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Sink Installation Cost Guide
Updated: August 19, 2022
Whether installed in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room, a sink is an integral part of every home. Sinks are used every day to wash hands, bodies, dishes, pets, and clothing. They can hold items to soak or be used as a place for a quick rinse.
Sinks are available in many shapes, sizes, colors, and materials to meet the needs of the user, space, and room. The national average cost of installing a sink ranges from $400 to $1,000, with most homeowners spending around $600 on the installation of a new undermount stainless steel double-bowl sink. This project’s low cost is $200 to install a drop-in bathroom sink in an existing vanity. The high cost is $3,000 to install a farmhouse sink with a base cabinet in a new kitchen.
|Sink Installation Costs|
|National average cost||$600|
Sink Installation Cost by Location
You may want to install a sink in many places. Some places like kitchens and bathrooms cannot be fully functional without one. Other places, such as basements, laundry rooms, and garages, do not necessarily need a sink, but having one can make the space more functional and useful. The types of sinks you can install vary depending on the location. For example, kitchen sinks are large, designed for a counter, and need a wide drain. Bathroom sinks are smaller and may be used on their own or in a countertop, depending on their configuration. Laundry rooms, basements, and garages can use these and utility sinks designed specifically for these locations.;
Below are the average costs to install a sink in the various rooms of your home.
|Location||Average Costs (Installed)|
|Bathroom||$200 - $1,000|
|Basement||$200 - $1,500|
|Laundry Room||$200 - $1,500|
|Garage||$200 - $1,500|
|Kitchen||$400 - $3,000|
Bathroom Sink Installation
The cost to install a sink in a bathroom ranges from $200 to $1,000, depending on the type. Bathroom sinks come in an incredible range of styles and sizes. They can be installed on a wall, pedestal, countertop, dropped into a countertop, or mounted beneath a countertop. They are most commonly made of porcelain but can also be made of plastic, glass, metal, and stone. For this reason, your costs can vary tremendously by the project.
Add a Sink in a Basement
The cost to add a sink in a basement ranges from $200 to $1,500. There are many reasons to add it to a basement. You could be adding a small kitchen or bathroom to the basement area, in which case you may have costs similar to those installations. You may also want to add a utility sink to the basement. This oversized type can be used for crafts, cleanup, gardening, and many other purposes. Your total costs are dictated largely by the type you intend to install in the basement area.
Add a Sink to a Laundry Room
The cost to add a sink to a laundry room ranges from $200 to $1,500. Laundry rooms can also use a range of sinks. You can install a small bathroom sink in a counter to give you a place for quick cleanup. You can also install much larger kitchen sinks for soaking or a full utility one. The type is partly dictated by how you intend to use it. The more and varied uses it gets, the larger and more expensive it must be.
Add a Sink to a Garage
The cost to add a sink to a garage is $200 to $1,500. Garages are not often places where people install sinks, but they can come in handy for those using their garage as a workplace. Adding a small bathroom sink can give you a place to clean quickly before entering the home. Adding larger kitchen sinks can let you wash tools and other items where you use them. For very busy spaces, utility sinks can allow you to soak parts, clean sports equipment, or wash the family dog without going inside. Your costs are dictated by the type and size.
Kitchen Sink Installation
The cost to install a kitchen sink ranges from $400 to $3,000. Kitchen sinks are integral to the room’s function and use. Kitchen sinks must be large enough to hold your dishes and pans, and many are also divided for extra drains, soaking, prep, and more. Kitchen sinks come in many materials, from porcelain-covered cast iron to stainless steel to hammered copper. They can also come in many sizes and shapes, from a classic D-bowl to an oversized apron-front sink. These variables and the various ways they can be installed in your countertop influence your final costs.
