Consumer Reports Kitchen Cabinets

Gray walls and counters, beverage centers, distressed wood and appliances in orange, turquoise and other cheery colors are big design trends in kitchens, according to ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports. Check out those hot looks:>> Shades of gray. All-white kitchens have been the rage in recent years. They’re still popular, but more designers are shaking things up by using grays and beiges (or “greige,” a combo of the two), according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2014 Kitchen & Bath Style Report. Those neutrals look crisp and classic on their own and blend well with many other colors. Get the look without remodeling. One of the easiest ways to give your kitchen a cool and modern vibe is to paint the walls, backsplash or cabinets a neutral shade of gray. But you have to do it right, or gray can end up giving your kitchen a chilly, industrial look. One way to warm things up is to pair gray with wood tones or energetic accent colors such as red, orange or yellow. And be sure to choose a semigloss paint, which is the perfect finish for a kitchen because it’s easy to clean.>> Built-in charging stations. With more people downloading recipes, using FaceTime with friends and reading their morning news on a tablet, the kitchen has become a hub for electronic devices. That has led to the rise of cleverly concealed charging stations showing up in drawers, utility closets or cabinets with built-in electrical outlets and USB ports.Get the look without remodeling. To keep a tangle of cords from messing up your countertops, ShopSmart suggests looking for a freestanding multidevice charging station that looks nice when left out or that can be tucked into a cabinet. Or consider an electrical outlet with a built-in USB port, about $20 at amazon.com. When installed on a backsplash, those outlets let you charge your phone or tablet while using the blender.>> Distressed wood flooring. Traditional kitchen flooring — tile, laminate and vinyl — still has its fans, but hardwood floors are becoming more widely used in open-plan kitchens. They create a warm, seamless look between living areas. What’s new is that designers are using hand-scraped, grooved and other distressed floors because their dents and dings conceal wear and tear.Get the look without remodeling. You don’t have to rip anything out if you install floating floors. They fit together without being glued or nailed down to a subfloor and can be laid over an old, dingy floor as long as it’s flat and level.>> Beverage centers. For people who entertain a lot, creating a designated spot where guests can hang out and help themselves to coffee, cocktails and more is catching on. It can be anything from a simple coffee station to the works — liquor cabinet, wine chiller, ice maker, sink, built-in coffee maker or espresso machine and cabinets for mugs, glasses and supplies. Get the look without remodeling. If you have space, add a pretty armoire to house wine racks, glasses and coffee fixings. Or park a freestanding coffee maker on a counter with wall-mounted coffee mugs above it.>> Colorful appliances. Move over, stainless; ShopSmart says it is seeing a lot more colorful appliance finishes. The latest design shows, including the spring 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York, were ablaze with dishwashers, ranges, range hoods and refrigerators in vibrant hues from high-end manufacturers. Bertazzoni, based in Italy, says that 10 percent of its appliances are sold in bold colors, including an eye-popping orange. Big Chill, based in Colorado, offers more than 200 bright and cheery colors on its retro-style appliances. And Miele recently unveiled a subtle shade called Truffle Brown. Sounds yummy!Get the look without remodeling. Keep the expensive stuff — cabinets, counters, major appliances — in neutral shades and inject color with easy, affordable accents such as canisters, place mats and small appliances.Editors, Consumer Reports
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Consumer Reports Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Cabinet Information KitchenCabinetsReviews.com is the best source online for kitchen cabinets reviews. We offer the consumer the ability to leave honest reviews. We have most major brands listed including Kraftmaid, Omega, Cardell, Mid Continent Cabinetry, Thomasville, Merrilat, Welborn, Marsh and many more. One thing is for certain, all of the brands listed on the site manufacture quality kitchen cabinets. Are you interested in learning about cabinets? We have a learning center that describes different variations of wood that you can buy kitchen cabinets in. We also have a section on how to care for your kitchen cabinets. We hope that you find the reviews helpful and that your kitchen project works out well.
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Consumer Reports Kitchen Cabinets

