Buying a new kitchen is a balancing act. You want it to last, and that might lead you to a German kitchen, which are a byword for quality. On the other hand, you might be on a tight budget. Can you find a kitchen that’s high quality but doesn’t break the bank?
How, for example, does German brand Next125 Kitchens compare with other brands?
How do Next125 Kitchens compare with the high street chains and trade-only suppliers?
If you look up local kitchen suppliers, chances are you’ll be directed to one of the big high street chains. After all, they’re familiar names, and they’re usually in convenient locations. Even better, their advertising campaigns are always telling us what great value they are.
Alternatively, you might get your local builder to source your kitchen through one of the trade-only suppliers. They’ll be able to take advantage of large trade discounts.
Either of these options are going to be around 35% cheaper than Next125 Kitchens — but quality is another matter. For example, where Next125 Kitchens use high density chipboard for the carcasses, the chains use low density chipboard that quickly starts to bow. Similarly, the high-quality painted or lacquered doors Next125 Kitchens use won’t peel, unlike the wrapped-type doors the chains mainly use.
All this means that a Next125 kitchen will last a good 15-20 years before you’ll even start thinking about replacing it. A kitchen from the chains or trade-only suppliers, on the other hand, will be looking shabby after about 5 years.
How do Next125 Kitchens compare with other German brands in terms of price & quality?
German kitchens in general have a reputation for high quality, and Next125 Kitchens are no exception. But, are they better than their competitors? In our opinion, Next125 Kitchens are very similar in quality to brands like Nolte, Hacker, Leicht or Schuller. All these use high-quality materials that are going to last a good 15-20 years.
Most are also fairly similar in price, at around 35% more than the chains — but not all. There are some German brands which cost up to 40% less than Next125 Kitchens &, in our opinion, are just as good quality. To give you an idea of the kind of saving you could make, for a good sized Next125 kitchen comprising say 25 units, a 40% saving on the units should equate to a saving of about £5,000.
So, you can get a high-quality German kitchen, that will last 15-20 years, for a similar price to a flimsy one from the chains!
There’s a catch, of course. It’s not easy to discover which brands these are, and even harder to find which showrooms sell them at such low prices. It takes a lot of detective work.
And that’s where we come in. We’ll put you in direct contact with these showrooms. Best of all, our service is FREE
How do Next125 Kitchens compare with other German brands in terms of specification?
Next125 Kitchens are similar in specification to many other German brands. So, they come with 3mm thick hard board backs and a white internal carcass.
However, there are some German brands that cost similar to Next125, but offer a much higher specification for the money. So for example, rather than coming with 3mm thick hardboard backs, these ranges have 8mm thick solid backs for enhanced strength & durability.
Also, rather than having just a white internal carcass, these ranges come with a wide choice of internal carcass colours to choose from. So, if, you’re having a dark grey door, when you open the door, rather than being greeted by a white internal carcass, the inside of the unit will be dark grey. This gives a much more up-market look.
In summary, in our personal opinion, Next125 kitchens aren’t particularly good value for money. Firstly, there are a few brands that cost up to 40% less than Next125 without compromising on quality. Also, there are some brands that cost similar to Next125, but offer thicker back for enhanced durability and/or a large choice of internal carcass colours to choose from.
So, If you want to find out who these showrooms are, just get in touch!
Our FREE service recommends the best value German kitchen showrooms. Many of whom cost similar to the high street chains & trade only suppliers.
For more info on Next125 kitchens. visit their website: https://www.next125.com/en/