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Pedini - Integra

Pedini - integra in grey oak.

This blog was created in order to put together as much information as possible about European kitchen design, European kitchen companies and the different kitchen brands that have been manufacturing custom kitchens and built in kitchens, in Europe for more then a century.

European kitchen designers are the first ones to introduce what we know today as the ‘built in kitchen’ – kitchens that are no longer ‘free-standing’ pieces of furniture (as they were 100 years ago) but kitchens that are designed to have the cabinetry fitting between two walls.

Companies like Snaidero, Boffi, Pedini, Dada, Varenna and Val Cucine, from Italy, Poggenpohl, SieMatic, Allmilmo and Bulthaup , from Germany and Smallbone and Clive Christian, from England are the pioneers, the innovators and the companies that set the tone in Europe – the same tone that then becomes the new look for kitchen design around the world.

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947 Comments

  1. catherine

    i am living in ireland but am trying to keep costs down and am thinking of importing a kitchen . spain i was told was cheaper. in ireland we end up paying a large amount on vat. all i want to know if you can help me is to get the name of a company on main land europe that i could use and trust please .

    thanks mary

    • catherine – I don’t recommand you do that. You’ll pay more than a dealer does, more for shipping (shipping one kitchen) and you’ll be on your own, to install, service, etc. I think at the end of the day, you save little and risk a lot…! If you’re looking to save money, either go with a local Irish company or use a less expensive model, from a large, reputable comapny, that has presence in your area.
      kitchenguy

    • Can’t quite decide between 2 german companies. Either haecker Classic range with laser door or rational. The haecker door looks good but the internal fittings on the classic range look a little cheap. Rational claim superiority in terms of 19mm carcasses and 22mm doors. Rational have also now got the new Blum slim drawer system whilst haecker seem to use Grass. I have no idea which is best. Like haecker door and rationale internals. Any thoughts ???

      • Damian – Haecker is the better one.
        kitchenguy

        • Hi Kitchenguy, I’m trying to decide between a Hacker, Leicht or Schuller kitchen. I’ve been impressed by the designers of the first two more than the latter. The Hacker quote uses Matt lacquer fronts, which was my preference; the Leicht uses laser cut laminate fronts. I have 5 and 6 year old children (heard that laminate is more durable but mine are out of the toddler stage now). Any thoughts you have would be much appreciated!

          • Tanji – laminate is a bit more durable, in terms of scratches, but you can’t compare the look, especially, since you seem to like it better to begin with…
            Go with your heart!
            kitchenguy

  2. We are renovating our home down to the studs and the kitchen will be the centerpiece of our great room. We live in NY and are committed to a european look and like the european companies. I am hesitant to deal with a company for which there is no local showroom. So Haecker is out as they said they are no longer in NY. We got a price from Alno and are waiting on Leicht’s quote. Can you recommend others in that price bract to look at? Thx.

  3. We are renovating our house in London. We are deciding between SieMatic S2, Snaidero Orange and Hacker Classic. For similar specs the quotes seem to be comparable. How would you rank these in terms of quality and durability or what would be your choice?
    Many thanks,
    Jan

    • Jan – SieMatic, Haecker and Snaidero are all good – my personal choice would be one of the first two, based on the designer/dealership.
      kitchenguy

      • Hi kitchenguy,

        many thanks for your advice. Your blog is extremely helpful. There is no other site where one can find so much useful info. At the end we went for Snaidero Orange simply based on the dealership responsivness and also price competitivness grounds. I was a bit suprised during the process to see the quotations for entry-level German kitchens of medium-size at par with SieMatic S2 in terms of price. £30k for Goldreif, Bauformat and similar seemed a bit high. Great thanks again, Jan

  4. Hi kitchenguy – A zampieri dealer in California told me there is no warranty. Really? I am deciding between scavolini and zampieri. At least scavolini has 3 years.

    • Grace – “no warranty”…? In some states (maybe all of them) it is illegal, to sell product w/o a warranty… Is this a real business selling it, or some guy, from his home…? There are better companies than Scavolini, that offer at least 5 years, if not more…Where in CA are you?
      kitchenguy

      • I am in San Francisco bay area. He has a shop in Millbrae and another one in Menlo Park. Zampieri and Scavolini are in the same price range. Both quoted me about $27k + tax. What better companies do you recommend? Pedini has 2+5 years warranty but I think it costs a lot more. How is IKEA able to offer 25 yrs while all these more expensive companies only offer 3-7 years?