Sink Installation Cost by Number of Bowls
While bathroom sinks are typically single basins, kitchen and utility sinks can be divided into two or three basins. This gives you many options for how you use the sink. It is very common for kitchens to have sinks with two bowls. This may be two bowls of equal size or a large bowl on one side, such as a D-bowl, with a smaller bowl attached to the other side. This smaller bowl can be used for the garbage disposal or prepping and washing vegetables, while the other bowl is used for cleanup.
Sinks with three basins operate the same. You often have two larger bowls with a smaller third bowl, but sometimes, you can find sinks with three bowls of equal size. This gives you options for using the sink. You can designate a bowl for prep, a bowl for cleanup, and a bowl for soaking. With two or more basins, it is easy to fill one for soaking while the other remains free.
Multiple bowls have some drawbacks. It can be more difficult to fit larger pans into the sink because there is a divider. You also pay more for installation because you need two or more drains. These drains can feed into a single P-trap, or one may feed into a garbage disposal. This can lead to a more complicated installation, resulting in higher labor costs. Double sinks also typically cost more than single sinks, but there is overlap depending on the size and material. Below are the average costs to install a sink by the number of bowls.
|Number of Bowls||Average Costs (Installed)|
|Single||$300 - $2,000|
|Double||$400 - $3,500|
|Triple||$800 - $4,000|
Cost to Install a Sink by Type
No matter where you install them, you usually have a choice of several types. The most common sinks in the kitchen tend to be undermount or drop-in, while bathrooms can use an incredible range of types and styles, depending on the space size and layout. Types can sometimes cross categories, with corner sinks also being drop-in or undermount in the kitchen and wall-hung in the bathroom. Many types also come in various materials, creating a wide range of costs. Below are the most common types of sinks, where they are most commonly found, and their average costs installed.
|Type||Best Use||Average Costs (Installed)|
|Drop-In||Kitchen / Bathroom||$90 - $1,000|
|Utility||Laundry / Basement||$200 - $1,000|
|Corner||Kitchen / Bathroom||$200 - $2,000|
|Vessel||Bathroom||$200 - $2,000|
|Undermount||Kitchen/Bathroom||$200 - $2,000|
|Pedestal||Bathroom||$400 - $1,500|
|Wall-Mount||Bathroom||$400 - $2,000|
|Console||Bathroom / Laundry||$500 - $3,000|
|Farmhouse / Apron-Front||Kitchen||$1,000 - $4,000|
The cost to install a drop-in sink ranges from $90 to $1,000. Drop-in sinks can be used in any area but are most commonly found in the bathroom and kitchen. Drop-in or self-rimming sinks are installed into a vanity or countertop. It drops right into the countertop, with a rim running around the outside. These sinks can be very decorative or utilitarian and plain. They can be used with any countertop, including laminate, which is not always the case with other styles.
Install a Utility Sink
The cost to install a utility sink ranges from $200 to $1,000. Utility sinks are most commonly found in laundry rooms and basements. They may also be used in garage workshops and other areas to clean messy items. Utility sinks are large freestanding sinks on legs. They are deep and may have one or two basins. They are normally made of steel or some other easy-to-care-for and durable material. They can be used for laundry soaking, washing equipment, or bathing your pets.
The cost to install a corner sink averages $200 to $2,000. Corner sinks can be used anywhere but are most commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens. For the bathroom, they are often wall hung or on a pedestal, with the back of the sink forming a triangle so that it slides down the two walls. You can install a D-bowl sink in the corner of your kitchen or a dedicated corner sink, which is two basins, one moving down each side of the countertop away from the corner. Corner sinks are good for space-saving but are more common in bathrooms than kitchens.
The cost to install a vessel sink is $200 to $2,000, depending on the size and material. Vessel sinks are essentially bowls sitting on the countertop. The drain holds it in place securely. Vessel sinks are most often found in the bathroom. They can be very decorative, made of glass, stone, metal, or porcelain. Keep in mind that you must install a grid drain in vessel sinks to meet code in many states. This means you cannot fill it with water by blocking the drain.
