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Cabinet Reviews: Ratings for the top 130 cabinet brands.

Latest 2024 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.

Brighton Cabinetry in Quartersawn Oak Quartz Countertops. Main Line Kitchen rates Brighton Cabinetry 5 A_ A+

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 LinePrice Level
(1-6)
QualityValue
21st Century1AA-
Adelphia Kitchens3BB
Adornus (frameless)3BB
Alusso by Adornus (frameless)3BB
All Wood – framed2AA
All Wood – frameless1CC
American Woodmark3B+B
Aristocraft2CC
Belmont 1900 Series Frameless4BB+
Bertch4AA-
Bishop4A+B+
Bishop Frameless4BA
B.J. Tidwell Cabinetry3BC+
Bremtown6A+B
Bridgewood Framed5AA
Bridgewood Frameless5BA
Brighton5A-A+
Brookhaven5.5AB
Brubaker5AA
Cabico4BB
Cabinet Depot2B+B+
Candlelight4AA
Canyon Creek Framed and Frameless (deduct 1 letter grade for frameless)4AA
CliqStudios (Bankrupt once – customers lost deposits)2.5B+A
CNC1.5A-A-
CNC frameless1.5BA
Collier5AB-
Craft Stock Cabinetry1A-A
Craft-Made Cabinetry framed5AA
Crestwood Framed5AA
Crestwood Frameless5BA-
CrownPoint Cabinetry (framed)5.5A+A
CrownPoint (frameless)5.5BA
Crystal custom5AA
Crystal semi-custom4B+B+
Cubitac 1.5AA
Cuisine Ideale (frameless)4BB
Decora4.5AB
Designers Choice4AA
Design-Craft4BB-
Diamond4B+B+
Diamond Now Stock1BB
Durasupreme5B+B-
Durasupreme frameless3CC
Dynasty by Omega (frameless)4.5BB+
Dynasty by Omega (framed)4.5AA-
Dynasty Pinnacle (framed)5AB+
Echelon Cabinetry No longer sells individual kitchens.
Eclipse by Shiloh4.5B- / C+B
Eurocraft Frameless3.5CC+
Evoke (from R.D. Henry)4AA
Executive (frameless)4BB
Fabuwood2AA
Fabuwood (frameless)2B-B
Fieldstone4.5A-B+
Forevermark1.5B+B
Grabill6A+B
Great Northern Classic5AA
Green Forest2AA-
Haas3BB
Hampton Bay (frameless stock)1DC+
Hanssem (now different at different locations so can’t be rated)***
Holiday (frameless)3CC
Holiday Kitchens4AB+
Homecrest3B+B+
Homestead Custom4AA-
Ideal Cabinetry2BA-
IKEA (frameless)1DC
Innovation2CC
Integrity3A-A+
JSI Cabinetry1B+B+
J&K Cabinets2AA-
Kabinart3C+D
Kemper4B+B+
Kitchen Kompact2B-C-
Kitchencraft3CB
Kith3B+B+
Koch Classic4A-A-
Kountry Kraft (framed)6AB
Kountry Kraft (frameless)6BB
Kountry Wood2CC
Kraftmaid (New slightly adjusted ratings)4B+A-
Kraftmaid Vantage (New slightly adjusted ratings)4B+A
Legacy2.5B+B
Legacy Presidential3AB
LifeArt1C+A
Luxor Collection Frameless4BB

