For a long time, I’ve been the biggest fan of farmhouse kitchen sinks. There is something about having your white fireclay kitchen sink protrude over the country that screams classiness. I’ve compiled and reviewed hundreds of different farmhouse kitchen sinks ranging in styles, materials, depth and functionality and here are 5 of my favourites.
Kohler K-6487-0 Whitehaven Self-Trimming 29-11/16″ x 21-9/16″ x 9-5/8″ Apron Front Under-Mount Single-Bowl Kitchen Sink with Tall Apron, White
If you’re looking for a product that is durable, stylish and affordable, look no further than the Kohler K-6487-0. The sink is made of cast iron coated with enamel which makes it durable, suitable for households that use large pots and use the kitchen frequently. Many users love the workmanship of the sink and gave great feedback on how the material used is high quality and lets white colour shines through.
A unique feature of this sink is the downward sloping bottom which allows water to drain easily. Also, the drainage is towards the side of the sink, giving you more lower cabinet space as the plumbing does not block up all the cabinet space. This little feature is great for those looking to maximise their kitchen space.
This sink is lighter than most other cast iron sinks at 130 pounds but installation is still a two-man job. In-built support may also be necessary for your lower cabinet. Many users managed to install the sink on their own with ease, commending the self-trimming sink which overlaps the cabinet face.
|✓ Self-trimming design that allows only rough cut during installation||✗ Sink weight is 130 pounds, which is rather heavy. Extra cabinet support may be needed.|
|✓ Short apron and edges allow the sink to be fitted into the cabinetry with little modification||✗ Prone to chipping as it is cast iron, extra care should be taken|
|✓ Slopped base allows water to drain easily|
Comllen 33 Inch 304 Stainless Steel Farmhouse Kitchen Sink, Single Bowl 16 Gauge 10 Inch Deep Handmade Undermount Apron Kitchen Sink
Made of premium 304, 16-gauge stainless steel, the Comllen 33-inch farmhouse kitchen sink is a high quality product that is great for households that use the kitchen frequently. The sink is 10 inches deep with a single bowl, making it suitable for large pots and skillets without water splashing. The sides of the sink is sound insulated using thick rubber dampening pads, which helps to reduce noise when dishes or water pressure hit the base.
The finishing is a commercial grade brush finish(dulled surface) which helps to mask scratches. This feature is useful as one of the main drawbacks of stainless steel kitchen sinks is how it scratches easily on prolonged use.
The weight of this product is very light at 35.1 pounds, which means that additional support for the lower cabinet is likely not needed. Installing this sink alone is also possible due to its light weight.
Among other things, many users love how the sink can be retrofitted into their current kitchen setup as the sink is of a standard size. One important aspect to take note is the sink is large and deep so it’s important to measure the sink fits well.
|✓ Product is lightweight at 35.1 pounds – in-built support is not necessary unlike most other farmhouse sinks||✗ Sink is made of stainless steel and can scratch easily|
|✓ Corners are gently rounded for sleek styling and easy cleaning|
|✓ Deep sink which allows cleaning without water splashing around|
The Latoscana 33” Kitchen sink is one of the most popular farmhouse sinks in the market and it’s not surprising how it made it to the top. A unique aspect of this sink is that it is reversible – with one side being completely smooth and the other having a fluted design – allowing you to choose from 2 designs in 1 purchase.
This sink can be installed many different mounts which is useful for the resale value of your sink should you decide to change it. The sink is rather heavy at 115 pounds so if you are installing it as a farmhouse sink, make sure that your lower cabinet has sufficient support so it does not collapse.
Many users decided to choose this sink for their remodelled kitchen, and complemented how it is a high quality sink but priced lower than other fireclay sinks in the market. Other users love how this sink is very resistant to chipping and cracking, preserving the chic look for months after the purchase. For people looking to have a classic display piece in their kitchen, this sink is a strong choice.
|✓ 100% exquisitely italian made reversible design, giving you 2 looks in 1 sink||✗ Sink is heavy at 115 pounds and may require additional support for lower cabinet|
|✓ Variety of installations available including flush mount and undermount|
|✓ Value for money option for a fireclay sink|
|✓ Deep basin bowl to contain large pots and pans|
ZUHNE Turin 33 Inch Farmhouse Apron Front 60/40 Deep Double Bowl 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with Grate Protector, Two Drain Strainers and Sink Caddy
The ZUHNE Turin 33” Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink has a double-bowl for people who love the functionality of having split washing spaces. This sink has good depth at 10 inches and a nice 60/40 split, which makes it large enough to fit large pots and pans while soaking dirty dishes. The sink has a brushed stainless steel finish, allowing it to conceal small scratches that may appear over time.
