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What are common types of caskets? May 8, 2021

There are significant differences between common types of caskets. With casket styles ranging from simple and affordable to ornate and costly, it may seem daunting to try and select the right casket for your situation. An experienced funeral director can be very helpful by working within your budget to make sure you get the most desirable casket option available. Here are six common casket options.


Made of solid wood, these caskets descend from a variety of tree species. Typically, the harder the wood, the more expensive the casket. More costly options are cherry, walnut, and mahogany. At the more affordable end of the hardwood spectrum are maple and poplar.

Wood Veneer

If you like the look of hardwood caskets, but are working with a limited budget, then you might consider a wood veneer casket. These caskets combine real wood veneers with engineered wood that is a byproduct of mill production.

Bronze & Copper

Bronze caskets are popular because they are fully resistant to water and air. For ultimate durability, bronze is a great choice. You’ll take comfort in knowing that your bronze or copper casket selection will be non-rusting.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel caskets are also highly durable, but typically come at a more affordable price than bronze or copper. While stainless steel is available in the same gauges as standard steel, it does provide superior durability.

Green Caskets

These biodegradable caskets make a great option for conservationists and others who held a deep affection for the natural world.

Cremation Caskets

In Washington state, the cremation rate is over 75%, and as a result, there is an assortment of cremation casket options available in the area. If you want to hold the funeral prior to cremation, your funeral director can help you with selecting a tasteful casket that can be used for both the service and the cremation.

If you need assistance with selecting the right casket for your budget, be sure to get in touch with an experienced funeral director. For funeral home services in Everett, Mukilteo, Lynwood, Mill Creek, Monroe, Sultan, Lake Stevens, Arlington, Stanwood, and Marysville, WA, the trusted name is Funeral Alternatives of Snohomish County at 1-888-381-6993. Funeral Alternatives also provides funeral home services in Seattle, Bellevue, and King County. Feel free to contact Funeral Alternatives to ask any questions about planning a memorable service.