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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. richard cheng

    Can you tell me do you prefer boffi or cesar quality/price? I saw display for both brands and can’t tell the difference.

  2. Hi, we’re looking to buy a new kitchen as part of major refurb. We live in north west london. Can you recommend quality kitchen designer/fitters for modern but understated look. Budget around £20-25k. Thanks.

  3. Eliane

    Hi Kitchenguy,
    thank you for your great posts.
    We are renovating an old house in the middle east and have chosen Valcucine’s total glass look for the main kitchen. We need however 2 extra kitchens: an outdoor one, resistant to salty air and sand storms, and one that can fit into a closet for our guests, like Boffi does.
    Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you,

    • Eliane – sorry, not aware of any outdoor brands in that part of the world (where exactly are you in the M East?) and not sure who has one that can fit into a closet for our guests, like Boffi does.

      • Eliane

        Hello Kitchenguy,
        thank you for your answer. I am in Israel, but can import from Italy, Germany or Switzerland, as we will have a container traveling to Israel.
        Any suggestion will be welcome

  4. Noelia

    Hi, I am iin the process of furnishing my new home. I’ve looked at both Italian kitchens: miton and arredo3. Have you heard of them? Which one is better?

  5. Noelia

    Between schmidt, arredo3 and miton wchich have better quality?

  6. Sofia Ball

    Hi Kitchen guy! I am looking at veneers what do you know about Varenna veneers VS Pedini veneers?

  7. kitchenguy,

    Great blog and vey informative.

    Where does Kuhlmann fit in against Hacker, Rotpunkt and Nobilia? You have commented on the other products but not on Kuhlmann.


  8. Donny

    Thanks for your marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog
    and will eventually come back very soon. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great writing,
    have a nice day!

  9. Vanessa

    Dear kitchenguy,
    Can you tell me your opinion about the quality of Astra Cucine?


  10. sumana

    HI am planning to buy SCHIFFINI in India at Chennai !.Your comments please ?

  11. sumana

    Hi Can you list the following brands.. Schiffini, Scavolini, Alno, Hacker, Aran, Veneta Cucine …
    starting from the best…

  12. Hello,

    We are planning to renovate our kitchen and we have a budget of £35k. Do you think we can manage to have a modulnova kitchen at this cost range? Or would you recommend us any other kitchen designer with similar style to modulnova and can deliver within our budget range?


  13. Hi there – would you recommend Hacker or Schmidt for a new kitchen with £20k budget (exc appliances)? Schmidt looked a bit higher quality to me but seems like you very much rate Hacker. Would be interested to know your opinion.

    Many thanks!

  14. I seen you mentioned a while back that Pedini, Boffi, B&B Italia use the same door manufacturer. Who is this?

  15. Hi kitchen guys
    I’m thinking of getting ARREDO3 , great kitchen designer , glass aluminium doors looked great,
    Also not sure about the appliances
    Siemens ( I heard Siemens & neff having back log problems due to fault)
    Fisher n Paykel

  16. So Kitchen Guy,

    Whats the deal with Pronorm?? Good, Bad, Indifferent?

    How do they compare in price to a brand like Nolte?

    Thank you


  17. I’ve been searching info regarding Multiform, without much luck. What’s your view on their kitchens and great if you rank it price and quality wise against Siematic and Pedini.

    • Carl – they are a very small Danish company, part of the Ballingslöv group. They only have a couple of outlets outside of Denmark and Norway. You really can’t compare them to SeiMatic and/or Pedini, in any way… Sorry…

  18. Alexei

    Hi! We are facing the choice: Pedini (mid range) or Cesar. What would be your recommendation? What’s your opinion on Bora extractors?

  19. Laith Maraqa

    Dear kitchen guy
    what would be an italian kitchen that compares to scavolini in price and quality, and what would be the medium low ( price) italian kitchen, customs where am from is high so difference in price becomes even bigger and i really want a good italian kitchen

  20. ghadeer AR

    What would be the top 3 value for money spanish kitchens ???

