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Published Sep. 24, 2021

After a long stretch when sleek and sterile kitchens were all the rage, trends have now turned more cozy and bucolic. Kitchens are a place of gathering, a place to sit and talk while a soup simmers on the stove or while we wait for a cup of tea, so it’s no surprise that kitchen trends have embraced cottagecore. Farmhouse sinks are one sure way to add some charm to your kitchen aesthetic. Farmhouse sinks have exposed apron fronts and are usually wider and deeper than the typical kitchen sink, so along with the nice visual element, they also provide more sink space for preparing meals and dishes. Here are our picks for the best farmhouse sinks.

How We Picked the Best Farmhouse Sinks

Methodology

We looked for a few different criteria in our search for the best farmhouse sink. Here’s what helped us make our decision:

  • Size: Part of the draw of a farmhouse sink is that it’s wider and deeper than traditional kitchen sinks. All of our picks are at least 10 inches deep, giving plenty of room to stack or soak dishes.
  • Functionality: We love an efficient kitchen, so we looked for accessories or functions that make life a little easier, like the many accessories in the workstation sink, or the pitched slopes meant to promote easy drainage.
  • Style: Farmhouse sinks are a charming focal point, so—in this case—looks do matter! We preferred the look of the fireclay sinks but found that the stainless steel sinks give a unique modern-yet-traditional vibe. We also appreciated models that offer a variety of colors.
  • Price: We want buyers to get what they pay for, so we paid attention to price to make sure it was reasonable for the level of luxury you’re getting with each sink.

The Best Farmhouse Sinks: Reviews and Recommendations

Best Overall: Houzer Apron Front Fireclay Sink

Simple and Traditional

This white single basin sink has the perfect farmhouse feel. HOUZER

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Why It Made the Cut: We love the clean look of this white apron front sink, and coupled with its heavy, sturdy build, that made it our top overall choice for best farmhouse sink. 

Specs:

  • Fireclay
  • Dual mount options
  • 20 x 33 x 10.13 inches

Pros:

  • Great value for the price
  • Chip and crack resistant
  • Spacious

Cons:

  • Needs shelf to rest on due to its weight
  • Flat surface needs to be wiped down

If you’re looking for a clean-cut single basin farmhouse sink, this model from Houzer is a gorgeous and traditional option. Made from fireclay and glazed with a nonporous, semi-glossy surface, this sink is bright, shiny, and easy to clean—a quick rinse and wipe keeps the surface gleaming and free of dulling coffee or spaghetti sauce stains. 

Many consumers are surprised by the sturdiness of the sink for the reasonable price—this thing is heavy! While the sink has dual options for installation—either drop-in or undermount installation—because of its weight, it needs to rest on a cabinet shelf.

This sink isn’t graded the way some traditional sinks are, so it’s not as easy to simply rinse debris down the drain. A simple wipe of the sponge over the glossy surface solves that problem. Overall, this sink is a beautiful addition to add farmhouse style to your kitchen.

Best Double Basin: Bocchi Classico Double Bowl Apron Front Sink

Multipurpose Basin

A double-basin farmhouse sink that allows for multitasking. BOCCHI

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Why It Made the Cut: Unlike traditional farmhouse sinks, this model has a split basin so you can use it for two tasks at once, but it still maintains the traditional farmhouse aesthetic, and that’s why it’s our favorite double-basin farmhouse sink.

Specs:

  • Fireclay
  • 100 percent nonporous surface
  • 33 x 18 x 10 inches

Pros:

  • Comes in a variety of colors
  • Includes a wire rack to prevent glass and dish breakage
  • Deep basin

Cons:

  • Artisanal design may not be level

This Bocchi sink diverges from the expected single wide basin of farmhouse sinks and splits into two sides. What we love about this sink, compared to other double basins, is that many of the other double-basin options are made of stainless steel and look commercial rather than the cottagecore look you might be aiming for. 

Made of fireclay, this sink has a nice glossy finish and is available in an assortment of colors (including a brown finish that looks really cool and unique). Previous designs of this model had a shallower basin, but this one is deeper at 10 inches.

Because of the artisanal nature of a fireclay sink, we recommend you wait for the sink to arrive before measuring out your countertop space for installation, as even a millimeter of difference could bungle your measurements. Once installed, this double-basin sink is a gorgeous country focal piece for your kitchen.

Best Stainless Steel: Kraus Standart Pro

Durable and Low Maintenance

You can set and forget this low-maintenance stainless steel sink. Kraus

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Why It Made the Cut: We love this more-contemporary take on a traditional farmhouse sink, a stainless steel version that isn’t susceptible to stains like other materials, with a satin finish that offers a sleek modern look.

Specs:

  • Dent-resistant stainless steel
  • 29.75 x 20.75 x 10 inches
  • Contemporary look

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Cost efficient
  • Noise dampeners mute sound

Cons:

  • Doesn’t drain on its own

The main draw of stainless steel is its long lasting, low maintenance durability. This stainless steel farmhouse sink from Kraus offers the width and depth of an apron front sink without the cleaning and maintenance often required by ceramic or fireclay versions. 

