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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.

  • 20th December 2016

    Top 5 Tips when designing your kitchen

    Designing your kitchen is both fun and daunting. Here’s where to start if you feel overwhelmed:

  • 6th December 2016

    How To Choose A Kitchen Fitter

    Finding the right installer to fit your kitchen takes homework. You've invested in the perfect cabinets and accessories so you'll need someone you can trust who'll do the job well, at the right price and in a suitable time frame.

  • 22nd November 2016

    What solutions are available for awkward shaped kitchens?

    The 3 common layouts for kitchen design are galley, L-shaped and U-shaped. But what can you do if your kitchen space doesn’t fit the traditional mould? Here are some ideas on how to handle an unusual shaped kitchen:

  • 8th November 2016

    Most Popular Kitchen Styles of 2015

    Need a little inspiration to get you started on creating your dream kitchen? Here are some details on our most popular 2015 ranges to give you some insight into what’s in vogue and on trend.

  • 25th October 2016

    Purchasing a fitted kitchen – your consumer rights

    When you purchase a fitted kitchen, as with other goods and services, you have certain rights in law.

  • 11th October 2016

    Handling common kitchen installation problems

    In a recent survey carried out by Which? the main installation problems identified by their members were:

  • 27th September 2016

    Choosing a Kitchen Installer

    Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s a place where you want to feel comfortable and relaxed and it needs to work on a practical level too. Buying a new kitchen is a big purchase and you’ll want to get it right first time. Having spent plenty of time, money and resource on the actual kitchen itself, sadly, the less glamorous part of the overall process, the installation, can often be overlooked.

  • 13th September 2016

    Kitchen Installation Process

    Understanding the correct order of the kitchen fitting process is important. The different stages of the installation need to take place in a certain order. If both you and your fitter are working to the same schedule from the offset then the project should get finished more quickly and issues should be kept to a minimum.

    All kitchen fitters do things a little differently, but the order of work will be more of less the same. This general guide will help you understand what is involved and what to expect from each stage.

    Prior to arrival: Make sure that you have emptied out all your units and drawers before the installer arrives and make sure that you have thought through how you will manage without your kitchen services. In the case of a refurbishment, you will be without hob, oven and sink for a few days.

  • 30th August 2016

    Kitchen Installation Costs

    How long is a piece of string?

    The cost of an installation by a professional fitter varies massively and is dependent on:

    a) The amount of work involved (expected and relatively unexpected)
    b) The quality and amount of material used

  • 16th August 2016

    Key Installation Association & Institute Contacts

    If you should have any issues with your kitchen installation, here are the details of the key associations and institutes that you may wish to contact for further information and help.

  • 2nd August 2016

    Solutions For Awkward Shaped Kitchens

    While the average shaped kitchen has four straight-ish walls, not all are so accommodating! Often a kitchen is L-shaped or has an odd niche. There may be a fireplace or an awkwardly placed window or door to consider. The options are i) work around or ii) turn to your advantage and work with.

  • 19th July 2016

    Good Looking Kitchen Walls!

    You’ve spent months planning your dream kitchen. You’ve spent weeks researching your ideal units. You’ve spent ages reading the best appliance reviews and you’ve spent many an hour deliberating in showrooms. You’ve even considered the less exciting elements of the kitchen planning process …. the impact of the actual kitchen installation itself.

  • 5th July 2016

    Top Tips On Selecting The Ideal Oven

    Buying a new oven demands serious attention to every aspect of making what is a high value purchase. It is not simply a question of deciding on the appliance that looks the smartest or has all the latest bells and whistles imaginable. Some bigger issues need to be addressed, in addition to a little background research into which oven is going to give you good service and value for money over the years.

  • 21st June 2016

    Kitchen Jargon Buster

    Buying a new kitchen is a rewarding process but there is so much choice out there that time invested in research and planning is time well spent. Whether talking to retailers, designers or simply reading up in books and magazines, the kitchen design process has a whole language

    of its own!

    Below are some key terms that are frequently used...along with an explanation of what they really mean!

