Latest cabinet reviews for the top kitchen cabinet brands. Compiled by kitchen design and cabinetry experts.
Below are Main Line Kitchen Design’s up to date cabinet reviews for the top-selling cabinet manufacturers in the United States. We rate how the manufacturers rate for construction quality and value considering the price point of each cabinet line. Price point is rated from 1 to 6. So, 1 represents the least expensive brands. While 6 is the most expensive custom cabinetry on the market.
How the Ratings Work. Cabinet Reviews explained below:
Cabinet reviews assume each cabinet brand is upgraded to the top level of construction available, usually all plywood construction.
Getting an A for construction quality will not be quite equal across different price levels. 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. It is 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.
Consequently, 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.
Warning: Price Isn’t Everything
If you are comparing cabinet brands, read this first! Because, price comparing your design at different dealers often leads you down a bad road.
Cabinet Reviews (Ratings) Brands A to L
|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||4||B||B+|
|B.J. Tidwell Cabinetry||3||B||C+|
|Canyon Creek Framed and Frameless (deduct 1 letter grade for frameless)||4||A||A|
|CliqStudios (Bankrupt once – customers lost deposits)||2.5||B+||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|
|Echelon Cabinetry No longer sells individual kitchens.|
|Eclipse by Shiloh||4.5||B- / C+||B|
|Great Northern Classic||5||A||A|
|Hampton Bay (frameless stock)||1||D||C+|
|Kountry Kraft (framed)||6||A||B|
|Kountry Kraft (frameless)||6||B||B|
|Kraftmaid (New slightly adjusted ratings)||4||B+||A-|
|Kraftmaid Vantage (New slightly adjusted ratings)||4||B+||A|
|Luxor Collection Frameless||4||B||B|
Cabinet Reviews (Ratings) Brands L to Z
(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-|
|Schuler (Rebranded Medallion)||5||A-||B+|
|Shenandoah (Rebranded American Woodmark)||3||B+||B|
|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|
|Thomasville (Rebranded Diamond)||4||B+/A-||B+/A-|
|Timberlake (Rebranded American Woodmark)||3||B+||B|
|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+|
|Wood-Mode (Bankrupt once – customers lost deposits)||6||A||A-|
(Now owed by ACPI – big quality upgrade!)
(!) 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.
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