        • Grace – you asked about better companies and you mention Pedini – that IS a better company. I don’t think they are much higher in price, especially if you compare ‘apples and apples’. Also, if you get better quality (and you do) and much better warranty (which it is), isn’t worth a little more money…?
          IKEA is not as terrible a product, as some people make it out to be. The reasons it is cheap, are that it is extremely limited, in terms of design options, sizes, color choices, etc. So you’re left with a very basic design. Also, you have to assemble it yourself (it is flat-pack) and here is where the 25 warranty comes into play – their warranty reads: “Follow our assembly instructions, installation instructions and care instructions carefully. This limited warranty does not apply to products that have been stored, assembled or installed incorrectly, used inappropriately, abused, misused, altered, or cleaned with wrong cleaning methods or wrong cleaning products.” If you have a warranty claim and are able to pass each and every one of these stipulations, they’ll give you a replacement…
          kitchenguy

          • Where (what country) are IKEA cabinets manufactured?

          • ppekka – some components are made in Italy, others are made in the far east and other countries.
            kitchenguy

  5. Hello kitchen-guy, I’m renovating small open kitchen. Is there a quality
    difference between the high end kitchens – specifically SieMatic vs Poggenpohl?
    I’ve not gotten specific prices yet but gave heard SieMatic is generally cheaper
    Than Poggenpohl but don’t want to compromise quality (especially as kitchen is small
    but opens into living/dining area so is fully visible and percentage difference in price
    Won’t translate into as large absolute cost differbce) …thanks!

  6. I am deciding on a kitchen with our new house purchase. I went to the Hacker showroom today and they said for a very basic kitchen with the size i require, furniture is in the price range of 12-14k (without a trade discount). The look i am going for is very simple but advertised as part of bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture listed on houzz. I know bulthaup will charge much more for these units. This look given the colours can also be achieved using PWS matt laminate lacquared doors at half the price of Hacker. Hacker has great design features but at a much much higher price than 12-14k if i want to integrate any of these features. So for 12-14k i am getting a very basic kitchen with drawers. who would you go with if you could achieve the same look at half the price?

  7. Shakuntala chockalingam

    Hi kitchen guy
    Sorry to bother you again. I met with the pedini dealer and started planning the kitchen, I discovered pedini has many lines. Is there a difference in quality for the different lines? The price he is quoting is for the Eco line which I noticed from the Pedini site it is at the bottom, leitch’s mid range price seem to be comparable with pedini Eco line. I found leitch’s drawers better looking better constructed than pedini. The Eco line has a black front and side with a rod above while leitch’s has a wide glass front. Leitch’s has the same interior for all levels. The difference is in the finish of doors while for pedini there is differende even in the interior material and construction. I am anxious to hear your views and your opinion on the Eco line.thank you
    .

    • Shakuntala chockalingam – sorry for the delayed response, as you can imagine, this is not my daily job… :) If you like the Leicht mid line and it is priced the same as the Eko – go for it.
      kitchenguy

      • Shakuntala chockalingam

        Thank you. I have decided to godwits Pedini Ecko line, as you once mentioned it had more flexibility to my requirements compared to Leitch. The design is in process. Your opinion on Ecko line will still be appreciated.

  8. Michael

    Hi there
    we are considering buying a Boffi display kitchen and have mostly figured out how to incorporate it into our space. We are likely to need a couple of extra base units and maybe an end piece – is it possible to order these direct from Boffi or do we need to go through a Boffi dealer?
    Many thanks

  9. Good day,
    I have never heard about Häcker before, but after finding your blog I searched and found a shop in Croatia. It seems that Häcker is cheaper than Doimo in Croatia, even you say that it is much better brand (Comparing Doimo Style with Häcker Systemat Art GL 6000). Is it normal?
    Furthermore, it seems that you are missing two makers of kitchens: Dan Kuechen, and Gorenje from Slovenia.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Miho – that is normal. The resllers can mark up as much as they want…
      Dan Kuechen, and Gorenje are small local companies – we only list ones with a minimum size and distribution.
      kitchenguy

  10. How would you rate modulnova? Have been told they are cheaper, but just as good as, bulthaup, poggenpohl, etc. Would you agree?

    • S – Modulnova is very nice – in par with Poggenpohl (and should be about the same price). Bulthaup is better and should be more expensive.
      kitchenguy

  11. Graham Kendall

    Hi Kitchen Guy, really helpful blog.

