Quality kitchen cabinets are the cornerstone of successful kitchen design. Visually, cabinets take up the most space in your kitchen and you use them every day, so the detailing, finish, and craftsmanship makes a substantial difference to the longevity and aesthetic appeal of your kitchen.
Whether you're exploring kitchen cabinet ideas as part of a complete kitchen remodel or want a refresh, these are the best places to buy kitchen cabinets. Most manufacturers on our list offer the option to have an in-person consultation where you can bring your kitchen plan and work with a professional designer. Several have this service available at major home retailers like The Home Depot. And a few go the extra mile by custom-making every element of your cabinets. Whether you want fully custom-built cabinets or want to try a DIY kitchen cabinet installation, these are the makers we trust.
These are our favorites.
1. KraftMaid (opens in new tab)
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Known for: Cabinets, storage, hardware, bath
Kraftmaid kitchen cabinets are semi-customized, which means that although you have to choose from a finite selection of styles, colors, and finishes, there is a lot of room for tailoring the cabinets to the individual requirements of your kitchen. Kraftmaid offers such a comprehensive range of styles and cabinet types that you won't miss the full customization of a bespoke cabinet maker (and the higher price that goes with one). Best of all, you can choose your Kraftmaid cabinets at your local Home Depot or Lowe's store. All you have to do is bring your kitchen plan with you and sit down with one of the Kraftmaid representatives.
2. IKEA (opens in new tab)
Known for: Furniture, homeware
Available at: IKEA (opens in new tab)
If speed is of the essence for your kitchen remodel, then you can't go wrong with IKEA. Gone are the days when the furniture giant's kitchen cabinetry was associated with poorer quality. Nowadays, IKEA cabinetry rivals many professional cabinetry brands and it has the edge in immediate availability. Because all the cabinets are self-assembly flatpacks, you can pick them up from a shelf in an IKEA store near you. The range of styles and finishes is also impressive, as is the helpful selection of organizational extras such as drawer dividers.
3. American Woodmark (opens in new tab)
Known for: Kitchen cabinetry
Available at: The Home Depot (opens in new tab)
One of the most respected kitchen cabinet makers, American Woodmark manufactures all of its styles in the US. The company sells through The Home Depot, which makes selecting and ordering the cabinets very easy. There are more than a dozen of collections to choose from, and the American Woodmark website has helpful tools such as a virtual cabinet finish finder, budget calculator, and 3d space planner.
4. Merillat (opens in new tab)
Known for: Budget-friendly semi-custom cabinetry
Merillat is most similar to KraftMaid on our list. This company also makes semi-customized kitchen cabinets, which means that you choose from a range of styles and finishes fitted to your kitchen dimensions. The selection of styles is smaller than with KraftMaid, but if you want a classic Shaker kitchen with well-executed, quality cabinets for a traditional kitchen, it's well worth a look.
5. Porcelanosa (opens in new tab)
Known for: Tile, kitchens, bath
Available at: Porcelanosa (opens in new tab)
Porcelanosa is the best place to buy kitchen cabinets if you want to explore modern kitchen ideas. Porcelanosa specializes in sleek, contemporary cabinetry with sleek, trendy finishes. If you want your cabinets to be as unobtrusive and streamlined as possible, you can't go wrong with this brand. It helps that Porcelanosa has showrooms across the US, and you can schedule an in-person appointment to discuss your kitchen needs. There is also an option to schedule a virtual appointment if you prefer.
6. RTA Cabinet Store (opens in new tab)
Known for: Ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets
Available at: RTA Cabinet Store (opens in new tab)
RTA Cabinet Store is not the only company that offers ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets, but in our view, it is the best. All of the company's cabinets are US-manufactured (in Pennsylvania), and the customer service is second to none. If you are considering DIYing your cabinet makeover, this is the company we recommend for high-quality, self-assemble cabinets.
7. Bilotta (opens in new tab)
Known for: Custom kitchen cabinets
Available at: Bilotta (opens in new tab)
For fully customized, handmade kitchen cabinets for a luxury kitchen, Bilotta is hard to beat. Everything is hand-finished in custom paint and/or lacquer of your choice. The website gives you the option to explore the possibilities in either contemporary or classic kitchen styles. With over 70 years in business, the company has a solid reputation that is worth the premium pricing.
8. St Charles New York (opens in new tab)
Known for: Luxury kitchen design
Available at: St. Charles New York (opens in new tab)
Another luxury kitchen manufacturer with a substantial pedigree, St. Charles New York makes kitchens worthy of the glossiest interiors magazines. If you value unrivaled craftsmanship and want kitchen cabinetry with flare, this is the company to go with. The attention to detail is second to none, with customization available for everything, down to drawer liners.
9. Stoffer Home Cabinetry (opens in new tab)
Known for: English-inspired cabinets
Available at: Stoffer Home (opens in new tab)
Founded by interior designer Jean Stoffer, Stoffer Home cabinetry offers a carefully curated collection of English-inspired kitchen cabinets in several attractive finishes and colors. It's not the widest selection, but the style is so versatile and attractive that it will suit most kitchens. Plus, you'll be buying your kitchen cabinet from a professional designer who prides herself on quality craftsmanship.
Anna Cottrell is Consumer Editor across Future Plc Home titles. She has a background in academic research and is the author of London Writing of the 1930s. She writes about interior design, property, and gardening .On H&G, she specializes in writing about property – buying, selling, renting, mortgages – sustainability and eco issues.
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