Latoscana Reversible Fireclay Farmhouse Sink LFS3318W Review

by Lisa Ward | Last Updated: December 5, 2019

Latoscana LFS3318W Fireclay Farmhouse Sink

  • Basin Length: 15-5/16 inches
  • Basin Width: 30-1/4 inches
  • Depth: 9-1/8 inches
  • Drain Size: 3.5 inches

Product Overview

For those who want a completely unique design feature in their kitchen, a fireclay sink can be the way to go. These sinks are less common than the ever-popular stainless steel sinks while offering a more unique choice than a granite sink. The Latoscana 33” Reversible Fireclay Farmhouse Sink offers the additional benefit of giving you the choice between a flat and smooth apron or a beautifully fluted apron to add even more a special design touch.

The biggest benefit to this sink is the flexibility that it offers. In addition to the choice in apron style, you are also able to manipulate the installation specifications to meet your unique style and goals. This sink makes a great undermount sink, but it can also be slightly raised to create a vessel-like sink design. This makes it easy to accommodate homes whose residents may all be tall.

While this sink is unique in its design, Latoscana was careful to keep the important elements standard. The drain opening is a standard 3.5 inches, so it can be easily paired with any standard garbage disposal or drain kit. While the entire sink is manufactured in Italy, it meets all regulations and standard requirements for installation in kitchens across North America. Overall, it’s a great way to add a very unique tough to your kitchen renovation.

Fireclay Facts Show It Can Be a Great Choice

Fireclay sinks are created using a process similar to ceramic sinks. Crafters mold the clay to form the sink and use extreme heat throughout the process. This is actually where these kitchen sinks get their name. They are sculpted to the desired shape and appropriate size before being “fired” in the heat for many hours, sometimes they are even kept in the heat for a couple of days.

Designers and crafters use an enamel made of porcelain that gives the sink a completely non-porous finish that will make cleaning easy. That enamel is hardened in a kiln that reaches intense temperatures to ensure that the finish is tough in addition to being smooth. The end result is a sink that very similar to a well-crafted coffee mug that has been created using a similar process.

The Challenges

Unfortunately, some fireclay sinks can face the same challenges that those coffee mugs. If the finish is sub-par, it can be easily dinged and scratched. This is what makes Latoscana’s enamel finish so important. It will protect your sink with limited precautions on your part.

You will want to use a nonabrasive cleaner with this sink. With the smooth finish, you shouldn’t need anything more than soap and water. Often, a simple wipe-down with a soft cloth is enough to keep the sink sparkling. Latoscana’s smooth enamel finish will also protect against stains from grease in addition to preventing discoloration that can come with coffee, tea, and wine that gets poured into the sink.

To properly install this beautiful sink, you’ll want to be sure to hire a professional. Fireclay sinks weigh more than stainless steel and require appropriate support in the cabinet beneath them to ensure that their weight is secure. Of course, this added weight and heft is a big part of the appeal of a fireclay sink. It provides natural insulation for sound a temperature, while providing a unique look.

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Summary

A well-crafted fireclay sink can make a unique statement in any kitchen. The Latoscana 33” Reversible Fireclay Farmhouse Sink will let you adjust that statement to suit your style. Whether you choose the smooth or fluted apron, this farmhouse kitchen sink can be easily adjusted to match the rest of your kitchen décor. You can mount it under the counter for a smooth transition from the counter into the sink, or you can raise it slightly to create lip that will add unique touch that may be more comfortable for households with extra tall residents.

Latoscana LFS3318W Fireclay Farmhouse Sink

  • Basin Length: 15-5/16 inches
  • Basin Width: 30-1/4 inches
  • Depth: 9-1/8 inches
  • Drain Size: 3.5 inches