    I’m choosing between Hacker Classic, Schuler NX501, and Schroder. Same layout and appliances. Looks are very similar and so far they are all priced very close to £26k with various January offers with perhaps more extras included in the Hacker quote. I’m interested to know whether there is much of a quality difference? I’ve seen some older comments on these brands in the blog but wonder how the newer ranges compare? The Schroder dealer seems good and I do like the design but I can’t find a single review of their kitchens in the UK. I’m buying in the next week so would be great if you could reply soon! Also do you have an opinion on the Jetstone ceramic worktops which are an option with Schuler? I’m based in South West London if you know a particularly good/competitive company I should speak with? Thanks.
    Graham

    • Graham Kendall – all 3 are more or less at the same product category. I’d go with haecker, from these 3 but would recommand you go with womever you feel more comfortable.
      I’m not familier with Jetstone, but if it similar to other ceramic tops – I like it.
      kitchenguy

  12. Graham Kendall

    Thank you, very helpful!

  13. Hello Kitchenguy, I need your help and advise on which good german kitchens to look at and one other Italian kitchen and order of quality and price comparison. Looking at Siematic, Rotpunkt and Hacker and open to looking at other similar recommended brands and if you can give suppliers in the north west london area. It will be a large open plan kitchen with units on one wall with an Island with a breakfast bar. Would appreciate you help in deciding on which type of doors and cost differences between ie. laminate, veneer, acrylic, glass, high gloss, matt etc. and which you would recommend. I live in north west london and if you know of a good company to go with. thank you in advance

    • Jay – a toll order to fill… :)
      Here is what I can give you w/o getting into too big of a project:
      Siematic and Haecker are similar in quality. SieMatic will be more expensive.
      Rotpunkt will be priced similar to haecker’s lower end, but a little lower in quality than Haecker.
      As far as Italian lines are concerned – look at Varrena, Pedini, Snaidero.
      kitchenguy

  14. I have SCIC cabinets in my kitchen and would like to know if the doors can be replaced or painted. Also do you know where SCIC kitchen cabinets are sold in the new York city area? thank you.

    • geri – replacing doors on a kitchen, is like replacing the body, on a car – it cost amost the same as a new kitchen, but all the insides, hardware, lighting, etc. are still from the old kitchen…
      I’m not aware of a SCIC dealer in the NY area.
      kitchenguy

  15. Hi kitchenguy, I’m grateful for your blog. Thanks.
    I reside in Atlanta, GA and had initial meetings already with Siematic and CSI which carries Leicht. I am also meeting with Pedini and Poggenpohl. In terms of price for quality (best quality for good price), how would you rank these 4 companies. What disqualified Leicht from your Top 20 list?

    • Roni – out of these 4, the best quality to price ratio is Pedini, in my opinion.
      As far as Leicht – all 4 are good, but look at the designs and innovation of the other 3 – they are just unimaginative, in my opinion…
      kitchenguy

  16. Leicht is weak on designs and innovation but would you know if it ‘cuts corners’?
    Also,
    Pedini being first for good value for the price, which comes second amongst the 4 brands I mentioned?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Roni – I didn’t say that Leicht is “…weak on designs and innovation…” – you asked me “What disqualified Leicht from your Top 20 list?” This is in comperison to the Top 20 in the world!
      After Pedini, for quality-to-price-ratio will be will be Poggenpohl.
      kitchenguy

  17. Hello, could you please help me with a kitchen. Which manufacter is more reliable and better, scavolini, stosa, alno or arredo3?

    • Kostas – “reliable and better” has a lot to do with the local dealer, as well as the manufacturer. Of all else being equal, I’d say : Alno, Scavolini, Stosa & Arredo3 (tied).
      kitchenguy

      • Dear kitchen guy,

        We are doing an extension and are going to put a new kitchen. I have two questions regarding that . If you could please answere those it would be huge help .

        1) which kitchen cupboard finish is most durable and still looks good even after 5 years or more?

        2)how does pyram compare to schuller, haecker and pro norm?

        • Iram –
          1) If you purchase a quality product, all finishes will look good 5, or 10 years down the road. However, if you are planning on having a very heavy use, lots of cooking, etc. – I suggest something smooth, without grain, that is easy to wipe off. The most durable finish, believe it or not, is glass – it is the easiest one to clean, doesn’t scratch easily, doesn’t fade, etc. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come cheap…
          2) Pyram is at the level of Pronorm, more or less. Schueller and Haecker are better.
          kitchenguy

  18. Anne Williamson

    Dear Kitchenguy,

    I am considering replacing my kitchen, I would like your opinion on wether I should go for a German company I.e. Beckermann or Italian Company like Arredo 3. I have looked at both, however the Italian company appears to have an excellent range at third of the cost to German? Have you ever heard of Arredo 3 and if their service is good?

    I appreciate your reply AW

    • Anne Williamson – Beckermann is a much better product than Arredo 3. No wonder it is that much more expensive., though X3 times is too much… Don’t Beckermann have a lower priced line? Most companies today offer an entry level product, that is more limited (in terms of options), at a lower price point.
      kitchenguy

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