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15 November 2021

New kitchen costs

Our guide takes you through how much a typical new kitchen costs, how to budget for it and our top tips for getting a cheaper option
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Paula Flores
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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 thousands of kitchen owners (3,848) and experts, 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 company that you choose can make a big difference to your project's overall price. Find out whether the biggest kitchen brands, including B&Q, Ikea and Wickes impressed us.

How much does a new kitchen cost? 

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 the removal of existing units, installation of 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.

Which? members can log in now to unlock the cost tables below. If you're not a member, you can join Which? now to gain access to this data, as well as all our kitchen brand ratings and appliance reviews.

Kitchen costs
House type and floor sizeStandard kitchenBespoke 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.

Refreshing kitchen units, doors and worktops

Giving your kitchen a refresh, rather than fully replacing it, will help cut the cost of your refurbishment. Especially since a large part of the costs are the units. 

We've worked with RICS to compile the average prices for replacing or repairing kitchen cupboard doors and drawers and fitting a replacement kitchen worktop.

Replace or repair kitchen doors and drawers
Work needed: replaceOne unitTwo unitsThree unitsFive units
Replace damaged MDF door
Replace damaged solid oak door
Replace entire damaged MDF drawers
Replace entire damaged solid oak drawers
Work needed: repair
Repair door

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.

Cost to repair a kitchen worktop

Kitchen worktop replacement
Material, quality, thickness and widthOne metreTwo metresThree metresFive 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.

Cheap kitchen tips

We asked 3,848 owners what they did to cut the cost of their fitted kitchens, and 69% were able to cut down their costs by resorting to several techniques. Which? members can log in to see what tricks you could employ to shave money off your final quote.

See out tips on how to buy a second-hand kitchen.

This will also unlock our page on Kitchen cabinets, doors and worktops, where we reveal which materials best stand the test of time according to people who have lived with them.

How much do kitchen appliances cost?

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If you decide to buy all-new appliances, a typical collection, including a washing machine, built-in oven, hob, cooker hood, dishwasher and fridge freezer, will cost from around £1,500 for budget Best Buys.

For a top-of-the range Best Buy American-style fridge freezer, dishwasher, range cooker and hood, you'll pay around £5,000. Read our full guide to best kitchen appliances to see how much you have to pay to get a Best Buy - they're not always the most expensive - and to help you choose the right appliances to suit your needs.

Kitchen installation and tradesman costs

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.

Overall customer scores ranged from 54% to 81%, so it's worth taking a look at our guide to kitchen brand installation if you want to use the company you're buying from.

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.

You can use our free Which? Trusted Trader service to find recommended kitchen fitters, plumbers and electricians who have been through our stringent vetting process.

Kitchen budget planner

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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.

Resources

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Which? survey and assessments and RICS research

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.

Find out more about how we test kitchens, or head straight to our round-up of the best and worst kitchen brands