Faucet prices are all over the place and it can be puzzling to look at the array of faucets in a plumbing store or catalog and try to pick out the best one. Faucet prices may be all over the place, but there is a reason for that. Although many faucets look alike, they’re not created equal on the inside. Faucets made of better materials, such as copper or brass, will carry a higher price. But they also offer better performance and a longer life.
Styling can also effect the price. Just like you will pay extra for a flashy new car, you will see the prices of the more stylish lines are higher than their more humble cousins. But you can also expect that the flashy designs carry top-rate parts. So take a close look at what you’re paying for and make sure you do spend a little extra to get a durable fixture.
On the low end, you can expect to pay around $80 for a kitchen faucet. This would have basic styling and internal components. On the high end you can expect to pay as much at $1,000 for a faucet that has contemporary finishes and higher quality internal parts. You can pay even more for a high-end faucet that includes motion-activated operation, although some are available at lower price points.
What to consider other than faucet prices
When picking a new faucet it’s important to visit a showroom if you can to get a look at the faucet in person. Finishes will look different in person than online or in a catalog and you’ll also want to test the operation of the various parts, to make sure faucet handles turn smoothly and have a quality feel. Keep in mind that polished finishes may be pretty, but they do require additional cleaning to maintain their appeal. If you have children, you might consider a brushed finish to help hide water spots and fingerprints.
If you decide to keep your old faucet, be sure to check out Common Faucet Repairs to keep it in good working order.
Featured image: The Moen Edwyn SRS kitchen faucet, has a MSRP of $425.50.