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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.



  1. dear all

    i am currently contemplating a Giemmegi – must italia kitchen – croco covered doors or silver leaf. are these guys of good quality and their prices reasonable
    also are there any other manufacturers offering anything similar to this?

  2. would you recommend poliform, semantic, poggenpohl?
    which order?

  3. Hacker Systemat update 2014

    Hi Kitchen guy

    They now use a PUR water resistant glue to edge PVC edging to doors and units, this gives an almost invisible joint as well as been water resistant.

    In most ranges you can have any size of unit or door and you can now have the unit cutout and re formed for pipe boxing’s or wall nibs.

    Oven housing to suit the appliance without a filler to make up the size.

    keep up the good work

  4. Ramy Mehanna

    Hello Kitchenguy,

    How does Aran, Scavolini, Schmidt and Pedini products compare?


  5. Hello- how does Pedini, Schmidt, Aran & Scavolini compare in terms of quality? For the same price, who should we pick? Thanks a lot.

  6. Suman Nirali

    Hi would like to know about some Mid range Brands like Spar arreda , Aran , Miton

  7. Myra Burg

    Looking at remodeling a kitchen in a wilshire corridor high rise. Snaidero was the first spot we stumbled into, beautiful. Any others you suggest we consider? Is the European cabinet truly better, or are we spending a high dollar for hype?

    • Myra Burg – if you’re looking for a European look (clean, modern) than the European cabinetry is not just better quality and looks better, but it is a different ‘anima; all together – Europeans are building ‘kitchen systems’ that are designed to begin with, to be just that – a kitchen. American kitchens, are actually furniture that gets adapted into the kitchen.
      If I’m guessing correctly and you’re on Wilshire, in LA, then you have many great choices – right around the corner from you, you have a Pedini showroom – check them out.
      Good luck,

  8. Hello: Wondering about goldreif coming back? What are your thoughts about this sister company to poggenpohl. Also, should I go with pedini or goldreif?

    • Ravi – there was a good reason why Goldreif vanished in the first place. It remains to be seen if there’s a good reason for it to come back…
      Go with Pedini!

  9. We are looking at Siematic but I have been reading about pedini I as well. In terms of cost and quality how do these two brands compare?

    • Mike – they are both quality products, but are very different in design and feel. If you chose a style they both offer (like a lacquered kitchen), I believe Pedini has a higher ‘quality-to-price ratio’ and so that would be my recommandation.

  10. gary b garabedian

    dear kitchen guy .

    we are renovating a mid century contemporary .
    so far we like a white laquer combined with a brown wood – element .
    in boston , we are seeing presntations from nobilia , hacker and downsview . also siematic has a lower priced line semi laque .

    what is your opinon onthe choices
    the same showroom represnts both nobilia and hacker .


    • gary – these are all fine choices. I can’t really tell you much more, without having a lot more info about models, prices, etc.
      Set a budget – choose a stye and go with the dealer you like best.
      Good luck!

  11. Hi Kitchenguy,

    We’re in the process of building a house in Chennai, India and are looking for high end kitchen brands like Poggenpohl or their equivalent. We’re looking at about 2 years to completion so we want to get the planning started in the next few months. Are there any brands that are here already or coming to Chennai soon that will be similar to Poggenpohl in quality? Since we have plenty of time, we want to play around with all our options.

  12. martin mizel

    Hi, I am considering purchasing cabinets from Miton I like the design from the dealer and like the people I am working with. I am thinking about glossy white cabinets and darker laminate cabinets. The laminate cabinets are Miton 120. This dealer also carries Effeti and Composite brands that are more expensive. The dealer told me that Miton is not a leader in design but that the cabinets are of good quality. I know you discribe Miton as a price driven company. Are miton cabinets of decent or better qualilty? What european cabinets do you recommend at this price point?

    • martin – just like everything else in life – if you want to pay less, you need to sacrifice something else. In the kitchen industry, lower price cabinets usually come with lwer quality, design and/or service. If you like Miton and they are in your budget – go for it!

      • martin mizel

        Are there companies that you would recommend that are competitive price wise or perhaps a bit more expensive that are better in quality than Miton?

  13. Which is the cheapest kitchen manufacturer in Italy

    • Michele – there are several cheap manufacturers in Italy but most of them only supply local customers and don’t export. Where are you located?

  14. Paul Maine


    Which do you think is the better quality kitchen range Pronorm or Systemat ?



  15. Hello: Thanks for your response about Pedini. What are your thoughts about the different lines of Pedini. We are debating between Dune and Integra, and while both seem like very durable and elegant lines with great color/material selections, is there one that is better than the other? If so, in what way? Ravi

    • Ravi – they are the same – the only dofferences ae the doors (materials, design & thickness) and the toe kick height.
      Good luck,

  16. Dear kitchenguy,

    Would you be able to advise weather Mitton or Castagna Cucine is higher quality? Both are Italian brands and both come at similar price for the same list of requirements. If one is better than the other, then why?
    You advice is much appreciated.

