If you’re like many homeowners, perhaps you’ve been browsing options for material and style, and now you want to compare kitchen sink prices. This page does just that, and together with our other kitchen remodeling cost guides, the information allows you to plan your budget for the project.
Types of Kitchen Sinks
Kitchen sinks offer you options for style, configuration and material:
Kitchen sink styles:
- Traditional kitchen sinks sit within a rectangular hole cut into the countertop. Topmount sinks, called drop-in sinks, have a lip that rests on the top edge of the countertop. Undermount sinks are attached to the bottom of the counter, and the exposed inside countertop edge must be finished.
- Apron sinks and farmhouse or country kitchen sinks have finished sink fronts. There is no thin strip of countertop in front of them. The sink either fits over the front edge of the countertop (apron) or the countertop in front of the sink is removed, and the front edge of the sink rests on the cabinet below.
- Corner kitchen sinks, as you’d expect, are placed in the corner where two lengths of countertop join. Corner sinks are mostly used when severe space limitations in the kitchen require it, though they may also be installed as a second sink used for food preparation.
Kitchen sink configuration:
- Single kitchen sinks are undivided. The large space is ideal for comfortably washing large pans or rinsing a large bundle of garden greens. A separate dishpan of soapy water can be placed on one side of the large sink for washing dishes.
- Double kitchen sinks, those with two bowls, are the most common. The bowls might be the same or different size. Dirty items can fill one side while the other is available for washing hands and food preparation.
- Triple kitchen sinks are usually very wide and useful for multitasking, though washing large items in a triple sink is difficult.
Kitchen sink material:
- Stainless steel is popular for its combination of good looks that go with any kitchen style and how easy it is to keep clean.
- Porcelain and ceramic sinks gleam, are durable, and their non-porous surfaces clean easily and resist staining.
- Fireclay sinks are like porcelain and combine stylish good looks with easy-to-clean durability.
- Cast iron sinks with an enamel coating are traditional and very durable.
- Granite sinks integrate well with granite countertops and are often made with a composite material that makes them resistant to staining and easier to maintain than solid granite.
- Copper sinks are beautiful, and the copper can be allowed to develop a natural patina or kept gleaming bright with copper cleaner.
Kitchen Sink Costs & Prices Sorted by Material
What the sink is made of is the largest factor in its cost. The table below lists sinks by material in small, medium and large sizes. Small sinks have one bowl; medium sinks have one or two; large sinks have one to three bowls.
|Sink Material||Small||Medium||Large||Installation||Total Cost|
Note: The price ranges here cover the vast majority of sinks in each category. There are a few sinks in of each type at the extreme high end that cost more.
Factors Affecting Cost
These factors account for the price and cost ranges in the table:
- Stainless steel is produced in several gauge thicknesses, and thicker gauges, all else being equal, cost more
- Undermount sinks cost more to install than topmount; Farmhouse sinks cost more to install than both
- Installation cost goes up with each accessory such as a sprayer or soap dispenser that must be installed
- The cost of living in your area will affect sink prices and installation cost
- Kitchen contractors charge more for sink installation than handyman services do
- It will cost more to install a sink if that’s the only work being done than if the installation is part of installing countertops too
Ways to Save on a Kitchen Sink
Choosing a more affordable type of sink or a lesser grade will reduce your costs.
Removing an old sink yourself will reduce your cost, but proceed carefully to avoid damaging a faucet or countertop you plan to reuse. Installing the sink will significantly cut your cost, but you will run the risk of improper installation of the sink or drain and being responsible for damage caused or repairs required.
The surest way to have your sink professionally installed at a competitive price is to get estimates from multiple installers in your area. The service we offer is free and provides you with written estimates from pre-screened, licensed installers that know they are competing for the work. There is no obligation to use any of the estimates you receive.
Visitor Submitted Sink Prices
Let other readers know what you paid for your new kitchen sink and for installation and any other work you’ve had done. They will appreciate the information as they plan their own kitchen remodeling project. Has this kitchen sink prices guide been of assistance to you? Consider sharing with friends and followers that might benefit as well.