Every homeowner wants a home that is complete with accessories and features to make life easier; sinks, smart appliances, and automated switches come to mind.
However, many people miss out on one appliance that can benefit them a lot in their homes: a laundry tub.
Having a great laundry tub for your laundry room will help a lot in the maintenance of your clothing and garments. It makes your laundry time more efficient (faster) as well as providing a comfortable workspace which can fit in well with the decoration of your home.
A laundry tub can very easily be the most used appliance in your home (provided that you have one). So, our guide today will cover everything that you need to know about laundry tubs for the average homeowner.
What are laundry tubs?
You might think that you can only do the laundry as the name suggests but you’d be surprised at its multi-functionality. Some great examples; it can be used to pre-soak laundry, keep your bottles of beer and drinks cold, as well as providing you a better workspace in maintaining your laundry.
Unlike the traditional kitchen or bathroom sinks, laundry sink tubs are deeper and have a wider area. This is due to the fact that it needs to accommodate your garments which are larger in area than plates and cutlery.
Do I really need a laundry tub?
There are several questions that you need to ask yourself before you buy a laundry tub (and they’re not for the same reasons as buying a kitchen sink, for example).
If you are a person who only wants to use the laundry tub to clean some clothing very sparingly, you’re better off with other options. If you, however, want a workspace that can allow you to maintain your laundry schedule much more effectively, a laundry tub is a good choice.
As for the size of the sink itself, it’ll depend on what your needs are. If you are dealing with the occasional stains and blotches on your clothing, you don’t need a big laundry tub. If you have to handle the laundry for the whole family, you’ll need a larger tub to make your work easier.
Next, you should set some realistic expectations for yourself when you are making a decision. Yes, a kitchen or toilet sink can do everything that a laundry tub does but having one is going to make your life so much more convenient.
For instance, instead of going up and down the stairs to wash your clothes, you can just do it in the laundry tub. A laundry tub can also act as a drainage system for your washing machine which is a more practical solution.
If you’re an organised person, having a laundry tub allows you to sort your clothing easily; you can separate your garments by colour or have more room to sort muddy clothes from slightly dirty clothes – it’s a very neat addition to your laundry room.
Finally, it is good to consider how frequently will you be using the sink and for what kinds of laundry jobs before you begin shopping – it will definitely save you a lot of time and keep you from making an impulse purchase.
With that being said, there are more benefits to buying a laundry tub than there are drawbacks if you are concerned about it.
Choosing the size of your laundry tub
If you’re only washing a few clothing, you don’t need anything bigger than a small laundry tub. If you are cleaning garments for more than 4-5 people, however, you’re going to need something larger – preferably a 600x500mm laundry tub that can handle more clothing in one washing run.
You should also consider the space that you have in your house to work with. Buying a larger tub is not that useful if you don’t have the space to set it up. A great way to set-up your space for a laundry tub is to plan it beforehand; that means you might need to move and reposition your laundry room to fit a laundry tub.
However, the tubs are usually not that massive so setting it up is not a huge issue. You can also get your retailer to set that up for you (usually for free or for a small fee)
As we’ve mentioned in an earlier post, Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks: A Guide for Home Owners, the best sinks are made of a thicker material which dampens (reduces) the noise by running water. The seals and edges of a sink should also be inspected carefully to make sure that they do not break down easily over time.
If you are unsure of anything, it’s best to ask your retailer questions before making a purchase; they’ll be more than happy to help you out with any issues.
Choosing the best laundry tub material
The first thing to consider is the design of the sink in relation to the aesthetics of your home. For instance, if you have a rustic themed laundry room, having a stainless steel laundry tub would look out of place.
You can find laundry tubs that are made of a variety of materials nowadays such as glass, wood, porcelain, and even stoned-based finishes. Find what works for your home’s existing design theme and aim for a balance between looks and function.
While there are plenty of laundry tub finishes in the market with great utility, when it comes down to a choice that is great in both the design and function aspects, a stainless steel (metal) laundry tub is the preferred choice for many customers.
The reasons that stainless steel sinks are so popular are that they are tough and easy to maintain; commercial stainless steel sinks can withstand high heat easily as well as being strong which means that it won’t break down even after more than 20 years of constant usage.
The durability of stainless sinks means that you will be saving a lot of money in the long run compared to other types of sinks.
While there is some negative connotation with stainless steel sinks due to its “dull” look, choices such as this metal laundry tub that we have on sale over at Build Mat proves that statement wrong; our laundry tubs look great, perform well, and are affordable.
Over here at Build Mat, we only offer the highest quality laundry tubs with the best prices in the market. View our Laundry Tubs range.
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