Everyone wants to know how to find the best kitchen cabinets. The problem is that there’s more than one answer to that question. Best in terms of what?
The best kitchen cabinets for price
If your definition of the best kitchen cabinets is the cheapest, the answer is simple. Just use one of the high street chains like Wickes or Wren, or a trade supplier like Howdens or Benchmarx. Their kitchens are certainly cheap.
The trouble is that they’re cheap in quality as well as price. The backs of the cabinets tend to be thin, often as thin as 3mm, and will start bowing quickly. The doors tend to be the low-quality foil, vinyl, PET or PVC wrapped type, which soon start peeling. These are only the best kitchen cabinets if you’re more interested in short-term saving, rather than a long-lasting kitchen.
The best kitchen cabinets for a cheap rental property
In fact, you can find even cheaper cabinets by going to retailers like B&Q or IKEA. These are rock-bottom prices and rock-bottom quality, but they may still be the best kitchen cabinets for a rental property. If they only need to last a couple of years, you’ll be fine, but they’re not recommended for your home.
The best kitchen cabinets for quality
If price is no issue and you just want the best, you’ll find it at the independent showrooms. One or two superior chains, like John Lewis, may also supply the best kitchen cabinets for quality.
These cabinets are built to last. The backs are solid 18mm thick, for instance, and the doors the superior painted or lacquered type. The price will vary enormously, though, from similar to the chains to eye-wateringly high.
The best kitchen cabinets for choice
The chains and trade suppliers only offer a small selection of door styles and colours. So, for example, if you’re looking for a shaker kitchen, the chains & trade supplies only tend to offer 1 or 2 different styles of shaker doors in a limited number of colours. However, if you visit an independent showroom, you’ll usually find maybe 10 different styles of shaker door in a much wider range of colours. In fact, many independent showrooms offer the choice of having your shaker kitchen painted in any colour of your choice – often for no additional charge.
The best kitchen cabinets for value
The best kitchen cabinets for value are the least expensive cabinets that are built to last a minimum of 10-15 years. To find these, you’ll need to go to the independent showrooms or John Lewis— but only certain ones. So, how do you find the showrooms that offer quality for a reasonable price? That’s where I come in. For many years, I worked for the company that supplied most independent kitchen showrooms around the UK. Therefore, I know which showrooms sell what ranges and how the price and quality of all the different ranges compare. So, If you’re looking to find the best value kitchen cabinets, get in touch, and I’ll recommend the kitchen showrooms in your area to speak to.