The cost of a new kitchen can escalate quickly, soon running into tens of thousands of pounds, depending on what materials you go for and which company you use.
By choosing carefully and using a few money-saving tricks, you could cut your final bill considerably.
We've spoken to experts and 3,848 kitchen owners to get their insider tips on how to cut costs. We've also worked with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which publishes average building work and repair costs, to bring you the average price of a new kitchen.
The cost of a kitchen can vary dramatically based on its size, and the brand and the quality of the fixtures and fittings. A tiny, budget kitchen could cost less than £7,000 (including installation), while a very large, bespoke kitchen could set you back the best part of £100,000.
To help you work out how much you should expect to pay, the table below reveals the average cost of a standard or bespoke kitchen, as calculated by RICS (October 2021). The prices are based on averages for a terraced, semi-detached and detached house.
These prices include removing existing units, installing new units, fittings, flooring and wall tiles, as well as plumbing and decorating. They also include a built-in hob, cooker, extractor fan, kitchen sink and taps.
|House type and floor size||Standard kitchen||Bespoke kitchen|
|Terraced (8sq m)|
|Semi-detached (15sq m)|
|Detached (24sq m)|
Table notes: Prices include VAT. Standard kitchen includes DIY superstore fittings, standard appliances and vinyl floors. Bespoke kitchen includes bespoke fittings, appliances and ceramic floor tiling. Data copyright RICS 2021, reproduced with permission. Data is correct as of October 2021.
Giving your kitchen a refresh, rather than fully replacing it, will help cut the cost of your refurbishment. New units, in particular, will add considerably to your costs.
|Replace or repair kitchen doors and drawers|
|Work needed: replace||One unit||Two units||Three units||Five units|
|Replace damaged MDF door|
|Replace damaged solid oak door|
|Replace entire damaged MDF drawers|
|Replace entire damaged solid oak drawers|
|Work needed: repair|
Table notes: Prices include VAT. Repair refers to returning door or drawer to its original state and to match existing, where possible. All prices include using existing ironmongery. Data copyright RICS 2021, reproduced with permission. Data is correct as of October 2021.
|Kitchen worktop replacement|
|Material, quality, thickness and width||One metre||Two metres||Three metres||Five metres|
|Standard-quality laminated plastic on chipboard – 38mm thick and 600mm wide|
|Good-quality laminated plastic on chipboard – 38mm thick and 600mm wide|
|Standard-quality solid oak – 40mm thick and 615mm wide|
|Good-quality solid oak – 40mm thick and 615mm wide|
|Standard-quality solid granite – 30mm thick and 600mm wide|
|Good-quality solid granite – 30mm thick and 600mm wide|
Table notes: Prices include VAT. Data copyright RICS 2021, reproduced with permission. Data is correct as of October 2021.
We asked 3,848 owners what they did to cut the cost of their fitted kitchens. 69% were able to cut down their costs by resorting to several techniques. Which? members can to see what tricks you could employ to shave money off your final quote.
Installation is an extra expense on top of the kitchen itself. It can cost anything from £250 for pre-assembled units up to around £1,000, depending on the size of your space and what's being installed.
Your plumbing, electrical wiring and waste water pipes also have a bearing on the overall cost. The more pipework and wiring that you need to move, the higher the cost of your project will be. That means that installation will be significantly cheaper if you retain the layout of your old kitchen.
Many companies offer an installation service, but at an extra cost. We asked customers about their experiences with the brand they used for installation, including the speed and quality of installation, the amount of mess made and the communication with their installer.
But you don't have to use the same company for both supply and installation; 26% of people in our survey found their own installer, while 9% installed it themselves and 8% got a friend or family member to do it.
One of the most important parts of any home improvement project is sticking to your budget. Use our typical cost guides, work out roughly how much you feel you need to spend and then set yourself a budget.
To help you assess how much you will need to spend, download our budget planning calculator from the link below to work out costs for extra work on heating, plumbing and electrics.
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In March 2021, we asked 3,848 Which? members about the kitchen they bought in the past 10 years, their experiences of buying a kitchen and satisfaction with the brand they bought it from.
We also assessed kitchen units from the big-name kitchen brands we have reviewed, looking at a base unit, wall cupboard and a drawer unit for each type of carcass from each company, for example flat-pack and pre-assembled versions.
RICS uses cost data from its Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) database, where costs are collated from a variety of sources, and analysed to give the average prices. Everything needed to carry out the work is included in the costs such as labour, materials, any preliminary work, contractor overheads and profit, and VAT.
Materials costs are based on the best trade prices from a range of suppliers across the UK, which are then benchmarked to reveal the best national average.
Labour rates are based on the current Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council wage agreement. All of this data is put into a standardised model of the average kitchen. Prices are correct as of October 2021.