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Posted January 1, 2011 by pmcalary

 

Note:  Since posting this blog in 2011 many of the Masterbrands cabinet lines have switched from 3/8″ sides to half inch sides. Possibly due to better consumer awareness. Instead of removing or editing the blog I am keeping it posted as it was to mark the time and place our industry was at in early 2011. We also have an second slightly different cabinet analysis done in 2015 that link is below:

https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/category/kitchen-cabinets/

Here is the original blog

Kitchen cabinet buyers need reputable, professional assistance for many reasons including safety (see link: https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/is-your-kitchen-designer-going-to-kill-you/ ), good design, and . . . there’s probably no less blunt way to say this. . . to avoid being ripped off.

For example, many cabinet companies sell the same product for different prices by having multiple cabinet line names.  Even in the same cabinet line, exact same door styles and finishes will have different names at different locations. In 2004 Consumer Reports was completely duped — publishing cabinet reviews in which they compared cabinets that were actually the same product and reviewed them differently.  Ikea duped them as well – – garnering top ratings despite durability and construction flaws that take only a few years to become problems.

Here are some examples of advice Main Line Kitchen Design professionals share with our customers:

  • Frameless cabinets are much less durable than framed cabinets. Frameless or European Cabinetry can definitely look sleeker and are better suited to the most modern door styles because of of this, but even the most expensive frameless lines such as Poggenpohl are nowhere near as durable as any well made framed cabinetry.
  • The worst way to make a framed cabinet is with 3/8″ sides and backs. Quality framed cabinetry has 1/2 or 3/4″ sides and backs with solid wood hanging rails.  Watch out for Masterbrands — They are the largest cabinet conglomerate in the US and produce most of their cabinetry with the less durable 3/8″ sides and backs. Many home builders including Toll Brothers use these type lines because more money goes into the door styles and finishes and very little into the cabinets construction.  These lines include:  Aristocraft, Schrock, Diamond, Yorktowne, and Kemper.
  • A cabinet by any other name…. Thomasville, a fine furniture company, sold the right to use their name to Home Depot to sell kitchen cabinetry.  Home Depot’s “Thomasville” cabinets are actually 3/8″  constructed cabinetry with the Thomasville name.  At one point Home Depot actually had Mills Pride their least expensive cabinet line making half of the Thomasville line.
  • Thicker plywood sides, solid wood hanging rail, Ibeam or plywood tops, along with dovetail drawers and Blumotion tracks can be had for less. Higher end framed custom cabinets differ in finer finishes and in the availability of custom pieces  —  not construction and durability.  Kraftmaid, Woodmode Brookhaven and Main Line Kitchen Design’s Jim Bishop cabinet lines for example can all provide the same quality construction as higher priced custom alternatives.
  • Selecting a Kitchen Designer is just as important as the cabinetry you select. Unfortunately accreditation in the kitchen industry is fairly nebulous.  Going to the most expensive showrooms doesn’t assure you of getting a good designer or one that has your interest at heart.  Architects are also generally less capable designers because they spend so much less time designing kitchens and therefore have so much less experience doing so.
  • The best Kitchen Designers explain as much about cabinetry and design to their customers as time allows. When you know what you are buying, and why and what the negative and positive aspects of your design are, you can make an informed decision about what matters to you most, and where you want to spend more and or less.  Kitchen Designers also add NO COST as the design costs are included almost everywhere in the cost of the cabinetry.

Getting a great kitchen requires one big investment that many customers have a hard time making.  The investment of their own time.  It always surprises my customers when I tell them that we would prefer them to take more rather than less of our time making their decisions.  It is only the customers that invest too little of their own time that are ever unhappy with their selections.

Here are a couple of links that will help in understanding what makes a cabinet well constructed and a funny video on why you need 8 dishwashers!

2015 Popular Kitchen Cabinetry Brand Comparison.

Cabinets Buying Guide

The Main Line Kitchen Design team wishes everyone a wonderful new year and the best kitchens possible  …… and of course Bon Appetit!

Paul, Ray, Tom, Carol, and Julie

 

 

 

172 Comments

  1. Don Beechler, April 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm:

    I am in the market for a complete kitchen. We are looking at craftmade cabinete and custom made cabinets. We live in calif where they only use water base finishes. Is kraftmade finishes better than water base? And are kraftmade 3/4 plywood.
    Thanks

  2. pmcalary, May 4, 2014 at 9:37 am:

    If you mean Kraftmaid their finishes will be water based since they are made in the US. You can upgrade to 3/4 plywood as far as I know. We do not carry Kraftmaid. They are sold at Lowes, Home Depot and independent showrooms. They will be on average 20 to 40% less than custom cabinets and their finishes will be less attractive then the larger manufactured custom made brands.

  3. Terri262, June 18, 2014 at 4:07 am:

    Schrock/Diamond have 1/2″ sides, top, and bottom. The backs are 3/8″. Not sure if this has changed. Thanks for the tips on cabinet buying.

  4. pmcalary, June 18, 2014 at 9:05 am:

    Hi Terri,
    I amended the blog. You are right! Since it was posted in 2011 many of the Masterbrands cabinet lines have switched to 1/2″ inch sides that if you upgrade to plywood should be pretty durable even with 3/8″ backs. Thanks for reminding me to make the update.

  5. tania, February 7, 2015 at 4:28 am:

    So what is a good kitchen cabinet brand I should consider?

  6. pmcalary, February 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm:

    Hi Tania,
    What price point you are in and what cabinet lines are available to you from dealers close by and competitive in price determines the cabinet line that is best suited for you. Home centers are near everyone so if you are at Lowes or Home Depot The best cabinet for the money is certainly Kraftmaid. Lower in price but still well made and not a rip off would be American Woodmark at Home Depot and Shenendoah at Lowes. Stay away from re marketed cabinets like Thomasville and Martha Stewart.

    There are hundreds of cabinet lines though that are well made. All the lines we carry are well made. We carry In order of price: Fabuwood, 6 Square, Bishop, Wellsford, Village, and Bremtown.

  7. tania, February 18, 2015 at 4:14 am:

    Thank you, just saw this. I am building a house and the builder is offering Yorktowne and Wellborne

  8. tania, February 18, 2015 at 4:16 am:

    I forgot to add I live in Wheaton Il, near Chicago

  9. Susan, March 27, 2015 at 10:50 pm:

    I made the mistake of going with Home Depot and Thomasville cabinets. It is now 7 months since I ordered and my kitchen is still not done. The cabinet sides are mismatched pieced together fiberboard, wrong cabinets are ordered, delivered products are damaged, workmanship is shoddy. And there’s no end in sight.

  10. Betsy, April 1, 2015 at 4:09 pm:

    What is your opinion of Aspect cabinets?

  11. pmcalary, April 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm:

    I had never heard of them but I looked them up. They are an inexpensive line with particle board sides and shelves. I would say better made than RTA particle board cabinetry or IKEA but there will be less expensive lines that are all plywood construction that I would think were a better value. However they will have Asian made doors which I think is fine but some people will object to. We sell 6 Square and Fabuwood, but there are many alternatives at this pricepoint. Armstrong is a well known line that might be similar in price and is also All Plywood construction.

  12. Betsy, April 4, 2015 at 1:14 pm:

    Thank you so much for your input!

  13. Camille Vaccari, April 6, 2015 at 5:15 pm:

    What is your opinion on Design Craft and Art Craft? Also, for a humid client do you recommend MDF doors for a painted cabinet? Thank you!

  14. pmcalary, April 6, 2015 at 5:32 pm:

    Hi Camille,
    Both cabinet lines are frameless so as the article mentions I far prefer a well made framed line. If you are getting frameless cabinetry IKEA is inexpensive and essentially made the same as other European lines so I would save the money and just get IKEA. Modern slab doorstyles do look better in frameless but traditional or shaker doorstyles look great in framed and the cabinetry can be less expensive and better made as well. For example our least expensive line is an Asian import called Fabuwood that is less expensive and far better made.
    Thanks,
    Paul

  15. joan, June 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm:

    Hi I have been pricing diamond and Keller cabinets. I was told are the same. Upgraded to all plywood box. Still wondering if they are good cabinets or whet you suggest

  16. Ruth, June 20, 2015 at 10:03 am:

    I am considering Aspect or Waypoint. I just read your comments about Aspect and I hadn’t seen that information. What do you know about Waypoint? Thanks.

  17. pmcalary, June 20, 2015 at 1:42 pm:

    Hi Ruth,
    I have never heard of either the Aspect or Waypoint brands. Neither brand shows you how their cabinetry is constructed on their web sites which is almost always a bad sign.

  18. pmcalary, June 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm:

    Hi Joan,
    Sorry I missed your comment and just noticed it now, I hope this is in time to help. I believe both Diamond and I think you mean Kemper cabinets are Masterbrand cabinets with similar construction. Lowes sells Diamond for about the same price as Kraftmaid and I prefer the Kraftmaid. As long as Diamond is upgraded to 1/2 inch plywood sides it is a well made cabinet but as I mentioned I do prefer Kraftmaid in that pricepoint.

