Kitchen faucets are usually separated into two categories by homeowners: design and finish. Homeowners will look for the best kitchen faucet style that works with their kitchen first and then they will look for the right finish.
As a contractor, you’ve got to pay close attention to your margins if you’re selling faucets as a way to supplement your revenue. You must price your faucets competitively, but still make some money on the deal. Instead of shopping the scratch and dent section from your local distributor or warehouse, consider focusing on these faucet finishes for the best results.
#1. Arctic Stainless Steel
This finish is offered by Delta faucets. You’ll find it available on most of their faucet series, but the gooseneck design and the pull-down design tend to be the most popular. For the Delta 9178-AR-DST Leland faucet, the MSRP is $373.95. Purchasing this faucet on wholesale can be as low as $110. To stay competitive with online pricing, that means you can add about $50 of revenue to your bottom line for every sale you make.
#2. Antique Nickel
This faucet finish gives the look of a light oil-rubbed bronze, but with a better resale value. Their Kingsley two-handle kitchen faucet with this finish is offered with an MSRP of $187.30, which is close to the price that it is offered online. If you purchase this faucet option from your local distributor, you could add up to $70 of potential profit by making this model available to your clients.
#3. Mocha Bronze
Although this isn’t a standard bronze finish, Insinkerator offers it on numerous models that bring in rustic and nature-inspired designs to the kitchen. It is darker than the standard oil-rubbed bronze, which hides stains and scratches well. Their Contemporary 1100 series dispenser has an MSRP of $632.60. Purchasing it wholesale and selling it at a competitive price can add about $100 of profits for each one sold.
#4. Matte Black
This color option is available through Delta, Moen, and Brizo. The Moen 7594BL kitchen faucet is a one-handle gooseneck design that provides a high arc user experience. It works with a 1-hole installation, but the cover plate is available to cover a 3-hole sink installation if necessary. The MSRP for this faucet is $390.45, but distributors have been known to offer it for about one-third of that price. That adds about $50 of profits to your job.
This is a finish that is offered by Moen. It is similar to an enamel white finish, but with added durability. It features a one-handle lever design, their Duralock quick connect system for installation, and has a pause button to stop the flow of water from the pull-down spout. The finish is guaranteed not to flake, corrode, or tarnish. Moen has set the MSRP of this faucet at $389.40. With wholesale purchasing and competitive pricing, you can still make an easy $40 per faucet.
By offering specific faucets that work with kitchen designs, it becomes easier to offer a complete estimate or RFQ to your potential clients. With the right finishes from today’s best kitchen faucet manufacturers, you’ll be able to supplement your income in a simple, but still meaningful way.
What are your favorite kitchen faucets to offer? What has been your most successful product?