Where is the best price to get a new kitchen?

Monkeynuts39

Active Member
Wife’s been hounding me about a new kitchen ,I can’t personally see a problem with the old one 20 years old from mfi but hey ho
Nothing to do with plastering but thought I’d ask my fellow plasterers
Suggestions please, and no she doesn’t want replacement door fronts
 

Cockney1

Well-Known Member
Wife’s been hounding me about a new kitchen ,I can’t personally see a problem with the old one 20 years old from mfi but hey ho
Nothing to do with plastering but thought I’d ask my fellow plasterers
Suggestions please, and no she doesn’t want replacement door fronts
Where you’re based will help for recommendations.
 

windy

Private Member
Ye as above
Open trade account in howdens and get discount. Wren are good but more expensive
Forget wickes and b and q ...
You will get freebie when you make 1st big purchase. I got milwaulkie radio. Use your own kitchen fitter if you can't do it yourself.

A lot of howdens units are pre built if you spend a little more which reduces fitting time
 

Philyboy

New Member
Forget Howdens and Wrens etc and try DIY kitchens in Yorkshire. Far better build quality and finish, pre built for the same price or less. I looked around all these places a couple of years ago and it was a no contest in the end. They also have far more cabinet sizes for a better fit.
 

tapit

Well-Known Member
Split your kitchen into individual components and buy from various suppliers.
The units are generally cheap enough but things like end panels, cornice, plinth, taps, appliances are where they make the money and can be bought individually elsewhere. Try your local sheet material specialist for worktops and get plinth in sheets and run it down yourself. get online and research prices.
 

ChrispyUK

Well-Known Member
Generally use Howdens but heard good things about DIYkitchens. Good thing with Howdens is that 5 yrs down the line you can usually still get replacement doors etc
 

essexandy

The Lake Governor
Wife’s been hounding me about a new kitchen ,I can’t personally see a problem with the old one 20 years old from mfi but hey ho
Nothing to do with plastering but thought I’d ask my fellow plasterers
Suggestions please, and no she doesn’t want replacement door fronts
They're all talking b*ll***s mate.
Make one out of pallets and reclaimed roofing timbers. My Mrs is chuffed to bits with ours.
 
Diykitchens.com are superb quality and service, you can open a ticket on their website and speak to one of their experts, send them a plan and they work everything out for you, choose your delivery date and everything comes fully built, I was very pleased, cheaper than Howden too
 

Vincey

Private Member
I always recommend Ikea mate for a few reasons
They have stock
Cupboards etc are same as any of the other f**k tards cupboards
And Mine is Ikea it’s 15 years old now and stood the test of time it still looks new

some folks might come on here now saying it’s a night mare to get piping round the back and electrics with Ikea units well I can say that is utter bullshit , tbf I’d advise good quality work tops from somewhere else though and find a local sole trader as your kitchen fitter , also be prepared to not have a kitchen for two weeks , rip it out and rip out the whole lot don’t pancy around leaving the sink in etc so you can have a cup of coffee etc
Good luck
 

MakeItSmooth

Well-Known Member
I've fitted quite a number of kitchens, over the years - mostly supplied by Howdens.

Howdens quality is OK. Not poor, not amazing. One thing that does piss me off about them is that they almost never deliver a full order on the due date, and it's a pain in the arse having to chase them up for missing components when you should be concentrating on fitting the damn thing.

Having said that, they have some really decent, helpful staff working at their branches.


Avoid B&Q off-the-shelf generic cabinets - they are made somewhere in Eastern Europe and they are appalling quality. Absolutely shocking.


Diykitchens.com are, I would say, one notch above Howdens, in terms of quality, but you can't just drive down to a local branch (unlike Howdens) if you have a problems or need to replace a damaged component, etc. However, if you are willing to tolerate the inconvenience of ordering online, then Diykitchens.com are worth considering.


I've never fitted a Wren kitchen, and they pitch themselves as better than average, but I've seen quite a few mutterings of discontent on various kitchen-fitting forums, from past reading.


Whoever you go with, for the love of god, please don't make the rookie error of trying to economise on worktops. Economy laminate is garbage, not fit for purpose, and I absolutely guarantee you will regret it if you buy cheap worktops. Approximately £120 is the beginning of acceptable laminate, with quality improving as you climb higher in price. Below that, you'll be throwing your money away on paper-thin laminate with sub-par blistered post-formed front edges. If you stand about 3 metres away from budget laminate, in the right light, you will see the front edge of the laminate is blistered / not fully glued to the chipboard substrate. This makes it insanely fragile and it fractures when it gets a light knock with something hard. Budget laminate also has unacceptably thin top surface layer that doesn't yield a reliable result when routing joints etc. It's actually so absurdly thin that you can often see the texture of the underlying chipboard showing on the top surface, instead of it being glass-smooth. Imagine if you put a paper-thin slice of cheese on a ryvita cracker - it wouldn't stay smooth.

Another thing to watch out for with chipboard laminate worktops is that the ones with a 100% flat front edge (I mean no post-formed roll-top / radiused front edge) may look nice, but, over the longterm, they have a tendency to allow water to penetrate and then the front edging tends to 'blow'.
 
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Alan b

Member
I've fitted loads of Howdens stuff , it's ok but not great, I prefer a place called the kitchen works based in Gateshead tvte. All manufactured in their own place .As well as the usual motular stuff they also make non standard sized , shaped cabs and custom doors to fit . Also the cabs are all made of 18 mm chipboard including the backs,that's both base and wall units so you can hang units on hidden lats screwed from the top and bottom and not those poxy wall hangers. Better quality and cheaper than Howdens. Dunno about shipping I'm local never been an issue
 

ChrispyUK

Well-Known Member
Whatever you buy, it’s all in the fitting and detail. I can a make a Poundland kitchen look like a million dollars.
 

The Hobo

Well-Known Member
Wife’s been hounding me about a new kitchen ,I can’t personally see a problem with the old one 20 years old from mfi but hey ho
Nothing to do with plastering but thought I’d ask my fellow plasterers
Suggestions please, and no she doesn’t want replacement door fronts
watch her shes heading for a replacement husband shortly
 

Philyboy

New Member
I just worked for daughter of owner of d I y kitchens. Factory in next village . Cheap but you have to plan it all your self
Unless you get one of the other retailers to do it for you and then work from that. I know what some will think of this but when you look at some of the ridiculous prices that they charge for their MDF cabinets its justified.
Magnet tried to get £1300 of me for a crap tall cooker cabinet. Lol I could buy a decent car for that.
And DIY have free tea and coffee and biscuits. That was enough to get us to drive up there.
 

John j

Mono Don
Unless you get one of the other retailers to do it for you and then work from that. I know what some will think of this but when you look at some of the ridiculous prices that they charge for their MDF cabinets its justified.
Magnet tried to get £1300 of me for a crap tall cooker cabinet. Lol I could buy a decent car for that.
And DIY have free tea and coffee and biscuits. That was enough to get us to drive up there.
And free cans of pop. Did you go to one at south kirkby
 

Dansouthcoast84

Private Member
im in same boat.
got prices from magnet howdens and benchmarx...

magnets were 3k more.
howdens wasnt tooo bad but appliances only their own brand.

so were now going with benchmarx. cant fault customer service.. units look decent enough amd they use blum hinges as standard which im told by many are the rolls royce of hinges.. lol
 
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