  19. Remodeler, July 25, 2015 at 8:45 am:

    I am looking at schuler cabinets for my kitchen. Do they have 1/2 inch plywood sides. How do they compare to kraftmaid

  20. pmcalary, July 25, 2015 at 10:20 am:

    Schuler cabinetry from Lowes is the same cabinetry as Medalion from independent dealers. You need to upgrade the cabinetry to at least Platninum plywood sides. They used to only have 3/8 inch sides and I just looked on their web site and it doesn’t say so that makes me cautious. In general the company focuses on great finishes and not on construction quality, much like their parent company Elkay that makes nice sinks but most are 18 gauge and not the thicker 16 gauge. Schuler cabinetry is more expensive than Kraftmaid and certainly not better made than upgraded Kraftmaid. I am also not a fan of buying expensive cabinetry from home centers. Designing in more expensive lines like Schuler is more difficult and the home center designer will be less familiar designing in that line. If you are going to pay more for cabinetry it’s smarter to pay a little more and get a great designer instead and they will be harder to find at home centers, but not impossible. At Lowes I would stick with Kraftmaid.

  21. Vincent, August 16, 2015 at 4:28 pm:

    Have you heard of Kith Cabinets? Their construction and pricing seems to be pretty good compared to Thomasville quote I got from Home Dept.

  22. pmcalary, August 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm:

    I have not heard of Kith. But Thomasville is way overpriced. Home Depot bought the right to use Thomasville Furniture’s name and they sell lesser quality cabinetry under that name. If you are shopping at The Home Depot buy Kraftmaid, Home depot sells them too, and they are the same price and a better cabinet.

  23. Vincent, August 16, 2015 at 6:17 pm:

    Thanks for the info. I don’t have a set price, so I want to make sure I get quality but also don’t want to overspend. Kith is made in USA and they tell you exactly how their cabinets are constructed on their websites. Are they any brands that you particularly like when price isn’t exactly the biggest limitation? I don’t have a million dollar home that need custom built cabinets, but I would pay the extra money for quality and longevity. Thanks again for the info.

  24. Gig, September 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm:

    i was told that Diamond and Thomasville are the now the same company,is this true.
    If so do they manufacture the cabinets the same? You do not like Thomasville what do you think of Diamond? I am looking for white Shaker with a conversion varnish but here in Calif no cabinet maker can do it. What company make a good quality white Shaker?
    Thanks

  25. pmcalary, September 8, 2015 at 6:19 pm:

    The reason I don’t like Thomasville is that Home Depot is misleading people and making them believe that Thomasville furniture is making the cabinetry and charging more because of it. If you upgrade Diamond to 1/2″ plywood sides they are well made, So assuming you you are right and Thomasville is now being made by Diamond and not American Woodmark you would need to do the same in Thomasville. But Kraftmaid is the better made cabinet of the three and is also sold at Home Depot so why not design your kitchen in Kraftmaid? It should be around the same price. Decora is also a well made cabinet and I think some home Depots carry Decora. I don’t know much about the new Asian made lines Home Depot carries.

  26. Gig, September 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm:

    thank you so much for responding.

  27. Dave, September 10, 2015 at 12:01 am:

    Have you heard of cabinet brands J&K Cabinets, Cabinet City, and FX Cabinets? I believe they are california based prefabricated cabinets, probably being made in China. They seem to be priced well below Diamond and Kraftmaid. Any thoughts?

  28. Dave, September 10, 2015 at 12:06 am:

    Have you heard of Grand JK Cabinets, Cabinet City, or FX Cabinets? They are priced lower then the Diamond and Kraftmaid cabinets. What are your thoughts?

  29. pmcalary, September 10, 2015 at 7:53 am:

    No I haven’t heard of those brands. But 6 Square sold in private dealers and also sold as Cliq Studios on line is a well made cabinet at least 30% less than Diamond. Upgraded they are made identically to upgraded Diamond but even with the un upgraded soft close drawer tracks they are fine.

  30. Trent, September 12, 2015 at 2:50 am:

    Can you offer your opinions regarding Jim bishop cabinets?

  31. pmcalary, September 12, 2015 at 7:11 am:

    We are Dealers for Bishop Cabinets so we like them, and the people at Bishop are great to work with. Among their cabinetry advantages are that they are a very well constructed cabinet when you upgrade them and upgrading is inexpensive compared to most other US cabinet lines. They also will do more customization then any other brand I know of around their price point. For example, if I can draw it they pretty much will make it, they do custom colors and will customize all their doors. And they do inset and beaded inset cabinetry. Their down side is that I find that their stained finishes aren’t as beautiful as some similarly priced lines but this is something that customers usually aren’t able to differentiate. Also if any pieces happen to come damaged or defective getting replacements made correctly can take longer than some other cabinet lines. This can frustrate customers. All in all though Bishop cabinetry is a great value and we are proud to carry them.

  32. Michael, October 4, 2015 at 10:48 pm:

    Hi – I was wondering if I could get your input on the cabinets. I currently have a price from one local dealer on Schrock and Decora cabinets. We liked the Decora a lot but the price was almost 40% higher than Schrock and much more than we were hoping to spend. Are both cabinets 100% American sourced and made? Should I be concerned about Schrock? Currently waiting on prices from Home Depot on Decora and Kraftmaid cabinets (they have taken forever to get back to us) and also a local dealer is going to give a price on Starmark and Fabuwood. I’ve read only positive reviews about Starmark but I think the price will be high. I found out Fabuwood sources the materials from China – should this be a concern? I’ve found that going to the local kitchen places has been a much better experience than Home Depot and another Home Center. I’m curious about the price HD will give on Decora compared to the local dealer. Thank you.

  33. pmcalary, October 5, 2015 at 9:23 am:

    Decora is a better cabinet then Shrock. Never buy a cabinet with 3/8″ sides. Kraftmaid is a well made cabinet equal to Decora. Starmark will be more expensive than the others and is a little over priced and you must make sure you get 1/2″ sides at least. The Fabuwood will be far less than any of these other choices and it is made better than Shrock and is Carb 2 Compliant so no worries that this American company is getting parts from China. There is far less ability to customize sizes and designs in Fabuwood, but since most kitchen designs don’t take advantage of the customization in the more expensive lines it is sometimes a waste spending more when you aren’t taking advantage of the very reason these lines are more expensive. Local dealers can vary greatly in price. Some will be about equal to home centers usually with better service and more knowledgeable designers, and some will also be way over priced. Independent dealers that sell Kraftmaid are often a safe bet to work with since they have to compete with both Lowes and Home Depot who sell Kraftmaid they can’t be over priced.

  34. Michael, October 6, 2015 at 12:51 pm:

    Thank you very much for your response – this was helpful.

  35. Maureen, October 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm:

    Considering Showplace or Yorktowne. I would welcome your opinion. We are planning to go with white painted cabinets

  36. Liz, October 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm:

    We are replacing the kitchen cabinets in our beachfront condo, and want to use American-made cabinetry. We prefer Shaker style, white. What brands do you recommend? Also, what is the difference between framed and unframed? Thank you.

  37. pmcalary, October 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm:

    Just a couple of warnings:
    First, truly “American made” cabinetry that is equal to the best of the cabinetry sold by U.S. companies selling cabinetry made mostly in China will cost at least 25% more. And second, that it is getting difficult to tell what is made in the U.S. and what is not. As many doors styles on American made cabinetry now come from China.

    That being said American Woodmark sold at The Home Depot, Shenandoah sold at Lowes, and Timberlake sold in private showrooms is an inexpensive and well made choice. I would upgrade to plywood sides and full extension drawers. All three lines are made in the same factory and are simply sold under different names.

    Clique Studios is a US company that sells very well made Asian cabinetry on line for at least 20 % less than these choices should you want to compromise on buying strictly American.

  38. pmcalary, October 13, 2015 at 8:15 pm:

    Yorktowne is a poorly made cabinet in my opinion. Showplace doesn’t show on line the thickness of their cabinets sides or how the back of the cabinet is constructed which worries me. Usually if the cabinet is well made the company brags about it. Hiding things usually means 3/8″ sides and poorly made backs.

  39. Joni, November 1, 2015 at 2:53 pm:

    Which is more expensive schrock or aristocraft ?

  40. pmcalary, November 2, 2015 at 11:37 am:

    Schrock. Although I don’t like either line.

  41. Jen doering, November 11, 2015 at 8:56 pm:

    Do you have any opinions on the legacy debut line, the estimate I got was significantly below the others but now I am wondering if they are just a good value or if they are poor quality? ( the other cabinet lines we had looked at are Merillat, kemper and wellborn). My head is spinning right now do any help you could provide would be incredibly helpful!

  42. pmcalary, November 12, 2015 at 8:15 am:

    If it is upgraded to the Presidential or Executive construction cabinet box then Legacy Debut is a better made cabinet then Kemper and Merillat. Wellborn is a more expensive cabinet line with greater ability to customize and with nicer finishes. So it can be worth the money if you are selecting stained wood finishes which will be more furniture grade or if your kitchen design requires the greater ability to customize. Most people however don’t get creative designs and don’t take advantage of what makes a more expensive cabinet line cost more. And if you are getting a painted finish most non designers don’t appreciate the subtle differences in the finish quality. Here is another link explaining about cabinet construction. https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/2015-popular-kitchen-cabinetry-brand-comparison/
    A good kitchen designer helps you understand what you are paying for and whether your design really takes advantage of the better quality cabinetry. Both the Upgraded Legacy and the higher end Wellborn cabinetry will last essentially forever. Whether the cost difference between the two is worth it to you I can’t say. We tell our customers that “it’s all the same money” and while some customers will spend 50K on appliances and 15K on cabinetry or visa versa it is the creativity of the kitchen design and how the designer uses the space that makes the biggest impact on how beautiful a kitchen is. Sadly poor designs are done with very high end appliances and expensive full custom cabinetry all the time.

