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Welcome to the Kitchen Compare Blog. Here we introduce you to many of the key sections of the website, focused on saving you time and money in the search for your dream kitchen. Don't forget to check back regularly for new posts.

  • 19th December 2017

    How to plan your perfect kitchen

    With a new year upon us, now is a good time to look ahead to the home improvements you want to make this year. For many of us, a kitchen update tops the list; but how do you go about planning your perfect kitchen and what should you consider? Read on for our top tips...

  • 21st November 2017

    Kitchen Design: How to get a Luxury Kitchen on a Budget

    The festive celebrations can make saving and budgeting seem near impossible, but if you’re dreaming of a new kitchen for the New Year, don’t despair!

  • 7th November 2017

    5 Signs it’s time for a New Kitchen

    Not sure if it’s time to think about getting a new kitchen? Do you think you could get away with a fresh lick of paint rather than a full refit? Take a look at our top five signs it’s time for a new kitchen to help you figure out where you stand.

  • 24th October 2017

    Kitchen Design: How To Avoid Fads

    A kitchen packed full of the latest gadgets, appliances and design trends may seem like a dream but when choosing a new kitchen, it’s important to focus on the long term. Will those brightly coloured cabinets still look great in ten years’ time? Do you have space for an island or will it ultimately get in the way?

    Do your best to avoid kitchen fads with our top tips…

  • 10th October 2017

    Kitchen Installation: How To Deal With The Unexpected

    The key to a smooth kitchen installation is first understanding the correct process (get clued up with our installation guide here.) Once you’re familiar with the process, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself for any problems that may occur so you know how to tackle them.

    We’ve compiled out list of the most common kitchen installation problems with a few suggestions on how to resolve them:

  • 26th September 2017

    Kitchen Storage Solutions

    The kitchen is the hub of the home and it’s most likely the room that’s most in need of some extra storage space. From your groceries and cleaning supplies to dinnerware and cooking utensils, it’s easy for your kitchen to become overcrowded.

  • 12th September 2017

    Trend Watch: Kitchen Wall Tiles

    Tiles are an increasingly popular decorating choice for kitchen walls and floors as they offer a cost-effective, low-maintenance and durable solution. Ceramic tiles in particular are hard-wearing and easy to clean (simply use a damp sponge to wipe away dirt and grime) so it’s no surprise that for many of us, tiles are the number one kitchen decorating solution.

    For 2016/17, tiles are becoming an ever more key part of kitchen design with more patterns and textures available than ever before. Tiles no longer just blend into the background, but can provide a splash of colour or an interesting twist to your chosen kitchen. Here’s our pick of the top tile trends for 2016/17:

  • 29th August 2017

    Kitchen Finance Deals Explained

    If you can’t afford to pay for a new kitchen in full upfront, then you’re certainly not alone! Thankfully, most kitchen retailers offer a number of flexible finance deals to help you spread out the cost. While many people don’t hesitate to shop around when it comes to finding the best price for their kitchen, we recommend you also take good look at the finance plans available as these can make all the difference to your final decision.

    The types of finance deals can generally be broken down into three: interest-free credit, “buy now, pay later,” or a standard interest-bearing loan with fixed rate interest. Read on to find out what each plan offers to help you decide which is best for you…

  • 15th August 2017

    5 materials not to use in your kitchen

    From cabinets to flooring, choosing which materials to use in your kitchen can be a difficult decision. There are pros & cons of all materials and selecting the right one for you is more about considering what your requirements are. Most of us are after a low-maintenance, durable kitchen so we’ve made that our basis when rounding up the top materials to avoid using in your kitchen.

