The 10 largest European Kitchen Companies

The Nobia Group                            Häcker                                   Mobalpa, France   

Many of you have asked me for a ‘top 10 list’ of European kitchen companies. Being that in my mind ‘Top 10′ is not just about company size and/or sales volume (especially in today’s economy…) I’m still working on that list for you and sooner or later it will be posted.
In the mean time, with the help of a good friend (thank you, A.S.), I was able to come up with the list of the largest companies in the European kitchen brands for you.

Bauformat, Germany                      Nobilia, Germany                          Cuisine Schmidt
The difficult part about coming up with such a list is how do you measure size, or I should say – by what parameters. I see, some European companies are actually part of a Group – they own several kitchen brands/factories, not necessarily all in the same country (!). Some manufacture kitchens but also sell retail, through a chain of factory owned stored. They may produce less kitchens, then another company, but if you add their retail sales, to their wholesale figures and then add appliances (manufactured by appliance companies, counters and even labor, the comparison is simply not easy.

Nolte, Germany       Alno Group, Germany         Schüller, Germany           Snaidero Group, Italy  

So with the above in mind, the only way to create the list (without going nuts) is really just by total sales figures (Europeans like to use the term – ‘Turnover’). So here is the list:

1. Nobia Group (Sweden) – There are many companies in this group, like Poggenpohl and Pronorm (Germany), HTH (Denmark), Marbodal (Sweden), Sigdal (Norway), EWE (Austria), plus, they also have a retail-network in the group – Magnet (UK).
2. Nobilia (Germany) – one company.
3. Alno GroupAlno, Wellmann, Pino and Impuls (Germany).
4. Cuisine Schmidt (France) – including a retail-network.
5. Häcker (Germany) – one company.
6. Nolte (Germany) – one company.
7. Mobalpa (France) – including a retail-network.
8. Schüller (Germany) – one company.
9. Bauformat Group - Bauformat and Burger (Germany).
10. Snaidero Group - Snaidero (Italy), Rational (Germany and including retail-networks like Ixina and Cuisine-Plus.

Some intresting facts:

  •  The majority of the companies, in the above list, are from Germany and the Scandinavian countries.  In that part of Europe, the groups (or concerns) are very typical and have been around since before Columbus discovered America… (no joke!).
  • The only Italian company is in the tenth spot – unlike the northern Europeans, in the southern part of Europe, the opposite is more common – smaller companies, privately owned and operated. Even inside Italy, the more south you go, the smaller and more family owned and operated the companies are. With that said, there are a lot more Italian kitchen companies operating and selling kitchens, then there are German and Scandinavian combined…
  • If we only consider single factory sales, without retail sales and/or other companies in the Group, the largest one is Nobilia, from Germany, then  Häcker, Nolte and Schüller, from Germany.
  • This list is not guaranteed, as many companies do not publish their sales figures but is fairly close to reality. Also, the list can change in one day, if one of the groups decides to sell off a factory or two, or in return, to acquire a couple of brands.

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  1. Hi. Live in London and having a hard time choosing between Nolte and Schmidt. Similar design and finishes from both, but Nolte 10% more in cost. Are the qualities comparable? Am I comparing apples with apples. The Schmidt price group 1 wood effect wild oak had me fooled for the real thing.

  2. Marie Rose Al Kalache

    Dear Sirs, can anyone advise which company of the above list in Germany sells ballerina product for kitchens? Your help is highly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance!

  3. Hi. In terms of quality, in what order would you rank Eggersmann, Stormer, Haecker, schuller, schmidt, Alno, Beckermann and Rempp

    • Rob – in this order: Eggersmann, Haecker, schuller, Stormer, Schmidt, Alno, Beckermann and Rempp.

      • Dear kitchen guy could you kindly tell me which of these two kitchens is of better quality Leicht or Nolte and how much discount should I be looking to push for is 25% adequate. I am based in London

        • Ash – Leicht is better, but you need to insure you’re comparing apples and apples… Same door style, box, drawer, design, accessories, etc.
          It should be about 20% – 30% more, for the same thing.

      • Greg McGarry

        Hi Kitchenguy,

        Really informative site, well done!

        I note you rate Schuller above Stormer.