  43. jen doering, November 12, 2015 at 11:05 pm:

    Thank you so much for your advice. It really helps to get the advice of an impartial expert. Sadly we are not in your service area or else we definitely be considering main line kitchen since your blog is so helpful.

  44. Namaste, December 10, 2015 at 7:53 am:

    My husband is sold on the Shrock line. We are putting a new kitchen in and our estimate (with %10 off) is around $11,000. I’m not as in love with them. Please tell me why you don’t like them yourself??

  45. pmcalary, December 10, 2015 at 8:40 am:

    Shrock is better made now then it has been in the past. They upgraded to 1/2″ thick sides (they were essentially shamed into it) but it is still a poor buy for the money. The cabinetry is mostly particle board unless it is ungraded. And when you upgrade to all plywood construction it is more expensive and still not made as well as the least expensive line Fabuwood that we carry and it is almost double the price. Masterbrands Shrock’s parent company focuses on door styles and finishes and has always skimped on construction. Decora is the only Masterbrands line that I respect. There are just so many better lines for less money or the same money. Go to Home depot or Lowes and compare Kraftmaid it will be similar in price and is a better product. Or if you want a Masterbrands cabinet get Decora it won’t be very much more. Just as an example we sell 4 cabinet lines all better made and less expensive and only the full custom lines we carry are more expensive than upgraded Shrock.

  46. Namaste, December 11, 2015 at 7:35 am:

    Thank you

  47. Lavender Peony, December 12, 2015 at 11:51 am:

    I am so amazed by this blog! It is astounding that you are taking the time to continue answering comments FOUR YEARS on since you first posted this! Alas, I live on Canada. If I lived in your area, you would be my pick, hands down. What an amazing public service you’re providing!

    That being said… I don’t suppose you have any insight into Thomasville in Canadian Home Depots? 🙂 If not, I’m learning from your posts that the best way to compare cabinets is to find out the specs on their construction materials and methods? Correct me if I’m wrong: I should be looking for 1/2″ plywood sides, screws and framed boxes.

  48. pmcalary, December 12, 2015 at 12:49 pm:

    Home Depot bought the rights to use Thomasville’s name on kitchen cabinets, so whether you are in the US or Canada you aren’t getting the Thomasville Furniture Company’s cabinets you are getting whatever band Home Depot feels like marking up extra and peddling this year as “Thomasville”. This is unconscionable IMO. If you are shopping at Home Depot get Ktaftmaid that’s their best cabinet and around the same price.
    Our web site has all the information you need to judge cabinetry. Here are two great links:

    https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/philadelphia-kitchen-cabinets/cabinets-buying-guide/

    https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/2015-popular-kitchen-cabinetry-brand-comparison/

  49. Vincent, December 15, 2015 at 9:22 am:

    Hello, What are your thoughts on an I-beam brace vs a Corner brace construction. I know the high end cabinets use the I-beam brace, however is the corner brace truly that much of a step down in build quality if you are upgrading to all plywood construction with 1/2″ sides, 3/8″ back, and plywood corner braces?

  50. pmcalary, December 15, 2015 at 9:40 am:

    I do like the I-Beam and it is better but it isn’t a deal breaker for me. All the other elements that go into a cabinets construction are much more important. 3/8 ” sides IS a deal breaker, anything other than dovetail full extension soft close drawers IS a deal breaker. Particle board sides on wall cabinets or on any cabinets with exposed sides IS a deal breaker. So to answer your question I think those specifications with the corner brace is fine.

  51. Robbie, December 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm:

    We are undergoing a 3D rendering with Kemper. It’s got the 1/2″ sides, I-Beam, Dovetail full extension soft close, not sure if particle board on sides. After doing some research after the cabinet vendor dropped this brand on us yesterday, we are now doubting after some research. No price yet to compare. We are using a sole contractor and doing all the design with him. Needless to say, we are feeling stress now as we are getting down to final decisions and choices. Our major kitchen remodel budget is $35k with an allowance of $10k for cabinets. Locally, we were told Wolf and a couple others were having shipment damages. Kraftmaid could be an option since we studied a booklet from Home Depot on that brand weeks ago.
    I guess my question is whether we should upgrade to the All Plywood? We will live here in N. Virginia about 8 years, then will sell the house.
    God Bless and Thank you. Robbie

  52. pmcalary, December 16, 2015 at 8:19 am:

    No matter what you decide the sides of the cabinetry that are exposed MUST be plywood sides. Otherwise they will be a plastic photo of wood grain that will age completely differently then your cabinets and peel over time. So at least make those sides plywood. There are so many cabinet lines that do plywood construction inexpensively that I would pick one of those lines. Kraftmaid is a better line than Kemper, but if you make the exposed Kemper sides plywood you should be fine. I would never have a contractor design my kitchen though. I would find an experienced kitchen designer maybe even the Kemper person to measure and redesign my kitchen. Contractors are known for poor simplistic designs that they make easy to install but don’t increase the value of your home by as much as a professional designer should be able to. The worst contractors are the ones that believe that they can design your kitchen as well as a professional and they will actually try to prevent you from getting good help in an effort to make their job easier. If the contractor was the one that supplied the measurements to the kitchen designer then this is a very bad sign. I have never met a contractor able to measure a kitchen well enough for me to design it. And I was one of those stubborn contractors that just didn’t know any better 20 years ago. Here is a funny video on the subject:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxJgxCeeNTo

  53. Robbie, December 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm:

    Wow. Our Kemper rep was here taking measurements and collaborating with our contractor for hours. Got the pictures. Nice! Will get the plywood. Thanks for the tip.

  54. Nancy Keenan, January 16, 2016 at 9:19 pm:

    Do you know anything about Tru Wood cabinets from Alabama? The two contractors we are thinking of using only use this company. Thanks

  55. lisa, January 21, 2016 at 10:41 am:

    Hi. we are looking at renovating our kitchen and have talked to many contractors and vendors with various cabinets. Presently have priced out Omega with a distributor, and Kith with a contractor as well as kraftmaid with lowes. Reading thru your comments and seeing you had not heard of Kith, a custom/semi custom maker and have not seen any reviews of Omega. So much valuable information in these posts so thanks for that. Any opinions on cabinets mentioned?

  56. pmcalary, January 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm:

    Kraftmaid would be the better choice. Just upgrade to all Plywood construction.

  57. CC, January 21, 2016 at 4:29 pm:

    I’ve always thought of cabinet making as a local industry. Just about every area with any population has a decent cabinet shop. Many “brands” now owed by the conglomerates started out as local shops. However, cheaply made cabinetry will certainly not outlast an expensive granite or quartz counter top. Something else to think about…we are told to source food locally as it is greener, yet we send raw materials (logs) halfway around the world to process into finished goods of questionable quality. How is this “green”. Doesn’t make a lot of sense does it? The solution is to buy local when possible and support local businesses.

  58. les, January 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm:

    Do you have any info/opinion on JSI cabinets?

  59. pmcalary, January 22, 2016 at 9:07 am:

    I didn’t know JSI cabinetry so I looked at their web site and there is no information on their construction so I don’t know. Use this guide from our web site to help you select cabinetry:

    https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/2015-popular-kitchen-cabinetry-brand-comparison/

  60. Megan, January 26, 2016 at 4:52 pm:

    Do you have any recommendations for kitchen designers in the New York City area?

  61. pmcalary, January 26, 2016 at 5:09 pm:

    Hi Megan,

    No Sorry I don’t know any designers in Manhattan. You could try LinkedIn. Any kitchen designer on LinkedIn will probably be better than the general population. Or the NKBA website lists designers by region. Any designers that belong to the NKBA are at least paying dues to the organization that represents them. I would rate Linked in over the NKBA as a source since you can also review the profile of the designer on Linkedin.

    Maybe best of all is to find one on Houzz.com, Go to the website and search under the “Find a Pro” category for Kitchen and Bath Designers in your zipcode. I’d narrow the search to 20 miles from my zip codes first and see who looks good and has great projects and recommendations. Angie’s list is better for contractors then Designers.

    Best of luck and you can always email me a design to see if it has any blatant mistakes,
    Paul

  62. Karen Thoams, January 27, 2016 at 8:26 pm:

    Do you have an opinion of Wellborn versus Schuler cabinetry?

  63. pmcalary, January 28, 2016 at 8:31 am:

    Schuler at Lowes is sold under the name Medallion in private showrooms. Both Schuler and Wellborn are high end semi-custom cabinetry lines that specialize in finishes that nearly equal some of the full custom lines. For what it’s worth my extended Family reps for Medallion but I would still pick Wellborn in a very close race. Both cabinet lines have beautiful finishes and great customization ability. Make sure you upgrade these relatively expensive cabinet lines to all plywood construction with at least 1/2″ thick sides. I think Schuler allows you to order particle board sides and they used to be 3/8″ thick. Ordering expensive cabinetry with lesser made construction makes no sense. Keep in mind to that how good the designer is is actually more important than the cabinet line you select in getting a beautiful kitchen. Here’s a newer blog of ours that discusses what makes a well made cabinet:
    https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/category/kitchen-cabinets/

  64. Karen Thomas, January 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm:

    What if you throw kraftmaid into the mix? How does it stack up with Welborn and Schuler?