The kitchen sink also comes with a grid protector, strainer and caddy which is helpful if you have a smaller kitchen space as you convert your sink into a workstation. Noise insulation is built into the sink, muting the noise of running water and dishes to the minimum.
One of the biggest advantages of this sink would be the affordability of the product. The sink comes with the workstation accessories while remaining at a light weight of 45 pounds so extra support is not necessary.
Additionally, the sink is easy to install with cutouts and manuals included, making it possible to install with a single person.
|✓ Sink can be easily converted into a workstation, providing the aesthetic of a farmhouse sink while having many functionalities||✗ Sink scratches easily and may rust|
|✓ Rear set 3.5” drain which unlocks extra sink, countertop and cabinet space – can store large items or install pull out trash can under the sink.|
|✓ Lifetime warranty with free returns|
Ruvati 33-inch Apron-front Workstation Farmhouse Kitchen Sink 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Single Bowl – RVH9200
Look no further than the Ruvati 33-inch workstation sink if you’re looking for a farmhouse sink with all the in-built functionality you need. This item comes with a chopping board, roll-up rack, bottom rinse grid and colander to help you maximise the space in your kitchen. All the products fit easily into the sink, allowing you to utilise the rest of the countertop for other tasks. I particularly like the roll-up rack which lets you leave dishes to dry after washing them, but fit nicely into the corner when you need to use your sink for washing vegetables or dishes.
Many users like the 10mm curved corners along the base of the sink, allowing for easy cleaning around the edges. Additionally, many commended the quality of the sink which is made of premium T-304 grade 16-gauge stainless steel and a thick rubber padding to insulate noise from washing and dishes clanging.
A unique point that some users pointed out is the level of care given during the delivery of the sink. The sink had an outer box, inner box which has thick styrofoam plus a custom Ruvati bag, making the unpackaging experience a wonderful one. The sinks also arrive in perfect condition with little complains of chipped edges.
For those looking for a functional sink with many add-ons included, the Ruvati 33-inch Apron-front kitchen sink is a great choice.
|✓ Sloped bottom with grooves and 10mm inner corners to allow complete water drainage and easy cleaning||✗ Marketed as Ruvati USA but made in China|
|✓ Many built-in accessories including chopping board, roll-up rack, bottom rinse grid and colandars included||✗ Scratches easily|
|✓ Sink is 60pounds with cutout templates, mounting clips and installation guides included, making self-installation easy|
Pros and Cons of Farmhouse sinks
A key reason why people choose to get a farmhouse sink over other types of sinks is the aesthetics of the sink. Farmhouse sinks exotic and elegant, they stand out as a kitchen display piece more prominently than other types of sinks. The variety of farmhouse sinks available now are no less than other types of mounts, making it easy to fit into many interior design concepts.
A benefit often overlooked is that the farmhouse sink allows you to wash the dishes more easily as there is no countertop between you and the sink. Most farmhouse sinks are levelled lower than the countertop, making washing and cleaning much easier without the edge of the countertop blocking you.
Before you decide to invest in a farmhouse sink for your new home, it is important to know that one of the biggest drawbacks of farmhouse sinks is that current cabinetry will likely need to be changed. Farmhouse sink tend to be heavier than most other types of sinks, so lower cabinetry has to be sturdy enough to support the weight of the sink. Also, farmhouse sinks tend to be wider and deeper than most other types of sinks. As a result, getting a farmhouse sink is often not recommended for home owners who are looking to refinish their kitchen unless they have an existing farmhouse sink.
How to choose your Farmhouse Sink
Farmhouse sinks have plenty of variations and functionalities that to cater to your every need, including varying depths, sizes, materials and features. Here are some of the important things you should consider when deciding which farmhouse sink is best for your home.
Farmhouse sinks are most commonly made of stainless steel, fireclay, copper, and cast iron.
Fireclay farmhouse sinks are one of the most common and possibly what got you interested in farmhouse sinks in the first place. Often recognised by its distinct white colour, fireclay is an extremely durable material that can withstand temperatures of up to 1600 degrees celsius. The material is scratch and stain resistant, and generally does not rust, fade or discolour, making it a good choice if you’re looking to keep your kitchen looking beautiful for the years to come.
