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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. Hi, kitchenguy. What dou you think about these German kitechen makers: Ballerina and Impuls. Impuls is about 15% cheaper. Which to choose?

  2. hi kitchenguy

    living in Berlin and I am currently deciding between bulthaup b1 which is their cheaper product with Siemens/AEG appliances or going to Hacker for their highest range – all with top notch appliances like Miele/Gaggenau/Bora etc.

    Personally I like bulthaup design but I am wondering if Hacker wouldnt give me better quality/value in the end?

    thanks for advice

  3. Hi there
    I’m looking at Kuhlmann and Rotpunk brands for my kitchen in new build. I am in UK. Neither are cheap but not too expensive. Any thoughts on these brands they dont seem well known in UK. As an alternative Burbage has been suggested to me as a UK brand…never heard if it have you.

    I am looking for a handless door and a big Island.

    Would love Siematic but dont have 60k to spend.

  4. Hello great blog! I am located in the on Houston, Texas, US and I like the the design and quality of the Clive Christian or Mark Wilkinson. It is extremely pricy. I love the kitchen but I am trying to find a way to get it cheaper. Do you know of any European kitchen cabinets company that can produce similar styles and quality products at lower prices? If not are they any other companies you can recommend that give the same look without having to spend $150,000 plus for kitchen.

  5. Hi Kitchenguy,
    I have been shopping for a new kitchen for many months now, and have finally picked a design layout i like. Now I am trying to find the right dealer/brand at the right price. The most competitive prices were from Rational, Hacker, Leicht and Schuller. Could you please rank them in order of quality and longevity to help make my decision easier. BTW brilliant blog and very helpful info

  6. what is your opinion of matt glass fronted doors as opposed to matt lacquer doors to pairing with a wood finish?

    I am concerned about the glass doors scratching easily or the frame of the door not being strong enough with the glass front, and looking dated after a few years

    Would appreciate your advice.

  7. Hi kitchen guy, what kind of price point is Hacker…high or mid. We are looking for a good contemporary mid end brand for a kitchen showroom.. any recommendations? Susie

  8. Me again.. oops! Forgot to ask.. what about Alno? Mid or low end…

  9. And finally???? How about Armony Spa Italian kitchens.. mid or low end? Thanks sooooo much in advance.. great blog????

  10. Hi Kitchenguy!

    We are in the process of ordering a new kitchen and wanted your opinion between Aran, Scavolini, Lube, Euromobil or Veneta. These are the ones offered where we live. Would you recommend one? They all look more or less the same but don’t know about quality. Thank you!

    • Gri – you said it right – “They all look more or less the same” and they are more or less the same quality. I would go with the designer/showroom you feel most comfortable with.

  11. Brandon

    Hello Kitchenguy
    Two Questions
    1.Have you heard of GED or GD Arredamenti? and if so how would you rate them? what price range should they be at? (and can you name similar quality companies as comparison) , I guess they are too small to be mentioned already
    2.Can you name companies that make bespoke (dimensions) doors

    • Brandon – 1. yes, it’s a small company and they are not cheap. What type of style, look, finish are you looking for?
      2. Sure – where are you located?

  12. Good day Kitchen guy!

    Hope you are doing well.

    I am currently looking for a kitchen for my house. I have visited my Local Pedini Dealer and SieMatic Dealer.

    I love both products. But I would like your input towards the choices.

    If you have only one choice which one would it be?

    Also Id like to ask if Pedini is a better brand than SieMatic?


    • Yogi – both are great choices. I personally prefer Pedini – I think their designs are more exciting.

  13. Viktor Petrov

    Can you group these companies by quality?

    Poggenpohl, Siematic, Snaidero, Arrital, Scavolini, Ernestomeda, Pedini

    • Victor – Poggenpohl, Siematic, Snaidero & Pedini. Then Ernestomeda. Then Arrital & Scavolini.

  14. Guido Hogen

    Hi Kitchenguy, currently deciding between Pedini Arke and Arrital AK. Pedini is substantially more expensive but reading from your other posts the Pedini kitchen is the higher quality kitchen. In what way is Pedini superior over Arrital?
    Thanks & best regards,

  15. Hi again, super information! Pedini or Schuller? Is Pedini a lot more expensive? Many thanks

  16. Susana – Pedini and it shouldn’t be much more

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