Cabinet Reviews (Ratings) Brands L to Z

Marsh2BB
Marsh (frameless)2B-B
MasterCraft2BB
Medallion
(Now owed by ACPI)
5B+B
Merillat Classic Plywood upgrade3BB
Merit Kitchens4B+B
Mid Continent with all plywood upgrade3BB
Mouser5AA-
Mouser (frameless)5BA
NatureKast Waterproof Cabinets5AA
Norcraft (every upgrade used)3BD
Omega Dynasty (frameless)4.5BB+
Omega Dynasty (framed)4.5AA-
Omega Pinnacle 5AA-
Ovation4BC
Plain and Fancy6AB+
Plato Woodwork5AA
Poggenpohl (frameless)6BC
ProCraft1AA-
QCCI Quality Custom6+A+A-
QuakerMaid (frameless)4BB
RiverRun Cabinetry3.75BB-
R.D. Henry Heartland (framed)4AA
R.D. Henry Revola (frameless)4BA
Rutt6A+A
Schrock4B+/ A-B+/ A-
Schuler (Rebranded Medallion)5A-B+
Shenandoah (Rebranded American Woodmark)3B+B
Shiloh 4BB
Showplace4AB++
ShowplaceEVO (frameless)3.5BB+
Siematic5.5BC
Signature Custom5A+A+
Siteline Cabinetry3.5B-C
Solid Wood CabinetsClosedBankrupt 
St. Martin (frameless)3.5BA
Starmark Plywood upgrade5B+B
Starmark inset or 3/4″ back panel5A+A
Stylecraft6AA
Tedd Wood5AA
Thomasville (Rebranded Diamond)4B+/A-B+/A-
Thomasville Nouvell3DD
Timberlake (Rebranded American Woodmark)3B+B
Tru Cabinetry ClosedBankrupt
Ultracraft (frameless)2CC
Ultracraft 3/4 ply upgrade3BB+/A-
Urban Effects (frameless)3.75C-D
Village Handcrafted Cabinetry Framed Inset5.5A+A
Village Handcrafted Cabinetry Frameless5.5BA
Waypoint3B+B
Wellborn4 and 5AA
Wellborn Forrest3.5B+B+
Wellsford5.5A+A
Wellsford (frameless)5.5BA-
Wolf2AB+
Wolf Signature Series3.5A-C+
Woodharbor5B+C
Wood-Mode (Bankrupt once – customers lost deposits)6AA-
Yorktowne
(Now owed by ACPI – big quality upgrade!)
4B+B+
Picture shows Beaded Inset Brighton Cabinetry in a butler's pantry. Brighton gets great cabinet reviews.

(!) 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.

Outside Our Service Area?

FOR PEOPLE OUTSIDE A TWO-HOUR DRIVE OF OUR BALA CYNWYD PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE. HERE IS A LINK TO RECOMMENDED DEALERS IN OTHER AREAS. GOOD DEALERS WHO ARE CLOSE TO YOU CAN BETTER ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT’S AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA. Or call in on Fridays 2-4 pm for free design help on our helpline and Podcast. Dial 610-5OO-4O71 with your cabinet review questions and designs ready to email. Paul answers cabinetry and design questions free of charge most Fridays.

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148 Replies to “Cabinet Reviews: Ratings for the top 130 cabinet brands.”

  1. Bret

    How would you compare Kith Eudora line compared to CNC or Fabuwood frameless?

    Thank you

  2. Lynette

    Hi there. I am looking at Fabuwood stained cabinets but reviews are not so great. Your thoughts?

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi Lynette,
      The previous answer to Steph applies: Pasted again below:

      All cabinet reviews from customers should generally be ignored. People are more likely to complain than praise and usually customer complaints are due not to product issues but to problems that will happen with every cabinet brand. Or they are caused by ignorance, poor contractor installation, delivery damage, or designer error. Most important is that the cabinet company does not guaranty your cabinets the cabinet dealer does.

      Reps can come out from the cabinet company but for example one customer complained on Facebook that after she installed the J&K cabinet the rep wouldn’t replace a damaged door. Most cabinet brands would not replace a door to a cabinet unless they had a photo of the damage before installation. Otherwise contractors or home owners could damage many cabinets after installation and get replacements when the cabinet brand was not at fault. The act of installation is generally considered an act of acceptance.

      Better dealers like our company will warranty doors even installed. However that is not the industry standard. People constantly complain their painted cabinets are chipping while their previous stained cabinets lasted 30 years. That is true with ALL cabinets. Painted cabinets easily chip, scratch, and are damaged by water. Stained cabinets do not. And consumers that expect otherwise are uninformed. J&K is also an inexpensive brand. So while the construction of their cabinetry is very durable, expecting the same level of perfection you would get from a brand twice as expensive is misguided. We like Fabuwood the best of all these well-made inexpensive brands but J&K is a good choice as well.

