Casket Prices

Finding caskets for sale can be stressful and emotional. Every family wants a suitable and dignified casket with a casket price in their range. To find the best priced caskets and make a well-informed decision, families should search casket sales online, contact funeral homes, and talk directly with casket companies. Another option is to contact a discounter, or company selling caskets wholesale. Discounters may be able to reduce casket prices significantly.

Casket prices can range from $1000 to over $10,000. The Funeral Casket is almost always the most expensive item you will buy when planning a funeral service. Funeral Caskets are generally sold on their visual appeal, however, the casket prices vary enormously. Caskets are generally made from materials including: woods, metals or plastics. The average casket price in America is just over $2,000, however, some of these caskets can cost well over $10,000.

Funeral Homes often begin by showing people the more expensive funeral Caskets first. Look at the price list given to you by the funeral home (If they did not give you one, they are in violation of Federal Law) for an idea of the difference's in casket prices.

Until very recently funeral Caskets have only been sold through Funeral Homes, however, it is becoming more common for consumers to purchase their casket from a third party because it is usually much more affordable. Federal Law requires the funeral home accept the casket and not charge any additional handing or receiving fee.

It is also important to note that no funeral casket can preserve the deceased body forever. "Federal Trade Commissions Funeral Rule" forbids any claims that special extras with descriptions like "seals", "protective" and "gasketed" Caskets help to preserve the body, they only make the funeral casket cost more.

Casket Price List Guidelines

  • Fiberboard or cardboard containers (usually used for cremation) range between $20 and $250 for unlined and unfinished models. For caskets made of cardboard, fiberboard or inexpensive soft woods and covered with cloth (interior and exterior), expect to pay $200 -$1,000.
  • Caskets of solid softwoods, like pine or poplar, cost between $900 and $2,700 depending on quality and plushness of materials. Solid hardwood caskets such as oak, maple, or mahogany start around $2,200, but can cost $5,000 -$10,000 or more.
  • The casket cost for veneer-finished or engineered-wood starts between $1,000 and $3,000, and runs $3,500 -$8,000 or more for plush, elaborate styles with veneers of expensive or exotic hardwoods.
  • Metal Caskets can be made of bronze, copper or stainless steel. Metal caskets range from $1,200 -$5,000+ for steel. For metals such as stainless steel, copper, or bronze, the price can be substantial, starting at $3,000 and rising to $10,000 or more. Bronze and copper constructed Caskets are priced by weight per square foot. Stainless steel Caskets are categorized by their thickness (gauge).
  • High-end wood or metal caskets cost $15,000 - $30,000. Caskets can be constructed from such hardwoods as ash, maple, elm, poplar and cottonwood. Many of these wooden Caskets are hand sculpted and meticulously polished to a high gloss or satin finish which adds greatly to the visual appeal of the casket.

Compare the information you gather from third-party dealers on the Internet, multiple funeral homes, and showrooms specializing in funeral caskets for sale. A good way is to create a spreadsheet and divide casket prices by material, usually wood, metal and plastic.

For types of wood, match prices for pine, cherry, poplar, mahogany, oak, pecan, and maple. Match up various gauges (thickness) of stainless steel caskets, 20-gauge being the least expensive, 16-gauge being the most expensive in the category of metal caskets. A third listing can cover either plastic or cardboard containers or unfinished caskets that require additional handiwork, embellishments, or crafting. Grouping caskets in these categories will give you an accurate comparison.

When you calculate casket price remember to factor in shipping costs. Ask whether shipping is included with your purchase. Decide which casket you wish to buy and make payment arrangements to ensure timely delivery of the casket. Should you choose a casket from a supplier that is not your funeral home, the funeral home is obligated to accept your casket without adding casket charges.

May 24, 2014

By Funeral Home Resource Team