When it comes to buying caskets you have a lot more choices than you may have realized. For this reason, it’s good to spend some time comparing casket prices. When you go out shopping, make sure to consider the different styles, materials, embellishments as well as all other factors and only compare like to like.
When purchasing a casket you can get one made out of many types of woods such as: mahogany, cherry, poplar, pecan, maple, pine, and oak. If you want stainless steel you have a choice of the gauge of the steel, but that is just the starting point, you can add various embellishments that can add significantly to the overall price.
For a basic wood casket the price can range widely, anywhere from $600 up to $2,000. If you were looking for a premium hardwood casket made of oak or maple it will probably cost more like $4,000 to $5,000 and a good quality cherry would likely be around $3,000. There are even caskets that just use a wood veneer which will save a lot of money because the whole casket isn’t made out of the hardwood, but it will still keep the beautiful look of wood.
You can save a lot on the price of the casket if you opt for a pine casket without covering, that will likely cost you less than $500. If you are having your loved one cremated, you don’t even need to buy a casket you can get a cardboard container which is generally less than $300.
If steel is more to your liking you can choose between 18 and 20 gauge steel all the way up to the top of the line 16 gauge steel casket. A steel casket that is 18 to 20 gauge will likely cost anywhere form less than a thousand all the way up to well over three thousand. For the top of the line 16 gauge steel casket you will be looking in the $5,000 price range.
Of course, if you go down the street to your local funeral home and buy your casket there, you’ll likely spend up to double what you would with a casket wholesaler or casket shop. You can find these types of shops both online and offline and the savings can be significant due in large part to the low overhead (online) as well as the much higher volume since they sell caskets to people all over the country, your local funeral home can only service the people in your community.
If you buy online or at a casket store far from where you live, make sure you factor shipping costs into the overall price. Shipping such a large object will add quite a bit to the price of the casket, especially if it has to be shipped overnight or second day so make sure to keep that in mind.
As you can see, casket prices can vary considerably depending on where you buy them, what they’re made of, whether or not they need to be shipped to your location and how soon you need them, as well as the overall style and amount of embellishments. For this reason it’s a good idea to plan on spending most of the day to find just the right one for your loved one.