There are numerous kitchen ranges on the market, from the luxury to the “cheap and cheerful”. While most of us might not be in a position to pay out for a handmade luxury kitchen, we still want good quality that will last. But where do we find that for an affordable price?
Where you won’t get good value kitchen ranges
Most people think first of chains like Wickes, Magnet & Wren, or trade suppliers like Howdens & Benchmarx. Their prices seem reasonable, and they have huge showrooms and run advertising campaigns telling us how great they are.
The problem is that all this costs a great deal, and they tend to recover the cost by cutting corners in quality. Their kitchen ranges may look great in the showroom but looks can be deceptive. The backs of the units are likely to be 3 or 6mm hardboard, which will soon start to bow. The gloss on the doors will be the low quality PVC, PET, vinyl or foil wrapped types, which will soon start to peel, and the thin edging on their cabinets will be the paper thin iron-on type melamine which will soon start to chip.
Where to buy good value kitchen ranges
A good independent local showroom won’t have the overheads of the big chains, and for a similar price you can get genuine quality. Their kitchen ranges will have solid 18mm backs that will never bow, high quality painted & lacquered gloss on the doors that will never peel and thick, impact resilient PVC or ABS edging on the cabinets that will never chip.
Of course, not all local showrooms offer this kind of quality and value, and that’s where I come in. Having spent many years supplying independent showrooms up and down the country, I know the prices & quality of the ranges most of them sell. Therefore, I can recommend which local showrooms will offer you the best value for what you’re looking for.
Where to get the best value kitchen ranges fitted
The way a kitchen is fitted is as important as its quality. This is an area where the big chains tend to hike up their prices, and many people turn to a local general builder instead, who’ll charge around half as much. The problem is that, although the builder may do an adequate job, it’s not really their area of expertise.
If you’ve chosen one of the best local showrooms, their fitters are not just kitchen specialists, they’re specialists in the kitchen ranges the showroom sells. For a similar price to the builder, they’ll do a precision job in half the time — and, if anything does go wrong, you won’t be left stuck in the middle with a half finished kitchen trying to work out if it’s the builder who is to blame or the showroom.