Installing a new kitchen faucet costs between $160 and $345 on average, depending on whether you DIY or not
Your kitchen faucet is probably one of your home’s most-used items, from filling up cups on a hot summer’s day to helping you wash your hands before a meal. The cost to install a kitchen faucet varies by factors like where you live, whether or not you hire a professional to do it, and the type of faucet you choose. Knowing the typical costs to install a kitchen faucet and important factors to consider during the process can help everything run smoothly.
How Much Does It Cost to Install a Kitchen Faucet?
It typically costs between $160 and $345 to install a kitchen faucet, but the cost can reach as high as $585 or go as low as $90, depending on several factors. For instance, if you hire a professional to install the faucet rather than do it yourself, then you'll need to pay labor costs in addition to the cost of the faucet.
“You don't realize how important and valuable your kitchen faucet is until you can't use it,” says Jeff Botelho, Angi Expert Review Board member and Massachusetts-licensed journeyman plumber. “Choosing a high quality kitchen faucet is one of the quickest ways to add value to your home and is often the most important item to take into consideration when remodeling a kitchen.
Average Cost of a Kitchen Faucet in Your Neighborhood
Kitchen faucet installation costs can vary quite a bit depending on where you live:
Pull-Out vs. Bar Faucets: Which Fits My Budget?
There are many different types of kitchen faucets, and the type you choose can affect the cost.
Pull-out faucets cost around $100 to $150 and feature a spray hose that you can pull down, out, and away from the kitchen sink. The added flexibility of pull-out faucets makes them ideal for washing dishes and produce, but these features do contribute to their extra cost. You could also incur costs in the future if you need to factor in the cost to fix the spray hose should it break.
Bar faucets feature a tall fixed gooseneck, allowing them to easily fill large pitchers and glasses. These faucets usually cost between $50 and $100. Note that a bar faucet will not fit the typical hole pattern of a kitchen sink and are typically found installed at either a wet bar or prep area located away from the main kitchen sink.
Pot fillers feature long arms with joints that allow them to swing out for easy filling. These faucets are typically installed over a stove or next to a kitchen sink. True to its name, this style makes filling up pots of water a breeze. You can expect to pay between $150 and $200 for this type of faucet.
Cost for Kitchen Faucets by Brand
Brand is another factor that can significantly impact the cost of your kitchen faucet installation. For instance, some brands offer faucets with high-end finishes and features, like a sensor that automatically turns the water on when it senses your hands in front of it. These features can really increase costs. The following table outlines typical kitchen faucet costs by brand.
|Kitchen Faucet Brand||Cost|
|KOHLER||$30 – $2,400|
|Moe||$50 – $1,000|
|American Standard||$60 – $540|
|Delta||$50 – $700|
|Pfister||$40 – $600|
What Will It Cost Me to Install a Kitchen Faucet?
Installing a kitchen faucet yourself will definitely save you money. The labor cost for kitchen faucet installation typically ranges from $260 to $480. This cost varies based on factors like whether you're replacing an existing faucet or not.
If you hire a professional to replace an existing faucet, then you'll need to pay a bit more to account for the time it takes the professional to remove it. On the other hand, if you install a kitchen faucet yourself, you can skip the labor costs altogether. You’ll only need to pay for the cost of the faucet plus any tools you need such as a basin wrench and an adjustable wrench.
Kitchen Faucet Cost Factors
Several factors affect the overall cost of a kitchen faucet installation.
Flow Rate Control
One key factor that affects the price is the faucet's flow rate control. Kitchen faucets are used for everything from filling pots to rinsing dishes and washing your hands, so being able to control the water flow makes life easier, but this feature can also cost more.
Additionally, faucets with upgraded features, like built-in filtration systems or lighting, typically cost more than basic faucets without those features. The faucet's finish, material, and type can also influence the overall cost of the faucet.
Damages and Installation Costs
There are also unexpected costs to consider, such as whether your kitchen sink's mountings or connectors are damaged or need to be replaced during the faucet installation. Furthermore, if you hire a licensed plumber to install your kitchen faucet, you can expect to pay more than you would if you hired a general contractor.
FAQs About Kitchen Faucet Installation
Should I install a kitchen faucet myself or hire a professional?
Installing a new kitchen faucet yourself will save money on labor costs. However, the connectors and mountings that work for one kitchen faucet often don't work for another, so you may need to hire a local professional to make adjustments or modifications to these fixtures. It is a good idea to consult your local plumbing inspector to find out if your project requires a licensed plumber and/or permits.
What should I consider when installing a kitchen faucet?
Before installing a kitchen faucet, you should consider factors like your household's needs and the type of faucet that accommodates them. For instance, if you hand wash a lot of dishes— or want to keep your kitchen sink sparkling clean—then the flexibility of a pull-out faucet will be helpful. And if you’re constantly boiling up pots of spaghetti, you might want to install a pot filler faucet near it for convenience.
Cost is another important consideration. If you hire a professional to install the faucet, then you can expect to pay more than if you installed the faucet yourself. Your faucet's finish, material, and brand will also impact the overall cost, so they're worth considering.
How long does it take to install a kitchen faucet?
The time it takes to install a kitchen faucet depends on the complexity of the installation. For example, replacing a faulty faucet with a working version of the same type may only take an hour or two for an experienced DIYer to complete.
However, if your plumbing system needs modifications, then it may take seven or eight hours for you or a professional to prep and protect the work area, remove the old faucet, and install a new faucet and supply lines.
Do I need a licensed plumber to install a kitchen faucet?
If your kitchen faucet installation requires any modifications to your plumbing system, then you probably want to hire a licensed local plumber for the job. However, if none of these modifications are needed, then you or a general contractor should be able to complete the job.