Cabinet Ratings for the top cabinet brands.
Below are Main Line Kitchen Design’s 2022 updated kitchen cabinet reviews for the top-selling cabinet manufacturers in the United States and how those manufacturers rate for construction quality and value considering the price point of each cabinet line. These cabinet ratings were compiled by our team of highly experienced kitchen designers. Price point is rated from 1 to 6, with 6 being the most expensive custom cabinetry on the market.
Warning: Price Isn't Everything
How the cabinet ratings work
Cabinet reviews assume each cabinet brand is upgraded to the top level of construction available, usually all plywood construction.
A grade of A for construction quality will not be quite equal across different price levels, as the more expensive price point cabinets will have far nicer finishes and construction options.
Note: The highest grade for Quality in any frameless European style cabinet line is a B. While frameless cabinetry is easier to access and is sleeker looking, it is also less durable than the best made framed cabinetry.
The Value Grade
The value grade we give is not a rating about the quality of the cabinetry but a rating of how good an investment a cabinet line is considering its cost.
For example, many of the most expensive well-made cabinet lines receive lower cabinet reviews even though as designers we think the cabinetry is the best in its class.
These lines receive lower grades on value because there are competitors offering the same quality at slightly lower prices. If price is no object, then we recommend ignoring the value rating in the cabinetry priced in the 6-price point.
(!) Note About Painted Cabinetry
The finish on painted cabinetry is less durable than stained cabinetry on ALL cabinet brands, SO DO NOT:
1) Purchase expensive cabinetry believing the finish will be more durable, or
2) Blame a less expensive cabinet brand for being responsible for paint chipping, scratching, or being damaged by water. All painted cabinets have this issue, but finishes can be easily repaired by professionals.
Main Line kitchen design acknowledges that we are dealers for the following cabinet lines: Wellsford, Bishop, Brighton, Fabuwood, and Timberlake and Cubitac. While we could be prejudiced towards reviewing these cabinet lines more favorably, we have tried to be impartial. However, since the cabinet lines we carry were chosen specifically for their construction quality and value, it makes sense that we rate them well.
Cabinet Reviews (Ratings)
|Cabinet Line||Price Level
|Alusso by Adornus (frameless)||3||B||B|
|All Wood – framed||2||A||A|
|All Wood – frameless||1||C||C|
Belmont 1900 Series Frameless
|B.J. Tidwell Cabinetry||3||B||C+|
|Canyon Creek Framed and Frameless (deduct 1 letter grade for frameless)||4||A||A|
|Craft-Made Cabinetry framed||5||A||A|
|CrownPoint Cabinetry (framed)||5.5||A+||A|
|Cuisine Ideale (frameless)||4||B||B|
|Diamond Now Stock||1||B||B|
|Dynasty by Omega (frameless)||4||B||B+|
|Dynasty by Omega (framed)||4||A||A-/B+|
|Dynasty Pinnacle (framed)||5||A||B|
|Eclipse by Shiloh||4.5||B- / C+||B|
|Great Northern Classic||5||A||A|
|Hampton Bay (frameless stock)||1||D||C+|
|Holiday (frameless)||3||C||supply issues|
|Holiday Kitchens||4||A||supply issues|
|Kountry Kraft (framed)||6||A||B|
|Kountry Kraft (frameless)||6||B||B|
|Kraftmaid (Possible grade change. Being checked)||4||A-||A-|
|Luxor Collection Frameless||4||B||B|
(Now owed by ACPI)
|Mid Continent with all plywood upgrade||3||B||B|
|NatureKast Waterproof Cabinets||5||A||A|
|Norcraft (every upgrade used)||3||B||D|
|Plain and Fancy||6||A||B+|
|QCCI Quality Custom||6+||A+||A-|
|Schrock||4||B+/ A-||B+/ A-|
|Shiloh (Possible grade change. Being checked.)||4||B||B|
|Solid Wood Cabinets||Closed||Bankrupt|
|St. Martin (frameless)||3.5||B||A|
|Starmark Plywood upgrade||5||B+||B|
|Starmark inset or 3/4″ back panel||5||A+||A|
|Tru Cabinetry||3||B||B+/ A-|
|Ultracraft 3/4 ply upgrade||3||B||B+/A-|
|Urban Effects (frameless)||3.75||C-||D|
|Wellborn||4 and 5||A||A|
|Wolf Signature Series||3.5||A-||C+|
(Now owed by ACPI )
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All the designers who helped create these cabinet reviews have greater than 20 years’ experience in our industry. When possible, all construction specifics were double-checked on the websites for each cabinet line.