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.
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.