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Farmhouse Sink vs Apron Sink: What’s Best for You?

Farmhouse Sink vs Apron Sink
Written by Jenny Molin

Both apron sinks and farmhouse sinks are examples of a deep, large sink style found largely in modern kitchens. Despite their slight differences, the sinks are mostly the same.

Here we will focus on those “slight differences” so you can easily decide which of the two will suit your kitchen best!

Farmhouse sink – A quick look

Farmhouse sink – A quick look

Pros

  • The timeless design adds an aristocratic touch to any house
  • Gives a farmhouse an aesthetic appearance that creates a cozy ambiance. With a very large kitchen, you can handle large dishes, pots, and pans without any difficulty
  • Although only one sink, it can be separated into two as needed for the user’s convenience because of the size
  • A variety of colors, sizes, and materials available to match your kitchen decor
  • Easy to clean (Fireclay or porcelain sinks offer quiet cleaning)
  • The large, deep design reduces splashes of water when cleaning
  • Materials ranging from porcelain, copper, stainless steel to enameled cast iron to suit your kitchen’s style

Cons

  • They cost more than traditional undermount sinks
  • The sink could be so large that a new countertop might be needed to make it compatible with it
  • Installation can be challenging and may require additional basins to accommodate the sink

Apron sink – A quick look

Apron sink – A quick look

Pros

  • The metal and ceramic materials have a long-lasting and comforting feel
  • The size and depth can accommodate a large number of dishes
  • The exposed front side of the cabinet protects from damage

Cons

  • More expensive than under-mount and upper mount sinks
  • Traditional sinks more costly and challenging to install than modern sinks
  • The depth may cause splashing and may be difficult to use for tall individuals

Farmhouse Sink vs Apron Sink: How Do They Differ?

Material:

Farmhouse sink

Farmhouse sinks are available in various materials, including ceramic, copper, concrete, stainless steel, and granite.

Apron sink

Fireclay and cast iron are usually used to make these sinks.

Winner

The farmhouse sink has more variety of material types to match your current settings.

Installation

Farmhouse sink

Farmhouse sinks are stand-alone, making installation easier than apron sinks.

Apron sink

Due to their ceramic construction and the fact that they come with a drying board, apron sinks weigh a lot and are difficult to install.

Winner

Installing farmhouse sinks is not as complicated as apron sinks.

Size

Farmhouse sink

Large and heavy-duty, there are no compact versions available for small kitchens.

Apron sink

Apron sinks are smaller in size than the typical farmhouse sink. They can be installed in a countertop arrangement and don’t need to be their own unit.

Winner

An apron sink is easier to install and not as bulky as farmhouse sinks.

Design

Farmhouse sink

Very deep in size, they are adjacent and covered with kitchen cupboards.

Apron sink

They are also deep and have the exposed front face visible.

Winner

The winner here depends on the design and size that you like best. Do you prefer an exposed front or not?

Faucet

Farmhouse sink

Farmhouse sink faucets can be wall-or countertop-mounted.

Apron sink

Most faucets for an apron sink are wall-mounted.

Winner

There are more options for mounting if you go with a farmhouse sink, so you are not too limited.

Appearance

Farmhouse sinks

These aesthetic options range in style, material, and cabinetry and can be made to look both old-fashioned and modern.

Apron sink

Apron sinks offer a more traditional farmhouse urban feel.

Winner

Farmhouse sinks can be suited in rustic and modern kitchens. Unfortunately, apron sinks only offer urban appearances that doesn’t work too well in a modern home.

Price

Farmhouse sinks

For installation, you are looking at around $500. But this might be higher if amendments need to be made. Basic farmhouse sinks can be in the price range of $400 up to over $1000.

Apron sink

They are about $400 for installation, and the sinks are about the same. You can get budget ones for around $400, but bigger models and different materials can range higher.

Winner

Both come into the same category here for installation price and product price.

Maintenance

Farmhouse sink

Our recommendation is to regularly clean with a solution of three parts hot water and one part vinegar, or you can use a limescale cleaner such as Viakal. Make sure you rinse thoroughly afterward. You can avoid future water stains by drying the sink thoroughly afterward.

Apron sink

Clean your sink every day with mild cleaners and warm water. Use a soft rag, sponge, or soft brush to clean surfaces. Make sure that there is no standing water in the sink to prevent mineral deposits from building up.

Winner

Both require daily cleaning and wiping over, and both are prone to watermarks when not dried properly.

Damage and stain resistance

Farmhouse sink

When regularly cleaned and properly maintained, stainless steel is a stain-resistant surface. This super durable material won’t break, chip, or crack so easily.

 Apron sink

These sinks are made of high-gloss and non-porous materials that are stain-resistant and easily maintained by using ordinary household cleaners.

Winner

Both sinks require regular care and maintenance, and both can be prone to watermarks if not dried after use. So, they are about the same in maintenance needs.

Which Should You Choose?

For a comfortable and inviting kitchen, a farmhouse sink is a great choice. Unlike traditional kitchen sinks, they are usually bigger and deeper, making them ideal for washing large pots and pans (or even your dog if you want). Since they extend beyond the cabinet edge, they are more ergonomic and can be accessed without bending forward.

An apron front sink is a more suitable option than a traditional sink in contemporary urban kitchens. The depth and protrusion of apron front sinks means they require specialized cabinets. This makes them unsuitable for retrofitting in existing kitchens; unless you intend to replace the sink cabinet along with the sink.

FAQs

Q. Do farmhouse sinks need a special drain?

Sinks for farm use come with a standard drain opening of 3 1/2″, so you won’t need to buy anything else

Q. Do all farmhouse sinks have apron fronts?

Yes, they all have the telltale apron front in all materials.

Q. Can you replace the farmhouse sink in the existing countertop?

With a little reinforcement, it can be installed inside an existing cabinet. As with regular sinks, a farmhouse sink can be mounted in a variety of ways.

About the author

Jenny Molin

Interior Design Artist

Hello, I’m Jenny. I’ve been an interior design artist by profession since my B.S. in Interior Design. I’m a minimalist and prefer to save space when choosing fixtures, sinks and fittings. My style tends to make the most out of the least amount of space. The idea behind every interior design project is unique and it reflects personal style, taste and tradition. I’ve learned more when working than I ever did while I was studying in college. I worked in more than 12 hundred households all across the US and got positive feedback. I’ve been working with FaucetsReviewed as one of the founding members and regularly contributing to the site via testing and reviewing various interior fittings and fixtures.

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