Kitchen Faucet Replacement Cost Factors
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 the whether or not you hire a pro 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.
New Kitchen Faucet
Prices range anywhere from $70 to $900 on average for a new kitchen faucet, with smart kitchen faucets falling between $300 and $400. The new faucet itself will be the biggest factor in your overall kitchen faucet replacement cost.
When establishing your budget, allocate the biggest percentage of your dollars toward choosing the right faucet and brand. The rest of your budget can be used for labor and accessories.
Installing a kitchen faucet yourself will definitely save you money. The labor cost for installing a kitchen faucet typically ranges from $260 to $480. This cost varies based on factors like whether you're replacing an existing faucet and if the new style matches up with your sink’s mountings or connectors.
Kitchen Faucet Prices by Type
The type of kitchen faucet you choose can widely impact your final cost. Single-handle faucets are the most affordable and the most user-friendly, but may not be the best option for every kitchen or style.
|Kitchen Faucet Type||Price Range||Features|
|Single Handle||$150 – $350||Simple, budget-friendly solution with one handle|
|Pull Out||$175 – $500||A full faucet wand that pulls out, best for smaller spaced areas|
|Widespread||$70 – $900||Three separate pieces (hot and cold water handles, plus faucet connector)|
|Pull Down||$175 – $500||Smaller nozzle that requires more head room but is more ergonomically correct|
|Touchless||$400 – $700||Motion sensor controlled, either by waving a hand or a cabinet toe kick|
|Bridge||$400 – $700||Two handles (hot and cold) joined by a horizontal connector pipe|
|Pot Filler||$150 – $500||Secondary sink over the stove, requires additional plumbing|
Additional Cost Factors to Installing a New Faucet
While the faucet itself is the most important portion of your total kitchen faucet replacement cost, there are a few other factors to consider. Adding additional features, like a soap dispenser or a faucet extender, or upgrading to a more expensive finish will add to the overall cost of your project.
Old Kitchen Faucet Removal
Most of the time, removing the old unit before replacing a kitchen faucet is a simple DIY that most homeowners can tackle on their own with the right tools and about 30 minutes.
If you need to hire a pro for the entire installation process, usually the only fee you’ll pay is the hourly labor charge, and plumbers charge between $45 to $200 per hour. But if you experience a structural or plumbing issue during this time, your cost could be much higher.
Chrome is the most affordable and common kitchen faucet finish, starting at $40. Some top-of-the-line finishes, like nickel and brass, can reach $1,200 or more.
And with some of these finishes—like nickel, for example—you can choose between a standard, brushed, or matte finish. Most manufacturers charge more for any finishes other than the standard option.
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.
Faucet extenders can help make a faucet more accessible for children or those with mobility issues by bringing the water flow closer to the edge of the sink. Prices for extenders start at $15.
It costs between $25 to $50 to install an in-sink soap dispenser. But if your project requires a new hole in the countertop, you’ll need to pay more for labor costs.
Adjustable Angle Faucets
Adjustable angle faucets, also called swivel faucet aerators, are little screens at the end of a faucet spout that let you shape where the water goes. This accessory also helps minimize how much water you use. You can buy just the extender portion for about $15 or purchase a fully adjustable faucet starting at $250.
Filter your water at the source by installing a water softener system or a water filtration system under your kitchen sink. These products cost between $150 to $500 on average. If you’re an experienced DIY junkie, you may be able to install one on your own. Otherwise, it’s best to bring in a local water softener installer to help.
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 local plumber to install your kitchen faucet, you can expect to pay more than you would if you hired a general contractor.
Cost to Install a Kitchen Faucet Yourself
Installing a kitchen faucet yourself will definitely save you money on labor costs. You’ll only need to pay for the cost of the faucet plus any tools you need, although many of the tools aren’t ones that the typical homeowner has in their tool kit.
Here are some of the tools you may need for this project:
Locking pliers: $15
Wire brush: $4
Basin wrench: $20
Putty knife: $3
Sponge or rags: $4
Lubricant spray: $8
Plumber’s tape: $2
Together, your tools add up to about $56, not including the materials themselves. Considering that the average cost for installing a new kitchen faucet starts at $260, you’ll come out quite a bit ahead if you take a DIY approach. But if the job requires drilling or plumbing adjustments, outsourcing the work to a pro can help bypass expensive mistakes.
How to Save Money When Installing a New Kitchen Faucet
Besides installing it yourself, there are a few other ways you can lower the cost of installing a kitchen faucet.
Choose the same model: The simplest and most cost-effective way to install a new kitchen faucet is to buy a model that can fit right into your old sink holes (called “retrofit” in the industry). You can also buy one that requires fewer holes—like going from a double-hole to a single-hole sink—but you’ll need to plug up the extra holes with deck plates.
Remove the old model yourself:If your new faucet requires some drilling or plumbing work, you can take a few steps to lower labor costs by removing your old faucet before a pro comes to install your new one. This will give them a clean slate to start from and help expedite the installation process.
Measure and measure again: Save yourself time and avoid restocking fees by measuring twice when picking out the right replacement. You can even bring your old faucet to the hardware store to make shopping a breeze.
While it won’t save you money during installation, you may also consider installing a low-flow faucet to save water and money down the road.