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Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sinks
Looking for a more affordable way to add an apron front sink to your kitchen? Then you’ll want to check out our selection of stainless steel farmhouse sinks. These sinks make a bold statement, marrying the traditional look of an apron front sink with a sleek and sophisticated metallic finish. Steel sinks have been around since the turn of the 20th century, and they are by far the most popular finish for sinks to this day.
Why are stainless steel farmhouse sinks so popular? For one thing, they are the most affordable farmhouse sinks around, largely because of the source material. Stainless steel is a low-carbon steel with upwards of 10% chromium mixed in to create a chromium oxide film. Chromium is what gives stainless steel its distinctive gleam, as well as some handy benefits like resisting staining, corrosion, and rust. The amount of chromium in a sink will vary from brand to brand, but top tier stainless steel farmhouse sinks often include a mix of 18% chromium and 8% nickel, which is referred to as 18/8 stainless steel.
When you’re shopping for a stainless steel farmhouse sink, the price will vary because of the overall size of the sink, as well as the gauge of the steel. The lower the gauge, the thicker the steel (and the better the quality). You can find stainless steel farmhouse sinks with gauges of 15 to 24 inches, with the most popular size being the 33" stainless steel farmhouse sink. But on average, aiming for a gauge between 18 and 22 should provide the quality you need. Heavier gauge sinks tend to be quieter and more resistant to dents, scratches, and long-term wear.
More Reasons Why Stainless Steel Is So Popular
Another reason why stainless steel sinks are so popular is their look. Stainless steel appliances became trendy in the late 1990s and they’ve yet to be overtaken by any other finish (although some manufacturers are experimenting with tinted stainless steel, such as black or copper stainless steel). As a result, homeowners looking to coordinate their kitchen metallics are turning to stainless steel for their sinks, faucets, taps, and other fixtures.
Although stainless steel manufacturers are starting to experiment with new shades of steel, that trend hasn’t quite carried over to sinks yet. You can however, find stainless steel sinks in various finishes. Brushed or satin finish stainless steel farmhouse sinks are among the most popular styles available, in part because they can more effectively disguise any nicks or scratches over a more mirrored, chrome-like finish.
Yet another reason why people love stainless steel farmhouse sinks is the range of designs and sizes available. As many manufacturers are well-versed in how to manipulate stainless steel, you’ll find single, double, or even triple bowl stainless steel sinks. Stainless steel farmhouse sinks aren’t just limited to traditional apron front sinks either – you can also purchase undermount farmhouse sinks. Whether you’re looking for an offset drain, one oversized single basin, or two different-sized bowls, there is more than likely a stainless steel apron front sink that will suit your space. Because the material is so widely used, there are actually more sizes of stainless steel farmhouse sinks than any other type of sink available.
Stainless steel apron front sinks are a great choice for coordinating with other kitchen appliances and creating a showstopping statement piece for your modern kitchen design. Keep in mind that although stainless steel farmhouse sinks have the look of a traditional apron front sink, they are definitely better suited to a more contemporary aesthetic.
There are a couple of trade-offs that come with the lower price point of a stainless steel farmhouse sink. Some people consider stainless steel to be one of the loudest materials available for your sink. If you don’t like the sound of water hitting metal, you can buy sound-absorbing rubber pads or look for sinks that are coated or padded underneath to help improve noise reduction.
Stainless steel sinks also require some additional effort to keep them looking immaculate. Stainless steel tends to generate water spots more than other materials, as well as stains – although they can be scrubbed out. You’ll want to use a mild dish detergent to gently scrub the walls of your sink when water spots build up, or dry it off after every use with a kitchen cloth or paper towel. To help minimize the possibility of water stains, ensure your sink has a sloped or angled basin. Stainless steel sinks may also be prone to showing scratches or dents, particularly with lighter gauges. If food gets stuck on your sink, apply some dish soap, lay a paper towel on top, and try to gently rub it off after 30 minutes to help prevent scratching.
Durability Of Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sinks
Stainless steel is also very resistant to high heat and offers corrosion resistance. You’ll also enjoy a more sanitary kitchen as stainless steel farmhouse sinks are non-porous, preventing bacteria build-up. Plus, if you’re planning to revisit the look of your kitchen, you can recycle your stainless steel sink. In fact, some stainless steel farmhouse sinks are actually made of up to 80% recycled materials.
At Annie & Oak, we carry a range of stainless steel farmhouse sinks from some of the world’s most innovative manufacturers, including Polaris, Water Creation, Houzer, Nantucket, Franke, Elkay, Whitehaus, Rohl, and Kraus. A quick browse of our stainless steel sink collection will show you that the design possibilities are more expansive than ever. Consider a unique design feature like a notched front, round corners, or curved apron. Or for your convenience, check out one of our exclusive stainless steel sink bundles, featuring a faucet, soap dispenser, drain, and a sink grid to protect the basin of your sink.
While stainless steel may be one of the most common sink materials in the world, it’s by no means underwhelming. Manufacturers that are already familiar with the material are constantly innovating to produce even more stylish sinks and durable finishes to ensure the beauty and appeal of your stainless steel farmhouse sink for many years to come. We have the best stainless steel farmhouse sink for you.