Content of the material
- Cost factor #1: The faucet you choose
- The design of the faucet
- The finish of the faucet
- The faucet valve type
- Does the Kitchen Faucet Need to Match the Sink?
- Do I Need a Licensed Plumber to Install My Kitchen Faucet?
- Condition of existing kitchen faucets
- Factors Affecting Cost
- Cost to Install a Kitchen Sink and Faucet
- Cost To Install or Replace Bathroom Faucet
- Cost To Install Bathroom Sink and Faucet
- Bathroom Sink Faucet Prices
- Additional Considerations And Costs
- Types of Kitchen Faucets
- Factors That Impact the Cost of the Faucet
- Hiring A Plumber or Handyman
Cost factor #1: The faucet you choose
The first factor that will determine the cost of your faucet replacement is the price of the faucet itself. Faucets vary in price depending on their design, finish and valve type. We’ll look at each of these considerations below.
The design of the faucet
Below are the 3 most common faucet designs, from least costly to most expensive:
- Single- or double-handle faucet: The least expensive and most commonly used type of faucet has one or two handles to control water flow and temperature.
- Pull-down or pull-out faucets: These mid-priced faucets have a detachable spray head that you can pull out or down, making it easier to rinse dishes or clean the sink.
- Touchless faucets: The most expensive faucet design allows you to wave your hand over a motion sensor to turn the water on. A dial/handle or hot/cold sensors on the side of the faucet control the temperature.
Note: A plumber can help you determine which type of faucet will fit and work best with your current sink configuration.
The finish of the faucet
Most faucets manufactured today are made of brass or stainless steel, though some less expensive models with zinc alloy. Typically, contractors recommend brass as the best type of faucet material because it is highly durable.
Faucet manufacturers apply a finish (metal coating) over the base material of the faucet. The finish makes the faucet look aesthetically pleasing and prevents the faucet from tarnishing. Premium or custom finishes will cost more, but they can also help you achieve your aesthetic vision for the kitchen.
Below are the four most common kitchen faucet finishes, from least to most expensive:
Chrome (polished or brushed)
Nickel (brushed, satin or stainless steel)
Brass (polished or satin)
Bronze (oiled or rubbed)
The faucet valve type
Faucet valves create a water-tight seal to prevent leakage and help control the flow and temperature of the water. Some valves are more durable and offer greater flow/temperature control, but they also raise the faucet installation cost.
Below are the most common faucet valve types, from least expensive to most expensive:
- Compression valve: A compression valve consists of a simple screw stem and a rubber compression washer. As the stem is raised, the washer opens the flow of water. Compression valves are inexpensive, but the rubber washer can wear out over time, causing water to leak from the faucet. Luckily, the washer and its replacements are affordable.
- Ball valve: Commonly found in single-handle faucets, ball valves use steel, rotating balls to control the faucet’s water flow. Ball valves contain many small parts, which can wear out over time and create leaks in the faucet. Because of their complexity, ball valves are more expensive to repair compared to compression valves.
- Cartridge valve: A cartridge valve consists of a small cylinder that controls the flow and temperature of the water and a rubber O-ring that prevents leaking. Cartridge valves are less prone to leaks than ball valves and are used in both single- or double-handled faucets.
- Ceramic disc valve: Ceramic disc valves use two rotating discs to control water flow and temperature and are the newest valve type used in faucets today. They are highly durable and resistant to leaks, but they also raise the cost of the faucet.
Does the Kitchen Faucet Need to Match the Sink?
You can design your kitchen and coordinate your sink and faucet in many ways. Some choose to match the finish of both. For example, you may have a stainless steel faucet with a stainless steel sink. Others use a stainless faucet with an integral white solid-surface sink rather than a white plastic faucet. It is perfectly fine to mix metals – a brass sink and stainless faucet create contrast and depth for the area.
The bottom line is that the sink and faucet do not need to match, but they should coordinate with the kitchen design for the most cohesive look.
Do I Need a Licensed Plumber to Install My Kitchen Faucet?
Generally speaking, no you don’t need a licensed plumber to install a kitchen faucet. You only need a licensed plumber to handle your kitchen faucet replacement if you live in a city that requires it.
If there aren’t any code or permit requirements, you can do the job yourself or convince a family member or friend to do it for you.
Condition of existing kitchen faucets
The first thing in determining how much your final bill will be is the condition of your existing kitchen faucets. Are they rusted? Do they have any broken parts that you know about?
The most important factor is rust. Rust could mean that damage may occur when taking them out. Your plumber may have to saw them out, or other measures that aren’t pretty.
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
Cost to Install a Kitchen Sink and Faucet
It is common to have a new sink and faucet installed together, particularly when installing a new countertop. If you have a new counter put in, it is common for the sink to be installed by the countertop installer. The plumber comes the next day to hook up the sink and install the faucet.
On average, a new kitchen sink costs between $200 and $1,000 to install. Combined with the cost of a new faucet, this brings your total to $500 to $1,800 for both items installed.
