Planning a kitchen
New kitchen costs
By Liz Ransome-Croker
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Our guide takes you through how much a typical new kitchen costs, budgeting for your kitchen, and our top tips for getting a cheap kitchen.
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 (2.238), and experts, to get their insider tips on how to cut the cost of a fitted kitchen. 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. Read our snapshot research into the kitchen prices of some of the biggest brands, including B&Q, Ikea and Wickes, to get an idea of how much a kitchen from each of them will cost.
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To help you work out how much you should expect to pay for a totally new kitchen, the table below reveals the average cost of a standard or bespoke kitchen, as calculated by RICS (September 2019). 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.
Refreshing, rather than fully replacing, your kitchen could be a sure-fire way to cut the cost of your kitchen refurbishment. We've worked with RICS to compile the average prices for replacing or repairing doors and drawers and fitting a replacement kitchen worktop.
Each kitchen brand displays its prices in a different way. This means that when browsing online it's almost impossible to work out what a kitchen will cost you, and whether it's overpriced when compared with a similar kitchen from a different brand.
To save you traipsing around kitchen stores to get like-for-like quotes just to work out which brands tend to be more expensive, our kitchen brand costs table (below) can help you target your efforts with your budget in mind.
Based on a specific layout and mid-range kitchen, we carried out snapshot research (in summer 2017) to get quotes from all the big kitchen companies.
We visited two stores for each brand, and have listed the prices we were given in our table below. These prices are just for kitchen units and a worktop (see which ones in the gallery below). They don't include installation, appliances, a sink or taps.
Which? members can see the prices in the table by logging in. You'll also find out kitchen owners' tips on cutting the cost of their kitchen, and what we've learnt about how to get the lowest price for your kitchen on our kitchen sales page.
The gallery below shows which kitchen and worktop we were quoted for by each brand. The layouts pictured are not the ones that we got a quote for (see below for our kitchen plan), but they will give you an idea of the style of each kitchen.
We asked 2,338 kitchen owners what they did to cut the cost of their fitted kitchens - 74% were able to. Which? members can log in to see what tricks you could employ to shave money off your final quote.
This will also unlock our page on kitchen units, doors and worktops, where we reveal which materials best stand the test of time according to people who have lived with them.
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'd pay around £5,000. Read our full guide to 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 best for you.
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 kitchen and what's being installed.
Your kitchen's 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 kitchen companies offer an installation service, at extra cost. We asked customers about their experiences with the kitchen 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 83% to 56%, so it's worth taking a look at our guide to kitchen brand installation if you want to use the company you're buying the kitchen from.
But you don't have to use the kitchen company for both supply and installation; 19% of people in our survey found their own installer, while 8% installed it themselves and 5% got a friend or family member to do it.
You can use our free Which? Trusted Trader service to find recommended plumbers, electricians and kitchen fitters who have been through our stringent vetting process.
To help you assess how much you will need to spend, download our budget planning calculator to work out costs for extra work on heating, plumbing and electrics.
Kitchen prices: how we did our research
Using a fixed kitchen layout, we visited two stores for each brand to ask for a price for one of its mid-range kitchens and worktops (including VAT and without installation). The kitchens and worktops used were based on what the brand identified as its most popular mid-range kitchen and a worktop to accompany it (see gallery above).
We asked each company to quote us for the exact layout we wanted, as per our plan below. We asked for everything needed to fill the kitchen’s space, and for basic fittings but no extras, such as taps or a splashback.
The kitchen was a straight run of units designed to fit along a single wall, including: two 100cm-wide base units; two 60cm-wide drawer units; two 50cm-wide wall units; one 60cm-wide tall larder cupboard; one 60cm-wide oven housing for a built-in oven and space for a 60cm-wide freestanding dishwasher.
The total length of the kitchen was 5.04 metres and it was 3 metres wide. The visits were done in June and July 2017, and each kitchen brand was visited twice.
Please note that while this plan was checked by kitchen fitters, it's only a guide for the purpose of getting a rough quote. It would potentially need tweaking in the real world.
Where there was no exact match for components, the companies were asked to replace with the nearest similar alternative.
Where we found that main items were incorrectly quoted, we made sure these were corrected. Any extras, such as lighting, that the customer was made aware of, were removed from the quote.
Which? survey and assessments and RICS research
In May and June 2019 we asked 2,238 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 arrive at the average prices. 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. It then uses this data in a standardised model of the average kitchen.