Farmhouse Sinks vs Apron Sinks: Which one should you choose and why?

You’ve probably heard both of these terms if you are remodeling your kitchen. They can even be used interchangeably. So what’s the difference between a farmhouse sink and an Apron sink? Nothing!

A standard sink sits inside a cabinet. Apron sinks sit on top of the cabinet but are not enclosed. They have an exposed front.

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A farmhouse sink is a TYPE of apron sink. An apron sink is any style or material of sink with a visible front. The front of the sink is not inside a cabinet, it is exposed. A farmhouse sink is a style of apron sink with a rustic or old-fashioned style.

Where to Find Apron Sinks On A Budget

Apron sinks can be made of any material and can fit any style. You can even find a modern or stainless steel sink with an exposed apron or a copper cottage sink. The best deals on apron sinks are usually at Wayfair, Overstock and Lowes.

  • Copper sink for less than $700 at Wayfair
  • Stainless steel apron sink for less than $500. This sink has a more modern look
  • Fireclay sink at Lowes by Sinkology. Fireclay is a type of ceramic that is more durable that most ceramic sinks.
  • Quartz apron sink – This sink from Lowes is made of the natural stone Quartz. It comes in six colors.

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Where to Find Farmhouse Kitchen Sinks On a Budget

Most people visualize a white fireclay farmhouse sink, when they think farmhouse. As we saw above this is just one of the different styles that are available with an apron front.

You might be surprised by my first suggestion which is ETSY. Check out this beautiful sink that is on close-out through Etsy. You can find a great deal by searching farmhouse sink on Etsy. I found the same sink for twice as much on build.com.

There are also some great bargains on Wayfair like this one, with a ridged front.

A farmhouse-style sink is something that has become very popular over the last 10 years and there are lots of affordable sources. Another style of farmhouse sink that you don’t see as often is a wall-mount

Pros and Cons An Apron-Front-Sink

You can read more about the pros and cons of farmhouse sinks, but here are the basics.

Pros:

Most apron sinks have a deep basin, which makes them good for large pots. They are a popular choice because they give your kitchen an updated look, even though they are meant to look old.

Cons:

If you like to wash dishes in the sink, it takes a lot of water to fill up the sink.

If you want an apron-front sink, keep in mind it will be a single basin sink. My mom likes to wash dirty dishes by filling up one side with soapy water and one side with clear water. That’s not possible in a farm sink.

These sinks can be hard to replace because they fit very snugly between the edges of two cabinets. They are attached with a very powerful adhesive like an undermount sink and have additional support underneath (framing inside the under-cabinet).

They have a higher price tag than a traditional overmount or drop-in sink.

If you are in the market for a new sink, and you think you like these large sinks, don’t feel like you have to stick to white. There are so many types of sinks that have the same look. They aren’t only in “farmhouse kitchens”.

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