  65. Stacy, January 28, 2016 at 5:03 pm:

    Looking at Dynasty, Kemper and Schrock. Was told Schrock and Kemper are the same line different price. Dynasty is 25% more. If it worth it?

  66. pmcalary, January 28, 2016 at 5:23 pm:

    Decora is a Masterbrands cabinet line like Diamond and Kemper that I like a lot more. All three and it should be close to the Diamond price.

  67. pmcalary, January 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm:

    Kraftmaid is just as well made but the finishers aren’t quite as nice. Krafmaid should also be about 15% less. If you are shopping at LOWES where Schuler is sold, then the kitchen designer will be more familiar working with Kraftmaid then Schuler, which might help in the design process.

  68. Stacy, January 30, 2016 at 8:34 pm:

    Was told by the Schrock dealer that they had poor glides, only 3/8 sides, etc. Went back to Kemper, Blum slides and 1/2 wood like Dynasty, felt she was trying to upsellng me to Dynasty which really turned me off. I’ll sp me the star $ for Dynasty if needed, but just not seeing much difference. It appears Schrock is a lesser line.

  69. Stacy, January 30, 2016 at 8:39 pm:

    Oh, and Kemper comes standard with plywood sides.

  70. Stacy B., February 1, 2016 at 7:51 pm:

    First, thank you so much for taking the time to answer everyone’s questions. With so many different brands available, I was overwhelmed trying to figure out which cabinets are worth the money and which to avoid. Your web-site has been invaluable to me.

    We are remodeling our kitchen and have decided to put in painted cabinets. One kitchen designer is promoting Elmwood cabinets. Because the cabinets are painted, he suggested we put on a MDF door instead of wood. (We live in North Carolina and he feels the humidity can cause the door seams to expand and contract leaving unsightly cracks on our doors.) The rest of the box is plywood construction. What is your opinion on Elmwood cabinets and MDF doors?

    Thanks again!

  71. pmcalary, February 2, 2016 at 8:35 am:

    Elmwood appears to be a Canadian Full Custom cabinet line. This usually means that they make both framed and frameless European style cabinetry. We sell both these types of cabinets but always warn our customers that frameless cabinetry is less durable since there are no solid wood fronts to the cabinetry. Here’s a link explaining about these types of cabinets:
    https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/category/kitchen-cabinets/
    So I would first get the framed all plywood cabinet box from Elmwood.
    As far as the MDF doors go- They will look better over time as far as expansion and contraction goes but they are certainly much easier to damage. It really depends how hard you are on things and how often you cook as to which is the better choice for you. Remember too that if you get solid maple doors and cracks appear then they can be filled with a wax stick to become nearly invisible. And if you get MDF doors you can almost always replace damaged doors later although you may have to pay to color match the doors. Your kitchen will also cost less with the MDF doors.
    What would I do? I would always get the framed cabinetry first. And then since I know how to use a wax stick and I am very rough on things I would get the Maple cabinets. I have customers that have had MDF cabinet doors for 20 years without a single scratch or dent but that unfortunately isn’t me. Whatever you decide to do there will be ways to replace or touch up a well made framed kitchen later which is why I prefer a framed cabinet. If a frameless cabinet is damaged by say when a toddler hangs on a door then the entire cabinet needs to be replaced and that is a huge undertaking with countertops and tile in place.
    Hope that helps,
    Paul

  72. Susie, February 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm:

    Thanks for this great blog! We are putting in a new kitchen and have been working with a Home Depot designer who we know and are considering Kraft Made. It sounds like you really endorse this product so I feel good about that, but have read so many bad reviews about Home Depot, on the installation end and getting replacements for damaged product. What do you think about that?

  73. pmcalary, February 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm:

    Home Centers are reasonable for cabinetry although their designers are often less qualified. They are not a good buy for the installations though. Both Home Depot and Lowes sub contract out to often inexperienced contractors and then mark up the cost approximately 30%. Were you to find the same contractor on your own you would save 30% on installation. The only advantage to using a home center to install your kitchen is that you can be sure that the contractor will not disappear or steal your deposit. If I didn’t know a good installer I would use contractors with great reviews listed on Angies List or on Houzz.com to install my kitchen. Home centers are also usually not organized enough to make an installation run smoothly.

  74. David Cooper, February 5, 2016 at 7:22 pm:

    In the early stages of designing and very glad I found this blog. Very insightful knowledge here and explained in a straightforward manner. I have learned far more reading this than I have so far from my designer at the local box store. Thank you for what you do here.

  75. Kim, February 5, 2016 at 9:55 pm:

    Thanks for all of the good information. Can you recommend a good painted cabinet with a glaze and a brushed look for a moderate price.Can you recommend a good painted cabinet with a glaze and a brush look for a moderate price I have a question about a MDF panel on a maple frame door VS a solid maple painted door which one would be better?

  76. pmcalary, February 6, 2016 at 7:49 am:

    Thanks David. The reference library on our blog page has a lot of great information along with a updated report on cabinets. This blog which is a few years older. Link below:

    https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/kitchen-design-trends/

  77. pmcalary, February 6, 2016 at 8:12 am:

    Hi Kim,
    Answering your questions in reverse order:

    On a recessed panel I think an MDF panel is a tiny bit better than a wood or plywood panel since there will never be any shrinkage. A reversed raised MDF door would be the best choice on a recessed panel. On a raised panel door I would prefer solid wood since a raised panel is more likely to get nicked or scratched and MDF would damage easily. The outside frame of the door is most durable being solid wood. MDF looks better but is less durable which is why some high end lines make entire painted doors out of MDF. Often the most expensive kitchens we as designers sell use painted MDF doors, marble countertops that scratch, stain, and etch, and European ranges that don’t have an oven big enough to fit a turkey. Thankfully nobody is expecting to cook in these expensive showpiece kitchens.

    Brushstokes on a painted glazed door are usually only available in higher end semi custom or custom cabinet lines. Glazing alone can be found in many inexpensive lines. For example, Fabuwood our least expensive line does nice glazing but you need to go all the way up to our 4th most expensive line Brighton or our custom line Wellsford to get the brushstrokes. Brighton is the least expensive line I know of that does brush strokes – but I’m sure there are others at a comparable price point.

  78. Stacy, February 8, 2016 at 4:30 pm:

    Hi,
    I am looking at Executive Cabinetry. What do you think about this line?
    Thanks so much!

  79. pmcalary, February 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm:

    Executive is a custom frameless line and I’m not a fan of that combination of attributes. Expensive custom cabinetry in my mind should also be durable and although Executive is made as well as a frameless cabinet can be made it still doesn’t compare to the better construction of a well made framed line.

  80. Lisa smith, February 9, 2016 at 8:31 pm:

    Hello- your blog is so informational. I would really appreciate you help. What is your preference : showplace or dynasty/omega. We have our prices from both design centers but are struggling with which cabinet is better. Price wise they are pretty close, we upgraded the the showplace to birch interior and 1/2 inch plywood. Any input would be appreciated!!

  81. pmcalary, February 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm:

    Both these cabinet lines make learning about how their cabinets are made very difficult and that’s always a bad sign especially with more expensive cabinet lines. Both their web site are full of fluff but no valuable information. This is not surprising for Dynasty since they are a Masterbrands product. I would pick Showplace simply for that reason. But make sure you upgrade to 1/2 plywood sides. Sorry – I never have designed in either line so what I know about them is limited.

  82. Lisa, February 10, 2016 at 7:03 pm:

    Thank you very much! Showplace it is !! I will check back in once installation is complete, 6-7 weeks I think we should have this project wrapped up ?

  83. pmcalary, February 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm:

    Very exciting! All the Best

  84. curious, February 13, 2016 at 9:06 am:

    Any thoughts on Starmark Cabinetry?

  85. pmcalary, February 13, 2016 at 10:26 am:

    Starmark and Fieldstone were last I checked made by the same people and have much the same construction, door styles and very nice finishes. Upgrade to 1/2 plywood sides and Blumotion drawers and they are very nice. I think Fieldstone sells usually for slightly less than Starmark.

  86. J. Lopez, February 14, 2016 at 3:53 pm:

    Any feedback/comparison between Omega and Recod Cucine?

  87. pmcalary, February 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm:

    When you are getting high end Frameless European style cabinetry you are sacrificing construction quality for style. All these high end European lines are made very similarly and you couldn’t get a framed cabinet to look as contemporary and modern as a European frameless cabinet even if you wanted to. So when selecting from good European lines I just pick the modern door style and finish I like best and if two lines carry it, I just go with the less expensive one. If you decide on getting a more traditional door style I would switch to a framed line.

  88. Silvergirl, February 16, 2016 at 10:14 am:

    Good morning — my contractor offers both Bishop and Candlelight Cabinets. Can you provide any insight and guidance on these two manufacturers and what is a good choice with each? Many thanks!

  89. pmcalary, February 16, 2016 at 1:10 pm:

    I like both lines. I would think that the Bishop would be less than the Candlelight. So it would depend on the door style and finish you were getting whether it would be worth it spending more money to get the Candlelight. We carry Bishop so we like the line and I think it is a good value. Allways upgrade any line to all plywood construction and soft close drawers and doors if they hinges are concealed.

