We are considering remodeling our kitchen. We did the kitchen in our
previous house with Mill's Pride units (with solid maple doors) from HD,
and they lasted well for the three years before we moved. They have the
advantage of being frameless and of having steel drawer sides, both of
which contribute to more efficient use of space. They also had the
advantage that I was spending my time to assemble them rather than
paying somebody else to do so. Unfortunately, the range of cabinet
configurations of MP is more limited than in some other brands.
KraftMaid now offers "European-style" (i.e., frameless) cabinets, but
again the range of configurations is limited. Same story with IKEA.
Are there other frameless models that offer a wider range of
configurations? Or is there a good reason why frameless cabinets just
don't seem to be popular?
Many of the brands (e.g., Mill's Pride [sold only by HD], KraftMaid
[sold by HD, Lowe's and others], Merrilat [which I've necountered in a
hose but have never seen in a store]) are subsidiaries of the one
company, Masco. Is there anything much to choose between them?
Any particularly good or bad brands?
Bertch is pretty much the top of the line anywhere. Merillat and Schrock are
also very good. KraftMaid... well... I've not had good experiences with them.
*Really* spotty quality control. And their customer service leaves a lot to be
desired: polite as can be, but utterly incompetent.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I just installed Kitchen Kompact cabinets and am pretty happy with
them. While they are a value line - they look great. Also I bought
directly from WilsonArt so they were significantly less than the
homestore value lines.
"Premier" (sold by HD) is also a Masco company, I see.
Now I have discovered that "Diamond Reflections" (sold by Lowe's)
belongs to the same group as Schrock, so it's not surprising that most
of the catalog numbers are the same. But now I see that the numbers are
also mostly the same as the Thomasville line of cabinets sold by HD,
although I see no acknowledgment that there is any connection between
Thomasville and MasterBrand (the parent co. of the other two). All very
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