  21. Thanks for the great info. I’m looking into a kitchen and bath remodel in Los angeles. For the kitchen, I got quotes from Boffi, Bulthup, pedini and Miton. Miton’s quote was 30% lower than pedini (22k vs 32k), Boffi was 40k and Bulthup 60k!!! Is there a big difference in the quality of pedini vs. Miton? What about Pedini vs. Boffi?

    For bathrooms, I’m looking into Boffi vs. Novello… Any preferences or recommendations for other bathrooms companies?

    Thanks in advance! Much appreciated.

    • Renne – a big difference, between Miton and Pedini. Boffi and Bulthaup should be about the same and shouldn’t be much more than Pedini, unless you’re not comparing “apples and apples”…

  22. Sherry

    Hi there -
    How do you compare Pedini’s Materika heat treated oak veneer to Poliform’s veneer in terms of quality? Is Poliform’s veneer worth the big price difference?

    • Sherry – the quality of the venners is the same – they all come from the same suppliers, in most cases…

  23. Hi Kitchen guy,
    Your website has lot of information on kitchens.
    Ian looking for a kitchen for my house.
    I had two kitchens earlier in my previous houses.
    I had tried Scavolini and Snaidero earlier and Iam happy with both.
    This time I have bottomed down on Veneta Cucine and Pedini.

    The price difference between both of them is not much.
    Would you please advise me on which one would be a better choice in terms of quality.

    Thanks for your advice in advance

  24. elizabeth

    I love Siematic, Bulthaup, and Poggenpohl, but it’s priced a little high. Are there other brands besides Pedini that may be more affordable? What do you think of Pedini’s quality? Do you think the German brands are worth investing a little more for? Thank you for your reply.

    • elizabeth – there are many, many brands that are more affordable… – where are you located?
      Pedini’s quality is as good as Siematic, Bulthaup, and Poggenpohl and shouldn’t be much cheaper (if at all), for the same product specs.

      • elizabeth

        I am in San Francisco and prefer Italian and German kitchens. So what mid-priced, stylish brands are available in the bay area I might consider. Thanks!

        • elizabeth – in SF you have lots of choices, but I think you’ve pretty much narrowed it to the top few. if it was me and Pedini was less, I’d go with it.

  25. Hello Kitchen Guy,

    I would like to thank you for taking your time and helping everyone with their kitchen question’s.

    My Name is Said and I am from Oman. Given a choice between Snaidero and Rational kitchens and I understand that both brands are part of Snaidero Group, which kitchen you will go with ? (What would you recomend?)

  26. Which one is a better quality, Pedini or Boffi? Looking into remodeling a kitchen and a bathroom using one of the brands and the price difference is not much

    • Guy – as far as quality, they are very similar. They are using the same hardware manufacturers, some of the same door suppliers, etc.

  27. What do you think about Miton kitchen? They have a store in LA and their pricing is very competitive compared to other brands. They told me that they use blum hardware but I was wondering if you know anything about the quality of their kitchen cabinets, handless doors and pantry solutions? Thanks so much!

    • Kelly – Miton is an ok product. They are not high-end and are ‘price driven’ but if you’re on a budget – they’re ok…

  28. Stephanie

    Dear Kitchenguy.
    we are building a new home for our family at the seaside near Hamburg in germany. Currently i am working on the new handleless kitchen. At the moment my choice would be siematic, rational or Leicht. I personally did not like Nobilia, and Bulthaup was too expensive. What would you choose in terms of quality?

    Thanks for your help

  29. Dear Kitchenguy,

    Thanks for a fantastic resource in a very confusing market and for answering directly so many questions. You have been a great source of information!

