If you’re looking for a new kitchen, you’ll want one that’s of good enough quality to last. With so many brands out there, though, how do you choose the right one? Lifestyle Kitchens are a budget range manufactured by Crown Kitchens. So, how do they compare with other brands in terms of price and quality?
How do Lifestyle Kitchens compare with the high street chains?
Your first thought when considering a new kitchen is likely to be the big high street chains. After all, there’s probably one near you, and their advertisements are always telling us how great value they are.
Lifestyle Kitchens sell for a similar price to a kitchen from the chains, but there the similarity ends. Lifestyle kitchens are higher quality than what the chains sell. This means they’ll last longer.
So, for example, Lifestyle kitchens are constructed from denser chipboard than what the chains use. Therefore, unlike the units from the chains, they’ll never bow under the weight of the worktops. Similarly, their doors are higher quality too. The chains tend to use low quality wrapped doors. These are the type that peel. In contrast, most Lifestlye doors are the high quality lacquered type. Lacquered doors will never peel like wrapped doors do.
How do Lifestyle Kitchens compare with the trade-only suppliers?
Instead of using the high street chains, you might consider going through your local builder to the trade-only suppliers. This can seem attractive. After all, if they’re supplying to the trade, surely they must be better and cheaper?
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, in terms of both price and quality, the chains and trade-only suppliers are much the same. Both use the lower-quality chipboard that will tend to bow and the wrapped-type doors that peel.
How do Lifestyle Kitchens compare with other brands sold by independent showrooms?
To buy a Lifestyle kitchen, you’ll need to go to an independent kitchen showroom. However, Lifestyle is one of many brands sold by independent showrooms. So, how do Lifestyle kitchens compare to other brands they sell?
You’ll find lots of brands sold by independent showrooms that are similar in price, quality & specification to Lifestyle Kitchens. However, their are some brands available that cost similar to Lifestyle, but are higher quality & offer a higher specification.
So, for example, Lifestyle Kitchens only offer one interior cabinet colour, white. Now, this is fine if you’re having a white kitchen, However, if you’re having any other colour of kitchen, particularly a dark colour kitchen such as dark grey or black, a white interior cabinet will look cheap. In contrast, with these brands, if you buy a dark kitchen such as dark grey, you can have a dark grey interior. Having a dark kitchen with a dark interior looks a lot more up-market. The pictures below demonstrate how much nicer a dark kitchen looks with a dark interior compared to white.
Another difference is that Lifestyle Kitchens are flat pack. In contrast, these ranges are rigid/factory assembled. The advantage rigid/factory assembled kitchens offer over flat pack kitchens is they’re much quicker to fit. This is because they don’t have to be assembled on site. They’re also cheaper to fit because you don’t have any extra assembly costs. In contrast, with a flat pack kitchen, you’ll have to pay your fitter extra to assemble all the units on site.
The thickness of the doors is another difference. Many Lifestyle doors are only 19mm thick. In contrast, many of the doors on these ranges are 22mm thick.
The quality of the drawboxes is another difference. Lifestyle drawerboxes have a load carrying capacity of up to 30kg. In contrast, the drawerboxes on these ranges have a load carrying capacity of up to 50kg.
Another difference is the quality of the cabinet edging. On Lifestyle kitchens, you only get a paper thin, melamine edging. Melamine edging offers little or no protection to the cabinet. In contrast, these ranges have a thick, durable, PVC or ABS edging. PVC & ABS edging protects the delicate front edges of the cabinet from chips & damage & prevents any water ingress.
How do you find these brands?
Well, this is easier said than done as there are lots of brands sold by Independent showrooms. Therefore, finding the best value ones could be very time consuming.
Fortunately, there’s a quicker way of identifying these brands & that is to contact us. We know the kitchen market inside out. So, we know which suppliers in your area sell them & are happy to share this with you.
So, if you want to find out which local showrooms will offer you a kitchen that costs similar to Lifestyle, but is higher quality, offers a higher specification & is quicker & cheaper to fit, contact us and we’ll tell you who they are.
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For more info on Lifestlye Kitchens, visit their website – https://lifestylekitchens.com/