I've posted for some earlier advice on this but looking for a bit more if
any of you can help. In summary, trying to understand the proper price
differential between the makes Nolte, Sheraton, and Hacker when there
doesn't tend to be any openly published price lists. Also looking for any
experiences of the three makes (I already have some good feedback on the
Sheraton on my prev post).
Still undecided whether I do it myself or not but am clear I want to go a
bit upmarket as we're going to be in this house a good while and have done
the rest of it up to a good standard.
So far its looking like the following from a couple of quotes we've had.
Sheraton is maybe around twice as much as Magnet
Hacker seems to be around 10-20% more than Sheraton
We had a quote which put Nolte at THREE times as much as Sheraton, then
subsequently discounted to roughtly the same*
* Bit suspicious, see full explanation below.
Company A (several good personal recommendations, but one poor one around
fitting standard) quoted us £14K (ouch!) for the Nolte units alone as part
of a much larger quote for the fitting and appliances etc. For the
identical layout but using very similar kitchen units from Sheraton, their
price for the units was £4.8K. i.e. the Nolte units were more than THREE
times more than the Sheraton equiv.
Needless to say, we ruled the Nolte straight out - until out of the blue we
got a requote due to price reduction (apparently) where the Nolte units have
dropped to £5K, almost the same as the Sheraton. It has to be said that the
Nolte was the one we liked from the outset until the quote came through.
This company do supply-only as well as fit.
Company B (several recommendations all positive) sell the German make Hacker
which is nice, but their nearest equivalent isn't quite as nice as the Nolte
and their units work out around 5-6K. Don't think they do supply only. Not
too familiar with the make but the quality certainly looks good so any
If it wasn't for the fact I'm a deeply suspicious sod, I'd probably go for
supply only of the Nolte and just get some extra labour in to help me out.
But a bit alarmed at the magnitute of the price drop and wondered if anyone
in the trade had an explanation. Seems to me it could be:
1. Company A or Nolte are struggling so discounting heavily (not necessarily
a good thing if either are in serious trouble)
2. Nolte was very overpriced and is now where it ought to be
3. Maybe its a genuine reduction as the range may be be on its way out or
4. An attempt was being made to make a juicy margin on the back of German
kitchen reputation to see if we bit at the higher price, and was reduced
when we didn't bite on either