When it comes to the appearance and function of your kitchen, a new sink can be just as important as a new appliance. In terms of size, shape, finish and color, the latest designs and styles have come a long way. New options include shapes and sizes that range from a large, deep farm-style unit with an exposed “apron” to a triple-bowl station designed for gourmet food prep. New finishes include cast iron, porcelain, acrylic or stone finish, to name just a few.

To help narrow your selection, you’ll need to decide whether you also plan to replace your counter-top. Some sink models are designed to go under the counter-top ledge, while others are designed to be dropped in over the edge of your counter-top cut-out and some may require your cabinet to be cut at the front. Also, you’ll need to decide on the type of faucet/sprayer you want, as some can be installed through a standard sink cut-out, while others require custom-drilled holes that go through the counter-top to accommodate plumbing connections and a soap dispenser.