Cost To Install or Replace Bathroom Faucet
The average cost to replace a bathroom faucet is $130 to $350 for labor only and between $230 and $680 for the faucet, materials, and installation. Prices depend on the location, complexity, type of faucet and materials, and if the countertop needs drilling to match the faucet style.
|Bathroom Sink Faucet||$70 – $250|
|Remove Old Faucet||$30 – $80|
|Installation Labor||$130 – $350|
|Total Replacement Cost||$230 – $680|
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Cost To Install Bathroom Sink and Faucet
The average cost to install a bathroom sink and faucet is $400 to $1,000 for labor only. Installing a new bathroom vanity costs $300 to $2,500 on average, depending on if it’s premade or custom-built.
|Install Bathroom Faucet||$150 – $400|
|Install Sink||$250 – $600|
|Total Labor Cost||$400 – $1,000|
Bathroom Sink Faucet Prices
Bathroom sink faucet prices range from $70 to $250 on average, without installation. Prices depend on the brand, material, handle type, spout type, flow rate, and features such as motion sensing, waterfall, adjustable stream, or flexible hose.
|Single Handle||$50 – $550|
|Centerset (3-Hole)||$30 – $300|
|Widespread (3-Hole)||$70 – $900|
|Vessel||$75 – $600|
|Wall Mount||$80 – $600|
|Touchless||$130 – $500|
*Not including installation.
Brand also influences the cost of a bathroom sink faucet.
|Delta||$40 – $500|
|Moen||$80 – $700|
|Kohler||$80 – $1,100|
|Pfister||$30 – $400|
|American Standard||$60 – $450|
|Grohe||$70 – $700|
|Hansgrohe||$90 – $800|
|Glacier Bay||$30 – $150|
|Kingston Brass||$70 – $300|
|Symmons||$40 – $500|
|Peerless||$50 – $250|
|Kraus||$80 – $200|
*Not including installation.
Additional Considerations And Costs
There are several additional considerations you need to think about when you are pricing the cost of a kitchen faucet replacement, such as:
- Kitchen faucets are typically replaced every 7 to 10 years by most households. Not all faucets are compatible with your sink and surface. A new hole must be bored in the counter in certain circumstances, while in others, the holes must be covered with a plate. Before placing an order, double-check the setup and consult with your plumber to ensure that it will function.
- If your plumbing isn’t up to code, has leaks, or other problems, you may need to fix it first before installing a new faucet, or if your new faucet doesn’t work with your water supply, you’ll need to get a new one or have the supply modified. There are water-saving types available that utilize fewer gallons per minute if you want an environmentally friendly faucet.
- If you have a bigger faucet, a swivel faucet will allow you to reach more regions. Most monobloc or widespread deck-mounted faucets swivel, although bridge and wall-mounted faucets are more likely to be fixed. Most contemporary faucets with a pull-down spout contain an adjustable spray button. This comes at no extra cost and can help with sink cleaning.
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.
Factors That Impact the Cost of the Faucet
- Flow Rate
Something people often don’t think about with their kitchen faucet replacement is the flow rate of the new faucet. Essentially, flow rate refers to how fast or slow the water is coming out of your faucet and whether or not you can easily control the rate.
If you’re frequently running your water and filling pots and pans or washing dishes, it’s important to have a faucet with a fast flow rate. However, this added feature will also bump up the cost of your kitchen faucet.
- Lighting Features
As with touchless faucets, faucets with lighting features are another top modern amenity. Lighting features, while being aesthetically pleasing, are also very practical.
Most light-up faucets change the watercolor from clear to blue to red to green, depending on the water temperature. Blue water means that the water is cold, red water means that the water is hot, and green water means lukewarm.
Water that lights up is a great way to keep from accidentally burning your hand when you mistake hot water for cold. While it certainly isn’t necessary, it’s a nice bonus feature that will bump the price by an extra $100 to $1,000.
- Built-in Filtration
Depending on where you live and your water source might not have soft or clean water. Rather than buying a Brita water filter or installing a costly filtration system, you can opt for a faucet that has a built-in filter.
Faucets with built-in filters are extremely handy and don’t cost an outrageous amount like some other faucet features. Expect to pay between $40 and $140 for a built-in faucet filter.
- Integrated or Separate Sprayer
Most modern kitchen faucets come with the sprayer included in the faucet head. However, if you’re replacing an older faucet and want to keep the sprayer portion separate from the head, it might cost you more.
Because of the extra materials and features, faucets with separate sprayers generally cost more than faucets with integrated ones.
- Damages and Installation Costs
As with all construction projects, don’t be surprised if you run into unexpected problems while replacing your kitchen faucet. You may find that you need to replace the entire sink or that one of your valves or water lines is leaking.
No matter the problem, unexpected damages, and installation costs are killers, especially if you hire a professional plumber. They tend to upcharge you for change orders and unexpected problems.
- Material of the Faucet
The material of your faucet is another important factor that affects pricing. Faucets made of copper, brass, or nickel are more expensive than faucets made of plastic or chrome. Oil-rubbed bronze has a black finish.
Here’s a table with the breakdown of how faucet material affects the overall price.
|Chrome||$40 – $1,500|
|Bronze||$65 – $800|
|Plastic||$80 – $500|
|Nickel||$90 – $1,600|
|Stainless Steel||$100 – $1,000|
|Brass||$100 – $2,000|
|Zinc||$150 – $800|
|Copper||$175 – $1,000|
As you can see, there’s a large disparity in kitchen faucet prices. While the margin pricing is high for each material, the minimum and maximum you might pay is a good indicator of the quality you’ll get from each material.
Hiring A Plumber or Handyman
Before hiring a contractor, be sure to:
- Get at least three estimates to compare.
- Read reviews and check out their previous work on HomeGuide, Google, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
- Select companies that are insured, bonded, and have been in business for longer than five years.
- Avoid selecting the lowest quote as quality may suffer.
- Ask for at least a 1-year labor warranty.
- Get a full breakdown of all costs involved.
- Avoid making payments upfront. Instead, pay when the work is completed.