  90. Silvergirl, February 18, 2016 at 12:34 am:

    Thank you! Cost wise, does it make sense that upgrading to plywood sides would be an additional 5% and to all plywood box would cost an additional 12%?

    Have you heard of any problems of quality with either brand?

    And what about KraftMaid – how does it fit in with Bishop and Candlelight?

  91. pmcalary, February 18, 2016 at 8:52 am:

    That is the reason we carry Bishop. They don’t charge very much more for the all plywood construction. I assume Candlelight has the 5% and 12% upgrade. Bishop should be about 5% more for an all plywood box. Kraftmaid is a good cabinet line too but will probably be at least 12% more for an all plywood box.

    If the finish you are getting is a solid color paint I would use Bishop, and get an all plywood box. You won’t see a difference in the finish comparing line to line, and I’ll bet Bishop is still less than the other two with an all plywood box. If you really like a particular stain, or glaze or another finish (like a paint with brushstrokes) that you can only get in one of the other lines I guess I wouldn’t pay the extra 7% for the all plywood box and I’d just get plywood sides.

    Remember the design itself is far more important than your choices here in cabinetry (since they are all good ones) and a great designer will give you a far better looking kitchen then you could ever imagine. If the design you are shopping around was something that you or someone less experienced came up with then it is a certainty that a good kitchen designer could improve the design and would probably change the layout. Most of our customers believe they know the design, color, and style of the cabinets that they want when they come to us. But when we show them better layouts and less expensive door styles or finishes that they like equally well they choose those. Their finished kitchen looks far better designed by an accomplished professional and costs them less. When customers shop for cabinets instead of shopping for kitchen designers they usually get an amateurish design especially if the design came from their architect or builder.

  92. Megan, March 4, 2016 at 11:10 am:

    Hi Paul – would it be best to email you through the website or is there a direct email?

  93. Paul Mcalary, March 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm:

    Hi Megan – you can email me directly at Paul@MainLineKitchenDesign.com

  94. Pat, March 23, 2016 at 5:06 pm:

    what do you think about Wolf cabinets.

  95. pmcalary, March 23, 2016 at 5:24 pm:

    I like Wolf Cabinetry better then Aristocraft, the line Wolf distributed before they stabbed their sales partner in the back and came out with a line competing with the line they distributed for over a decade. But it is still the cheapest of the cheap. Solid Wood Cabinets I believe are lower in price and of equal quality. The Fabuwood line that we carry is close in price but superior to both in the quality of the cabinetry and the finishes. I was disappointed with our Governor because I thought that that business move was slightly unethical and must have been in the making during his time with the company.

  96. Diane, April 4, 2016 at 10:16 am:

    How can a girl find out which kitchen cabinets are truly made in America? As in, all the plywood box parts and doors are american sourced and American processed and finished followed with American assembly. This should not be esoteric information, yet I am finding it oddly difficult to discern. Perhaps because so many of the parts are asian processed and currently in disfavor with consumers, hence hiding the info? I would love a nice spread sheet with parts & assembly origins for cabinets.

  97. pmcalary, April 4, 2016 at 11:15 am:

    In General the more expensive semi custom and custom cabinet lines will be made in the US but as doors become better made and less expensive even some expensive lines will outsource some mitered doors from Asia. Less expensive cabinetry made 100% in the US is inferior to the less expensive cabinetry assembled in the US but with parts made in China.

  98. Kim, April 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm:

    We are building a home and are considering cabinetry. We know of someone who is a Diamond distributor so they would not be coming from Lowes and they have an in house design person. Not sure if these cabinets will be the same quality as Lowes. Also considering Wellborn. Your thoughts on these brands would be appreciated.
    Thanks for your time.

  99. pmcalary, April 13, 2016 at 1:26 pm:

    As long as the Diamond cabinets are upgraded to 1/2″ Plywood sides you should be fine. Wellborn will be more expensive but is a very good cabinet line.

  100. Kim, April 13, 2016 at 5:10 pm:

    Thank you for the response. I noticed you are in PA. We are building east of Scranton PA. How far are you located from there and would your company come out to Hawley PA?

  101. Sheri Saldivar, April 24, 2016 at 10:35 pm:

    What do you think of cabinets.com Deerfield? They say they are made in the US…anything I should watch out for?

  102. pmcalary, April 25, 2016 at 8:26 am:

    Hi Sheri,
    They are ready to assemble or built in the US but I’m sure made in Asia. Not that that is a bad thing. It is why they are so inexpensive. They look comparable to the brand Solid Wood Cabinets. Pretty well made but very inexpensive cabinetry probably with less selection and less attractive finishes. All that being said, most people can’t tell the differences between a good finish and a bad one. If you are selling your home in the next 5 to 10 years, then probably a fine pick on a budget. If you are in for the duration spending 20% more on cabinetry might get you a nicer finish and also a better designer to work with. Who helps you designing your kitchen and orders it can be the difference between money well spent and money wasted.

  103. Wendy, April 29, 2016 at 6:14 pm:

    We are looking at Kabinart vs. Waypoint cabinets. Any comments?

  104. pmcalary, April 30, 2016 at 9:59 am:

    Kabinart is a better constructed cabinet. Both cabinet lines are reasonably priced and better made than some more expensive cabinet lines, but the I beam all plywood construction of the Kabinart line gives it the edge. If you don’t plan on living in your home for decades, then since both lines are fine, I’d get the door style and finish I liked best and not give any weight to the better construction.

  105. Amy, April 30, 2016 at 11:58 pm:

    Hi, considering Kith cabinets versus American wood mark. Which would be more durable? And are both made in the us?

  106. Sandra McKenzei, May 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm:

    What is your opinion on Rona Cabinets, Westwood or Euro-rite. They are canadian made.

  107. pmcalary, May 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm:

    I don’t know much about these lines. I tried looking up the first two and found that Rona appears to be a Canadian retail company that sells cabinets. They look less qualified than Lowes and Home Depot at first glance. Westwood looks like a tiny custom cabinet manufacturer and so I know nothing about them. They could be great but I have no way of knowing, and their web site is little help. Euro-rite from the name tells me that these are European frameless cabinets. I prefer framed cabinets to less durable frameless construction so they wouldn’t be my pick. Are you in Canada? is that the reason for all the Canadian lines. Canada is not known for making mass produced framed cabinetry economically. They have some fine custom cabinet companies but most larger Canadian cabinet manufacturers specialize in frameless cabinetry.

  108. pmcalary, May 1, 2016 at 3:03 pm:

    Both lines look like they are US made for the most part but these inexpensive lines all are beginning to use Chinese made doors for some styles. American Woodmark is the better made cabinet especially if you upgrade to all plywood construction. However in inexpensive cabinet lines I think that the Asian made and US assembled cabinetry is less expensive and superior in quality. A company like Clique Studios is less expensive sold on line everywhere in the US and better made than both these lines and the on line designers actually seem to be better than the ones you now find at home centers. Of course having a local designer measure your kitchen and help you select a design and cabinet line is the best option but in the lower priced lines the designers are often inexperienced.

  109. Ronnie Ward, May 14, 2016 at 9:50 pm:

    I am considering Omega Dynasty and Brookhaven by Woodmode for a large, new home project. The price for Omega is better, but after reading reviews on different sites, I’m worried about making a wrong choice. Since so much is at stake, do you have any advice? Should i risk going with Omega, or spend a lot more money for Brookhaven?

  110. pmcalary, May 15, 2016 at 8:40 am:

    Brookhaven is a better cabinet and Woodmode is a better company. There aren’t any other options? How about a compromise cabinet line like Kraftmaid? Kraftmaid is made identically to Brookhaven. The Kraftmaid Plant actually made 1/2 of the Brookhaven line at one point, I’m not sure if they still do but the cabinetry is close to the same animal and less expensive. Always upgrade to plywood sides or all plywood construction at least on the exposed cabinetry and on the wall cabinets. It’s simplier to do it on all of them to avoid mistakes.

  111. Joe in Minnesota, May 16, 2016 at 4:06 pm:

    Wow, am I confused. We almost went with Thomasville at Home Depot but when we looked at reviews on the internet it was discouraging. We are operating on a budget but can afford mid range to higher end cabinets. Your site is awesome in regards to helpful info but now we are so confused we don’t know who to trust or not as far as cabinets go. Any help on cabinet brand references What brands do we look at with some confidence that we are going to be happy.

  112. pmcalary, May 16, 2016 at 4:18 pm:

    If you are working with a Home Depot designer why not Kraftmaid. It should be a similar price and it is a better cabinet.

  113. lisa, May 19, 2016 at 9:08 am:

    Hi. I have seen a few post here about JSI and Kith cabinetry a while back. You hadn’t heard much about either line and was wondering if you know anything more since prior posts. Thanks. To the people, “Amy” and others that asked, have you selected Kith or found out anything more. Thanks…..very helpful blog!!!!

  114. pmcalary, May 19, 2016 at 9:52 am:

    Looked them up on line and Kith is pretty much junk and JSI tells you nothing about how the cabinetry is made that I can find, so that is troubling.In this price point Fabuwood is one of the best lines out there, which is why we carry it.