Undermount Sink Installation
The cost to install an undermount sink is $200 to $2,000. Undermount sinks can be used anywhere but are most commonly found in the kitchen and bathroom. Undermount sinks are mounted beneath the countertop and sealed in place, usually with a high-strength epoxy or silicone caulk. They are easier to keep clean than drop-in sinks because there is no rim for debris to catch on. You simply push debris or water into the sink from the countertop. Undermount sinks can be used with any solid or slab countertop, including stone, quartz, and glass.
The cost to install a wall-mount sink is $400 to $2,000. Wall-mount sinks are most often found in the bathroom. They can be traditional or contemporary in style and may be made of several materials, but porcelain is the most common. Wall-mounted sinks must be supported from inside the wall with a frame or stud of some kind. This means that to install one, you may need to open the wall if there is not a stud already in place for hanging. Wall-mount sinks can be installed in corners or stretch the entire wall. Some may be integral to a wall-mounted countertop.
Install a Pedestal Sink
The cost to install a pedestal sink is $400 to $1,500. Pedestal sinks are essentially wall-hung sinks with a pedestal leg installed below. This leg is purely decorative because it does not support the sink. It helps disguise the P-trap and other plumbing that would otherwise be visible below the sink. Pedestal sinks install just like a wall-hung sink, and the pedestal is installed afterward. They are often more traditional in appearance than many wall-hung sinks.
Install a Console Sink
The cost to install a console sink averages $500 to $3,000. Console sinks are most commonly found in the bathroom, but they can be used in other places like laundry rooms. Console sinks are essentially a large sink top with legs. Depending on how it is created, these legs may fully support the sink’s weight, or it may be wall-mounted and the legs purely decorative. Console sinks are very traditional and normally made of white china porcelain. They are larger than most pedestal sinks, so they can give you some surrounding countertop area to place things on.
Install a Farmhouse Sink
The average cost to install a farmhouse sink is $1,000 to $4,000. Farmhouse sinks are also known as apron-front sinks. They are nearly always installed in the kitchen rather than other rooms. This type has a large, visible face to it - the apron. It may be a single or double bowl and may be made of many materials. To support the apron, it needs a specially designed sink base cabinet. It can be flush with the countertop or undermounted beneath the countertop. Installation requires a plumber and cabinet installer to ensure it is done properly.
New Sink Cost by Material
Bathroom and kitchen sinks come in several materials. While it is common in bathrooms to use porcelain (china) sinks and kitchens to use stainless steel, many more options are available.
For the kitchen, you can use sinks made of other metals like copper and stone, such as granite, and composites like quartz. You can also use cast iron, which is coated in porcelain for easy care.
In the bathroom, you can use all these materials with the addition of glass. Keep in mind the material impacts how it looks and how you maintain it. Different types have varying levels of care and may require specific cleaners or sealers to help them remain at their best. Below are the average costs for the different types of sinks on the market and their associated costs installed.
|Material||Average Costs (Material Only)||Average Costs (Installed)|
|Porcelain||$40 - $1,000||$90 - $1,500|
|Stainless Steel||$100 - $1,000||$200 - $1,500|
|Cast Iron||$200 - $1,000||$300 - $1,500|
|Glass||$200 - $1,500||$400 - $2,000|
|Copper||$300 - $3,000||$400 - $4,000|
|Granite||$500 - $2,000||$600 - $2,500|
|Marble||$500 - $2,000||$600 - $2,500|
|Quartz||$500 - $2,000||$600 - $2,500|
Porcelain sinks cost $40 to $1,000 or $90 to $1,500 installed. Porcelain sinks are mostly found in the bathroom. In the kitchen, what looks like a porcelain sink is most often cast iron. Porcelain sinks in the bathroom can be undermount, drop-in, wall-hung, pedestal, or console. They can be very plain or highly decorative. Some can be hand-painted for a unique style for spaces like powder rooms or children’s bathrooms.
