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Best Farmhouse Sink for 2013

Updated on February 11, 2013

Farmhouse Sink Styles and Materials

Created by JPat1616

A farmhouse sink is the modern upgrade you will want to include in your new home kitchen or kitchen remodeling project. It's funny to me to be talking about farmhouse sinks being a modern kitchen upgrade because I grew up in the Midwest and remember visits to my grandparents' farm many decades ago. This new style farmhouse sink that is all the rage was the center of the kitchen way back then and for good reason. By design a farmhouse sink gives you much more sink working space but in a very stylish look. Farmhouse sinks are by design deeper and more open than other sink styles.

When considering kitchen remodeling ideas selecting a farmhouse sink does not mean that you are planning a farmhouse kitchen or are even considering farmhouse kitchen ideas. It certainly does not mean that you are going to live in a farmhouse. It simply means that you have made a wise choice to search for a stylish sink that will add a special touch to your kitchen project.

Years ago almost all farmhouse sinks were made of porcelain coated steel or cast iron. While those options where nice you had to be very careful not to chip the porcelain surface. Today you have many more durable and colorful choices when searching for a new kitchen sink. With farmhouse sinks made of stainless steel and modern materials like acrylic and fireclay you can rest assured that you will find a new farmhouse sink that will be both beautiful and durable.

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Common Features of a Stainless Steel Kitchen Farmhouse Sink

The first farmhouse sink material we are going to explore is stainless steel. When searching for farmhouse sinks made of stainless steel it is valuable to understand the difference in the gauge of the steel used. The gauge refers to the thickness of the kitchen sink construction and when it comes to stainless steel products less is more.

When searching for a stainless steel farmhouse sink you will most likely find units that are either a 16 or 18 gauge construction. It is valuable to keep in mind that 16 gauge is thicker or heavier than 18 gauge and for that reason is typically a better quality product.

Another style feature to consider when shopping for a new kitchen farmhouse sink is whether a single bowl or double bowl will best suit your daily needs. If you have a separate prep sink or commonly just rinse your dishes and place them in the dishwasher then you might appreciate the larger bowl of a single bowl farmhouse sink. Another popular option to consider is a 60/40 split. In this design one bowl represents 60% of the total space giving you room for larger pans and bowls while the small side usually has the garbage disposal mounted below it.

Kraus KHF200-33-KPF2130-SD20 Farmhouse Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with Faucet and Soap Dispenser
Kraus KHF200-33-KPF2130-SD20 Farmhouse Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with Faucet and Soap Dispenser

Construction: -Kitchen sink boasts 16-gauge premium grade T-304 stainless steel construction.-Faucet features 100pct solid stainless steel construction.-Soap Dispenser features 100pct solid stainless steel construction. Color/Finish: -Scratch-resistant commercial-grade premium satin finish.

 
Kraus KHF203-36 36 inch Farmhouse Apron 60/40 Double Bowl 16 gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Kraus KHF203-36 36 inch Farmhouse Apron 60/40 Double Bowl 16 gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Stainless steel sink is a great centerpiece for any kitchen remodeling project. Kraus kitchen sink boasts 16-gauge premium grade T-304 stainless steel construction with an 18/10 chromium/nickel composition. Scratch-resistant commercial-grade premium satin finish. Padded and Stone Guard undercoated insulation over a rubber pad reduces noise while sink is in use.

 
Kraus KHF203-36-KPF1612-KSD30CH 36 inch Farmhouse Double Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with Chrome Kitchen Faucet and Soap Dispenser
Kraus KHF203-36-KPF1612-KSD30CH 36 inch Farmhouse Double Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with Chrome Kitchen Faucet and Soap Dispenser

Construction: -Kitchen sink boasts 16-gauge premium grade T-304 stainless steel construction.-Faucet is constructed from solid brass with stunning triple plated chrome finish.-Soap Dispenser is constructed from solid brass with stunning triple plated chrome finish. Color/Finish: -Scratch-resistant commercial-grade premium satin finish.

 
KOHLER K-3086-NA Verity Apron-Front Undercounter Kitchen Sink
KOHLER K-3086-NA Verity Apron-Front Undercounter Kitchen Sink

The large, single basin of this 18-gauge stainless steel sink offers a versatile work space, and SilentShield, an exclusive sound-absorption system, reduces disposal noise and vibration from dishes and running water for quiet performance.

 

Fireclay Farmhouse Sinks the Ultimate in Durability

If you are really looking to take your new farmhouse sink to a higher level then why not learn more about a fireclay farmhouse sink? Fireclay is a material that was very popular in sink production back in the late 1800's over in London England.

The modern fireclay sink is enjoying a very popular run here in the United States today because of its beautiful and very durable finish. Fireclay sinks are produced by fusing clay and its glaze together under intense heat at around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. This extreme heat causes the clay to become very hard and nonporous making it the perfect material for a very durable kitchen sink.

If you are searching for top quality in your new farmhouse sink then a fireclay sink is probably going to be your best choice. Because of their production method quality and consistency go hand in hand and you will enjoy a sink that resists scratching, chipping, and staining and will never rust, fade, or discolor.

JULIEN F110 080100 Farmhouse White Fireclay Single Bowl Kitchen Sink 21,13''x18,5''x7,5''
JULIEN F110 080100 Farmhouse White Fireclay Single Bowl Kitchen Sink 21,13''x18,5''x7,5''

JULIEN white fireclay sink model 080100 is a single bowl farmhouse kitchen sink and is part of JULIEN's F110 Collection.

