Cost to Replace / Install a Kitchen Faucet
|How much does it cost to replace a kitchen faucet? The average cost to install a kitchen faucet will cost between $300 and $600, which includes the faucet the the labor for installation. There are various cost factors involved which are likely to affect the cost, these are discussed on the page below.|
|Low Cost||$150 – $450|
|Average Cost||$300 – $600|
|High Cost||$600 – $3000|
Kitchen faucet prices are a factor of the quality, aesthetics, functionality and features of the faucet and accessories. This guide to kitchen faucet prices and the cost of installation is an opportunity to compare prices for all major types of kitchen faucet. It has the same kind of pricing information found in all our kitchen remodeling prices guides. They’ll assist you as you select components that suit your style and fit your budget. But how much is the average cost of a faucet? As discussed below there are several factors which will affect the cost of a kitchen faucet, however in general the average price will sit somewhere between $300 – $600. The following table provides an overview of costs for a kitchen faucet replacement / installation project:
|Cost to Replace / Install a Kitchen Faucet|
|Basic Cost Estimate||Average Cost Estimate||High Cost Estimate|
|Expect to Pay||$150 – $450||$300 – $600||$600 – $3000|
|Faucet Supply & Install||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Faucet Material||Plastic, Light Powder Coat, Enamel||Enamel, Stainless Steel||Brass, Bronze, Dipped Chrome, Stainless Steel and Copper|
|Faucet Extra Features (e.g. Hot Water, Filtered Water, Soap Dispenser, Faucet Sprayer)||None||Sprayer, Soap Dispenser||Sprayer, Soap Dispenser, Hot Water, Filtered Water|
|Plumbing Access||N/A||Easy||Moderate / Difficult|
|Plumbing Modification Required?||No||No/Minimal||Yes|
|Pro or DIY Installation||DIY||Pro||Pro|
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Types of Kitchen Faucets
This brief overview of kitchen faucet options is designed to assist you in shopping for those that will integrate beautifully into your kitchen design. Make sure to view our kitchen sink prices if you’re looking to replace both the sink and the faucet together, you may just get a better deal. Kitchen faucet types are:
Standard kitchen faucets, for lack of a better term, are the faucets that don’t have any of the features that characterize those in the rest of the list. They remain the largest category of kitchen faucet. Standard faucets sit on or behind the back of the sink have either hot and cold handles emanating from the base or a single handle at the top of the main body of the faucet.
Pull down kitchen faucets and pull out kitchen faucets have heads that detach from the faucet neck. The head has a flexible hose attached that retreats into the faucet neck when the head is put back in place. Extra hose extends beneath the countertop and is often weighted to assist in the retreat. Many pull-down and pull-out faucets have adjustable water flow settings.
Wall mount kitchen faucets require plumbing inside the wall, so they are disruptive and costly to install unless a complete remodel is underway. Some plumbers are reluctant to install a wall mount faucet on an outside wall in a very cold climate due to the risk of pipes freezing.
Bridge kitchen faucets are difficult to describe but easy to spot. They have separate hot water and cold water handles with piping running from left and right to form a bridge. The faucet neck extends up from the bridge.
Touchless kitchen faucets or hands-free faucets are so named because they have motion sensors that start and stop the flow of water. A variation is the tap-control or touch-on faucet that requires just a tap to turn water on and off. All these faucet types include a handle for manual control and temperature adjustment.
Vessel and waterfall faucets lack the functionality most homeowners want in the main kitchen sink though one can be a stylish addition to a prep sink. There are many styles of vessel and waterfall faucets, but in most the water flows out of the faucet or over a ledge without traveling through an aerator.
Kitchen Faucet Prices Sorted by Type
There are many style and finish options within each type of faucet, so narrowing your choices will be more difficult than finding one with the right aesthetic and functionality for your kitchen plans. Perhaps our kitchen faucet prices table will help.
Table 1: Cost of Kitchen Faucets: A Comparison at a Glance
|Kitchen Faucet Type||Average Faucet Prices||Low-end Price||High-end Price||Installation Cost||Total Cost|
|Pull down/pull out faucet||$150-$1,500||$65||$2,700||$75-$225||$140-$2,925|
|Wall mount faucet||$125-$800||$65||$1,500||$150-$600||$215-$2,100|
|Note: Most faucets will be priced in the “Average” range, but cheap and extremely expensive faucets extend the price spectrum significantly.|
Factors Affecting Cost
Faucets vary in price more than any other kitchen component. That’s why we’ve setup the table with the three faucet price columns plus installation. How much you’ll ultimate pay for your faucet depends mostly on these factors:
- Quality of Parts – The overall quality of the faucet’s functional parts, including any washers, handles, stems, gaskets, aerators and adapters may vastly affect the cost of the faucet item. If you are buying the item yourself then it’s worth checking with the salesperson the differences between cheaper and more expensive faucets which look the same. As whilst they may appear similar in design, their functional parts being vastly superior in one compared to another will affect the longevity of the item
- Quality of the Faucet Finish – There are various finishes to be aware of, the most common of which is powder coat or stainless steel. The cheapest is plastic and the most expensive are copper, brass, bronze and stainless steel, however they will also last the longest and often look the best. The main finishes, along with the expected pricing level are shown below:
- Plastic (cheap)
- Light powder-coat (cheap to moderate)
- Enamel (cheap to moderate)
- Heavy powder-coat (moderate to expensive)
- Brass, bronze and dipped chrome (moderate to very expensive)
- Stainless steel and copper (expensive to very expensive)
- Accessories – The number of accessories the faucet has will affect the price. The most basic faucet is designed just to give hot and cold water, however accessories are available including sprayers, soap dispenser, filtered water and direct hot water. Most basic faucets will not include any accessories, however for a little extra you can get a faucet with a sprayer or soap dispenser. But for accessories like hot water, filtered water then you can expect to pay quite a bit more
- Wall Mounted or Non-Wall Mounted – The installation cost of a wall mount faucet will be cheaper if the wall studs are exposed than if a backsplash or drywall must be removed
- Just a Faucet? – If the faucet is the only thing being installed, the cost will be higher than if the installation is part of a countertop installation or complete kitchen remodel
- DIY or Pro – A kitchen installer will charge more than a handyman service, especially if faucet installation is the only project
Ways to Save on a Kitchen Faucet
Beyond the obvious option of buying a less expensive faucet, you can save money by removing the old faucet and installing the new one yourself. Simply keep in mind that DIY work comes with the risk of being responsible for problems that lead to repair or replacement costs.
The proven way to save money on professional kitchen installation including the faucet is to request estimates from several contractors and let them know they’re competing for the work. When you use the free service we offer, you’ll receive written estimates from licensed, insured and pre-screened local contractors that know they must submit competitive prices to get the work. There is no cost or obligation to you for requesting the estimates.