  115. lisa, May 26, 2016 at 8:07 am:

    Another couple brands that would like to question are wellborn and wolf? Do you have any idea about either and price point comparison? Have seen and look nice but have not priced out. Have seen JSI and it is a chinese made cabinet. Builder uses and customizes it all to look better. Quality is decent with few things to question with rollouts and smoothness. Look very nice with some glazing. Trying to compare the three mentioned and price. Thanks.

  116. pmcalary, May 26, 2016 at 8:36 am:

    Wellborn is a high end Semi Custom line that from what I see at trade shows has some very nice finishes and is well constructed. It could be 60% more than the cost of Wolf. Wolf is made in China and assembled in upstate PA. I like it better than the Aristocraft that Wolf also sells but it is not one of the better made Chinese/American assembled lines. Lots of similar lines at the same or better price points and also better made. Fabuwood would be one that we sell. Solid Wood cabinets are even better made than Wolf, but the designers there pretty much guarantee you get a badly designed kitchen.

    Don’t underestimate the most important thing needed to get a good kitchen at a good price. A good designer! And if you think you don’t need a designer then your over confidence will almost certainly get you a poorly designed over-priced kitchen.

  117. aphome, May 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm:

    Do you have an insight into Mouser Cabinets (http://mousercabinetry.com/)? We are considering Mouser vs. Starmark Cabinetry.

  118. Laura Clougherty, June 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm:

    Hi – We are putting together plans to renovate a small beach-front condo in Florida. I am working with a women over the phone (I live in Boston) on a kitchen design. She will price out both Kraftmaid and Bremtown for the job. I see you sell Bremtown. They look beautiful, but I am not able to find them in the Boston area. What are your thoughts — looking at shaker white style.

  119. pmcalary, June 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm:

    Bremtown will be much more expensive then Kraftmaid. They are great cabinets but in a painted shaker cabinet there won’t be much of a noticeable difference, unless you got inset cabinetry.

  120. pmcalary, June 7, 2016 at 6:52 pm:

    Mouser looks slightly better constructed than Starmark but upgraded both will be good lines. Starmark is known for their finishes. Mouser I know less well.

  121. sdowling, June 8, 2016 at 8:45 am:

    We are remodeling an old ranch style house. Looking at cabinets at Lowes Shenendoah vs. Wellborn Cabinets. I don’t have a price yet from Wellborn (designer there working on it) but am wondering if they are more expensive than the Lowes cabinets? Which brand is better? We did opt for all plywood construction from Lowes but the price is still so high!!

  122. pmcalary, June 8, 2016 at 9:20 am:

    Wellborn is a way more expensive and better cabinet.

  123. Paula, June 8, 2016 at 1:08 pm:

    So glad I found this thread! I am looking to remodel an outdated kitchen in an older home with shaker style white cabinets. The kitchen designers I have talked to have suggested Kraftmade thermofoil cabinets and Kemper Purestyle cabinets. Another is suggesting cabinets made locally by Byler. Any opinions on thermofoil or Purestyle? I have read concerning things about both.

  124. pmcalary, June 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm:

    Yikes! I would never get thremafoil cabinets for a kitchen. They are out of fashion and junk quite frankly. Kemper is also an inferior line. I don’t know Byler but the first designer I would stay away from.
    Here is a blog that relates to this topic:

    https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/much-return-get-new-kitchen-investment/

  125. Jennifer, June 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm:

    Love my Home Depot Decora Cabinets

  126. pmcalary, June 16, 2016 at 4:26 pm:

    Both Decora and Kraftmaid are well made cabinet lines sold at Home Depot. However, often the most important thing needed to get a great kitchen is not at a home center. And that’s a great kitchen designer. While there definitely are some very good designers working for both Lowes and The Home Depot, they are the exception to the rule.

    Also Home centers place restrictions on designers that make their jobs more difficult to do well. For example:

    Home centers don’t want their designers moving load bearing walls or moving doorways and windows. The environment inside a home center can be distracting with many interruptions and noises. And many home centers won’t even allow their designer to measure and see the kitchen they are working on. These issues make it very difficult for even a good kitchen designer to be effective working in a home center.

    Because of these chalanges, working as a kitchen designer at a home center can be a trial by fire. I have found that some of the best kitchen designers spent the early part of their careers learning in that crazy home center environment before they were able to move on to more prestigious jobs in the private showroom world.

  127. Alex Zaroulis, June 17, 2016 at 10:29 pm:

    Hi
    Considering Decora vs Kraftmaid vs Medallion. What would you choose?

  128. pmcalary, June 18, 2016 at 8:50 am:

    All good choices. Upgrade all three to an all plywood box. Decora and Kraftmaid are better made and less expensive and Medallion has nicer finishes. Personally, I would select the style and finish I liked best in either the Decora or the Kraftmaid line, as they are a better value. Of course the design itself is most important of all and most designs we see are unprofessional.

    Shop for a great kitchen designer and not a cabinet line and you will get the best kitchen. Focusing on the cabinets you are buying, and even asking this question on our blog can mean that a customer doesn’t trust the advice that their designer is giving them. This is a very bad sign and can signal that the design that they are contemplating is poor because their kitchen designer isn’t inspiring confidence.

    Another bad sign is if you or your contractor came up with the design. It takes many years to become even a competent kitchen designer, so the efforts of non kitchen designers will always look amateurish to any good professional.

  129. kmdc, June 19, 2016 at 1:36 pm:

    Hi- new construction large kitchen in MA- do not plan on selling. Feedback on choosing btw the following semi-customs: (1) omega dynasty, (2) fieldstone, (3) Brighton? All inset, simple shaker doors, white paint finish? Top priorities are durability of construction/function, finish durability. And should these be similar or differently ranked price points? Thanks!

  130. Valerie, June 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm:

    Hi What do you think about using IKEA boxes and pairing them with all wood doors? Some companies, like SemiHandmade, make wood doors that are an exact fit on IKEA boxes.

  131. pmcalary, June 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm:

    Ikea cabinets are considered overpriced junk by any knowledgeable kitchen designer or contractor. There are many Asian lines and other framed RTA lines that are less expensive and better made. 10 years ago if you had no money they were your only choice. Now they really only make sense if you definitely want a frameless less durable cabinet in a modern style and don’t need it to last past 15 years.

  132. Eva, June 23, 2016 at 12:16 am:

    I have a few questions. What criteria should I look for when selecting a designer? When I look at kitchen cabinet reviews I find that the reviews are all over the place. For instance, you like KraftMaid; however, reviews are not consistent at all and even poor in many instances. How do we know what reviews should be discounted or believed? I looked at QualityCabinets today. I determined that I won’t buy them; however, I saw that they only have a 2-year warranty. How important is the warranty and what would constitute a reasonable warranty?

  133. pmcalary, June 23, 2016 at 9:54 am:

    Hi Eva,
    I love this question because the answer makes me crazy. Here goes:

    Kitchen design and cabinetry is complicated. And because customers are always looking to price compare and steal the design work done by kitchen designers we intentionally make it very confusing to shop for cabinets. So the same cabinet companies have different names at different locations and even in the same cabinet line like Kraftmaid doors and finishes have different names at different locations.

    Consumer Reports and other review sites don’t ask professionals to rate cabinets they ask consumers and the reviews are written by staff reporters that know nothing about cabinets. Customers that complain about a cabinet line are often complaining about something that they should have expected in the style and finish they picked but they weren’t educated as to what to expect from their designer. Here are the two most extreme examples:

    IKEA is constantly reviewed favorably by everyone except professionals here’s why: IKEA cabinets are inexpensive, easy to purchase, customer expectations are low and the finishes that IKEA carries are simple and don’t vary much. So if the instructions are not frustrating people are happy that they got a new kitchen that initially looks good. No one follows up 20 years later and sees the kitchen that is falling apart and even if they did they would need to compare it to the same kitchen in a better made product to understand what the difference in longevity is. As a professional I see that kitchen 5, 10, 15, and 20 years later when I am called upon to replace it.

    Kraftmaid (which we don’t carry but is a perfect example) consistently gets bad or mediocre reviews by consumers. This is because customer expectations are much higher and they are purchasing the more expensive cabinet at the home center or showroom they are working with. The types of wood they are buying and the properties of the finishes can be inconsistent because they are supposed to be. And the complexity the kitchens that can be designed in a high end semi-custom line can make mistakes easy. Since Home Centers like Lowes and The Home Depot carry Kraftmaid and their designers are less experienced in general and because the environment in a home center is loud, confusing, and interruption filled, problems are guaranteed. Also home center customers are cheap that’s why they are shopping at the home center in the first place so they don’t pay for needed upgrades and may not even be told that they should be getting them. This is a recipe for consumer dissatisfaction.

    10 years ago, at the same time that IKEA was rated tops and Krafmaid much lower by homeowners and consumer reports Kraftmaid was on a 7 year winning streak for the best value in cabinetry as rated by professionals. Those same professionals would agree for the most part that IKEA was just junk.

    Today Kraftmaid is less outstanding a cabinet line but still well made and still subject to the same review issues.

    The Warranty on a cabinet line actually doesn’t mean that much as some well made cabinet lines have the industry standard 5 year warranty and IKEA has a 15. A lifetime Warranty doesn’t mean much either as all are limited lifetime warranties, and actually don’t cover that much, and some terribly made cabinets offer limited lifetime warranties. The reputation of the dealer you work with is the most important thing to check out.