Stainless Steel Sink
The cost of stainless steel sinks is $100 to $1,000 for the materials. Installed, the costs average $200 to $1,500. Stainless steel sinks are most often found in the kitchen. They can also be used as bar or utility sinks. Stainless steel is generally a durable, low-maintenance option. They come in many sizes and styles and can be drop-in or undermount.
Cast Iron Sink
The cost of cast iron sinks averages $200 to $1,000. Installed, the costs average $300 to $1,500. Cast iron sinks are most commonly found in the kitchen. The iron is covered in a thin layer of porcelain to protect the iron from moisture and rust. These are very heavy, durable sinks. They come in many sizes and configurations, and the porcelain can be white, biscuit, black, or colors like cobalt blue.
The cost of glass sinks is $200 to $1,500. The cost of this type installed averages $400 to $2,000. Glass sinks are most commonly found in bathrooms. Because many plumbing codes prohibit glass sinks below the countertop line, in most areas, this means the sink is a vessel. Glass sinks can be plain, clear, or frosted glass. They can also be made of incredible art glass in bold colors and designs. They are mostly round in shape, but you can find some square glass vessels.
The cost of a copper sink ranges from $300 to $3,000. The cost of this type installed is generally $400 to $4,000. They make a beautiful statement in any space - kitchen or bathroom. They can be drop-in, undermount, vessel, or apron-front. Copper has what is known as a living finish. This means it changes over time. The areas you touch lighten, while the areas not touched as frequently darken. You need special cleaners for this type, and it should be lightly waxed to prevent contact issues with foods in the kitchen.
The cost of a granite sink averages $500 to $2,000. The cost of this type installed averages $600 to $2,500. There are essentially two granite sink types. One is carved out of pure granite. These can be found in the kitchen and bathroom, and they can be contemporary or rustic. They also come in many types, including vessels and farmhouse sinks. You can also get granite composite sinks for kitchens. This gives you the look of granite but does not require sealing like true granite. Granite composite sinks are generally undermount.
The cost of marble sinks averages $500 to $2,000. Installed, this costs $600 to $2,500. Marble sinks are more common for the bathroom than the kitchen but can be used in both spaces. Marble can stain easily and can etch on contact with acids, which is why it is less common in kitchens. For bathrooms, there are marble vessel sinks and some marble drop-in sinks. For kitchens, marble farmhouse or apron-front sinks are also available.
The cost of a quartz sink is $500 to $2,000. The cost of this type installed averages $600 to $2,500. Quartz sinks are composites, much like quartz countertops. They are made with a blend of quartz with resins and pigments. This gives you a durable, beautiful sink in colors like black, white, and deep gray. These sinks are generally made for the kitchen. They come in many bowl configurations and can be undermounted or dropped in.
Labor Cost to Install Sink Plumbing
Many costs are associated with the labor for sink installation. That is because there are many ways to install it. Sinks are also often installed with other plumbing, causing costs to vary.
Costs for a simple bathroom sink installation start at about $50 for the sink, but you may have other costs for faucets or new plumbing. Costs for kitchen sink installations and undermount bathroom sink installations start at around $100. Larger sinks, sinks with multiple drains, sinks with garbage disposals, or other types of plumbing have higher costs. This makes the most common labor costs for sink installations between $100 and $500 for most sinks, with plumbers charging between $75 and $130 an hour. Keep in mind that if you have pedestal or wall-hung sinks with visible plumbing, you may want to purchase decorative P-traps and plumbing supply lines in a finish matching your faucet. This gives you a better look for the bathroom but increases your costs for the material and has a more difficult installation of straight plumbing lines rather than flexible.
Cost to Replace a Sink
The average cost to replace a sink is roughly $50 more than the cost to install a new one - $450 to $1,050. This includes the cost to disconnect and remove the old one and install the new. Keep in mind that your costs increase if you also need to replace plumbing. Likewise, your costs could be different if you change the type. For example, if you have a wall-hung one and are installing a console in its place, your costs are different than installing a new wall-hung sink in the same area.