KitchenCabinetsReviews.com is the best source online for kitchen cabinets reviews. We offer the consumer the ability to leave honest reviews. We have most major brands listed including Kraftmaid, Omega, Cardell, Mid Continent Cabinetry, Thomasville, Merrilat, Welborn, Marsh and many more. One thing is for certain, all of the brands listed on the site manufacture quality kitchen cabinets. Are you interested in learning about cabinets? We have a learning center that describes different variations of wood that you can buy kitchen cabinets in. We also have a section on how to care for your kitchen cabinets. We hope that you find the reviews helpful and that your kitchen project works out well.
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Consumer Reports Kitchen Cabinets

They performed very impressively in a study done by Consumer Reports. The basic IKEA model outperformed ten other brands of higher cabinet grades, including names like Thomasville and KraftMaid. Direct quote from Consumer Reports: “The ready-to-assemble Ikea outperformed much more expensive units, despite its low price. High-quality drawer hardware and doors and a robust mounting strip helped.”
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Consumer Reports Kitchen Cabinets

Publisher’s Comments Who’s this Publisher guy and what does he know? So who are the best kitchen cabinet manufacturers? I see this asked in online searches and while it’s a legitimate question, the answer isn’t as definitive as you might think. And here’s why: There are makers of cabinets almost too numerous to catalog, let alone do independent tests on to determine who’s best. I’m sure Consumer Reports has their short list of brands that they rate as good/better/best. But how many do they test relative to what’s available in the marketplace? Second, the determination of “best” is somewhat subjective. Sure, there are definite indicators of good quality and poor quality but there isn’t one gold standard. One person may think that anything other than plywood construction is “poor” quality. However cabinets made with medium density fiberboard may be just as durable and last just as long. Let common sense prevail here. “Better” products are those made with stronger construction techniques and more durable finishes. But there aren’t only 5 or 10 of these manufacturers out there. To some extent cabinets are a commodity. There are probably hundreds of producers that fall into the “best” category if you look across the spectrum of national and local manufacturers. Your most effective way to find the best brands are to look at what is available to you locally (both from a ‘national’ brand perspective as well as local producers) and see how they compare. Then, determine how they match up with your budget. What you should be shooting for is a manufacturer that can give you the most of what you’re looking for (quality — as you judge it, options, quantity, etc.) for what you’re willing to pay. In my opinion, that’s your “best” cabinet maker. Because at the end of the day, even if someone was able to say that Brands A, B & C are the best brands, they may not be the best fit for your budget. You need to take some responsibility for understanding what makes cabinets good/better/best and make an educated buying decision. I think that’s a more rational approach than simply relying on an arbitrary list of “great” cabinet producers.
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Consumer Reports Kitchen Cabinets

Selecting new cabinets can be a big expense when remodeling and may account for as much as 40 percent of your kitchen renovation budget. They set the design style for your kitchen and you’ll have them for years. No pressure, right? With such demands on dollars and design, the current trend is to be more conservative. White cabinets are popular. So are cabinet styles that are less fussy and more streamlined—such as the clean lines and square corners of Shaker cabinetry. Use this buying guide to help you choose, but note that Consumer Reports does not test cabinets at this time.
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Consumer Reports Kitchen Cabinets

I would go for the IKEA cabinets. Clearly, they are a good quality product that perform well. Why not save money where you can? Any where you save money can add up to getting something else on your wish list later on. Save money on cabinets? Get that dream range you never thought you could get. Pay someone to construct/install your cabinets. In fact, I think IKEA has installation services for kitchens. Rent a storage unit to store the cabinets. They pack flat so they won’t take up as much room as pre-built cabinets. You can also work with the kitchen designers in store as well and they can help you.Oh and one more thing I LOVE about the IKEA kitchen designer: it gives you a materials list so you can take it right into the store and order exactly what you need.

Consumer Reports Kitchen Cabinets