An apron sink is a beautiful accent for a farmhouse kitchen. Here are some of my favorite farmhouse apron sinks with great reviews!
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When we started talking about redoing our countertops, of course, the discussion of replacing the sink came up. Oo, finally my chance to get a farmhouse sink!
After starting to research farmhouse apron sinks, I realized there is a LOT to learn. I learned about the difference between porcelain, fireclay, and enameled cast iron. I learned that even the highest quality white sinks had some mixed reviews. I learned that hey, a stainless steel apron sink is a possibility!
I decided to compile all my findings (and a few of my favorite top-rated sinks) here in the hopes that this info could help someone else starting the process of choosing a new sink (or perhaps updating your entire kitchen).
So here’s a few quick tips for choosing a farmhouse apron sink!
What is the Difference Between a Drop-In, Undermount, or Apron Sink?
Drop in sinks: A drop-in sink is the most popular style kitchen sink. It’s easy to install which means it’s common in builder-grade or older homes.
For this style sink, a hole is cut into the countertop, the sink is “dropped-in”, and the rim of the sink extends over the countertop. These sinks can be replaced with a same-size sink without messing around with cutting countertops or cabinetry.
Undermount sinks: Undermount sinks sit underneath the counter. It’s a sleek look that also makes for easy cleanup (sweep crumbs right into the sink).
Farmhouse apron sinks: Farmhouse sinks are generally undermount sinks. The key difference is the beautiful “apron front” that is revealed because of the cut-away cabinetry.
Because of the way the sinks must be installed, a farmhouse apron sink requires that you replace your countertops if you wish to install one in an existing kitchen. Additionally, the apron requires that the under-sink cabinet be cut away partially to make room for the sink.
Farmhouse sinks can be great for washing dishes more comfortably since the countertop space isn’t in-between you and the sink. They are also beautiful statement pieces in any kitchen.
What if you want a farmhouse sink AND a drop-in sink?
You CAN find drop-in farmhouse apron sinks, which is a great option if you’d rather not replace your countertops. Here’s a drop-in farmhouse apron sink from Sinkology:
You may still have to manage some carpentry though, and a heavy porcelain or fireclay sink will need to be reinforced regardless of which installation variety you choose.
Farmhouse Sink Materials
The next thing to decide is your preferred material. If you are after the quintessential farmhouse look of a white apron sink, then you will be looking at white sinks made from porcelain, ceramic, fireclay, and enameled cast iron.
All these material options are heavy and require some care to keep the white sink looking bright and beautiful. From reading a lot of reviews, I think the best bet for durability and longevity is probably a fireclay farmhouse sink.
It’s worth noting that even these sinks I selected below with high star ratings still had the inevitable reviews showing sinks that had chipped, scratched, and cracked with only moderate use. Sigh!
But all things considered, fireclay seems to have a lot going for it. This article about fireclay versus cast iron is a great comparison of those two options for starters.
A white sink is just not going to have the hardiness of a stainless steel sink, but if you choose a good model and care for it, the beauty of the sink will make a lasting impact in your kitchen.
Now, if you’d like the look of an apron sink, but don’t want to deal with the maintenance of a white sink, there are options. You can also find apron sinks in stainless steel, copper, marble, and more.
These may not have quite the timeless appeal of a white farmhouse sink, but the other materials (particularly more durable stainless steel) can offer other perks that a white farmhouse sink cannot.
Things to Consider Before You Install a Farmhouse Sink
One Basin or Two?
It seems that farmhouse apron sinks are most often available in a one-basin variety, but two-basin sinks are now pretty common too.
It’s worth thinking through your dish-washing process and which option works best for your family. A farmhouse sink is a big investment of time and money, so you want to be sure you love the final look AND the functionality.
Garbage Disposal Compatible?
Another consideration is to find out if the sink you’ve chosen is compatible with a garbage disposal. Check the sink description and double check with the manufacturer. Also, this is an area where it is really helpful to have a seasoned pro helping you install the sink.