This model is sturdy and dependable, made with a heavy-duty and dent-resistant stainless steel. The sink is insulated with extra thick pads to reduce noise so you won’t hear lots of clanging when you move your dishes around in the steel basin.

Like some other farmhouse sinks, the flat bottom of the Kraus prevents it from completely draining on its own, but a quick wipedown after use leaves it spotless. This sink is a sleek-looking addition to a modern kitchen. 

Best Workstation: Sarlai Workstation Apron Front Sink

Spacious and Multifunctional

This sink has space dedicated to mealtime prep. Sarlai

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Why It Made the Cut: This sink comes with accessories that maximize sink space for use during meal preparation and dishwashing, and we love the clean look of the stainless steel and wooden cutting board, making this our top pick for best workstation. 

Specs:

  • Stainless steel
  • 33 x 22 x 10 inches
  • Includes accessories for meal prep and dish drying

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to switch between modes
  • Easy to install

Cons:

  • Doesn’t drain on its own

A farmhouse sink is a (literally) big purchase that eats up more of your counter space than traditional sinks, so if your kitchen feels tight, this workstation sink by Sarlai is the perfect way to use your space efficiently. This model includes everything you need for meal preparation and clean up: a cutting board, colander, strainer, and drain rack. 

The track on the front and back of the sink makes it easy to switch out the accessories—just slide the board or rack onto the track. The sink is made of stainless steel, which is stain-, rust-, and dent-resistant, and along with the standard stainless steel color, it’s also available in a cool, modern gunmetal black.

The sink has a slope that helps with drainage, but the main complaint among consumers is that it doesn’t quite slope enough, requiring users to manually wipe down the sink. That aside, this is a great product for those who love the apron front look but need to save space.

Best Value: Comllen Commercial Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink

Great Bargain

The farmhouse aesthetic at a lower price. Comllen

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Why It Made the Cut: We love this stainless steel sink that comes in at a fraction of the price of other farmhouse sinks without sacrificing any of the space or charm that make farmhouse sinks so popular.

Specs:

  • Sound insulated
  • 33 x 21 x 10 inches
  • Scratch-resistant finish

Pros:

  • Lightweight for easier installation
  • Easy to clean
  • Lower price

Cons:

  • May be susceptible to rust without proper care

If you like the apron front of farmhouse sinks but aren’t willing to shell out the cash for a heavy fireclay version, this light stainless steel sink from Comllen is deep, spacious, and has the same unique look at a lower price. The lightweight model has an easy undermount installation and is coated in a commercial-grade, scratch-resistant finish. 

At the lower price point, this sink doesn’t have some of the bells and whistles other farmhouse sinks (like the workstation sinks) include, but it’s highly durable and should last in your kitchen a long time. Although stainless steel is resistant to stains from coffee or wine that might muck up a white ceramic sink, it’s still susceptible to rust, so make sure you give the sink a quick wipe after emptying it. Overall, this is a great choice for a budget-friendly farmhouse sink. 

Things to Consider Before Buying a Farmhouse Sink

Wear and Tear

Fireclay, ceramic, and porcelain farmhouse sinks are gorgeous, but even with protective finishes, they can crack and chip. While this shouldn’t be a problem for most adult households, if you have kids they may not be careful tossing dishes and cookware into the sink. To avoid damage to an expensive piece, a stainless steel option might be a good choice, at least until the kids are out of the house.

Maintenance

Again, protective finishes can only do so much, so even though we love the look of a white farmhouse sink, ask yourself if you’re willing to take the time to thoroughly rinse it and wipe it down after use, and to make sure no foods that can stain (coffee, tomato sauce, mustard, to name a few) are left to sit for too long.

Counter Space

With the wider sink taking up more of your counter space, will you still have room to cook, prepare meals, and make snacks? If you think space will be tight, consider going for one of the workstation sinks which are incredibly versatile and as a bonus, make for easy clean up.

FAQs

Q:

Are farmhouse sinks out of style in 2021?

No way! Farmhouse sinks have a classic and traditional look, so even when they aren’t the year’s hottest trend, they won’t go out of style. To truly answer the question, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, farmhouse sinks are still one of the top kitchen trends for 2021 because of their character and functionality.

Q:

What’s the most durable material for a farmhouse sink?

Of the most popular materials, stainless steel is the material you’ll worry about the least. It won’t stain, and it won’t chip, and given the kind of work that a sink is exposed to, staining and chipping is always a risk. While porcelain, fireclay, and ceramic are all reliable, stainless steel is the one you won’t have to worry about.

Q:

Do you need a special cabinet for a farmhouse sink?

Not necessarily. Depending on your current setup, you may be able to just cut out the front cabinet and easily convert a drop in sink set up to a farmhouse sink. However, usually due to the weight of it, the sink will need a special shelf to rest on. The shelf itself is a simple addition, but if you aren’t 100 percent sure you know what you’re doing, hire a contractor for the job because a mistake to your cabinets and countertop could be pricey.

Final thoughts on purchasing the best farmhouse sinks

Farmhouse sinks are a great purchase for a kitchen remodel right now because they walk the line between being trendy and traditional. With so many different options available between sink material and color, it’s easy to find a style that matches your current kitchen decor, so you won’t need to do a full kitchen remodel to make the new sink style fit in.

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