Choosing Cabinets Requires Self-Education

Recommendations work well when choosing a contractor, so do they work equally well when it comes to choosing a line of cabinets?

This from a leading consumer advocacy and testing website:

Readers who chose cabinets based solely on the advice of contractors, designers, or architects were twice as likely to report a problem as those more involved.

There's an important difference between choosing contractors and choosing cabinets. Cabinets are a known quantity that can be objectively measured against other cabinets, so there's definitely a place for testing agencies in this process.

One shortcoming of the testing agency, though, is that they aren't actually putting the cabinets on the wall. I can tell you from experience that some cabinet lines have faults that no testing agency is aware of.

So, if you wanted the opinion of someone who really knows about the cabinets, skip the designers and architects and ask a kitchen cabinet installer.