To ensure you’re getting the best deal when buying a kitchen, it’s important to take into account quality. Just like cars, kitchens vary in quality. However, comparing the quality is easier said than done. Once you’ve visited several retailers, you’ll probably think that all of the kitchens you’ve seen look the same.
So, how can you really tell a good quality kitchen from a poor quality kitchen. Here are 3 things to look at that will give you the answer:
Look at the finish on the doors
A high quality door will have a silky smooth finish. A low quality door will have a bobbly, rippled finish. Painted & lacquered doors are the high quality type where as foil, vinyl and PVC wrapped doors are the low quality type.
The other advantage of buying the high quality painted & lacquered type is they’ll never peel like the low quality wrapped type will. Below are pictures of wrapped doors that are peeling.
You’ll find the best selection of painted & lacquered doors at independent kitchen showrooms. The high street chains & trade only suppliers mainly sell the low quality foil, vinyl and PVC wrapped type.
Look at the edging on the cabinets
Quality cabinets will have a thick durable edging made of either ABS or PVC (as shown below). This will range in thickness from 0.4 mm to 2 mm thick. The purpose of this thick, durable edging is to protect the delicate front edges of the carcass from chips & damage. It also protects the carcass from any moisture ingress. low quality cabinets will have a thin melamine type edging that offers little or no protection.
Again, the units you’ll find in the high street chains & trade only suppliers will usually have the lower quality melamine type edging. If you want a kitchen with the high quality PVC or ABS type, you’ll need to visit Independent kitchen showrooms.
Look at the backs of the cabinets
Quality cabinets will benefit from having 18mm thick solid backs. These will support the weight of the heaviest worktops & never bow. low cabinets carcasses will have thin flimsy hardboard backs that will soon start to bow under under the weight of the worktops.
The first signs of bowing can usually be seen on the backs of the units. Over time, a large gap will appear that can cause the contents of the cabinets to start falling through the gap.
Our FREE service recommends the best value kitchen suppliers in your area.
We’ll recommend local showrooms whose kitchens cost similar to the chains & trade only suppliers, but are higher quality & will last much longer.
All showrooms offer free, no-obligation quotes & are within 30 minutes drive.
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