Below are our comprehensive kitchen cabinet ratings for the top selling 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 ranked from 1 to 6 with 6 being the most expensive custom cabinetry on the market. These Kitchen Cabinet reviews were compiled and rated by our team of highly experienced kitchen designers.
See updated ratings for 2022
03-07-2022 NOTICE Many less expensive brands priced at the 1 and 2 level presently have OUT OF STOCK ISSUES AND EXTENDED DELAYS Check with dealers for timelines. Generally, most higher end semi-custom brands at the 3 and 4 price point now take from 8 weeks to 14 weeks or longer. Most high-end and custom brands at the 5 or 6 price point now take 18 to 24 weeks, some even longer.
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How the ratings work
Kitchen cabinet ratings assume each line is upgraded to the top level of construction available, usually all plywood construction.
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.
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 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 marks on value even though as designers we think the cabinetry is the best in its class.
These lines receive lower grades on value simply 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.
Main Line kitchen design acknowledges that we are dealers for the following cabinet lines: Wellsford, Bishop, Brighton, Fabuwood, Legacy Presidential, Timberlake and CNC. We could be prejudiced towards ranking these lines more favorably, but we have tried to be impartial. However, since the cabinet lines we carry were chosen specifically for their construction quality and value, our ranking them well should not be a surprise.
KITCHEN CABINET RATINGS
|Cabinet line||Price level 1-6||Quality||Value|
|6Square Out of Business||2|
|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+|
|Craft-Made Cabinetry framed||5||A||A|
|CrownPoint Cabinetry (framed)||5.5||A+||A|
|Cubitac Prestige and Imperial||1.5||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+|
|Kountry Kraft (framed)||6||A||B|
|Kountry Kraft (frameless)||6||B||B|
|Luxor Collection Frameless||4||B||B|
|Medallion (Now owed by ACPI )||5||A-||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-|
|Solid Wood Cabinets||Closed||Bankrupt|
|St. Martin (frameless)||3.5||B||A|
|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+|
|Yorktowne (Now owed by ACPI )||4||A-||B+|
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FOR PEOPLE OUTSIDE OUR SERVICE AREA OF WITHIN A TWO-HOUR DRIVE OF OUR BALA CYNWYD PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE, HERE IS A LINK TO RECOMMENDED DEALERS IN OTHER AREAS. GOOD DEALERS CLOSE TO YOU CAN BETTER ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT’S AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA.
All the designers that gave us input on the cabinet lines below have greater than 20 years’ experience in our industry. When possible, all construction specifics were double checked on the web sites for each cabinet line.
1 Replies to “Kitchen Cabinet Ratings for 2021. Reviews for the Top Selling Cabinet Brands.”
We are trying to decide between Kraftmaid and Fabuwood for our kitchen remodel? Fabuwood does not have any showrooms in our area, and I’m nervous that the cabinets will “look cheap,” because they are so much cheaper! Do you have any recommendations, advice, or thoughts? Thanks so much!
pmcalary[ Post Author ]
You don’t say what door style or finish you are selecting, and I don’t know your design so it makes it hard to evaluate. However, the advantages of Kraftmaid is in the vast variety of wood species, finishes, sizing, and door styles.
If you are selecting for example, a white shaker kitchen, and Fabuwood makes all the sizes you need, then the Fabuwood would actually probably look better than the Kraftmaid. IMO you would be foolish to spend more on slightly lesser looking cabinetry, all to have things available to you that you aren’t selecting. Since the Fabuwood is sanded and painted overseas where labor is less expensive the seams on the Fabuwood cabinetry will be less noticeable and the finish smoother for painted cabinetry.
Customers have a hard time understanding what they are paying for in cabinetry. The more expensive brands are often not better constructed nor is a painted finish superior. However the more expensive brands WILL offer nicer stains, FAR more variety, and options that the less expensive brands do not. This is why my mantra below is so important to consider:
People worry about cabinet quality and price far more than they worry about their designs. This is because they aren’t kitchen designers themselves and don’t understand how poor their designs usually are. If you listen to one of our podcasts this is usually a central issue. The Podcast below illustrates this point:
When you say “All Wood” who do you mean? I have found All Wood Fast and All Wood Cabinetry.
Also thank you for taking the time to make these ratings. This has been such an overwhelming process and your information has been a lifesaver!
pmcalary[ Post Author ]
This is the website. https://www.allwoodcabinets.com/
Be careful ordering from an online source. The cabinets you buy may be well-constructed and inexpensive, but you are missing the most important and valuable part of the remodeling process. IE working with an experienced kitchen designer. Ordering cabinetry without that component pretty much assures that you are making poor decisions.
Remember, contractors do not count as design professionals. They are worse than having no design experience at all. Every good kitchen designer will tell you that the absolute worst designs we see come prom periphery professionals like contractors, architects, interior designers, builders, and real estate agents. This is because when these people design kitchens, they haven’t taken the time to learn any of the rules of kitchen design. But they are arrogant enough to believe that they know what they are doing. That combination always proves the saying “a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.”
Thank you so much for your thoughtful response! We are hoping to take advantage of the painted green color from Alan + Roth. It seemed to be the most affordable option for that color option. Are there any other cabinet manufacturers you would recommend for a dark green painted cabinet color?
pmcalary[ Post Author ]
That type of green will not be available for less. However, American Woodmark is sold at Home Depot as both American Woodmark AND Allen and Roth. Lowes sells the same product as Shenendoah, and independent dealers like us sell it as Timberlake. Find the best designer to work with. The pricing should be very close everywhere that sells them under whichever name, but working with a better designer can help you avoid mistakes, save money, and prevent other problems.
Thank you very much for posting this information. I’m looking for cabinets for a basement bar and laundry room. I’m wondering what your thoughts are about Allen + Roth (sold exclusively at Lowe’s). I’m price conscious but looking for the best quality my limited budget can buy – so am comparing to 21st Century, Cubitac, Fabuwood, Green Forest, J&K, and ProCraft. I’m in the DC area. Thanks in advance for your advice!
pmcalary[ Post Author ]
We chose to carry Cubitac as our least expensive brand and Fabuwood (the top of the class) as our second most expensive choice. Timberlake (pretty much the same thing as Allen and Roth made by American Woodmark) is our next highest priced line. All the other brands we have considered or sold in the past, and I think are good, but I prefer the selections we chose.
You don’t mention a style and color but in a painted finish Allen and Roth is not the best value. You need to upgrade Alen and Roth to the top level to equal the other brands in construction quality and doing that prices them higher than all the others. AND their painted finish is not as nice as most of the others. So less of a value. Unless you are taking advantage of the nice maple finishes, or the green color, or some other offerings that only American Woodmark IE Allen and Roth offers.
Knowing this type of information along with being a better designer is why customers should shop for their kitchen designer just as much as their brand.