When deciding what to look for in farm sinks, the main thing to consider is who is going to be installing the sink. Farm sinks aren’t the easiest to install, and this is especially true if you’re installing it into a preexisting counter and cabinet. If you’re having someone else install (and take responsibility for) the sink, then your options are endless! Building the cabinet to match the sink is ideal as well, but a different huge project!
Like all sinks, a farm sink is fairly large investment so you want to be sure that you’re getting something that you can live with for a long time. A quality built apron farm sink is going to last much longer than your home will, so spend some time considering all of your options.
There are quite a few different materials used in the construction of farm house sinks. The most common is stainless steel, but ceramic, copper, stone, and even cast iron are available options. Farm sinks are heavy, so if you’re installing it into an existing counter this must be considered. During installation braces and supports will be installed, but most kitchen countertops can’t handle the enormous weight of a stone farm sink. Stainless steel is going to be the lightest and require the least amount of reinforcement (and usually be the most affordable).
If you’re planning on installing the sink on your own, I applaud you! This is a pretty tough job that has, I repeat has, to be done right the first time. Missing the cut on the front or not adding enough support will lead to serious problems later on. Sinks tend to follow Murphy’s law and will collapse or break on Thanksgiving when you have the entire family over to admire your new kitchen and handy work! The good news for the DIY’er is that the plumbing is usually the same as a normal sink (if that’s any consolation).
Buying farm sinks really boils down to your budget and taste. There are great sinks for less than $400 if you’re willing to do the research. If not, you can easily spend over $1000 for a similar sink, before installation. I recommend spending some extra time in the planning and research phase of this project to make sure that you have the farm sink that you’re going to be happy with the rest of your time in your home.