How much does a kitchen island cost? Kitchen island prices vary widely because the choices start with small, ready-to-assemble units and range to large, built-in, full-featured islands that are the visual and practical centre of the kitchen. The cost for a kitchen island can range from $325 for a small portable kitchen island, all the way to $6,000 + for fixed kitchen islands, with electricity, gas and plumbing included. Kitchen island extras can increase the cost even further, with breakfast bars and built in seating adding a further $900 – $1400 to the overall cost installed.
This kitchen remodel price guide will help you select and price up the best kitchen island based on your space, budget and the features that you want. There are very nice options all along the spectrum, it’s just a case of trying to figure out exactly what you need from the kitchen island, what you want it to do. The table below shows average costs for kitchen island installation. Separate cost breakdowns can be found further down the page.
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Types of Kitchen Islands
Let’s explore the most popular types of kitchen islands along with their sizes and features. Kitchen island prices for each are laid out in detail within the tables below.
Movable carts and islands: These handy units usually require assembling, and they sometimes have casters with locks for rolling into position and securing. They include some or all these options: metal or wood construction, open shelving and/or cabinets, one or more drawers, spice rack, towel rack, knife block, a food-prep top (laminate, wood/butcher block, stainless steel, tile or stone) and built-in or removable cutting board.
Built-in kitchen islands: These islands are usually constructed using the same cabinets and countertops found throughout the kitchen and are designed to fit seamlessly into the rest of the kitchen design. Popular options include some open shelving for cookbooks or knickknacks, an extended countertop that serves as a breakfast bar, electrical outlets, prep and/or full sink and faucet, cook top, oven, vent hood, dishwasher and a small refrigerator or beverage cooler. It’s also possible to install seating into any large kitchen island, in the form of either a high seating area with stools or a low integrated seating area with chairs and a table (shown in the image below). In short, just about anything that can be installed in a kitchen can be integrated into the island.
Kitchen Island Prices Sorted by Type and Features
See our price guides for countertops, cabinets, sinks and faucets to itemize the cost of these individual components of your kitchen remodel. In this table, we’ve priced islands complete with the range of materials and potential labor costs involved in the installation of a kitchen island.
Small, portable kitchen islands start at less than $100 and can be purchased from many larger home stores, including Ikea. They are often not custom made and don’t usually match your kitchen exactly, but are usually made so they fit generic kitchen styles include modern, kitchen and country. They are priced by size, quality of materials and their features. There is no upper limit to how much a fully featured built-in island can cost. However, the kitchen island prices in the table will give you a good idea of what you’ll find when you shop for a portable island or get built-in kitchen island estimates from local contractors.
Table 1. Portable Kitchen Island Prices
|Type of Kitchen Island||Total Cost|
|Small portable kitchen island||$325-$825|
|Medium portable kitchen island||$200-$525|
|Large portable kitchen island||$475-$2,500|
Table 2. Built-in Kitchen Island Prices
|Type of Kitchen Island||Materials Cost||Installation Cost||Total Cost|
|Kitchen Island with No E, P or G||$500-$1,200||$150-$300||$650-$1,500|
|Kitchen Island with Just E||$575-$1,325||$275-$600||$850-$1,925|
|Kitchen Island with E & P or G||$750-$2,200||$525-$1,100||$1,275-$3,300|
|Kitchen Island with E, P & G||$1,000-$2,600||$1,200-$3,200||$2,200-$5,800|
|E=Electricity (wiring and one or more outlets), P=Plumbing (water line, faucet, sink, drain), G=Gas line and hookup (but not appliances)|
Table 3. Costs for Kitchen Island Extras
|Island Extra||Materials Cost||Installation Cost||Total Cost|
|Note: The kitchen island prices in these tables represent the average range. There are often exceptions on the low end (discontinued/clearance materials) and high end (super-luxury/custom).|
Factors Affecting the Cost of a Kitchen Island
Apart from extra features, the cost of the island will be affected by the quality of the cabinets and countertops. See our price guides to those components for more details.
- Portable or fixed – Portable kitchen islands are the cheapest option but also not for everyone in terms of what they need the island to do for them. Portable islands can be brought for hundreds from large stores such as Costco and Ikea. These will have limited use and are only usually good for additional storage or preparation surface. Fixed medium and large kitchen islands can cost into the thousands of dollars by the time electricity, gas and water hookup is factored in.
- Size of the island – Small kitchen islands are cheaper, just as portable islands are cheaper. The larger the island then the more is required in terms of materials, labor to install it.
- Features and additions – Even a fixed island doesn’t need to be expensive if you just want a bit of additional storage space, or preparation space for food prep. However, once you start adding in things like sinks, appliances and seating, the cost will increase due to the need for installation of electricity, gas and plumbing to the island.
- Countertops – Kitchen countertop prices can vary greatly depending on the material you have. With any fixed kitchen island you will have the option of choosing the countertop material you’d like to spec it with. Basic laminate countertops can cost between $16-$39 per sq. ft., whereas marble countertops can cost as much as $117 per sq. ft., with lava countertops exceeding this at $187-$271. Therefore you need to ensure you budget for the countertop you intend to use in the island, particularly if you want to match the entire kitchen, as this can really work out quite costly when you’re specking more costly materials like marble
- DIY or pro? – Labor costs are determined by who installs the island and who hires them. In terms of the personnel, you will pay less for a general carpenter or handyman service and more for a licensed kitchen contractor. You’ll always get lower estimates for the work if you hire the crew rather than paying a general contractor or interior designer to arrange contractors. The quality of the installation will be affected by who does the work, so it’s important that a company with good experience installing islands with the equipment and features yours will have is given the work.
- Where you live – Your costs might be as much as 12% below or 30% above the national average based on the cost of living in your area. For example, an island with a national average cost of $1,000 might cost as little as $860 in Brownsville, TX or $880 in Albany, GA and as much as $1,100 in Eugene, OR or $1,300 in Boston, MA. In Cleveland, OH, and Columbia, SC, it will cost about $1,000.
Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Island
The are a few ways we recommend which can allow you to save money when it comes to the overall cost of installing a kitchen island:
- Remove the existing island yourself
- Don’t overdo it with extra’s!
- Get several estimates before settling on one installer
Removing an existing island yourself will save money, but if it has electricity, gas and/or water, know what you’re doing to keep yourself and your home safe before you begin.
Choosing affordable materials and designing an island without water or gas will keep your costs down. Installing some or all the kitchen island components yourself will cut costs, but only if done safely and correctly. The risk is that you’ll incur the cost of repairs and replacement if anything goes wrong.
The surest way to get a properly installed island is to hire the installer yourself. Request written estimates from several kitchen contractors in your area with a reputation for quality work. The free service we offer on this page takes the guesswork out the hiring process. You will receive estimates from pre-screened, licensed contractors, and there is no cost or obligation to you.