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 build their kitchens to a far higher quality, which means they’ll last much longer.
For example, Lifestyle use much denser chipboard to build their units, so they won’t start to bow. Similarly, their doors are generally the higher quality lacquered type, where the chains tend to use the inferior wrapped type. Where those will tend to start peeling quickly, Lifestyle’s doors will last for many years.
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 start to 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 they compare?
You’ll find lots of brands at independent kitchen showrooms that are similar in price & specification to Lifestyle Kitchens. However, their are some brands that cost similar to Lifestyle, but offer a much higher specification kitchen for the money.
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 coloured kitchen, a white interior cabinet can look a bit ‘cheap’. So, with a Lifestyle Kitchen, if you buy a dark grey kitchen, when you open one of the doors, you’ll be greeted by a white interior cabinet. In contrast, with these kitchens, if you buy a dark grey kitchen, when you open one of the doors, you’ll be greeted by a dark grey interior cabinet. Most people would agree that having a dark grey interior cabinet with a dark grey kitchen looks a lot more up-market than a white interior.
Another difference is the quality of the cabinet edging. On a Lifestyle kitchen, you get a basic melamine edging. Melamine edging offers little or no protection to the cabinet. In contrast, these ranges benefit from having a thick, durable, PVC or ABS edging. This type of edging protects the delicate front edges of the cabinet from chips & damage & prevents any water ingress.
Also, Lifestyle Kitchens are flat pack. Therefore, you’ll see all the exposed metal cams under the wall units which can look a bit unsightly. In contrast, these ranges are glue & dowel rigid kitchens. Therefore, you’ll never see any exposed metal fixings.
How do you find these ranges?
So why doesn’t everyone have one of these kitchens? Well, you need to know which showrooms in your area offer these ranges & this can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Alternatively, you can contact us & we’ll tell you who sell them. Best of all, our service is FREE.
Our FREE service recommends the best value kitchen suppliers in your area.
We’ll recommend local showrooms whose kitchens cost similar to places like Howdens, Wren & Wickes, but are much higher quality & will last longer.
We’ll recommend the best value German kitchen suppliers. Most of them also cost as little as places like Howdens, Wren & Wickes.
All showrooms offer free, no-obligation quotes & are within 30 minutes drive.
But don’t just take our word for it, check out what our clients say below:
“Kitchenfindr recommended a showroom who were better value than most of the other showrooms I’d previously looked at”
Hannah Malone, Esher, Surrey
“The price was similar to builders merchants & DIY chains, but the kitchen was much better quality”
Andrew Scott, Wivenhoe, Essex
“I was a little overwhelmed by the variety of kitchen designs and shops around, so when I spoke to Lloyd it made everything a lot easier!”
Amy Woolf, London NW7
For more info on Lifestlye Kitchens, visit their website – https://lifestylekitchens.com/