Cost to Install a Sink Faucet
It is very common to install a new faucet with the new sink. This can also have a wide range of costs, depending on the faucet type and how it is installed. For kitchens, the average cost to install a new faucet is $300 to $800. For bathrooms, costs range from $150 to $600. The faucet size, style, and finish impact the costs.
If your faucet plumbing is visible, such as in a wall-hung sink, you may have additional costs to upgrade it to be more attractive.
Different materials for sinks require varying maintenance levels. For porcelain, cast iron, and quartz composite sinks, you can clean it with your preferred cleaner. Stainless steel sinks can also be cleaned with many cleaners, but you may want to use a stainless-steel cleaner for the best results.
Any type of stone sink requires sealing, and you should wipe it dry after use. Also, use a pH-neutral cleaner to avoid etching. Glass sinks can be cleaned with glass cleaners. Copper and other specialty metal sinks should be lightly waxed regularly to help protect the finish. The interior should also be wiped dry after use to help prevent water spots, and you may want to use a pH-neutral cleaner or clean it with a wax-based cleaner made for copper. If you have any doubts or concerns about caring for your sink, refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines on how best to maintain its finish.
Enhancement and Improvement Costs
Garbage Disposal Installation
If you have a garbage disposal installed, it can be hooked up with the rest of the plumbing. This increases your costs by around $250 to $400 for the disposal and installation fee. Disposals can be used with most kitchen sinks.
If you do not have a disposal or have a double sink with only one side hooked to a disposal, you may want to invest in a drain strainer to keep food out of the pipes. These are relatively inexpensive, costing between $5 and $20 per piece, and are available in many finishes to match your sink.
Water Treatment Accessories
Avoid stains on your new sink if you have hard water by installing a water treatment accessory beneath the counter. You can also consider installing a whole-house filter, which protects your sink and appliances. These cost $2,100 to $3,300.
Additional Considerations and Costs
- Dishwasher. Dishwashers are common in many kitchens and are installed next to the sink to drain into the same trap. Dishwasher installation costs $700 to $1,970.
- Cabinet size. When installing an undermount sink, measure the interior of the cabinet from stile to stile, and then subtract 3 inches. This is the largest size you can install. Drop-in sinks do not need to subtract the 3 inches.
- Fixtures. It is very common for sinks to match other fixtures or appliances. In the bathroom, this means matching the toilet or tub, while it may mean matching appliances in the kitchen.
- Replacement. It is usually recommended that you purchase a sink of the same size when replacing it unless you also replace the countertop.
- Repairs. If the new sink installation requires repairs to existing floors, walls, or cabinets, your costs will be higher to cover these repairs and any new materials needed.
- Value. Sinks are considered an integral part of a home. Replacing one does not increase the resale value but helps maintain your house’s value.
- Solid surface. If you choose to use a solid surface countertop and sink, these are purchased and installed together and cannot be used separately.
- Extra-wide sinks. Extra-wide sinks require special base cabinetry to accommodate them and must be planned for ahead of time. This increases the cost and time to install, and you need the sink on hand for the cabinet construction.
- Who installs kitchen or bathroom sinks?
When having a new countertop installed, the fabricator installs the sink but does not hook it up. The plumber does the hook-up and all other types of installation.
- How much does a plumber charge to install a sink?
This depends on the sink type, but generally, labor costs range from $100 to $500 per unit.
- How long does it take to put in a kitchen sink?
Installing a new sink and hooking up the plumbing takes between 2 and 3 hours, but it takes less time if you already have the plumbing.
- How long does it take to install a bathroom sink?
Installing a new bathroom sink and hooking up the plumbing takes between 2 and 3 hours but may take longer for pedestal or wall-hung sinks and may take less time for replacements.