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IKEA Farmhouse Sink Review

What to know before buying the Ikea farmhouse sink Domsjo- how well it cleans, how functional it is, and if it’s the right investment for your kitchen.

As we’re getting closer and closer to having this house “done” (okay, really… is a house ever actually done?), I’ve been thinking I should write posts every now and then answering a lot of the questions I usually get about some of the decor and furniture and fixtures we have already in our house.

The other week, I shared all about our jute rugs (and how super fabulous they are but they’re not for everyone). But I get a lot of questions about our IKEA Domsjo farmhouse sink too. I figured, since we’ve officially had it for 4 months and given it lots of test drives by now, I’d spill my thoughts on it.

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I’ll tell you point blank. I LOVE THIS SINK!!!

I mean… it’s not hard to compete with what we had before.

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But I’m officially convinced that I want this sink in every house we ever have forever and ever.

It is so much easier to wash dishes in, especially with the high neck Pfister faucet we have with it, because it is so deep and wide and practically like a small bathtub on the kitchen counter. (It almost makes me ready to have another baby just so I can give baby baths in it.)

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So far, we’ve had no scratches or staining on this sink. And we’re not at all easy on it. We scrub pots and pans in it every single day. That’s not to say scratching and staining isn’t possible, but we’ve had no problems in our experience.

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The IKEA farmhouse sink that we have in particular is, as far as I could find, the cheapest farmhouse sink on the market at $312. And that’s hardly more than a cast iron drop-in that’s usually about $200, so to me, that’s worth it.

The tricky part was definitely installing it, but I found this handy dandy video that helped a ton when Robert and his dad cut out our formica countertops and wrangled it in place.

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For keeping it clean, I generally can scrub it down with some Comet cleaner about once a week, and it’s sparkling white. But it rinses very easily between cleanings.

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Since it is porcelain, cracking is possible, but so far so good for us. The only downside is dishes can break easily in it, which we didn’t have that problem with our stainless steel sink. The other day I broke our coffee pot accidentally and had to go an entire day without coffee. The humanity!

We also found out this summer that it’s the mack daddy accessory to backyard veggie growing.

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Basically, I puffy heart love this thing. In case you haven’t figured that out by now. IKEA isn’t sponsoring this post or anything like that; I just thought it would be good to pass along how things are going with it.

If you missed our kitchen makeover a few months ago, you can see the full kitchen reveal here.

I’ll be sharing a couple more status updates about some of the other items around our house that I often get questions about. Want to know about any others? Do you have a farmhouse sink too? Do you absolutely love it as much as I do?

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  1. We’re about to start building a new house and this sink is on my list of “wants”. Does it only come with the 1 hole? I like having the soap dispenser that mounts where the old spray nozzles used to be.

    1. Yes, unfortunately it only has one hole. That’s the one thing I was disappointed about as I wanted more options for a faucet. But it was worth the sacrifice considering how much cheaper it is than other farmhouse sinks.

  2. I also have the Ikea sink. Although, mine is the single sink. (I needed more storage than a larger sink. We put it in when we remodeled back in 2011 and have had no problems! My husband dropped a crock in it and now there is one very small ding in it. Otherwise it looks great! I use the Bar Keepers Friend on it once a month or so to get the water stains off (hard water). I have learned if I put a little of the powder on it and let is soak for a couple of minutes it comes out sparkling! I will NEVER live without this sink!

  3. Thank you for this review! My husband is a plumber and is verrry picky about what type of sink we will be putting in our kitchen. I read your review to him and I think I might be ever so slowly changing his mind 🙂

  4. Can you tell me the depth of the sink? I am unsure if this will fit in my current cabinet without going too far down and getting in the way of my cabinet openings. Do you have this sink mounted a little raised over your countertops?

  5. I also have this sink in my kitchen. And same review…We love it and really loved the price !!

  6. I am heartbroken to find today a huge crack in my sink. I love this sink too and I am gutted. I did have a slip with a pressure cooker a few days back that crashed on the bottom of the right hand tub. The crack is visible today plus there is a rough piece as of some of the porcelain in broken right off. I never noticed it before now! No idea if the sink is going to leak but won’t be long before I do. Heartbroken. Sink is 9 months old.

    1. Yup mine cracked too. I was reading another blog and learned that this was a major issue back when, since they have resigned the sink. Try taking it back and getting a replacement. I will be returning mine tomorrow..

  7. Hi there!! My fiancé and I are buying this sink next weekend, but have a question since we are also putting it in an island/not up against a wall. Is the back finished or does it need to be reglazed? I’ve heard from a few people that the back part that would be up against a wall isn’t white and would look weird in an island. Let me know please 🙂

    1. The back part is white as well. The lip of the sink does sit up a little bit higher on the back, but we still like it.

    2. Hi Ashley.

      Did you end buying the sink? Is the back lip of the sink glazed/finished? We’re looking at one for an island as well, but heard about that potential problem & was putting me off. Any update would be awesome?

      Cheers
      Neil

  8. I have the exact same sink and I have told my husband the same thing! I can’t imagine going back to a regular sink! I am an interior designer and I cringe every time a client selects a single bowl sink because I hate the sight of a dish drying rack on a new kitchen counterspace, but I get that they want the huge single bowl for pots and pans. I feel like this sink is the equivalent of two large single bowl sinks. My only issue is that we didn’t undermount ours like you have. I have found that it scratches and stains like most porcelain sinks but it is an amazing sink and a sink this size from any other company would have been well over $600. It’s a great sink!