    To find a kitchen designer 10 years experience should be a minimum requirement. And since it is a complex profession I think a bright well educated person beats anyone with design degrees or certification. Some of the best kitchen designers I have met are on second careers or never studied design in college. However they all are very bright people with great spacial relations skills and a willingness to learn and to teach. Educating customers about what to value and expect is the sign of a great designer. If you learn a lot from a designer in a short time speaking with them then that is a great indicator. And if they tell you a few ways you can save money, that shows that they also are looking after your best interests.

    Hope all that helps.
    Paul

  134. Eva, June 23, 2016 at 7:22 pm:

    Great response, thank you. Another question, please. We are looking to purchase good value cabinets, environmentally friendly if possible (low to no VOCs. Do you have any thoughts on that (i.e., was looking at PureBond Plywood but can’t find cabinet mfrs. that use this in Phoenix area. What should we be looking for? We will be focusing on many of the recommendations in your blog (upgraded plywood, non-frameless, etc.).

  135. pmcalary, June 26, 2016 at 10:52 am:

    Hi Eva,
    We carry Fabuwood which is an inexpensive line with quality construction that is Carb Compliant. Always get Fabuwood cabinetry from a dealer and assembled in the factory. Or Cliq Studios sells Carb compliant cabinetry on line that is well made and reasonable. Dealers like ourselves sell the same line under the name 6 Square.

  136. Paul, July 7, 2016 at 2:02 pm:

    Have gotten estimates on Norcraft, Bishop and Decora and Diamond. Have seen some reviews on all but Norcraft. Of these, does any one stand above the rest?

  137. pmcalary, July 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm:

    The Bishop Framed line and Decora are the better cabinets. As always upgrade the cabinetry to all plywood construction and soft close drawers.

  138. Kevin M., July 12, 2016 at 11:29 am:

    Thanks for a great blog and sound advice. We’re redoing our kitchen in NJ and we’ve got an estimate for Kabinart from a dealer that also sells Fabuwood. I skimmed the blog but didnt see Kabinart mentioned. Do you have an opinion? I’ve seen some negative reviews, esp about customer service, damages upon delivery, and plastic hinge inserts. Any professional insights you can offer would be much appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Kevin

  139. pmcalary, July 12, 2016 at 12:13 pm:

    We carry Fabuwood so we like it as a product. I don’t know Kabinart well but the product looks equally well made on line. Of course a good design is the most important thing especially if you are selecting from 2 well made lines.

  140. pmcalary, July 15, 2016 at 11:08 am:

    Sorry I didn’t see this post. Brighton is the best of this bunch construction wise. We just started carrying their product so I don’t have a lot of experience with it but we selected it because it was better made than the other lines you mention.

  141. MAKitchen, July 17, 2016 at 10:25 am:

    Considering candlelight vs fieldstone for large new construction kitchen – white painted finish, inset shaker, thoughts please?

  142. pmcalary, July 17, 2016 at 11:34 am:

    If you upgrade just to all plywood construction Candlelight is a better made cabinet since the back panel is 1/2″ plywood vs Fieldstone’s very poor 1/4″ back panel. However Fieldstone has the option to upgrade to a 3/4″ back panel. You MUST do this if you decide on Fieldstone. I think a 1/2″ panel is sufficient and both cabinet lines have nice finishes so I would get the cabinet that the kitchen designer recommends since he or she will have experience working with both companies. I have sold Fieldstone and they were fine to work with but nothing special. I know less about Candlelight although the company has a good reputation in the industry.

  143. Pier L, July 20, 2016 at 10:59 am:

    I have quite a disparity in quotes from the Kemper line. Are there levels, i.e. Good, Better, Best within the Kemper line? And is Kraftmaid a better choice over Kemper?
    Thanks in advance!

  144. pmcalary, July 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm:

    Hi Pier,
    There are upgrades in most cabinet lines. And yes Kraftmaid is a better cabinet than Kemper. Upgraded Kemper has a 3/8″ plywood back which is OK but Kraftmaid’s upgraded all plywood construction is better. The Kraftmaid cabinet back has a 3/4″ solid wood hanging rail.

  145. Steve, July 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm:

    Hello, great blog. Just wondering if you heard of woodland semi custom cabinetry? If so, how would you compare to Bremtown. Lastly, is the Bremtown 700 series worth the additional cost?

  146. pmcalary, July 21, 2016 at 3:38 pm:

    Hi Steve,
    Never heard of Woodland and their we site is pretty rough and doesn’t say how the cabinets are made which I think is a bad sign. There are so many well made lines that are less than Bremtown that unless you have an almost unlimited budget I wouldn’t be in a line that was so elegant as well as expensive. The style and color of the cabinets is important in determining what line is the best fit for you. For example, if you are getting a full overlay solid color painted door style then any custom cabinet line makes little sense. The fine finishes or inset doors that make Bremtown stand out above the rest you are not selecting in that case, so why pay extra for your cabinets?

    I try to say it in every response that the design itself is what matters most and since most of the designs we see are poor I’d fix the design first with the help of a good designer before splurging on cabinetry or professional appliances. If you were working with a great designer they would be able to steer you towards the product that fits your needs best and they would also be able to answer any and all questions. That is in fact the defining characteristic of a good designer.

  147. Sandra, July 23, 2016 at 9:23 pm:

    Hi,

    This is a fantastic blog. I learned a lot about the cabinetry companies. Thanks for the questions and answers. I am in the process of building a new home and looking for a good quality and value semi-custom cabinetry company. Of course, it is not easy, there are so many out there. I looked through all the posts here. I got an impression that you really like Kraftmaid cabinetry. So, at one point, I said Kraftmaid is the one for me based on your comments. But, I just did some googling, came across this website http://kraftmaid.pissedconsumer.com/. There are 112 complaints about them, more than any other cabinetry companies. It is alarming. Now, I have to go back to the drawing board. Any other recommendation? Thanks!

  148. pmcalary, July 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm:

    It’s not that we love Kraftmaid it’s just that they are a quality cabinet line if upgraded to all plywood construction and available everywhere so that they come up a lot. There are many, many, well made cabinet lines. For example we carry 6 lines all well made and several are significantly less expensive than Kraftmaid. I read the complaints on your link and they can be explained by the blog below:

    https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/hard-compare-kitchen-cabinet-brands/

    As a kitchen designer we hear complaints about things that customers should expect if they were knowledgeable about the product they purchased. Maple cabinets with grey spots, these are called mineral streaks and should be expected. Small holes in cherry cabinets called pits that are the common. Stripes on doors because the customer paid extra for the center panel to be solid wood instead of a less expensive veneer. And we hear what customer’s “feel” such as “I feel that I’m paying to not have any of these issues”. Buying a kitchen is like buying dozens of pieces of custom furniture. You are not buying a toaster. It is the kitchen designers job to prepare a customer for what they should expect and sadly many of us don’t and even when we do many customers just don’t listen.

  149. Gabriella, July 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm:

    Hello! We are looking at both Fabuwood and Cliqstudios for white painted cabinets. Fabuwood uses birch and Cliq has maple doors. Fabuwood has 1/2 inch backs but Cliq uses 3/8 inch. What is your opinion between the two? Are they both good options or is one much better in terms of quality? Cliq offers a longer warranty and they actually received more positive reviews online than Fabuwood. Thanks!

  150. pmcalary, July 25, 2016 at 4:07 pm:

    Hi Gabriella,
    We sell both lines. Fabuwood is slightly better made because the back is 1/2″ thick but 3/8″ is OK just not the best. Clique Studios (sold by dealers as 6 Square) is about 15% more expensive and they offer many more finishes. For a painted white shaker cabinet the Maple doesn’t matter over the birch so I’d use the Fabuwood. For a stained cabinet I’d use the Clique Studios. The warrantee shouldn’t matter and the reviews are going to be much better not because the CS cabinet is better but because Fabuwood is sold through a lot of small inexperienced dealers. You can’t go wrong with either line as long as you have a good designer and installer. Without those it won’t matter if your cabinetry is well made.

  151. Jenna, July 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm:

    Hello, we are looking at Fx cabinets, they are from China, very inexpensive, what do you think of this line? Thank you

  152. pmcalary, July 26, 2016 at 7:56 pm:

    While the cabinetry coming from China is improving quickly, especially with the US companies that are having their cabinetry made in China, there is a big difference between the top import lines and the lower lines. FX is a lower line. You spend so much money on a kitchen with appliances, flooring, countertop, instalation etc that building your kitchen around truly the bottom of the cabinetry barrel with FX, Solid Wood Cabinets, Kitchen Cabinet Kings, or even worse spending more money and getting IKEA makes no sense unless you are redoing the kitchen to sell your home. Since most home buyers can’t tell good cabinetry from bad saving any money in that case can make sense. Otherwise poor construction and the rough finishes that get dirty quickly and only save you 20% on cabinets make no sense. Spend an extra $1000 and get better made import cabinetry that will last. It will still cost 50% less that the better made semi Custom US lines.

  153. Pamela Jones, July 28, 2016 at 11:11 am:

    Hello, and thank you – we’ve relied heavily on your blog for cabinet selection. We’ve narrowed it down to 2 for our kitchen: Legacy Debut (Executive build) or Decora Harmony Maple Pleasant. Both have similar box construction. Legacy Debut came in at half the price of Decora. Curious what would be your preference, Legacy or Decora? Also, one question about the backs: Decora has 3/16″ plywood backs on base and wall cabs; Legacy Debut offers 1/8″ plywood back. Neither offers the minimum 1/2″ as you recommend. Can you comment on this? Thank you again.

