Kitchen Cabinet ratings for 2017. Reviews of the top selling cabinet lines.

Below is our comprehensive list of the top selling cabinet manufacturers in the United States

The top selling cabinet manufacturers in the United States and how they rank for construction quality and for value considering the price point of each cabinet line. Price point is rated from 1 to 6 with 6 being the most expensive cabinetry on the market.

We rate cabinetry assuming each line is upgraded to the top level of construction available. A grade of A for construction quality will not be equal across different price levels, as the more expensive price point cabinets will have far nicer finishes and construction options.

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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 it’s cost. For example, many of the most expensive well made cabinet lines receive lover marks on value even though as designers we think the cabinetry is the best in it’s class. These lines receive lower grades on value simply because there are competitors offering the same quality at slightly lower prices.

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.

Cabinet Lines
Cabinet line                   Price level 1-6     Quality     Value
6 Square   2 B+ B+
American Woodmark 3 B C+
Aristocraft 2 C C
Bertch   4 A A-
Bishop   4 A A-
Bishop Frameless 5 B B+
Bremtown 6 A+ C
Brighton   4 A A+
Brookhaven Closed Closed A B
Cabico   4 B B
Candlelight 4 A A
Canyon Creek 3 B B
CNC   1 B+ A
Collier   5 A B-
Crystal   5 A+ A
Decora   4 A A
Design-Craft 4 B B
Diamond   4 B B
Durasupreme 5 B+ B
Durasupreme frameless 3 C C
(Omega)Dynasty Frameless 4 B C
(Omega)Dynasty Pinnacle Framed 5 A B
Fabuwood 2 A A
Fabuwood Frameless 3 B A+
Fieldstone 4 A B+
Grabill   6 A+ B
Haas   3 B B
Hanssem   1 B+ B
Homecrest 3 B+ B
IKEA (frameless) 1 C C
Innermost framelss 3 B B
Kabinart   3 D D
Kemper   3 B C
Kitchencraft Frameless 3 C B
Kith   3 B+ C+
Kountry Kraft framed 6 A B
Kountry Kraft frameless 6 B B
Kraftmaid   4 B+ A
Legacy   3 B+ C-
LifeArt   1 C+ A
Marsh   2 B+ B
Medallion   5 B+ C+
Merillat   2 C D
Mid Continent 2 C C
Mouser   5 A A-
Mouser Frameless 5 B A
Ovation   4 B C
Plain and Fancy 6 A B
Poggenpohl frameless 6 B C
QuakerMaid frameless 4 B B
Rutt   6 A+ A
Schrock   3 B B
Schuler   5 B+ C+
Shenandoah 3 B C+
Shiloh   4 C C
Showplace 3 B+ B-
Solid Wood Cabinets 1 A A
Starmark   4 A B+
Stylecraft   6 A+ B+
Thomasville* 4 B- C-
Timberlake 3 B C+
Ultracraft Frameless 2 C C
Village   5 A A
Waypoint   2 B B
Wellborn   4 A A
Wellsford   5 A+ A+
Wolf   1 B+ B+
Woodharbor 4 B+ C
Woodmode Closed Closed A A-
Yorktowne 3 C D

* Note: Home Depot can change who manufactures this line although Masterbrands has been manufacturing the line under the Thomasville name for over ten years.

Remember that choosing the designer, the cabinet dealer, and the installer you are working with is just as important as the cabinet line.

Do you need updated rankings for these cabinet lines and an additional 30 popular cabinet lines?

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Are you looking for more general reviews of cabinetry from 2015 explaining types of cabinetry construction?

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Hoping you make all the right choices…and of course…Bon Appetit!

Main Line Kitchen Design

Paul, John, Stacia, Ed, Tom, and Julie

23 Replies to “Kitchen Cabinet ratings for 2017. Reviews of the top selling cabinet lines.”

  1. Kare

    Looking to remodel our kitchen and wondering what line would fall between Schrock (entra) and decora? Those are the two the cabinet guy priced out for us and there’s a 50% diff between them, leading me to believe there’s gotta be something more midline

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi Kare,
      Comparing cabinet brands and finding the cabinet line that is best value for your kitchen is far more complicated than pricing cabinetry would suggest. For example, were you looking for a shaker door style in a white, gray, or indigo painted finish then the Fabuwood cabinet brand would be less expensive than both the Masterbrand lines you mention and would be as well constructed and look better than Decora. If you wanted a maple natural or stained finish than Fabuwood wouldn’t even have anything similar. Upgrades that you choose can also determine if a line makes sense. The design of your kitchen and the cabinetry sizes you need for the design can also determine what brand has those sizes and how much you pay for any customization. For example, even in a generally inexpensive brand like the Fabuwood, getting a custom color and custom sizes can drive the cost of the cabinets past the most expensive custom cabinet brands.

      This is why it is so difficult for home owners to be informed enough to shop for cabinets. Generally, it makes more sense instead to be shopping for a cabinet dealer and designer. Below is a blog on this topic:
      https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/price-comparing-kitchen-cabinets-and-why-it-is-a-bad-idea/

  2. R. Alton

    We did our kitchen 20 years ago and are looking to redo it again. At the time I used Crystal Cabinets but I understand that they have really jumped up in price. I absolutely love the product because our cabinets still look great. All I have done over the years is had them reconditioned twice. Now that Crystal has a more affordable line, how does it compare to the original?

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi R,
      A well designed kitchen should still be functional and in style after 20 years. I know that I would be upset if I found out that customers that listened to my advice were redoing their kitchen 20 years latter. So I think that particularly here my best advice would be to spend your efforts finding a good kitchen designer first, and worry about cabinet brands second. If the designer and cabinet dealer are both good they will carry a good line and working with them will be the better investment than focusing on a particular brand.

  3. JuneS

    Between Shiloh and Mouser-centra/premier , which one has better quality?

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi June,
      Our 2020 cabinet rating reviews both. Shiloh we rate poorly due to a hanging rail deficiency. Their cabinet can be modified in the field to fix the problem but as is, it is insufficient.

  4. Jen

    Anyone have any experience with Diamond (prestige) from Lowe’s.
    How does it compare to Kraftsmaid?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi Jen,
      Do you mean Diamond Prelude sold at Lowes? In general Diamond is not an inexpensive line and should be similar to Kraftmaid in price. Having a kitchen designed by a home center can be problematic. This blog explains:
      https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/why-you-shouldnt-buy-a-kitchen-from-home-depot-or-lowes/

  5. Ann

    I would love some advice about Harmoni cabinets. Do you think they are good quality and worth getting?

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi Ann,
      I know nothing about Harmoni and their web site gives no specifications on construction. They are frameless cabinetry though, and we only recomend frameless lines for contemporary slab doors. Any other door style a framed line would be a better choice.

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