        Can you qualify that a little? Is it terms of quality, longevity, design, range or is it six of one, half dozen the other?

        If relevant, how should they compare pricewise comparing apples with apples?

        Thank you in advance for your help & advice,



  4. Hi
    Please can you help..we need to decide on 2 kitchens both handleless. One is by Stormer and the other by a local British company who make the cabinets and buy in the doors.
    The UK company cabinets are18mm MFC on adjustable legs with 18mm MFC back in base and wall units. They use Hettich arcitech soft close drawers which run on actrorunners with solid mfc anthracite base. They colour match then units with the doors. wall units are 720mm high and 300mm deep. Hettich senses hinges on doors.How do you think this sounds in comparison to the Stormer kitchen? They are working out at the same price and we need to decide asap?
    Many thanks

    • Tas – that’s an easy one – Stormer. If you had to choose between a VW car or one made by a local car dealer that was buying parts and them matching them, etc., etc… – what would you buy? Or how about buying a Sony TV, vs. getting one from a local guy, that buys the screen from Japan and then doe his own electronics, etc., etc… – should I continue…?
      Buy from a company that has a reputable product, service, warranty and not from a knock-off company.

  5. I am living the UAE, want kitchen cabinets for 3 kitchens, do you know if you have any show rooms in Abu Dhabi.??

    • Azaa – not sure who’s there at the moment… You’ll need to research it.

      • Hi Kitchenguy,
        Can you give me the names of the bigger kitchen companies in Norway & Finland? I’ve tried the internet but can’t seem to get any through my browser.


        • Ivan – there aren’t too many large companies in these countries. Look on the right cullumn (in blue) of the page, under OTHER EUROPEAN KITCHEN BRANDS – just scroll your mouse over the company and you’ll see the country they’re from.

          • Yeah, I found them. I was hoping there were a few others that weren’t mentioned here but thanks for the reply.

    • Hi Azaa
      you can find Hacker kitchen in: Hacker Building – Sheikh Zayed Road, Barsha 1 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
      +971 4 399 0425

  6. Tom Price

    Can you advise me on the ranking quality wise between the folowing makes. Alno, Bauformat, Howdens, Magnet. The builder is suggesting Bauformat, I have not heard of them before.

    • Tom – these are all lower end brands (is a local, UK Joinery, not a kitchen brand). Alno will probably be my choice from this short list.

  7. katalog

    Great article.

  8. Hi

    I am comparing Nobilia vs poggenpohl, what differences should i expect, i am expecting my kitchen to have not just usual stuff but a fully loaded utilities embedded too. Following are my doubts:
    1) Durability (2) Post sales Service (3) Quality of stuff more suitable to North Indian temperatures (4) which one has better designs (5) Sustainability of these two companies in India


    • Vekir – here are the answers:
      1) They both should be about the same, as far as durability.
      2) That has to do with the local representatives in your area.
      3) Same as #1.
      4) Poggenpohl has newer, cutting edge designs, than Nobilia copies the more popular ones…
      5) Not sure exactly what you mean, but again, it looks like it has to do with the local representatives in your area.


  9. Hi,

    We were pricing out a kitchen at eggersmann largely because of we love their higher end finishes only to find ourselves stuck because of a lack of flexibility in their overhead cabinet design and what seems like a rather expensive price of $50,000 for 20 feet of lower cabinets and 12 feet of overhead cabinets. Can you tell me how Eggersmann compares price/quality wise to Pedini, Alno, and Paggenpohl?


    • Alan – you should be able to find the same type of finishes from Pedini, WITH the flexibility of design. Not sure if Poggenpohl can do it. Alno is not at the same level…

      • Thanks for the help…. Navigating cabinets makes buying a car seem easy…

        • Alan – I agree with you 100%! Once you choose a car brand a model – it is the same everywhere. With cabinets, you choose the brand, the model and than you still have to select the dealer to purchase it from and narrow down a design for your kitchen…
          That’s why I started this blog – to help navigate between all these choices and make the decision a bit easier.

