The faucet is one of the most important fixtures in your kitchen. You use it to wash dishes and to pour water for drinking or cooking. You might use it for watering your plants, and you may even wash your baby or pets in the kitchen sink.
The faucet can also be a focal point of your kitchen, and for all these reasons, it’s important to have one that works well and looks great. Most homeowners need to replace their kitchen faucet every 7-10 years, so how much does it cost to install a kitchen faucet?
It’s impossible to give a single answer this question since there are so many variables involved. These include the style of faucet you want to have installed, the condition of your existing faucet and even simply where you live.
Let’s start by having a look at some of the most important variables and how they might affect the final cost. After that, we can try to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay to install a kitchen faucet.
Cost of labor and where you live
The cost of labor to install a faucet depends on where you live. Plumbers generally charge in the region of around $45-$65 an hour, but this can vary widely in different parts of the US.
If you are only interested in knowing the cost of installation without factoring in the cost of buying the faucet itself, the cost of labor is one of the biggest variables since it can cost you up to 50% more or less depending on where you live.
Condition of old faucet
Your old faucet will need to be removed by the plumber, and this will be factored into the overall cost. If the old faucet is in good condition, removal will be a simple job and won’t increase the price too much.
However, if the old faucet is rusted in place or has become fused due to limescale, this will probably increase the cost of the work. If your old faucet is broken, this could also make the job more complicated, and you should expect to pay more.
If you just want to install a basic “regular” faucet with no bells and whistles, you can expect to pay lower prices for the work.
On the other hand, if you want to install an upgrade model with extra features, you might need extra holes drilled, and this will add to the cost.
Generally speaking, more advanced faucets with extra features are more complicated to fit and require more time, so if you want something more than just a basic model, you will need to be ready to pay more.
Style of faucet you choose
Aside from the labor costs, factoring in the faucet that you buy can also make a big difference to how much you end up paying. Let’s have a look at some of the different types of faucet and how much you can expect to pay for them.
A monobloc faucet is one of the most basic faucet designs. It requires a single hole and features a single handle for both hot and cold water. This is one of the cheapest types of faucet buy and also to install.
Similar to the monobloc style, this kind of faucet features a single handle to control hot and cold water. They are inexpensive to buy and to install.
This type of faucet features a head that can be pulled out for extra reach. They may cost slightly more to buy than a basic monobloc or single handle faucet but are simple to install and shouldn’t cost any extra in terms of labor.
Pull-down kitchen faucets have a detachable head that can be pulled out, giving you extra flexibility over how you use it. They can cost more than the other types of faucet we’ve already mentioned but are still relatively easy to install, so the labor cost shouldn’t be too expensive.
Deck-mounted or wall mounted
If you want a faucet to be installed directly in the counter or in the wall, the cost will depend on whether the holes already exist.
If you are replacing a similar model, there won’t be any additional labor costs, but if the plumber needs to drill new holes to fit it, the labor costs will rise.
Touchless kitchen faucets are more advanced models that will cost you more to buy, but they are still relatively easy to install, so the labor costs shouldn’t be significantly higher.
Commercial kitchen faucets are becoming popular with home users. They offer increased performance and are more expensive to buy. However, the labor cost will depend on the model, the number of holes required and how much extra work is necessary.
As we have already stated, it’s impossible to give a simple answer to the question of how much it costs to install a new faucet since the price depends on many factors and can vary enormously.
Depending on where you live, the work required and the faucet you choose, prices can be anywhere between $150 and $2000.
However, to give a very rough idea of how much you should expect to pay, assuming you are installing a basic monobloc faucet, perhaps with a pull-down feature and need to pay for 2-3 hours of labor, the price will be in the region of $150-400.
This price includes the faucet itself as well as paying the plumber to fit it.
However, if you choose a more advanced faucet or there are any complicating factors as we have discussed, you can expect this price to rise.
If you want to save yourself a little cash, you might want to try installing your faucet yourself. In that case, check out this video that shows you how.
Ask a professional for a quote
Hopefully, we have been able to give you some idea of the kind of prices you should expect to pay when having a new faucet installed in your kitchen.
However, since there are so many factors affecting the price, the best advice is to ask a professional plumber for a quote to get an accurate price for the work you need done according to the prices in your area.