    1. Totally agree! We’re moving into a new house and I’m SO going to miss this amazing sink. Washing dishes in it is a total dream, and I never thought I’d say that. Haha! Worth every penny for sure.

  9. We are on our 2nd farmhouse sink. The first one was installed in July, 2016 and has cracked near one of the drains. We returned it and they replaced it with no problem. And now the second one is cracking. We have been very careful with it and not sure why this is happening. We even keep the rubber matts at the bottom of the sink on each side.

    1. Oh no! Does it have enough support underneath it, you think? That could be a contributing factor since some cabinets aren’t equipped to handle the weight of them.

  10. We put in one of these double Ikea farm sinks a couple of months ago now. I love the sink and can’t imagine every wanting to go back to another type of sink! There is so much room in each side and it is very easy to clean with Bar Keepers Friend. I like the back ridges to set things on to dry. I had a stainless steel sink for years that I never liked. Water was always running over the back lip and around on the counter top. This sink has never done that. The faucet is so far away from any edges that it would hard to have that happen. We installed this with wooden butcher block counter tops that we bought unfinished Menards, to stain, and then coat with several layers of matt finish polyurethane. I love the look of them with the sink in our vintage 1930’s kitchen. I would certainly recommend this sink!

    1. Yes! I feel the same way about it, Sharon. The butcher block with it in a vintage 1930s kitchen sounds like a dream!

  11. What’s your opinion on the back of the sink? Do you like the ridges? Do soap bottles and sponges sit on them easily? Also, I’m afraid of the only one faucet hole… I’m so used to a separate sprayer from the faucet. I love the look of this sink, but I’m just scared of some of the changes!

    1. I really love it. The ridges can be annoying to clean after a while, but they’re not bad at all. And they do help to keep water off of my countertop by draining back into the sink. I keep dish soap and sponges on the back of it all the time and don’t have any issues with them falling over.

  12. We bought this sink for our previous home and loved it! Honestly it help to sell the house. We did have some little scratches along the way but they were not very noticeable and we used it heavily with 5 kids (and I never tried the baking soda trick mentioned above). We are currently renovating a farm house built in 1900 and will be buying another one of these sinks very soon (hopefully this week)! I appreciate the link to the faucet because I like it better than the ones at IKEA. I will say that one of the draws to this sink is the fact that the counter tops can butt up to the sides making cuts easier for a do-it-yourselfer (even hard surfaces like granite). We used the faux butcher block from Ikea in the previous house… As as far as it being used as an undermount sink I think that it would be difficult under a normal width countertop because the sink is so big and it does stick out beyond what a normal countertop would, so unless it was installed somewhere like an island with a super wide counter I don’t think it would work well. For the money I don’t think that you can get a better sink. We plan to live in this new house a LONG time, so I plan to invest in some of the coordinating accessories to help protect it!

    1. I’m right there with you, Amanda! We absolutely love ours, and I think I’m convinced I’ll want one in every house we live in from now on. Congratulations on your “new” home! A 1900 farmhouse sounds like an absolute dream!

  13. I have a small standard 1980’s 10×10 kitchen and I really want the double sink. We don’t have an Ikea nearby yet, so I can only go by measurements and online pics. When I took out the tape measure and saw what 37 inches wide looked like it seemed HUGE. Wondering if it will seem overwhelming in the space? Is it really enormous?

    1. Hi Karen! I will tell you it is definitely larger than your average sink, and yes those measurements they list on the site are correct. I was afraid it would feel like a bathtub on our countertops, but I absolutely love it. In a 10×10 kitchen though, I think I would go with the single basin sink. A double might overwhelm the space.

  14. Hello! Wondering if you are able to have a garbage disposal with this sink? We r in process of building our home and my husband surprised me with buying this sink as early Christmas present!

      1. Would love to know what brand garbage disposal you used. I’ve heard of some causing the sink to crack…did you have any issues? Thanks!

        1. Oh, I wish I knew. It was whatever garbage disposal that the builder put in our house. I would look to see the brand, but we’ve since moved.

  15. I was searching for something entirely different when Pinterestingly enough (wink, wink) I found your sink which we just got! At $299 it was A STEAL & lo & behold we picked out the same exact faucet! Now I just want to meet you! Lol! A girl after my own heart! And great name, too – our oldest (27) is Lauren. Now I have to see if there’s other similarities! Haha!!

    Happy blogging! Alex

  16. Hmm… ours looks very white, as white as our cabinets are. Have they come out with a new color maybe? You could always take a cabinet door with you to the store to see what you think.

  17. I have had this sink for two years and although I love the way it looks and have never had a problem with staining or scratching, I will tell you what I HATE about it. Those damn ridges in the back. They constantly have to be cleaned with the edge of a papertowel in each ridge. We are moving next weekend and redoing the kitchen in the new place. Doing an Ikea kitchen again but absolutely NOT that sink!!!

    1. Oh no! So sorry you’ve had such a bad experience, Donna! The ridges on ours haven’t really given me that much trouble. I wonder if it’s the type of water- like maybe hard water / soft water can have different effects on how dingy it gets?

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