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  11. Will Yates

    Where is best to buy kitchens direct I buy quite a few at a time may be 8 or 9 so want to cut out the middle man


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  13. Confused

    Can you tell me which company is better from Nobilia, Siematic and Alno? I want a quality knthen that will last and look good. I have chosen these 3 based on what is available in the area I live. Thank you!

    • Confused – SieMatic, bay far…

      • Can you please inform, which make is better Nobilia or Alno?

        How much should be the price difference between the two for exactly same design & specs?

        How do their qualities differ?

        Your quick reply will be appreciated.


  14. Hi Kitchen guy

    My wife and I are looking at new kitchens we ve looked at alno and hacker. The price of the 2 kitchens is very similar. Which company would you say is better interms of quality and durability. What are the differences between the 2 companies?

  15. I really enjoy the way you wrote this article. I just bookmark the page and i will be back soon to read more from this interesting site. Thank you.

  16. Hi Kitchen Guy,
    firstly, thanks for all your posts and reply to single questions. Extremely useful.
    We have decided to go for a German kitchen, and despite being Italian, I just feel you can trust the germans when it comes to kitchens!
    Next 125, is the premium brand of Schuller. How does it compare in quality to Eggersmann and Haecker?
    Is next 125 more an Alno? and what I can’t point my finger on, is what are you paying for, in the most expensive brands?
    We would like to go with Haecker or Eggesrsmann, but if the cost is prohibitive, then Alno might be an alternative, unless you can suggest some other brands I should check out.
    P.S. any Italian brand I should actually look at?

    • Guido – unlike cars, the Italian kitchens today are as good as the German if not better in some cases. They are all using the same technology and machinary (Italian machines, making German kitchens and visa versa, German kitchens, featuring Italian doors – Italian kitchens featuring German hardware, etc.). Eggersman, haecker Next 125 & Alno – in this order, in terms of quality. You’re paying for quality, unique factor (custom, one of a kind), brand, innovation, etc.
      As far as Italian brands – look at My Top 20

  17. sorry one last question…what do you think of Siematic?
    I hear VERY expensive, but they do look beautiful

  18. Hello Kitchen Guy,

    We are looking at buying a kitchen.
    Seen Hacker and Schmidt kitchens and can’t decide.

    Hacker we’ll recommend by our builder and was a little cheaper than Schmidt. He said German kitchens are the best. Schmidt appears to be more French than German.

    Schmidt show room very impressive and fancy with lots to look and compare. Also Schmidt you can choose the colour of your carcass which looked really great in dark options. Hacker show room complete opposite to Schmidt- small little shop almost nothing made up so one has look at magazine imagine to get an idea. Also apparently hacker can’t brand itself in the uk so the kitchens don’t have the name Hacker on it or anywhere in the shops, which I find odd and somewhat disappointing.
    I don’t want to be swayed by the show room.

    Which you recommend Hacker or Schmidt?

    What about Siematic, I have not seen them but their web site looks beautiful.

    Hacker, Schmidt or Siematic??

    Any reasons?


    • Larry – SieMatic is great, but will be more expensive. Not sure of the specific dealers, but haecker is a better and bigger company than Schmidt.

  19. Hi,

    Sorry forgot to ask about Pronorm Kitchens?

    Hacker , Schmidt, Siematic, Pronorm??


    • stick to the other brands – this one is not up to par.

      • Many thanks for your reply. Your web page, knowledge and answers are quite remarkable!

        I am probably leaning towards Hacker.
        Comparing the exact design with same number and size of units,etc, like for like, Hacker and Schmidt came to the same price.
        SieMatic comes in at almost £7000 more.

        I just wish Hacker had better branding. No where in the entire kitchen on anything does it say Hacker or even a symbol of any sort. Even in the shop the word Hacker is no where to be found, it’s like a secret organisation.

        Many thanks again.

  20. Bou yousef

    In 10,000 GBP which kitchen with laundry brand and design is better for 8 by 3 meter place?

  21. where does leicht rank amongst Eggersman, haecker Next 125 & Alno?

  22. hi….I m sorry to keep asking questions, but navigating through kitchens is more difficult than choosing a car…
    with some companies do you have to choose amongst their different models, and then you can specify different details within?
    and in others you start from scratch so it’s a bespoke model?
    I get the impression that a hacker, siematic, eggersman is bespoke, while most Italians you have to choose a specific model as base to work on?