And what about the faucet? A traditional farmhouse sink places the faucet installation in the countertop, not the sink. You’ll find a variety of styles available now, but faucet placement is something to consider as you think through a kitchen update.
I’ve also seen the suggestion that you will want a faucet with a spray function for ease of cleaning your farmhouse apron sink. One more thing to add to the checklist for sure!
You’ll Need New Countertops
Now, a professional contractor might have some tricks for installing an undermount farmhouse sink and leaving your original countertops…but I sure have not seen it done! It’s best to plan to update countertops and your sink at the same time if you are installing a farmhouse sink.
And don’t forget, that beautiful farmhouse apron will require that the under-sink cabinet be trimmed down in order to make room for the sink.
Farmhouse Sinks Weigh A LOT
Farmhouse sinks are VERY heavy, so you will need to plan to reinforce the under-sink cabinet. This Old House suggests that the installation and shoring up process is best handled by a pro. Sounds good to me!
With all that in mind, here’s a few of my favorite white farmhouse apron sinks (all with 4-5 star ratings!)
White Farmhouse Apron Sinks
K-6489-0 Whitehaven Self-Trimming Farmhouse Kitchen Sink 36″ L x 22″ W
The “self-trimming” design makes it easier to install the sink since it only requires a rough cut and then the sink itself finishes the edge. It also comes in multiple colors including black and off-white.
Josephine 34 in. Fireclay 3-Hole Single Bowl Drop-in Farmhouse Kitchen Sink in Crisp White
Because this is a drop-in sink you can use it over existing countertops, which can be quite handy!
Josephine Quick-Fit Drop-in Farmhouse Sink Fireclay 33.85 in. 3-Hole Double Bowl Kitchen Sink in Crisp White
This version of the sink above comes with three holes and double bowls, but is once again a drop-in sink. Very convenient if you are not changing your countertops (or if you want to leave the option open to replace your sink again in the future).
DV-1K026 30″ L x 18″ W Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
This sink comes in multiple sizes and has a fluted front for some detail.
Bradstreet II Farmhouse/Apron-Front Fireclay 30 in. Single Bowl Kitchen Sink in Crisp White
This fireclay farmhouse apron sink comes in multiple lengths and a variety of colors like red, blue, gray, and black.
Desalvo 30″ L x 20″ W Farmhouse Kitchen Sink With Basket Strainer
This fireclay sink comes with two different fronts (reversible) so you can select your favorite side before installing.
K-6427-0 Whitehaven Smart Divide 36″ L x 22″ W Farmhouse Double-Bowl Kitchen Sink with Tall Apron
Stainless Steel Apron Sinks
Stainless steel sinks are particularly appealing because you get that beautiful apron front, but you don’t have the hassle of caring for a delicate white sink.
Eliminating the worry of broken dishes, stains from tomato sauce dishes, and scratches from an errant knife sounds like a plan to me. The stainless sinks look great with a variety of cabinet finishes, like the blue cabinets shown with the first sink I listed here.
KHF203-33 33″ L x 21″ W Double Basin Farmhouse Kitchen Sink with Basket Strainer
I love this sink styled with the blue cabinets!
K-3942-1-NA Vault Top-Mount Single-Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with Shortened Apron-Front for 36″Cabinet
If you are trying to avoid reconfiguring your cabinets too much for an apron sink, this single-well stainless steel model with a shortened apron front from Kohler could be an ideal solution.
K-3944-4-NA Vault 36″ L x 24″ W Double Basins Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
Another self-trimming sink from Kohler–great for flips and remodels!
Copper Farmhouse Apron Sinks
SEK307-33AC Lange 32″ L x 22″ W Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
This pretty copper sink features 7-gauge pure, solid copper and sound dampening pads to reduce noise as you wash pots and pans.
SK303-33SC Ganku 33″ L x 22″ W Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
This copper sink has hand embossed scroll work across the apron. The real-life photos of this one (in the review section) show how pretty it is in person!
Copper 33″ L x 22″ W Double Basin Farmhouse/Apron Kitchen Sink
Another copper sink with lots of beautiful details.