. Abfabamy hit the nail on the head--those sinks scratch & stain so easily. We went with a nice large D-Shaped undermount stainless sink that's deep & I LOVE it!!! It's 21"W x 19"H x 10"D (remember that your granite will add another inch to the depth). Ours is a Luxart Model# LXUS04 which was very reasonably priced @ $155. I can take & upload a pic of my sink for you tomorrow if you like. Franke, Oliveri, Artisan, Ticor, and many others make these type sinks. You can also find some great deals on Overstock.com--see the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Overstock.com D-Sink Search Link

    Bookmark   October 2, 2011 at 9:11PM
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izeve

I would strongly suggest a stainless steel sink. Definitely not fiberglass! I have a stainless steel Elkay sink in my laundry room and it is really useful. Mine is 12" deep and I think that is the right depth for a utility sink. Stainless steel can be cleaned and restored easily, doesn't chip or scratch.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2011 at 2:49PM
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rosieo

I got this one. Haven't installed it yet but you can read the reviews posted under the description. I needed a deeper sink than I could find in stainless.

Here is a link that might be useful: drop in laundry sink

    Bookmark   October 5, 2011 at 10:10AM
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