    • guido – not at all – both German and Italian kitchens operate in the same way – they have soecific models and then you can load them with accessories and features (like a car). Some brands are more custom (bespoke) than others. Some models (within the brands) are more custom then others.

  23. pradeephegde

    We are not able to choose between Nolte and Alno. For the design we selected the price comes up to the same. Which fares better in terns of quality and durability for Indian conditions.
    Best Regards, Pradeep

  24. You seem to believe hacker kitchens are better the Schmidt.

    What are your reasons for stating this ?

    Schmidt seen to have better configuration of units so more storage, thicker carcasses with better quality wood(high density) ,better interiors, better range and better warranty and the showrooms are much better equipped.

    From my research the standard hacker range is also a trade quality kitchen.


    • Maria – you seem to have formed a strong opinion alreday – so, go with it. Unless you alreday have a Schmidt kitchen (or a showroom full of it…)…

  25. Hi are Nobilla any good, are they middle range?

  26. simon deeming

    I’m trying to find similar companies to Smallbones of Devizes, ie. luxury kitchen manufacturers of a similar size. Only Harvey Jones seems comparable, whilst Hacker is obviously a significantly larger operation. With your knowledge of the luxury kitchen landscape can you give me any other names? They have to be capable of installing kitchens in a number of overseas locations!
    Thanks very much,

    • simon deeming – comparing Smallbone to Hacker is line comparing Bently to Audi… – they are completely different products, with different market purpose.
      What exacly are you looking for? A high end product that is completely bespoke (custom)?
      Where are you located and where is “overseas” for you?

  27. Hi. In terms of quality how would you rate the following kitchen brands: nolte, Haecker, Nobilia, stormer.
    Thank you.

  28. Thank you Kitchenguy

    I am now looking at Leicht, they have huge a colour range!
    Would you say they are the same price and quality as Nobilia?

  29. Hi, just looking kitchens just now. How would you rank the following brands: hacker, bauformat and schuller? Thanks

  30. Thank u kitchen guy. Just another couple of questions, would u say that there is any German kitchen that u should stay away from?
    Also out of the 3 I asked about, is there any flaws with these kitchens, or is it just that u have put them in this particular order to due to quality or reputation? Its just so that I know that when quotes r coming in, I want to go for the one that is good quality but also value for money, if u understand what I am trying to say.

  31. Thanks :)

  32. Hi, what can you say about Dada kitchens?

  33. Sorry but how does Poggenpoll stack up against Bulthaup? Is the later worth the extra cash?

    • Paul – yes, it does…
      Poggenpohl is a bigger company (so big name) but Bulthaup is a better product (so more money…)

  34. Hi are Pronorm Y Line any good?

  35. Hi, our kithcen choice is between hacker and wellman/alno, I have read your blogs and am interested to know why you choose hacker over wellman/alno?

  36. Thank you

  37. Hi
    There is showroom near us selling KUBE kitchens which they say is a German make. Have you heard of them and if so, where do they rank among other German makes? We had a B&Q top range quote for around £5000 Could you recommend a German make that is good value ie more VW than BMW/Mercedes?

    • Martin – Kube is from Irland…

      • Thanks.
        We were told the wholesaler is in Ireland but the kitchens are German….the following is an extract from their website…

        Kube is a family run and owned business specializing in designer German kitchens at affordable prices.

        Kube can call on four decades of expertise in the kitchen sector, during which our passion for good kitchen design, great German quality and good value has always shone through

        Do you think this is wrong and they are not German?

  38. I will ask another question in addition to the above so hopefully you will be able to answer them at the same time…lol

    We are probably at the lower end of the market, but would really like something a little better than Cooke and Lewis, Howdens, and Magnet.
    Are the bottom of the range German kitchens much better than these, and which should we be looking at bearing in mind that we are looking for quality of build (hinges, runners etc) rather than super unique and unusual designs.

  39. Which ‘lower end’ German kitchens, which are fairly widely available would you recommend?
    Thank you for your help,

  40. Hi,

    We are after a modern handless white kitchen. Hesitating between Nobilia Line N with Lux fronts and Hacker classic with Stratos fronts. Which one is better in terms of quality and ‘value for money’?

