Shannon Lee | Improvement Center Columnist | December 13, 2011
A quick search for cabinet brands returns thousands of hits and hundred of manufacturers. How do you know which ones are the best? Over time, certain cabinet brands have built a reputation for quality and affordability that allows them to outshine the competition.
Study cabinet brands before buying new cabinets
Choosing new cabinets is a daunting task, but it can be easier if you are familiar with the most popular brands. Here is a list that can help you get started:
- Mills Pride. Sold exclusively at Home Depot stores, Mills Pride is also known as Distinctions Cabinetry. The company offers a wide range of prices to suit most budgets, including pre-assembled and ready-to-assemble cabinets.
- Ikea. Long known for being versatile, affordable and sturdy, Ikea cabinets are usually assembled by the customer. Purchasing hardware separately allows for more creativity, and some cabinets are meant to be free-standing, which means an easier do-it-yourself installation.
- KraftMaid. Offering built-to-order cabinetry at competitive prices, KraftMaid can be found through one of the many dealers across the United States, Canada, and some international countries. Built-to-order might be a bit more expensive than other brands, but they can also showcase your personal design style in a way that pre-assembled or semi-custom cabinets simply can't.
- Thomasville. One of the oldest and largest cabinet manufacturers, Thomasville offers cabinets for every room of the home. Available only through Home Depot, this company offers a wealth of materials, styles and finishes that are sure to fit into any traditional decor.
- Schrock. This company offers unique organizational cabinetry that looks like any other cabinet on the outside, but offers a wealth of space, shelves and compartments on the inside. Expect to pay a bit more than you would for traditional cabinets, but keep in mind that you get more, too.
- American Woodmark. This company offers different lines for Lowe's, Home Depot, contractors and kitchen and bath experts. Lifetime limited warranties are available on all products. Specialized finishes help homeowners avoid scratches and scuffs.
What should you expect to pay for new cabinets? Consumer Reports says to expect a price of between $250 and $350 for a basic cabinet, including ready-to-assemble units. The cost rises to between $400 to $900 for mid-level cabinets, which include made-to-order and semi-custom models. Premium cabinets can cost between $600 and $1,000 or more, depending upon the customization you choose.