*This post is in partnership with BLANCO, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I have swooned over farmhouse sinks for years, so when it came time to design our kitchen it was a total non-negotiable. What I didn’t realize though were how many options were available there are different materials, different tub formations, etc… So, today I am breaking down some of the options and sharing the reasons I am SO happy about the farmhouse sink that I chose from BLANCO.
The Steps I Took To Find The Best Farmhouse Sink
Choosing the Right Material
Initially, when I thought about having a farmhouse sink the picture in my head was a beautiful big white porcelain sink. But, what I quickly realized when I started looking into purchasing one is that farmhouse sinks actually can be made out of various materials including stainless steel, copper, porcelain, fireclay and more.
Trying to nail down the pros and cons of each was a tricky task. I loved the durability that stainless steel offered but I didn’t love the way that they looked. It seemed a bit to industrious for the light and breezy coastal feel I was trying to create. I looked into copper because I liked the unique design element that it would add, but the maintenance for me seemed a bit too much as they need to be polished in order to minimize the effects of oxidation. Of course, I knew that I loved the porcelain farmhouse sinks but after talking to several friends who complained about them chipping I decided against it. I was about ready to give up hope until I came across a fireclay farmhouse sink.
Fireclay is cheaper than porcelain, offers a similar appearance, and it requires less maintenance. It was an excellent solution for our young family. Fireclay sinks are created using high firing temperatures and hand-finishing techniques. They are stain and chip resistant and have a luxurious appearance. To me, it was the best of both worlds and with the lifetime guarantee offered by BLANCO it was an easy decision.
Farmhouse Sink Bowl Styles
Once I knew the material that I wanted my sink to be made out of I had to decide the bowl design. Farmhouse sinks come in both single-and double-bowl designs and it is really just a matter of personal preference as to which will work best for you.
I previously had a double-bowl stainless steel sink and with the amount of food prep, I do in the sink when I am cooking I always felt cramped so I opted for a single-bowl design. However, I was happy that with my BLANCO Profina Farmhouse Sink I was still able to do dishes and keep them clean thanks to the stainless steel dish rack that conveniently sits inside the lip of the sink.
3 Reasons I Chose the BLANCO PROFINA
After careful consideration regarding material and bowl-design, I ultimately fell in love with the BLANCO PROFINA. I have had the sink installed and in use for the past several months and I can wholeheartedly tell you I could not be any happier. Here are the reasons I am OBSESSED with my new BLANCO sink.
Truth is I fell in love with farmhouse sinks years ago because I loved the way that they looked and I could not be any happier with my choice. The BLANCO PROFINA is elegant and fits the modern appearance of my kitchen while giving it an added touch of charm. I am super happy with the white porcelain-like appearance of the fireclay and I love that I don’t need to sacrifice durability for appearance.
I have found the single-bowl to be much more accommodating for our large family. Everything I cook is for at least 7 people, usually more because someone always has a friend over, and the large bowl allows me to prep easily. I do think that your faucet choice also makes a big difference as far as functionality goes. It is difficult to get a single bowl clean as the food scraps spread across a large surface area. I chose the BLANCO CULINA which is a professional style faucet with a flexible steel spring spout with a dual spray feature which allows me to wash down the entire bowl and it also has a quick-release magnetic hand spray that is super convenient.
One of the reasons I feel like my BLANCO PROFINA farmhouse style sink stands out from its competition is the awesome accessories that are INCLUDED when you purchase the sink. The stainless steel dish rack and beechwood cutting board fit right inside the sink which saves a ton of counter space.
Not only does it save space but I find the cutting board to be super convenient because it saves me the step of cleaning the counter under the cutting board. I can also swipe the pieces of chopped veggies and fruits into the sink and wash them down the garbage disposal. I love it! Anything that can save me a few minutes of time!!