Crown Kitchens are a leading supplier of kitchens, but how do they really measure up? Are they more expensive than the alternatives you can find from the high street chains, for instance? And how does the quality compare to the alternatives?
Comparing Crown kitchens to the high street chains
Compared to the high street chains & trade only suppliers, Crown kitchens come out well. Their budget range, Lifestyle, costs a similar amount to kitchens from the chains, but is higher quality & will last much longer. So, for example, where many of the chains still have 3-6mm hardboard backs in their base units, Lifestyle has solid 18mm backs that will never bow under the weight of the worktops.
Crown’s premium range, Imperial, will cost you about 15-20% more than the chains & trade only suppliers, but the quality is higher than Lifestyle. This can be seen very clearly in the edging used for the carcasses. Lifestyle’s standard iron-on melamine tpye edging only offers limited protection. Imperial, on the other hand, uses thick 2mm PVC edging that will protect the units from chips and damage. It also prevents any moisture ingress.
On the whole, if you’re intending to stay in your home for less than 8 years, Lifestyle should be fine. However, if your planning on staying in your house for more than 8 years, paying a bit extra & buying a higher quality Crown Imperial kitchen is probably a better choice.
Comparing Crown kitchens to the trade suppliers
You might assume that trade suppliers will offer a much better deal. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t work that way. They offer big discounts, but only to a builder, who’ll then add a substantial mark-up on to the price of the kitchen.
Compared to Crown kitchens, ranges from the trade suppliers have the same problems as those from the high street chains. In particular, they’ll have the same 3-6mm hardboard backs, which will very quickly start to bow. This means the units will need to be replaced within a few years.
As in the case of the chains, Crowns budget Lifestlye range costs similar to trade only suppliers, but is higher quality & will last much longer.
Comparing Crown kitchens to other brands sold by independent showrooms
Crown kitchens are sold mainly by independent kitchen showrooms. However, they are just one of many brands independent showrooms sell. Crown kitchens are better value than some of the brands independents sell. However, there are lots of other brands sold by Independents that are much better value than Crown. The problem is, knowing which brands these are & which showrooms sell them for the best possible prices. That’s where we come in. We’ll recommend local showrooms who’ll offer you a kitchen that’s just as good quality as Crown, but cheaper. Best of all, our servicwe is FREE!
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