    I have been looking at some kitchen suppliers in my region, but I am a bit confused by how some manufacturers rank in terms of quality. I have seen, and liked a lot, Poggenphol, but it is beyond my budget. Same goes for Siematic. There are not many Italian manufacturers in my region, so I am left with Schmidt, Häcker, Mobalpa, and Störmer as what I think are middle level options. Are they similarly positioned or is the quality of them much better than the others? Would Poggenphol be good enough in terms of an investment to justify making the additional financial effort (more than 10.000 euros)?

    Thanks a lot!

  30. Hi kitchenguy, could you kindly share your knowledge on 2 matters?

    1a) Is build quality of the following kitchen brands similar? Modulnova, Varenna, Scic, Snaidaro, Euromobil (all come from good suppliers, so if price and build quality are similar, I will go with the company that produces the best design)
    1b) Could you rank them solely on this aspect?

    I plan to have light colour cabinets with matt finish: either white/off-white/very light grey.
    2a) Is wear & tear on the edges of light coloured, high quality laminate quite visible after a few years?
    2b)Is the additional cost of matt laquer in these colours worth the extra cost, and does this type of finish have its own quality issues?

    Thanks in advance for all your help.

    • T – 1. They are all very similar.
      2a) no.
      2b) only you can answer the first and yes – its not as strong.

      • Thanks a lot! Good to know. And do any of these brands have a reputation for using better quality laminate / laquers than others or while they all be similar too?

  31. Hi kitchen guy,

    I live in Kenya and will be renovating the whole kitchen. Options are Nobilia, Snaidero and Poggenpohl. From the 3 can you categorize them in terms of quality and sustainability? I have not yet shopped to know the difference in price, but your answer will assist me in my options.

    Thanks in advance,

  32. Hi! Do you know which company is better quality, Astra or Bauformat? Astra is about 20% cheaper. Thanks in advance!

  33. hi kitchen guy
    is there a website that classifys each kitchen
    manufacturer based on quality,affordability,aftersales etc.
    im just getting more confused
    looking for a quality kitchen at best value for money

  34. Hello Kitchen Guy,

    How would you compare Snaidero and Stormer Kitchen. Given the choice between then which one to go with regardless of price


    • Said – from a design stand point, I’d take Snaidero, but if you’re looking for a simple kitchen, Störmer is fine.

  35. hello,
    for the same configuration.ARAN volare 22000 $ Pedini artika 30,000 $ .What choose?

  36. hello,
    snaidero ola or pedini artika?

  37. please help me, I have 4 quotes . from nolte, Mobalpa, cucine lube, aran.what do you recomend?

  38. Between Leicht and Rational which is the better quality manufacturer for a lacquered finish and overall quality? Your opinion will be much appreciated

  39. Hi, Kitchen guy. I have another question, have you heard of Fiamberti and Copat modern ?
    They are kitchen cabinet place in LA and they are using those company. I was wondering if you know about these company. How are their cabinet quality compare to Scavolini, Mitona and Pedini.
    Thank you.

    • Jennifer – they decent quality, but have hardly any representation in the US, so I would be worried about the service level…
      They are nicer than Miton, more or less the same as Scavolini and Pedini is better.

      • HI, Kitchenguy.

        Thank you for your response. This helps a lot to me.
        and in your answer, I would assume Pedini is better than Scavolini, right?
        then Fiamberti, Copat modern and last will be Miton ( in order of quality ), is that correct?
        Thank you soooo much.

  40. Hello Kitchen Guy,
    Do you know anything about the American company WoodMode and their high gloss cabinets that they are producing to compete with the European lines? Thank you.

    • Jo – WoodMode high gloss doors are decent quality, but there is no comperiosn to the real European products and they are actually more expensive…

  41. Hi Kitchenguy,
    We are trying to choose between Cesar, Pedini and Poggenpohl. Could you please tell us which one you would recommend and why?
    Thank you in advance.

  42. Thanks in favor of sharing such a fastidious thought, piece of writing is pleasant, thats why i
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  43. Do you know if Astra manufacture their products in Italy or China?

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