  • 1st August 2017

    Kitchen Quality: Criteria Explained

    In our last blog we gave you a brief overview of what to look for when assessing the quality of a kitchen. Here at Kitchen-Compare, we compare kitchens from major retailers including IKEA and B&Q based on price, quality and finance. There are a number of quality indicators we look for, from construction to materials and we award each kitchen a quality score out of 10. Read on for a more detailed insight into just what we’re looking for in a quality kitchen…

  • 18th July 2017

    Kitchen Installation - Budgeting & Cost

    A large chunk of your kitchen renovation will need to be set aside for installation fees. Here are some useful tips on how to budget for your kitchen fitting and reduce your costs:

  • 4th July 2017

    Kitchen Quality: What You Need To Know

    With so many styles of kitchen available in seemingly endless materials and finishes, distinguishing between several very similar kitchens can be a tough task. Cost is always a top factor to consider but quality is equally as important. At Kitchen-Compare we carry out a number of quality checks on the kitchens we feature, scoring each out of 10. There are a few key things to consider when determining the standard of a kitchen. (Hint: it’s all in the details)

  • 20th June 2017

    A Guide to Kitchen Worktops

    Confused about kitchen worktops? Here’s our concise guide to the pros and cons of granite and laminate to wood and stainless steel:

  • 6th June 2017

    B&Q announced as iKBBI Installation Standards Partner

    The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (iKBBI) has recently announced that retail giant B&Q have pledged support to the Installation Standards Partnership – an initiative that was launched in 2012.

    B&Q, the largest UK home improvement retailer, has joined the 5-stage initiative, which has an objective to define best practice and create the UK’s first independent industry standard for the installation of Kitchen,Bedroom and Bathroom products.

  • 23rd May 2017

    Designing your kitchen (4) Kitchen Lighting

    Here’s are our guide on the pros and cons of different types of kitchen lighting:

  • 9th May 2017

    Designing your kitchen (3) Kitchen Cabinets

    Style and functionality are the two key things you’ll need to consider when selecting your kitchen cabinets. The perfect marriage of these two elements will result in a kitchen that looks fantastic and improves your style of living.

  • 25th April 2017

    Designing your kitchen (2) Kitchen flooring

    Make a start on your kitchen plans by focusing on flooring first.

    From tiling and hardwood to cork, vinyl and laminate, there are plenty of flooring choices to investigate. Here’s our guide to making that choice easier:

  • 11th April 2017

    Designing Your Kitchen (1) Where do I start?

    Designing a kitchen for the first time? Feel a bit lost about where to start? Here’s our handy guide to taking those first steps to creating the kitchen of your dreams:

  • 28th March 2017

    What kitchen should I buy, and when?

    Insight Retail Group was established in 2010 and owns and runs the first price comparison websites within the Home Improvement Industry, focusing on the high-ticket categories of Kitchens and Bathrooms. The company is independent, is owned by the founder Steve Collinge and is not linked to any of the retailers and is dedicated to helping consumers who are looking to purchase a new kitchen or bathroom saving them time and money in the process.

  • 14th March 2017

    The tricks played by big kitchen retailers (4) Product Guarantees

    In the last of our series highlighting the tricks and practices of the large kitchen retailers, we will be discussing product guarantees; a genuine necessity or an excessive additional cost?

  • 14th February 2017

    How to budget for your kitchen

    Chances are you’ll be investing a large chunk of your savings into your new kitchen, so making a budget is vital to ensuring you make the most of your money. Here are our top tips on kitchen budgeting:

  • 31st January 2017

    To colour or not to colour

    Should you opt for a single neutral colour throughout your kitchen to create a uniform look or go for splashes of colour that add interest and depth to your design? Here are the pros and cons:

  • 17th January 2017

    The tricks played by big kitchen retailers: (1) Price Match Guarantees

    In this four-part blog series, we will highlight the selling tricks and practices of the nation’s kitchen retailers. From price match guarantees to model kitchens, retailer promotions to product guarantees, we will help you save time and money by demystifying the kitchen market.

  • 3rd January 2017

    The tricks played by big kitchen retailers (2) Model Kitchens

    Buying a new kitchen requires a significant investment of time, money and energy. With consumers purchasing a new kitchen on average only every 15 years, UK consumers are faced with a bewildering array of designs, prices, promotions and information when they begin the search for their new kitchen, says Insight Retail Group (IRG), the owners of the Kitchen Compare website.