If you’re on the hunt for kitchen cupboards, chances are you’ll want two things — quality and & competitive price. Combining the two isn’t always easy, so where can you find the best value kitchen cupboards?
Kitchen cupboards from the high street chains
For most people, the obvious first stop is one of the high street chains, such as Wickes, Magnet or Wren. We know their kitchen cupboards are the best value, because they’re always telling us so in advertisements. What’s more, you’re likely to find they have a 50% off sale just when you turn up.
Unfortunately, not everything is what meets the eye. Those ubiquitous 50% off sales, for instance, are just a classic sales trick designed to mislead you into thinking you’re getting a bargain. In reality, all the chains have done is doubled their prices & then knocked 50% off. Unfortunately most people fall for it every time!
Another thing that might prompt you to get your kitchen cupboards from the chains is their long guarantees. These can be up to 25 years — but again, it’s not what it seems. If you try to claim on them a few years down the line, they’ll most likely tell you the problem is caused by “wear and tear” which isn’t covered by the gaurantee. This is why those 25 year guarantees just aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
Kitchen cupboards from a builder
If you get in touch with a builder to supply and fit kitchen cupboards, it’s likely to seem encouraging. Builders will tell you they get unbelievable discounts of up to 70% off trade suppliers like Howdens or Benchmarx. Surely you’ll save a fortune using a builder if they get those type of discounts.
Unfortunately, these 70% savings are usually no better than the 50% savings you’ll get from the chains. Again, these are just more smoke & mirrors sales tricks designed to mislead you into thinking you’re getting a bargain. In reality, there is no 70% off. Places like Howdens & Benchmarx massively inflate their prices so builderes can then tell consumers they get 70% off. The truth is, once builder’s add their profit onto the price of the kitchen, their quotes are usually similar to the chains. In fact, often builders quotes are more than the chains!
Also, the big problem with buying a kitchen from a builder is you’re effectively buying a kitchen without a gaurantee. This is beacuse your contract’s with the builder rather than with Howdens or Benchmarx. Therefore, if you do get a problem with the kitchen a few years down the line & try going back to Howdens or Benchmarx, they’ll usually tell you to go back to your builder. However, when you go back to your builder, they’ll usually tell you they’re only responsible for the fitting & you’ll need to go back to Howdens or Benchmarx. This toing and froing usually goes on for some time until consumers eventually gives up.
Kitchen cupboards from an independent showroom
The alternative to high street chains and builders is to get your kitchen cupboards from an independent showroom. Many people dismiss this as a possibility, though. The general perception is that the independents will supply great quality kitchen cupboards, but they’ll cost a fortune.
This is often true — but not always. Although most independents do offer much better quality kitchens than the chains & trade suppliers, not all of them charge a fortune. In fact, some independent showrooms charge similar to what the chains & trade suppliers charge. In fact, some independent kitchen showrooms even sell luxury German kitchens for a similar price to what places like Howdens, Wickes & Wren charge. Plus, some will also throw in up to £2,500 worth of free worktops & appliances when you buy the units.
The problem is knowing how to find them. This can be like finding a needle in a haystack. However, this is where we come in. Our unique free service recommends local showrooms whose kitchens cost similar to places like Howdens, Wickes & Wren, but are higher quality & will last much longer.
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