A key concern over using fireclay is that it is prone to chipping if proper care isn’t exercised. Heavy pots and pans that are handled in a rough manner in the sink can lead to portions of the fireclay chipping. As such, using fireclay is not recommended if your household requires heavy-duty washing and very frequent usage.
Cast iron is another popular choice for farmhouse sinks due to its durability and ease of installation. These sinks are built from cast iron coated in powered enamel, which protects your sink from rust, allows it to be washed easily and come in a variety of colours. Compared to fireclay, cast iron sinks are more durable and better resist heavy usage, often being able to last for decades.
However, the enamel layer protecting the fireclay is susceptible to chipping which can reveal the colour of the cast iron, causing the kitchen to be aesthetically displeasing. Fireclay, on the other hand, does not have a similar coating and hence still looks acceptable upon chipping.
If your cast iron sink does chip, you can either contact your local repair shop or DIY the repair by getting some materials. Here’s a guide to repairing your cast iron enamel sink.
Stainless steel is a popular choice for most kitchen sink mounts and farmhouse sinks are no exception. Stainless steel is a lightweight material that is easy to clean with a timeless look, especially when combined with white, brown or gray mix countertops. The light weight of the material also reduces the need for additional support for the lower cabinets, a major drawback of farmhouse sinks. Furthermore, the material is affordable and comes in a variety of sizes and colours, opening up your options to achieve the look you want without compromising on functionality
Copper is another popular choice for farmhouse sinks due to its unique colour and finishing. The durability and aesthetic of the material has drawn a sizeable group of people who simply love the patina (dark brown layer that formed on top of copper) which gives the sink a natural rustic look.
Copper kitchen sinks can come in either a polished or hammered finish, with the latter being the more popular option. Copper can dent easily when pots and pans are handled roughly. A hammered finish helps to conceal these imperfections which can occur over the years of its usage.
Number of bowls
Farmhouse sinks traditionally come in only single sink options as it makes washing plants and cleaning large objects including pots and buckets easy. Single sinks can also be used to bathe small children.
These days, farmhouse sinks are also available in double sink variations but the choice of single versus double sink is largely dependent on the size of your kitchen and countertop. Single sink options take up less countertop space and are more suitable for small kitchens. Double sinks on the other hand are great for keeping the cleaning process organised.
Size and Dimension
Farmhouse kitchen sinks are typically larger and deeper than other sinks, making it heavier and more difficult to install in the kitchen. As the sink sits entirely on the lower cabinet, it is common that additional reinforcements have to be done in order to support the weight of the sink.
To figure out the size of the kitchen sink to fit into your current fixture, the rule of thumb is to make sure that your base cabinet is at least 3 inches (7.62cm) wider than the length of the kitchen sink. This leaves enough room on both sides for any drawers or other appliances that you have in your kitchen.
Most kitchen sinks measure between 8-10 inches deep, with 10 inches being the most common depth for farmhouse sinks. Remember to measure your current cabinet to ensure that you have sufficient room in order to do the sink installation.
If you’re looking for alternatives due to your cabinet being too short, retrofit farmhouse kitchen sinks are good options to consider. These are ideal for homeowners with an existing cabinetry and would like to install a farmhouse sink without having to do additional work.
The finishing of the material depends on the type of material that is being used as well as the individual sinks itself. We’ve included descriptions of the finishing of the recommended products in the review itself.
All our top recommended products are covered by limited lifetime warranty, though most do not cover deformities including scratches, dents and rust which may have resulted from poor care or wrong cleaning equipment being used. We recommend taking care of your sink by understanding the types of cleaning products which work best for it so it lasts for decades.
Installations of farmhouse sinks can be challenging, as they tend to be heavy and require an assessment of the lower cabinetry. For standard farmhouse sinks, we will recommend consulting an experienced plumber and cabinet making to make sure that your current set up is able to support the sink.
Here’s a great video that shows you how the process of installation goes. Professional help is recommended for this installation but you give it a go using the installation manuals and tools provided in our recommended products.
Our Favourite Choice
My personal favourite sink will have to be the Kohler K-6487-0 Cast Iron Sink. I really love classic yet sophisticated look that a white cast iron farmhouse sink gives to the kitchen, so I prefer sinks that are made of either cast iron or fireclay. The self-trimming feature in the sink makes installation easy, while the cast iron makes it easier for me to maintain as I’m not meticulous in cleaning and maintaining the sink condition.
All these points plus many great experiences from delivery to post-sale service makes this my choice of the best farmhouse sink to get in 2019.
Hope you enjoyed the review! Let me know what you think of the sinks and if you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email.