Planning a funeral has several costs involved, with one being the price of the casket. Some families experience sticker shock when they discover the cost, and they ask their funeral director why are caskets so expensive? 

The truth is that there are many pricing options for caskets that fit a wide range of budgets. The price you are able to spend is not a reflection of how much a person is loved. You can choose a custom casket that is respectable, beautiful, and just right for your budget.

However, there are several factors that go into the pricing of a casket. Here is what you can expect in terms of cost as you review your options.


Material of Caskets

The material is perhaps the biggest reason behind the expense of caskets. After all, the material is the most prominent feature of the casket and most noticeable during the viewing. Caskets are made from a variety of materials, including wood and metal. The finishes of those materials will reflect in the price.



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This chart above displays the type of materials available along with estimated price ranges. As you can see, copper and bronze are the most expensive options while cloth-covered with pressed plywood is the most affordable. 

With metal caskets, there are, 16-gauge, 18-gauge and 20-gauge steel options.


Decorative Detailing

Beyond the material of the casket, decorative detailing is another consideration for cost.

For example, you’ll want to think about the type of materials used inside the casket. Velvet is a luxurious material that’s a popular option. It’s very soft and frames the casket nicely.

Other popular and nice quality internal cloth materials include crepe or cotton polyester. These are typically more cost-effective than velvet but they still look attractive during viewings.


Sealed vs. Unsealed

Not all caskets are airtight. Those that are airtight include a rubber gasket that creates a seal against air, insects, dirt, and more. The gasket can create a considerable markup on the cost of a casket.


Brands of Caskets

Popular and quality brands of caskets will also affect the price. For example, one of the most popular casket brands available today is Batesville.

Keep in mind that not all funeral homes have access to all brands of caskets. Some funeral homes are under contract with specific brands and will only offer products on that list. Be sure to ask your funeral director for more information.


How Much do Caskets Cost?

The truth is that there is a large range when it comes to the cost of the casket. The best way to find out the cost of a custom casket is to contact your local funeral home. The funeral director can provide you with a pricing list and discuss your options, giving you the most accurate cost of a casket.