  154. Melanie, July 29, 2016 at 6:13 pm:

    Looking at white shaker cabinets. Which is a better quality line, Kith, Woodland Cabinetry or Waypoint?

  155. Brian Yorks, July 30, 2016 at 2:34 am:

    I have been looking for a new bathroom vanity and today I thought I was set in an Aristakraft but now I’m not sure it’s just a 36″ vanity with 4 drawers in the right. I also was considering Costco’s Tuscany which appear to be better quality such as 1/2 sides but it was about 50% more exspesnive. The cabinet is going to be in a corner so only one side will be exposed. Would Aristakraft still be a bad way to go? I’ll check out Kraftmaid tomorrow pricing at Home Depot but I suspect it’s till going to be up there in price. Being a bathroom vanity I didn’t want to spend too much. Even such as initially wanting cherry I decided I’d save a few bucks and gibeith birch as the finish I want it wasn’t noticeably different unless you knew what to look for.

  156. pmcalary, July 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm:

    Lowes carries some well made inexpensive vanities from Bertch

  157. pmcalary, July 30, 2016 at 1:13 pm:

    Hi Melanie,
    Zero for three in these cabinet lines, they are all pretty junky. We carry Fabuwood and 6 Square (also sold on line as Clique Studios) both of which are much better made cabinet lines and not much more expensive. There are even cheaper RTA cabinet lines that are better made than Kith, Woodland Cabinetry or Waypoint.

  158. Sandra, July 31, 2016 at 11:50 pm:

    Hi,

    If “it’s not that we love Kraftmaid”, do you mind me asking which cabinet company you love the most? Is it one of the companies you carry. Which one of your cabinet company (or other company) is best in making frameless cabinets. Thanks!

  159. pmcalary, August 1, 2016 at 8:39 am:

    Once a cabinet line meets the requirements we believe makes a well made cabinet then cabinet construction becomes a non issue. That level of construction is a minimum of a solid 1 1/2″ x 3/4″ thick face frame, 1/2″ plywood sides, solid wood 3/4″ hanging rail or a 1/2″ plywood back. 3/8″ back is OK but not preferred. With solid wood dovetail drawers and Blumotion tracks and soft close doors if desired. After meeting these construction minimums which many expensive cabinet lines do not, then it is the differences in a cabinet lines finishes and their ability to customize that makes the difference in a cabinet line.

    Some custom cabinet lines have furniture grade finishes and high end semi-custom lines can have beautiful distressed finishes or brushstrokes in their glazes and paints. But most of these distinctive finishes customers can’t even recognize as superior. While Inset and Beaded Inset doors can be recognized as custom cabinetry, the vast majority of customers select full overlay doors.

    The main cabinet lines we carry, Fabuwood, 6 Square, Bishop, Brighten, and Wellsford, we selected because they are all well made cabinets and all also do more customization than other cabinet lines in their price point. This makes them a great value. Which line is best? Well of course the most expensive full custom one Wellsford, Can our customers recognize the difference between Wellsford and the least expensive line we carry Fabuwood? Certainly most can not.

    However add to this that almost all our customers prefer and can recognize a well designed kitchen and that most of the designs we see done by other designers are poor and it becomes obvious that customers should be focusing on finding good kitchen designers first and splitting hairs on cabinet lines second. As long as the cabinets they are buying meet the minimum construction requirements we mentioned.

    To answer your other question the Bishop frameless line has the best selection and produces the best frameless cabinets we carry. But ALL frameless cabinets don’t meet the minimum requirements of a well made cabinet. So unless you are getting ultra modern door styles and finishes that are only done in frameless cabinetry why get poorly constructed cabinetry. Frameless cabinetry isn’t even less expensive except in Europe where hardwoods aren’t readily available. This is why Europe and Australia began producing frameless cabinetry. Their cabinetry is all particle board and MDF except in their most expensive custom lines.

    The best well constructed framed cabinetry can last hundreds of years while a frameless line is lucky to make it to 25 years without cabinetry sagging delaminating and falling apart. Think IKEA. Do you believe your IKEA furniture will be looking and functioning well 25 years after you assemble it? All frameless kitchen cabinetry gets more use than furniture and is made nearly identically to IKEA kitchen cabinetry and IKEA furniture.

    To sum it up we recommend getting a well made framed kitchen cabinet line and finding a great kitchen designer to help create a space that is as beautiful, proportional and functional as the imagination of that designer can create with your input working together.

  160. Melanie, August 1, 2016 at 7:17 pm:

    Hi, What do you think of Signature Custom Cabinetry? How is the quality? Thanks

  161. pmcalary, August 2, 2016 at 7:13 am:

    They seem like a fine custom cabinet line although they don’t tell you how their cabinetry is constructed on their web site. I would avoid their frameless cabinetry.

  162. Ella, August 9, 2016 at 9:22 pm:

    Hello, this is very helpful information. We have begun looking at cabinets and have been shown Ultracraft, Luxor, and Birchcraft. Are you able to shed any light on these brands? Thank you.

  163. pmcalary, August 10, 2016 at 9:50 am:

    Ultracraft and Luxor are both frameless lines so not a line I would recommend. Birchcraft I have never heard of and they seem like a tiny company with no information on their web site. Whoever you are working with would not be my choice as a designer as they have very different cabinet recommendations then I would and that can be telling.

  164. Jeannette, August 11, 2016 at 9:50 pm:

    Hello, this is by far the best blog I’ve ever gone thru. Thanks so much for your dedication in continuing to answer for so long. Here’s my question: I have three (3) options to chose from, each quoted by different places. In order, beginning with least expensive, is Fabuwood ($7300), then Shenandoah ($9100) and finally Starmark ($12,800). The prices range significantly, and I’m just wondering what you think of each make… I’m thinking of choosing the Shenandoah, just because it’s mid-point pricing. Would that be a wise choice? I don’t want to regret this decision… I’ve waiting 10 years for my kitchen upgrade and want to look forward to another 10+ years in my new kitchen. TIA, Jeannette

  165. pmcalary, August 12, 2016 at 8:42 am:

    Hi Jennette,
    If you upgrade the Shenandoah and the Starmark to all plywood construction then all three lines meet our criteria for a well made cabinet. Assuming you are getting full overlay doors and so styles being equal, the Starmark will have the nicest finishes by far. However most non kitchen designers can’t tell the difference so the expense isn’t appreciated. Many of our customers pick the less expensive finishes as being the higher priced when we show them samples to compare. The Fabuwood might have a nicer looking finish than the Shenandoah but the Shenandoah will be made out of maple most likely instead of birch and so the stain or paint will be slightly more durable. If you are rough on things in general I might go for the Shenandoah if not I’d save the money and go with the Fabuwood.

  166. Jason, August 12, 2016 at 1:09 pm:

    Hello,

    This blog has been a great source of info, so thanks in advance.

    Based on your comments here, I’ve been seeking a 6 Square dealer in our area. Pending that, I see that Cliq Studio is the same.

    Are they actually the same company and product, or some other type of hybrid affiliation?

    It seems like you stand by 6 Square as a good buy for semi-custom quality, but I’d hate to inadvertently wind up with something inferior via Cliq Studio.

    Thanks!

  167. pmcalary, August 12, 2016 at 1:22 pm:

    Hi Jason,
    Product is the same but the help you get from a local designer is usually what gets you a good design.

  168. Kim, August 16, 2016 at 8:27 pm:

    Hi, I have read your blog many times. Thank you! We are looking for a stained shaker cabinet and have quotes for Schrock (which I already ruled out), Kraftmaid, Decora, and Starmark. All had very similar designs and upgraded to all-plywood.. this is our forever home, is it worth the additional cost for the Starmark (median price quote) over the Kraftmaid? Also where would Wood-Mode fit in with these lines?

    Thanks, Kim

  169. pmcalary, August 17, 2016 at 9:20 am:

    Starmark just has some nicer finishes than Kraftmaid and a greater ability to customize. If you aren’t using the customization in your design and don’t like one finish better than the other then Kraftmaid is a slightly better constructed cabinet.

  170. Melinda, August 17, 2016 at 7:22 pm:

    On the Kemper Products, is this the Kemper or Kemper Echo. My brochure show 1/2 Thick I-Beam Braces, 1/2 Thick Sides, Top & Bottoms. Dovetail Drawers and 3/4 Thick Shelving. And, they say they have ” Kemper Cabinetry warrants the original consumer purchaser for as long as they own their home that the Kemper Cabinetry products will be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use.” If I had the budget, I’d do Snaidero. I want this high gloss look. Kemper has a Laminate that fits the look. Your suggestion would be appreciated.

  171. Melinda, August 19, 2016 at 9:40 am:

    Can you help me find a mid-priced company who makes a door style similar to Snaidero? I’m looking at Kemper’s Purestyle Laminate, White. Using the All Pywood Construction. Can I get your thought, Please

  172. pmcalary, August 19, 2016 at 11:23 am:

    Hi Melinda,
    Masterbrands doesn’t show on line how Kemper is made and we don’t carry the line so I know little about it. Not showing how your cabinetry is constructed on line is usually a bad sign. The Fabuwood Prima Doorstyle that we carry would be a better selection I would guess and also cost less.

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