Hi, I’m Lloyd Feldman. For many years I worked for a large kitchen distributor that supplied independent kitchen showrooms throughout the UK.
Therefore, I have a good understanding of which showrooms sell what kitchen brands and how the price and quality of those brands compare to each other & to the chains & trade only suppliers.
Why is it so hard to find the best value kitchen?
Too much information
Buying a kitchen can seem like a minefield. With so much information to take in, ensuring you get the best kitchen for your money can seem like an almost impossible task.
Sales tricks & pressure selling from the chains
The chains make buying a kitchen even harder with their sales tricks. They try to mislead people into thinking they’re getting a bargain by hiking up their prices so they can then offer large discounts.
They then try & pressurise people into putting down a deposit by telling them their sale ends in a few days time.
Sales tricks from builders & trade suppliers
Builders also try & mislead people into thinking they’re getting a bargain with promises of up to 80% off trade only kitchens. Unfortunately, this is the same sales trick the chains use. Trade only suppliers hike up their prices so builders can then tell people they get up to 80% off.
In reality, the prices builders quote for kitchens is usually similar to the chains. In fact, sometimes they quote more than the chains, especially in affluent areas.
Independent showrooms who all tell you their kitchens are the best
Visiting independent kitchen showrooms can also be confusing. Most independents only offer one or two kitchen brands. Most also tell you that their kitchens are the best. So, when you’ve visited 3 or 4 different showrooms who all sell different brands & all tell you that their kitchens are the best, who do you believe?
Buy cheap, buy twice
Finding the best value kitchen isn’t as simple as just finding the cheapest. kitchens vary in quality & buying the cheapest is usually a false economy. The cheapest kitchens tend to be made from low quality components that don’t last. As the old saying goes, ‘buy cheap, buy twice’.
Guarantees that aren’t worth the paper they’re written on
Another mistake is to assume that because units come with a 10 or 15 year guarantee, they’ll actually last 10 or 15 years. Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily the case. If you do get a problem & try claiming under the guarantee, you’ll most likely be told the problem is wear & tear which isn’t covered.
Kitchens with effectively no guarantee
When you buy a kitchen from a trade only supplier via a builder, you’re contract is with the builder & not with the trade only supplier.
So, if you get a problem with the kitchen & try going back to the trade only supplier, they’ll usually tell you to go back to your builder. However, when you go back to your builder, they’ll usually tell that they’re only responsible for the fitting, and you need to go back to the trade only supplier. This toing and froing usually goes on for some time until people eventually give up.
Therefore, when you buy a kitchen via a builder, You’re effectively buying a kitchen with no guarantee.
We’ll find you the best value kitchen
If you’re looking for a budget or mid level kitchen, we’ll recommend local showrooms whose kitchens cost similar to the chains & trade only suppliers, but are higher quality & will last much longer.
If you’re looking for a German kitchen, we’ll recommend the best value German kitchen showrooms. Many of whom cost similar to the chains & trade only suppliers.
If you’re looking for a bespoke shaker kitchen, we’ll recommend showrooms whose kitchens are comparable in quality to places like Tom Howley & Harvey Jones, but cost much less.
Some showrooms offer pay monthly finance
Some of the showrooms also offer pay monthly finance.
Is there a catch?
No – using us is just like using a mortgage broker to find the best value mortgage. The only difference is, we’ll find you the best value kitchen rather than mortgage.
Our service is FREE for consumers. If you buy a kitchen from a showroom we recommend, the showroom pays us a commission. This cost has no effect on the price you pay as showrooms do not pass it on.