      Below are some relevant blogs:
      https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/kitchen-cabinet-brand-comparison/
      https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/hard-compare-kitchen-cabinet-brands/

  3. Lynette

    Hi there. I am looking at Fabuwood cabinets but reviews are not so great. Your thoughts?

  4. Steph

    Had J&K on my list based on your review but digging deeper, their FB reviews leave much to be desired – yikes! Wondering how they get such a great rating from you?

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi Steph,
      All cabinet reviews from customers should generally be ignored. People are more likely to complain than praise and usually customer complaints are due not to product issues but to problems that will happen with every cabinet brand. Or they are caused by ignorance, poor contractor installation, delivery damage, or designer error. Most important is that the cabinet company does not guaranty your cabinets the cabinet dealer does.

      Reps can come out from the cabinet company but for example one customer complained on Facebook that after she installed the J&K cabinet the rep wouldn’t replace a damaged door. Most cabinet brands would not replace a door to a cabinet unless they had a photo of the damage before installation. Otherwise contractors or home owners could damage many cabinets after installation and get replacements when the cabinet brand was not at fault.

      Better dealers like our company will warranty doors even installed. However that is not the industry standard. People constantly complain their painted cabinets are chipping while their previous stained cabinets lasted 30 years. That is true with ALL cabinets. Painted cabinets easily chip, scratch, and are damaged by water. Stained cabinets do not. And consumers that expect otherwise are uninformed. J&K is also an inexpensive brand. So while the construction of their cabinetry is very durable, expecting the same level of perfection you would get from a brand twice as expensive is misguided. We like Fabuwood the best of all these well made inexpensive brands but J&K is a good choice as well.

      Below are some relevant blogs:
      https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/kitchen-cabinet-brand-comparison/
      https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/hard-compare-kitchen-cabinet-brands/

  5. Anne

    Hi. We are renovating our kitchen and about to choose cabinetry. Your ratings chart says that you might be changing your grade for Shiloh cabinets. Do you have any update to share or know when one will be available? We are considering a Shiloh painted cabinet. Thanks so much for all of your helpful information!

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi Anne,
      I removed the note on our Shiloh rating as the rating was upgraded to the 4 B B rating when the back of the cabinet changed slightly. Their hanging rail remains oddly narrow but the back of the cabinet is slightly thicker.

      1. Anne

        Thanks for your prompt reply!

  6. Mike

    Hi Paul – I see you have a rating for the St Martin, but only the frameless (which I know you score lower). Do you have any insight/opinions about their framed options?? Thanks!

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi Mike,
      On the St Martins website they say they only make frameless cabinetry. If they aren’t even mentioning that they make framed cabinetry I would be Leary ordering them.

  7. Steph

    Paul, can we get your feedback on menards.com? Didn’t it on your list, they carry Medallion and also KLËARVŪE and Cardell. Looking for your opinion on the latter two. Thanks Paul!

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Both Klearview and Cardell look like bad investments. Medallion is a good brand but it is very expensive. So if you are looking to save money I would find a a more professional dealer that sell inexpensive quality cabinetry.

  8. Stephanie Meyers

    Hello Paul, such a great resource! May I get your feedback on thatcabinetcompany .com? Trying to go locally but not enough info on them to help us decide. Thanks so much for your time!

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi Stephanie,
      RTA cabinets bought online is always a bad idea. You save only a little money and have have to assemble the cabinets yourself and work with non professionals designing and ordering.

  9. Mujib

    Hi Paul,

    Are you familiar with Reform (reformcph)? It seems a little Ikea-ish to me, but they have a showroom near me in a center where several other high end furniture/home stores are.

    https://www.reformcph.com/us

    Also, what are your thoughts on the two or three brands that Costco offers?

    Thanks,

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi Mujib,
      Don’t know it. I agree it looks like IKEA so we wouldn’t probably recomend it.

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