All About: Enameled Cast Iron Sinks

updated Jun 5, 2019
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Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? If so, then our Sink Spotlight series will help you. We’ve been looking at sink materials the last few weeks (we’ve already covered stainless steel and copper), and today we turn to enameled cast iron.

Sink Material: Enameled Cast Iron

Distinctive Features: You know cast iron is a common cookware material. Cast iron sinks are made of the same durable iron alloy but add a porcelain enamel coating, fired at a very high temperature, which gives the sink that signature smooth, glossy surface.

Associated with: Farmhouse or apron style sinks; vintage or country designs.

Pros: Won’t crack or dent; extremely durable; smooth, glossy finish is very appealing and “sparkly.”

Cons: Porcelain enamel can chip or scratch if handled roughly; susceptible to stains; undermount cast iron sinks require extra mounting support because of the sink’s weight; not compatible with strong or abrasive cleaners, which can wear away the enamel coating.

Installation: Drop-in cast iron sinks are DIY-friendly, but may require more caulk to seal the gaps between the countertop and the sink. A drop-in cast iron sink installation will cost less than an undermount cast iron sink installation, which is more labor-intensive.

Price range: $200+. May cost more for colors other than white.

Kitchn Reader Reviews:

Our apartment still has the original sink cabinet; the cabinet part is white-painted metal, and the top is a huge piece of enameled cast iron. The counter has runnels so I can place the dish drainer directly on the counter without one of those bases that always get dirty. The continuous counter/sink means there’s no gap to get dirty or leak, but I break more dishes than I did with our previous stainless steel sink, because it’s so hard. – Lauren F.
I much prefer what I have – enameled cast iron with double basin. Easier to keep clean and better looking. Scotch Brite pads are a wonder. I’ve had single basin and stainless steel and they were not for me. – krnstn
We just replaced our white cast iron sink (hated it with a passion! never, ever get a white sink!) with a black composite granite double bowl sink top-mount sink. We absolutely love it! – DCEJamie

More of our ‘Sink Spotlight’ Series:
All About: Undermount Kitchen Sinks
All About: Drop-In Kitchen Sinks
All About: Farmhouse Kitchen Sinks
All About: Double Bowl Kitchen Sinks
All About: Bar or Prep Sinks
• All About: Stainless Steel Sinks
• All About: Copper Sinks

(Images: Whitehaven from Kohler via Apartment Therapy)