If you’re looking for a high-quality new kitchen, the obvious place to start would be the various German kitchen brands. But is that really a good choice? And which is the best brand to go for?
For instance, Rational Kitchens is a leading German kitchen brand. So, how do they compare in value with other German brands, and with the high street chains and trade-only suppliers?
How do Rational Kitchens compare with the high street chains and trade-only suppliers?
The simplest way of buying a new kitchen is to go to one of the major high street chains. After all, they’ll be a branch near you, and they’re always telling us what great value they are. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, a local builder could buy a kitchen for you from a trade-only supplier. They’ll also tell you about all the big discounts on offer.
It’s true that their kitchens are around 35% cheaper than Rational Kitchens, but there are good reasons for that. They’re far lower quality, which means that you’re likely to be looking at replacing them after about five years. A Rational kitchen, on the other hand, will still look nearly as good as new after 15-20 years.
This is because the materials used by the chains and trade-only suppliers are far lower quality. The flimsy chipboard of the carcasses starts to bow quickly, and the wrapped doors peel in no time. Rational Kitchens, on the other hand, avoid these problems by using denser chipboard and high-quality painted or lacquered doors.
How do Rational Kitchens compare with other German kitchen brands?
There are many German kitchen brands and, in our opinion, most are very similar in quality. Rational Kitchens, like brands such as Nolte, Hacker, Leicht or Schuller, use high-quality materials that should last at least 15-20 years.
We usually expect that higher quality means a higher price. This is certainly true of most German kitchen brands, including Rational Kitchens — but not all. There are some German kitchen brands that we’d consider to be as high quality as Rational Kitchens, but cost up to 35% less. That means you could have a quality German kitchen for around the same as an inferior one from the chains. To put this into context, for a good sized Rational kitchen comprising say 25 units, a 35% saving on the units should equate to a saving of £4,000 – £5,000.
Of course, there’s a problem — or rather two problems. Firstly, you have to find out which brand/s this applies to. Secondly, you have to discover which showrooms sell them at such low prices.
And that’s where we come in. We’ll point you in the direction of a showroom that supplies German kitchens that cost up to 35% less than Rational, &, in our opinion, are similar in quality.
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For more info on Rational kitchens. visit their website: https://www.rational.de/en/home/