Apron-front sinks, or farmhouse sinks, are the latest trend in kitchen remodels. What was once the norm in kitchen sinks decades ago has now come back to add antique-style charm to even the most contemporary kitchens.

All kitchens are not created equal so why should you settle for any old apron sink? Dream big. A farm sink is no longer limited to a porcelain single basin sink. As their popularity increases, so does the range of material, basin, size, and add-on options. Farmhouse sinks come in a variety of styles and finishes to fit any kitchen design and budget. Some of the most popular farmhouse sink material choices include: stainless steel, porcelain copper, fireclay, and granite composite. Here are some Pros and Cons for each.

Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sinks:

Pros:

  • Heat and stain resistant
  • Various finishes available
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Versatile
Cons:
  • Water marks and scratches tend to be more noticeable
  • Noisy
  • Silver color option only
Porcelain Farmhouse Sinks: Pros:
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Less prone to water spots
  • Various color options available
  • Durable
Cons:
  • Heavy
  • Prone to staining
  • Prone to chipping and scratching
Copper Farmhouse Sinks: Pros:
  • Stylish
  • Rust-resistant
  • Antimicrobial
  • Various finishes and styles available
Cons:
  • Prone to staining
  • Metal darkens over time
  • Susceptible to acidic liquid damage
  • Susceptible to heat damage
  • High maintenance
  • Expensive
Granite Composite Farmhouse Sinks: Pros:
  • Stylish
  • Durable
  • Highly resistant to heat, chips and scratches
  • Various color options
  • Reasonably priced
Cons:
  • Prone to staining
  • High maintenance
  • Only available in matte finishes
  • Stone may crack
  • Finish can dull overtime

Farmhouse sinks can pose significant installation challenges due to their size and weight. If you aren't sure how to install a farmhouse sink in your kitchen, call Mr. Handyman . All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.