If you’re looking for a new kitchen, you may well want something that looks special. One of the currently fashionable choices is for ceramic kitchens, which have doors fronted with real ceramic. It’s a great look. However, before going out to buy one, it’s worth taking into account their disadvantages as well as their advantages.
Reasons not to buy a ceramic kitchen
The biggest reason for thinking twice about buying a ceramic kitchen is, quite simply, that it’s extremely expensive. Typically, they cost about the twice price of most other kitchens.
So what does this mean in practice? Well, suppose you want a large L-shaped handleless kitchen with an island, comprising say 25 units. For a good quality kitchen, this will typically cost about £10,000 for just the units. This price excludes any worktops, appliances or fitting. However, for a ceramic kitchen, the cost is likely to be more like £25,000 – £50,000 for just the units.
Even if money’s no object, though, there are drawbacks to ceramic kitchens. Most significantly, the choice of colours is far more limited than for other materials.
You might think, of course, that it’s worth the cost and the restrictions to have a kitchen everyone will admire. However, buying a long-term investment on the basis of a current trend is always risky. It’s quite possible that ceramic kitchens could soon go out of fashion.
Alternatively, if you’re happy with just having the look of a ceramic kitchen, you may be better off buying a ceramic effect kitchen instead which costs much less. While this won’t be quite as tough as a real ceramic kitchen, laminate doors are still very durable.
Price wise, for the same kitchen example mentioned previously, you’ll be looking at about £10,000 for ceramic effect units. Below is an example of a ceramic effect kitchen.
Reasons to buy a ceramic kitchen
The single biggest plus for ceramic kitchens is, quite simply, the look. They look beautiful — it will give a real wow factor to your kitchen that will impress everyone.
However, their appeal isn’t just skin deep. Ceramic-fronted doors are one of the most durable materials available and are almost impossible to scratch or stain. In fact, they are practically indestructible.
If you have your heart set on the ceramic look, there are some ways to reduce the cost though. For example, rather than having all the units in ceramic, you could have some of them in ceramic instead. So, for example, if you’re having an L shaped kitchen with an island, you could have just the island in ceramic. Taking this route, that large L-shaped kitchen example we mentioned before, could cost more like £20,000 – £40,000.
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