By Gene and Katie Hamilton
What is an in-sink dishwasher you might wonder? It's a new kitchen appliance in a category all its own because the unit is a combination of a sink and a mini-dishwasher that holds a five-piece setting of dishes. The Briva, by KitchenAid has a multiple personality with a unique design that allows easy removal of the rack and spray arm creating an extra deep sink, ideal for washing large pots and pans. Unlike a traditional under-the-counter dishwasher, there's no bending to load and unload it because it's counter level. The unit has a cutting board lid that adds counter space and it's fast, operating in half the time of a traditional dishwasher.
This new compact appliance is a solution for a space-challenged kitchen and ideal for an in-law apartment where the convenience of a dishwasher is needed, but space is at a premium. In a mega-kitchen, the unit can be the extra sink and dishwasher in a pantry for when more dishwashing power and sink space is needed.
A plumber will charge $2,010 to replace a sink with an in-sink dishwasher assuming there's a source of electricity nearby. That includes labor and material. If you have experience with plumbing and electrical projects, you can buy the unit for $1,800 and install it. But you'll only save 10 percent doing it yourself, so your best bet is to hire a plumber.
The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to install an in-sink dishwasher with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.