    • Vaida- they are similar – go with the one that you like better. either the product, the design, the designer or the showroom.
      Good luck!

  17. I live in Los Angeles and in the beginning stages of a remodel. I really love the look of the high end kitchen manufacturers (Bulthaup, Poggenpohl, Porcelanoosa, Pedini, etc.) but those will probably be outside of my budget. Do you have any recommendations of some quality midrange kitchen companies that I should take a look at that offer the clean, modern look? I see in an earlier thread mention of Miton and Composite…and you mention there are better choices…curious to hear your feedback. Thanks, Bryan

    • Bryan – I belive that you’re much better going with the bulthaup b1 or Pedini Magika, than with an inferior product, like Miton or Composit.
      Good luck!

  18. Natalie Yildiz


    Could you please let me know which brand is better quality – Hacker or Arredo3? We are looking at the Wega model for Arredo3. Both are very similar in price.


  19. Miton, Aran, Lube or Arrex? Which one is best quality please?

  20. Any thoughts on rotpunkt kitchens in comparison to Hacker kitchens and how they compRe to uk high street chains?

  21. olga szasz

    We are building a new kitchen in a home in new jersey . It is relatively large size 21 by 21 Ft. We looked at two companies Cesare and Aran that are in the area, they both offer modern clean cut kitchens. They look similar to me and both use Blume mechanism, Cesare comes out more expensive. Can you please recommend which brand is a better quality vs value and if it is worth to invest into Cesare.? We have a budget of about $35.000 or may be you can suggest other companies. Thanks a lot for your input.

    • olga – Cesar is more expensive than Aran, because it is better quality. As far as other companies in New Jersey – try Pedini (I see they have a showroom in Paramus, NJ). You can get even better quality than Cesar, for the same price.
      Good luck!

  22. Hi, I’m at the point of committing around £40,000 to a kitchen (in total) and your site has been very helpful. Rather nervous about choosing the wrong manufacturer so without considering cost may I ask you to rank Hacker, Leicht, Nolte and Siematic please. Want a modern, gloss, handleless kitchen that is stylish and will last. Can I be cheeky and ask you to do the same with Bosch, Neff and Seimens appliances?

    Many thanks from Cumbria UK

    • Alison – SieMatic, Haecker, Leicht, Nolte.
      Can’t do the appliances as i’m not that familier with all the new models, etc. available everywhere.

  23. Hi Kitchen Guy,
    I am based in Sydney, Australia. I am looking at two Italian kitchen suppliers – Stosa or Miton. Which do you recommend?

  24. Further, could you recommend any other European kitchen manufacturers who supply to Sydney. We do like the Stosa Aleve minimalist glass cabinet “look” without handles. Reading through your blog, it sounds like better brands are available.

    • Sheila – stosa is nice and I’ll take it over Miton. Not sure what else you have available down-under…

  25. Hi Kitchenguy,

    Thank you. Apologies for the long and multiple question…

    1. I only know 8 European kitchen brands available in Sydney. Could you please rank them in terms of general quality.
    - Haecker (Taste Living)
    - Leicht
    - Miton
    - Nobilia (Taste Living)
    - Nolte (Euro German Kitchens)
    - Poggenpohl (A La Carte Design)
    - Rational (A La Carte Design)
    - Stosa (Eurolife)

    2. Secondly, we specifically want a glass finish to others such as polyurethane, lacquer, laminate, stainless steel etc. Presumably there are different glass manufacturing processes, so what specifically should we check for in terms of durability and scratch/crack resistance?

    3. Finally, on your blogs, you refer to a “Top 20″ list. What is the link to this so I can check out whether these kitchen brands have distributors here in Sydney.


    • Sheila – here you go:
      1. At the top – Haecker & Poggenphol. Next – Leicht & Rational. Last, Stosa, Nolte, Nobilia & Miton.
      2. You’ll get better glass quality, from the better brands.
      3. Top 20.
      Good luck!

  26. LouiseJane

    Hello Kitchenguy we have had quotes for a new kitchen from different suppliers of Siematic and Rational Tio. As we want a kitchen which is contemporary, handleless, gloss, durable, extremely well made which will last us years which of these would you recommend. I note you mention Pedini quite a lot and rate it highly but I haven’t been able to find UK supplier in Northern England. Is that better than Siematic/Rational Tio? Thank you louisejane.

    • - The first two brands are German and so Pedini will be a bit different, even if you stick to the same design. They are very similar in quality, just slightly different design/look. Check them out – in the UK.
      Good luck,

  27. Mariano

    Hey I’m in nyc looking for a new kitchen the dimensions are about 12.5′x15′ and a 7 foot island I’m looking for a mid ranged company I went to leicht and got quoted 31k and one else you recommend mor for my money ? Thanks

    • Mariano – try Pedini and ask for their Magika or Eko lines. They are more economical and same quality.

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