 
ALFI brand AB538 32-Inch  Smooth Double Bowl Fireclay Farmhouse Kitchen Sink, White
ALFI brand AB538 32-Inch Smooth Double Bowl Fireclay Farmhouse Kitchen Sink, White

Designed to offer the traditional popular look of an apron farm sink with a contemporary twist. Made of the highest quality solid fireclay to insure it not only looks great but also lasts for a very long time.

 

Farmhouse Sink Installation Videos - Watch the American Gothic Farmhouse Sink Story

Please take a couple of minutes to watch the video on the American Gothic Farmhouse Sink video.

This one has special meaning to me as I was fortunate to be the supplier of all materials used to construct the new American Gothic Home Museum which was built on the grounds right next to this restored home.

The Beauty of a Copper Finished Farmhouse Sink

Who does not love the beauty of hand polished copper? We could not write a feature on modern farmhouse sink options without sharing these gorgeous patina finished copper farmhouse sinks.

The patina finish on most of the sinks is applied with a French hot firing process. This means that the finish is engraved into the copper and not applied with a wax finish. Be sure and look for a sink featuring this French hot process if you are considering a copper farmhouse sink.

Premier Copper Products KA50DB33229S 33-Inch Hammered Copper Kitchen Apron 50/50 Double Basin Sink with Scroll Design, Oil Rubbed Bronze
Premier Copper Products KA50DB33229S 33-Inch Hammered Copper Kitchen Apron 50/50 Double Basin Sink with Scroll Design, Oil Rubbed Bronze

Premier 33-Inch Copper Hammered Kitchen Scroll Apron 50/50 Double Basin Sink. Each Premier Copper Sink is optimized to allow ample room to deck mount your faucet in a standard 25-Inch countertop.

Green recyclable products like copper sinks are a must have in today's modern home.

Material gauge: Industry Best (14-guage or .0625-Inch

 
Artisan KPAD-3322-D10 33-Inch Handcrafted Copper Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
Artisan KPAD-3322-D10 33-Inch Handcrafted Copper Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

Whether you want a traditional look or are looking for something more contemporary, Artisan offers an array of styles to bring your kitchen to life.

 

How Enameled Farmhouse Sinks are Created - Very informative video if you've never seen the process

Enameled Cast Iron the Best Farmhouse Sink Money Can Buy

We have been building up to the best farmhouse sink available for 2013 and now it is time to look at the best money can buy. Earlier I mentioned cast iron with the old porcelain finish and how careful one had to be in using this product because of scratching, chipping and staining problems.

Welcome to the 21st century and the modern enamel finished cast iron. If you take a couple of minutes to watch this informative video created by Kohler a leader in quality kitchen and bath fixtures it will become very clear why enameled cast iron will be the highest quality longest lasting product you can buy when shopping for a new farmhouse sink.

We found this video to be very informative since it takes you through the entire process of creating these beautiful and durable farmhouse sinks and it also talks about the limited lifetime warranty you will enjoy with your new sink.

KOHLER K-6489-J15 Whitehaven Under-mount Single-bowl Kitchen Sink With Tall Apron, Greenwich Green
KOHLER K-6489-J15 Whitehaven Under-mount Single-bowl Kitchen Sink With Tall Apron, Greenwich Green

Returning to its heritage of unabashed love of color, Kohler has teamed up with world-renowned designer and color guru Jonathan Adler to create a limited edition of the Whitehaven self-trimming apron front single basin sink in Greenwich Green.

 
KOHLER K-6546-4U-KA Dickinson Apron-Front, Undercounter Kitchen Sink, Black 'n Tan
KOHLER K-6546-4U-KA Dickinson Apron-Front, Undercounter Kitchen Sink, Black 'n Tan

Bring distinctive Kohler styling to a standard sink space with the Dickinson apron-front kitchen sink. Constructed of durable Kohler Cast Iron, this undercounter model offers a large basin and features a four-hole oversized faucet drilling.

 
KOHLER K-6546-4U-7 Dickinson Apron-Front, Undercounter Kitchen Sink, Black Black
KOHLER K-6546-4U-7 Dickinson Apron-Front, Undercounter Kitchen Sink, Black Black

Bring distinctive Kohler styling to a standard sink space with the Dickinson apron-front kitchen sink. Constructed of durable Kohler Cast Iron, this undercounter model offers a large basin and features a four-hole oversized faucet drilling.

 
Kohler K-6534-4U-K4 Hawthorne Apron-Front, Undercounter Kitchen Sink with Four-Hole Oversized Centers, Cashmere
Kohler K-6534-4U-K4 Hawthorne Apron-Front, Undercounter Kitchen Sink with Four-Hole Oversized Centers, Cashmere

Crafted of Kohler Cast Iron for deep, glossy color and to stand firm against years of use Kohler Cast Iron Lifetime Limited Warranty

 
Kohler K-6546-4U-30 Dickinson Apron-Front, Undercounter Kitchen Sink with Four-Hole Oversized Centers, Iron Cobalt
Kohler K-6546-4U-30 Dickinson Apron-Front, Undercounter Kitchen Sink with Four-Hole Oversized Centers, Iron Cobalt

Crafted of Kohler Cast Iron for deep, glossy color and the ability to stand firm against years of use Covered by the Kohler Cast Iron Lifetime Limited Warranty

 

Which Farmhouse Sink is Right For You

Now that you have read about the different farmhouse sink materials which one would you put in your kitchen and why?

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