    Also is there any meaningful difference between Hacker classic and systemat range in build and finish quality?
    For example classic Stratos fronts vs systemat 4030 fronts?
    Our Hacker sales guy says that the carcases are exactly the same, but not sure that should trust him there…


    • AM – to be on the safe side, I got you an answer, directly from the people at Haecker:

      Nobilia and Hacker are both serious german producers and you can trust their quality.
      The price and the quality of Nobilia and Hacker classic is pretty much the same.
      If you are looking for a modern, glossy handleless kitchen the you should have a look at the Hacker Laser brillant sample doors. They have just introduced that family of doors in 6 different colours. Great value for money.

      Systemat by Hacker is a product line which offers more varieties in terms of materials, colours and dimensions. In that product line you can even choose between three different interior colours : white, lava grey and champaign. Even with matching hardware. Horizontal shelves are 19 mm instead of 16 mm; carcases can be equipped with a dust-seal or with LED-glass at the pull-out sides if desired. Also in systemat they offer real glass fronts in 11 colours, many wood veneers and even real stone veneer. So Hacker systemat can not really be compared wit Nobilia and Hacker classic.

      Hoping that helps.


  41. Thank you for all your help. We have found local kitchen studios offering the following German brands. Could you please place them in order of quality (price) for me.

    Rotpunkt Nolte Schuller Beauformat


    • Martin – it really depends on the model, finish and materials, assuming you are comparing them on the same design… My guess is that Schüller will be higher than the other 3. They should be about the same, +/-.

  42. Trying to decide between a noblessa or a problem kitchen?Are there any big differences?

  43. Robert Cranston

    Hi Kitchen Guy,

    May not be the right place to post something like this but ill give it a go as you seem very knowledgeable on the above kitchens. We are a small business currently working from home installing Crown Imperial and English Rose, as im sure you know good quality British made furniture. We are looking to step up our game and branch out in to buying from the German market, hopefully Hacker. Simply because from what I understand they sell you their kitchens unbranded and allow you to create your own brand using their product. I’m looking for some advise on the best way to contact them and maybe arrange becoming a supplier. From what I’m guessing they’ll probably only give you a go if you have an established showroom etc, but hopefully not.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.



    • Robert Cranston – Hacker is a good choice for you if you are looking for a generic product as they distribute their products completely unbranded in the UK. Their quality, service and pricing are all good. Need more info on that? Visit kbbreview from a couple of years ago. INot sure if they would supply someone without a showroom but give it a try and contact them via their website.
      Goo luck!

  44. Hi

    How would you rate Pronorm Y-line against Rot Punkt when it comes to gloss finish products? Rot Punkt seem to have a number of different quality levels for doors, which makes it even harder to compare.

    Are they both good products?


    • Ray – they are both ‘price driven’ products. Rot Punkt has more options than Pronorm. They are also a bit better.

  45. Hi. Can you please help in comparing the quality of the following brands: Nobilia, Hacker and Mobalpa. Thank you very much.

  46. Hi,I have 2 questions please.
    1. What is the quality difference between Alno and Hacker? In earlier comments you prefer hacker over alno but with my dealer(NL) Hacker is the cheaper one?
    2. Or I spend more money on Snaidero Way line, according to this (other) dealer these snaidero handle free cabinets reinforce the kitchentop so much that you can ealisy sit on it (normally not advised to do so). Also the cabinet/drawer finish and quality of the lacquer is supposed to be better than hacker or alno. What is your oppinion in this?
    Apreciate your time, many thanks in advance :-)!

    • Anna –
      1. Compare Haecker’s higher end models.
      2. I’m not ‘buying’ these stories. It is a good product, compareable to Haecker, in terms of quality.
      Good luck!

  47. Can anyone tell me what Brigitte kitchens are like? Are they better than Nobilia? Thanks

  48. Dear Kitchenguy,

    There are 3 kitchen brands available in my city, Alno , Haecker & Nolte. The quote is nearly the same from all the 3 brands. Nolte has a good marketing team and they claim that they are the best. Can you kindly help me in choosing the best one in terms of build quality.


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