Quality Rating Explained

It’s obvious, but alongside price, layout and design, quality is a key factor when it comes to choosing a brand new kitchen. However, the fact of the matter is that, here in the UK, we buy a kitchen on average only once every 15 years, so how do we stay ahead of all the latest features and specifications?

At Kitchen-compare.com, we’ve tried to shed light on the many different features and specifications built into today’s kitchen ranges. Working together with the major kitchen retailers and manufacturers, we have identified a total of 21 different features that are worth considering. These features vary widely. What is the cabinet format? Does it come flat packed, semi constructed or fully constructed? How thick are the cabinet walls? What type of closures are used on the drawers? What is the maximum weight limit for the pan drawer? and so on.

Each kitchen range is then awarded a score based on the criteria set. For example, a kitchen range that is flat packed scores 1 point whereas a kitchen range that is fully constructed scores 2 points. The total scores across all 21 criteria are then added up, verified by the retailers and coverted into a score out of 10, which is also reflected in the star system underneath.

For a full list of the 21 quality criteria together with a more detailed explanation of each, click here

Finally, when it comes to quality, the materials used in the construction of doors are very important. This can be a topic that causes some confusion and misunderstanding, so click here for an easy to understand guide to the materials most commonly used.