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When it comes to stylish and streamlined kitchens, cabinets are key. Good ones offer plenty of space to store dishes and small appliances, but the best kitchen cabinets go the extra mile and help establish the look of a space. For instance, cabinets swathed in cool-toned white paint and dotted with matte black hardware lend themselves to a modern British-inspired kitchen, while open cabinets boasting a pale blue hue and distressed brass have that coveted cottagecore feel.
Cabinets can totally transform the look of your kitchen, so if you’re ready for a big change without having to completely overhaul your space, we’ve got you covered. From easy-to-install silhouettes that ship for free in two days (thank you, Amazon Prime) to customizable alternatives from the likes of design experts across the pond, these are the best kitchen cabinets you should certainly have on your radar.
It should come as no surprise that your go-to one-stop shop for affordable homewares is also one of the top places to buy the best kitchen cabinets. According to a report by J.D. Power—which surveyed more than 1,500 customers who had bought kitchen cabinets within the year—IKEA’s Sektion cabinet system ranked the highest in overall satisfaction.
The ranking was based on five different features: design elements, operational performance, ordering and delivery, price, and warranty. The Sektion system can also be customized with dozens of different door styles, drawer fronts, hardware, and interior organizers, and you can install it yourself or have IKEA handle it for you.
American Woodmark is a popular cabinet brand available at The Home Depot and is tied with KraftMaid for second place in the J.D. Power report. All of the brand’s cabinet options are assembled in the United States, and they come in more than 15 different collections that fit over a dozen design styles—from coastal to farmhouse and everything in between.
You may not be able to get one-of-a-kind custom cabinets here, but you can snag ready-to-ship high-quality ones that can arrive on your doorstep within two days. Plus, if you’re into DIY, you can always rework them (read: paint the doors and swap out hardware) yourself.
Another J.D. Power survey winner, KraftMaid came in second for overall customer satisfaction with kitchen cabinets, so you know it’s a good option based on reviews. Plus, they’re accessible, you can purchase KraftMaid cabinets through Lowe’s or The Home Depot meaning you can schedule an appointment at your local store for a consultation to set up your perfect kitchen. Overall, KraftMaid has tons of styles and color options to choose from, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love.
There’s nothing quite like being able to buy your kitchen cabinets straight from an interior designer and at Stoffer Home Cabinetry, you can do just that. Stoffer Home offers a line of English-style flush-inset cabinets that can be made in four wood finishes and 12 different paint colors—all carefully curated, of course—and customers can work with a designer on the team to tailor their kitchen to their needs.
Waterworks is most known for its classic American bath fittings, but the brand expanded to kitchens some years ago and created an entire line of cabinetry. Its cabinet options include four collections, each of which comes in a variety of color options (including eight different wood finishes and 24 paints) and can be customized to fit your style.
As an 88-year-old brand, St. Charles has long been associated with luxury. Several years ago, the brand launched its first-ever pre-designed kitchen models that can be tailored to individual clients. Designer Karen Williams told House Beautiful that the goal of this launch was “to take the guesswork out of it by offering custom personalization that would deliver foolproof results and unparalleled luxury.” Perhaps the best part of the collections is the storage and organization options offered—the key to which is actually custom drawer liners that show where everything should go.
Bilotta, which has been around since 1955 when it started as a residential construction company, makes custom kitchens in three different styles: contemporary, traditional, and transitional. The brand’s products are all handcrafted, and along with kitchen cabinets, it also works on bathrooms and other custom rooms.
If you’re looking for inspiration, CliqStudios has a wide portfolio of client kitchen renovations available on its site. It’s an immersive experience while shopping and narrowing down your customizations. The brand creates ready-to-assemble pieces with many specifications available like colors, finishes, and styling.
If you’re not sure you’re ready to take on a DIY project, CliqStudios’s team will also video chat and walk you through the process giving you an in-store demo without you leaving your home! You can evaluate the design and cost, visualize your floor plan, and choose a style appropriate to your home’s aesthetic.
If the industrial style is your aesthetic of choice and you’re looking for something truly custom, head to Amuneal. There, you’ll find sleek, custom cabinets made with plenty of metal details. The brand—a family business—has an interesting history, too, since it started as a magnetic shielding supplier in 1965. They work on furniture and the fabrication of everything from stairs to, of course, kitchens and bars.
Plain English is a beloved, iconic British brand that finally launched a few years ago in the United States. It’s a great option for you if you love color, as the brand is known for its bold, rich-but-livable hues (purple cabinets, anyone?). Oh, and all of Plain English’s cabinets are traditionally hand-made, too.
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