Though a farmhouse kitchen is one of the most popular styles among consumers, a farmhouse, or apron-front, sink tends to cost more than an average kitchen unit. So how do you find an option that fits your budget?
Fortunately, the farmhouse trend has been around for a handful of years, so more manufacturers have created sinks in a variety of materials, such as stainless steel and quartz/granite composites. As a result, finding a farmhouse sink that fits into your client’s budget is much easier now than it was years ago.
Homeowners are using their kitchens more now than ever before, so an apron-front sink can be ideal for those who need deep sinks for dishes, pots, and pans.
By its nature, a farmhouse sink involves more than a traditional unit, and the price difference is justified. These larger, deeper, more statement fixtures are often made with more expensive materials, such as fireclay or copper.
On average, homeowners pay anywhere from $360 to $1,000 on farmhouse sinks, according to HomeAdvisor. What makes farmhouse sinks tricky though, is that installing one in an existing kitchen is more costly and complicated than adding one to an entirely new kitchen.
Farmhouse sinks are admired for their large size and wide front panels that jut out slightly to ensure water does not pour onto cabinets. This panel is what forces a need for custom cabinets and pro installation. If this price point extends past a client’s budget, consider a drop-in or undermount sink, though the impact will most likely not match that of a farmhouse sink.
Some companies offer retrofit sinks, but they tend to cost as much as a cheap farmhouse sink plus installation costs. Price points will change drastically depending on the material used as well. Clients and pros should always remember the common phrase: you get what you pay for. Investing in products will ensure longevity and minimal maintenance, reducing future costs.
Affordable Farmhouse Sinks
This 16-gauge stainless steel, satin finish apron-front sink is the cheapest the brand offers. Other sinks from Kraus can go up to $1,000 but this Standart PRO style offers an expensive quality at an affordable price. The sink has a depth of 10 inches and the satin finish makes it easy to clean and durable, the company says. Homeowners can throw anything they want into the sink without worrying about dents or noise, as Kraus touts its NoiseDefend technology.
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Ruvati’s Verona farmhouse sink line offers sizes from only 24 inches up to 36 inches. Doubling as a workstation, the company pairs the sinks with an African Mahogany cutting board, stainless steel dish drying rack, basket strainer, and bottom rinse grid. A track on the top of the sink allows users to simply slide in the accessories and get the most out of their space. Its 16-gauge stainless steel is rust and stain-resistant, according to the company.
What the Lange farmhouse copper sink loses in size, it makes up for in material. Made from pure, solid copper, the sink’s appearance will change over time, which can either be a big selling point or a negative. But the copper is also hand-hammered, providing a much different, more expensive look compared to its stainless steel counterparts. This sink has only a depth of 8 inches and does not come with a matching drain or bottom grid, though both are available for purchase separately. Copper is also extremely antimicrobial, able to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria.
Middle-Priced Farmhouse Sinks
Signature Hardware: $600+
The Mitzy fireclay black farmhouse sink by Signature Hardware starts at $600 for a 24-inch sink. The line can go all the way up to $900 depending on size. Both smooth and fluted styles are available in the black finish. Installation can be easier since the fireclay is hollow, which is also reflective on the price point. Fireclay can be highly durable, easy to clean, and long-lasting. As more plumbing companies expand portfolios with black products, finding complementing drains, faucets, and appliances is easy and trendy.
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This farmhouse sink comes in stainless steel but at a higher price point and with customizable options. This Elkay Crosstown Collection 34-inch single bowl kitchen sink has a front panel that can be changed out from a white fireclay to silver, black, blue, gold, red, or copper stainless steel. Interchangeable aprons must be purchased separately, but the stainless steel comes in 16-gauge with sound-deadening pads. In addition, the sink comes with a bottom grid, drain, and basket strainer.
Blanco’s Ikon sinks are available in eight colors, making the product fitting for a wider array of kitchen styles. Ikon sinks are made with silgranit, a type of composite made from 80% natural granite and patented by Blanco. The material is why the sink can come in so many different colors, ranging from brown and beige to stark white and concrete gray. The company says the sinks are heat, stain, and scratch-resistant. This composite also reduces bacterial growth by 98%, according to the company.
Expensive Farmhouse Sinks
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This 14-gauge satin stainless steel apron-front sink still offers the same durability of stainless steel but with customization available. The inset farmhouse collection offers choices from either smooth steel or hammered, with a multitude of different panel designs. Panels can be made from marble, tile, metallic agate glass, or unlacquered brass.
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Native Trails: $1,995+
This cement farmhouse sink comes with two bowls, each with a depth of slightly more than 10 inches, making it the deepest sink on this list. Native Trails sinks are handcrafted and sealed with low-VOC that binds with the surface’s molecules, according to the company. A cement sink may sound dangerously heavy, but this sink is 40% lighter, says the company. The farmhouse double bowl sink comes in two shades of gray, off-white, or earthy brown.
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Stone Forest: $3,500+
Stone Forest products are made with unique materials and its designs allow these materials to shine. Carrara Marble farmhouse sinks are hard to find. This offering from Stone Forest can be installed with either the smooth front or carved front. Though the material is beautiful and luxurious, it will need to be treated with care and re-sealed once or twice per year.