Replacing Your Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink, faucet and disposer are meant to take a beating; they experience some of the highest use (and abuse) of any mechanical components in your home. So it’s no wonder they’re often among the first that need to be replaced. Doing so can be part of a grand kitchen makeover or a small-scale project — either way, you’ll enjoy choosing from numerous options that can make your kitchen more beautiful, functional and convenient.

For this project, we chose to replace only the sink, faucet and disposer. Although the options initially seemed limitless, they quickly narrowed as we considered function, aesthetics and cost.

If you’re installing a sink in an existing countertop, it should closely match the size of the old unit, and it should mount in a similar fashion. For example, you probably can’t replace a rim-mount sink with an under-mount sink — and certainly not if it’s paired with a laminate countertop. And you can’t replace your old sink with a smaller one, although you might be able to enlarge the existing opening to accommodate a larger unit.

If you’re installing the sink yourself, make sure that it can be mounted without any special tools or skills. If you opt for stainless steel, choose an 18-gauge or thicker model with a sound-insulated bottom. Also consider the shape and depth of the sink bowls to accommodate your needs.