Apron front sinks (also known as farmhouse or farmer’s sinks) are distinguished by their exposed front side. These sinks offer the most material and color options out of all the different types of mounting styles. While they were originally considered a “vintage” sink with a single large bowl, you can find newer stainless steel, fireclay, and stone models with double bowl configurations today.
Apron front sinks are popular for serving a decorative purpose using their exposed front. They can be the focal point of your kitchen. They offer the advantage of having a large space to work with and are easier on your back because they require little reaching over to use. However, they require modifying your cabinetry and countertops to install, so it would be best to hire professional installation.
Zuhne Prato 33 (33”, 16 Gauge Stainless Steel, Single Bowl)
The Zuhne Prato 33 farmhouse sink has the qualities that make it a great product. It is made out 16 gauge stainless steel which is considered the best thickness for kitchen sinks in terms of quality and durability. At 1.5 mm thick it will withstand heavy use and look good as new overtime. You can find stainless steel sinks made out of 18 gauge (1.2 mm thick) or 20 gauge (0.9 mm thick) but we don’t recommend getting one with less than 18 gauge thickness.
The corners of this sink have a slight curve that makes it easy to clean and makes the sink look sleek. In terms of workspace it features a large single bowl that is 10” deep. Its dimensions are 33” by 21” by 10”, which can be installed with a minimum cabinet size of 33”.
With farmhouse sinks you can install a 33” sink with a 33” cabinet, but the same size sink will require a bigger cabinet with undermount sinks. So in this sense, farmhouse sinks typically take less space to install but are just as big as undermount sinks.
Sinkology Adams (33”, 16 Gauge Copper, Single Bowl)
Copper is a material that’s hard to find with other types of mounting styles, but there are plenty of copper farmhouse sinks. Sinkology is one of the brands that make copper farmhouse sinks and their Adams 33” handmade copper sink is a beautiful product.
It is made out of 16 gauge copper which is between 0.063″ to 0.068″ thick and considered a quality thickness for sinks. It is handcrafted and hand-finished by skilled craftsmen. It is a single bowl sink with the dimensions at 33” by 22” by 9” and is recommended for installation with a minimum 36” cabinet.
Copper is a unique material for sinks because it has natural antibacterial properties to resist viruses and bacteria. A quality copper sink will not turn green. While they can be perceived as outdated, copper surprisingly adds a nice contrast to modern kitchens.
Kohler Whitehaven (30”, Cast Iron, Single Bowl)
The Kohler Whitehaven is a cast iron apron front sink. A benefit of cast iron sinks is that their porcelain enamel coating can allow them to have different color finishes. This one comes in 16 color finishes. Because farmhouse sinks are exposed in the front, the color can be an important aspect when choosing a farmhouse sink.
The dimensions of the Kohler Whitehaven are roughly 30” by 22” by 10”. It only requires a cabinet size of 30″ to install. Cast iron sinks are heavy-duty and heavy, so they will resist chipping, burning, cracking but will require an extra set of hands or two to install.
The design is quite unique with this sink. Even though it’s a 30” sink, the drain is positioned to the side so it allows you to have a large sink surface to work with. And even though the drain is positioned to the side you will still have enough clearance to install a garbage disposal. The bowl slopes about 2 degrees towards the drain so water doesn’t pool. Overall this is a strong, beautiful cast iron farmhouse sink and would appeal to those looking to add some color in the kitchen.
Kraus KHF200-33 (33”, 16 Gauge Stainless Steel, Single Bowl)
The Kraus KHF200-33 is very similar to the Zuhne Prato 33. They are both made from 16 gauge stainless steel, they have the exact same dimensions, and both require a minimum 33” cabinet to install. The differences between the two are very subtle. The angle of the curves on this one is larger and more rounded, whereas the Zuhne Prato 33 have more acute angles. They are both great stainless steel apron front sinks.
Kraus KHF203-33 (33”, 16 Gauge Stainless Steel, Double Bowl)
While the Kraus KHF200-33 and Zuhne Prato 33 are great stainless steel apron front sinks, they only have one bowl and wouldn’t appeal to those who want something with two bowls. That’s where the Kraus KHF203-33 comes in.
The Kraus KHF203-33 has exactly the same dimensions as the other two, except it features two bowls divided in a 60/40 configuration. The bowl on the left is larger than the one on the right. With two bowls you would be able to divide up your tasks. To install this sink you would need a minimum cabinet size of 36”, which is the different from the 33” required for the single bowl version.