29th July 2021
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. Here we also reveal the results of our snapshot research into the kitchen prices of some of the biggest , including , and , to get an idea of how much a kitchen from each of them will cost.
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 (October 2020). 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.
House type and floor size
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 2020, reproduced with permission. Data is current as of October 2020.
Giving your kitchen a refresh, rather than fully replacing it, will help cut the cost of your kitchen refurbishment. Especially since a large part of the costs of a new kitchen are the units.
Replace or repair kitchen doors and drawers
Work needed - replace
Replace damaged MDF door
Replace damaged solid oak door
Replace entire damaged MDF drawers
Replace entire damaged solid oak drawers
Work needed - repair
Take door off, ease and adjust (ie make sure it works smoothly) and rehang door
Repair drawers, refix front and runners
Refix drawers, ease and adjust (ie make sure it works smoothly), including runners
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 2020, reproduced with permission. Data is current as of October 2020.
Kitchen worktop replacement
Material, quality, thickness and width
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 2020, reproduced with permission. Data is current as of October 2020.
Each kitchen brand displays its prices differently. This means that when browsing online it's almost impossible to work out how much 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.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that no two kitchens are exactly the same, and the quality of one brand's mid-range kitchen will differ from another's.
Which? members can see the prices in the table by . 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 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.
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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.
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.
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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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.
Bear in mind 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.
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 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 2020.