A new fully fitted kitchen is a major investment, and we want quality without breaking the bank. The last thing we want is to have to go through it all again just a few years later. So how do we find the best value supplier?
Don’t get your fully fitted kitchen from the big chains
It’s easiest to go to one of the big chains, like Wickes, Magnet or Wren, for your fully fitted kitchen. After all, they’re always telling us they’re best, and what’s more they probably have a 50% off sale.
Their kitchens might seem a reasonable price, but unfortunately they’re only a basic standard. What’s more, the chains charge a fortune to fit the kitchen. And that 50% off sale? That’s the oldest sales trick in the book. Before offering the 50% off, the chains double their selling prices. The same trick is also used by the sofa chains to mislead consumers into thinking their getting a bargain.
Don’t get your fully fitted kitchen from a builder
Your local builder will charge a lot less than the chains to install your fully fitted kitchen. They may also tell you they get a 70% trade discount from places like Howdens or Benchmarx & will save you a fortune!
Unfortunately, The 70% discount is as phony as the 50% off sales, though. In reality, the price builders pay for kitchens from places like Howdens & Benchmarx is actually similar to what the chains charge consumers. Therefore, once a builder adds their profit onto the price of your kitchen, you’re probably paying over the odds. Whats more, the quality of the kitchen you’ll get will be pretty low. For example, the modern gloss & matt doors places like Howdens sell are mainly the low quality PVC, PET, foil or vinyl wrapped types rather than the high quality painted/lacquered type. The problem with the wrapped types is they peel.
It’s also worth remembering that a general builder isn’t a specialist kitchen fitter. They might do an adequate job, but you won’t get the finish you’d expect from a kitchen fitter.
Get your fully fitted kitchen from an independent showroom
The best independent showrooms supply a high-quality fully fitted kitchen for a similar price to the chains & builders. They’ll have long-lasting lacquered gloss doors, and the unit backs will be solid 18mm rather than flimsy hardboard.
They’ll fit the kitchen for a similar price to a builder but provide an expert job. You’ll not only get a professional finish, but they’ll get it done in half the time or less. And, if a problem does arise, you won’t be caught in the middle of a row between supplier and fitter.
Of course, not all showrooms are like this, and that’s where I come in. For many years, I worked for the company that supplied most of the kitchen showrooms around the country. Therefore, I know which showrooms sell what kitchen ranges and how the price and quality of all the ranges compare.
This means I can point you in the direction of the local showrooms who’ll offer you a much better value fully fitted kitchen that any chain store or builder.