  • 7th June 2016

    How to get a Shaker look kitchen

    Choose a Shaker kitchen and you’re buying into a tradition of craftsmanship. There are no frills just straight forward design reduced to the minimum. With panelled doors and warm wood surfaces, Shaker kitchens create a sense of calm.

  • 24th May 2016

    Move or Improve?

    Most of us have had occasion to think about either moving house or improving our current home to suit our needs and lifestyle. The answer to staying put is often to embark on an extension with kitchens being top of the list.

    Today, kitchens are far more than the space in which to prepare meals. Extending the kitchen is a popular solution to integrate dining and relaxing alongside preparing and cooking food and ultimately makes a more sociable space to spend time with family and entertain friends.

    Not for the faint-hearted, a kitchen extension is a major undertaking. Research and planning is critical to a smooth project and a happy end result. Experts at Kitchen-compare have compiled their top tips for consideration.

  • 10th May 2016

    Kitchen Innovation From Ikea

    Who doesn’t like to hear about something truly innovative? At kitchen-compare.com we love innovation! By which we don’t mean something that has been tweaked or adapted slightly, we mean something completely new, something that genuinely changes the way we do things for the better, something that makes you sit up, take note and want to tell others.

  • 26th April 2016

    Worktops Made Easy!

    You’ve spent months planning your dream kitchen. You’ve spent weeks researching your ideal units. You’ve spent ages reading the best appliance reviews and you’ve spent many an hour deliberating in showrooms but one area that can get overlooked or can be a source of confusion is the actual kitchen worktop itself.

    For some, the choice of worktop is easy and how to go about getting one cut and installed is straightforward. However, for others, it’s just confusing and another headache in the kitchen planning process.

    Together, the experts at Kitchen-Compare and Made To Fit have compiled a few tips to help you along the way and ensure that your final finished kitchen looks the best it possibly can.

  • 12th April 2016

    How to Judge Kitchen Quality

    It sounds 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 consumers keep up with all the changing features and specifications and, even more importantly, how should kitchen quality be judged?

    As we have already established, the kitchen market is a complex and ever-changing one. Kitchens come in all different shapes and sizes and it’s often really difficult to reach a clear view on the differences in quality between the ranges available from different retailers. To date there has been no universally industry accepted method to compare and measure kitchen quality – but it is possible.

  • 29th March 2016

    Top 10 Essential Tips for Buying, Planning and Designing a Kitchen

    1. Work out what your budget is prior to starting and don’t forget to factor in the cost of installation. You might also want to think about setting some of your budget aside just in case of a kitchen-related emergency.

  • 15th March 2016

    How Retailers Price Kitchens

    “How much is it going to cost?” is the key question we have on the tip of our tongue as we enter the dragon’s lair commonly known as a kitchen showroom. I’ve already decided what style I like as I’ve seen it on the TV, in a glossy magazine or even at friend’s house but is this dream kitchen really within my budget?

  • 1st March 2016

    UK Kitchen Buying Habits

    A survey of *100 independent kitchen retailers recently conducted by KBB Review highlighted some interesting findings regarding our kitchen buying habits including who wears the trousers when it comes to making financial and design decisions and what we really know about how muc

  • 16th February 2016

    Create your own Kitchen Mood Board

    Why create a Kitchen Mood Board?

    Buying a new kitchen is a big commitment. Not only will it require a large sum of money, but it will also require a great deal of planning. Knowing what accessories and finishes you want in your kitchen will help you determine your plan of attack as well as your budget.

    Creating a mood board is probably the best first step as looking at magazines and pictures online can be really overwhelming. However a mood board can help gather your thoughts and narrow down exactly what you want before making any big decisions which you might regret.

    A mood board can help to filter and organise your style and design preferences, for example do you love white cabinets and dark worktops? Do you love hardwood floors or are you more of a tile person? Collating pictures and ideas and putting together a mood board allows you to pick out common themes and narrow down your choices.

    If you are planning a new kitchen, whether it’s in the near future or years away, Pinterest can be of significant benefit to designing your dream kitchen.