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 Kitchenguy, decided on hacker kitchen, thanks to your advice. Now trying to decide between apollo quartz worktop vs the more expensive silestone. Any advice?
    many thanks
    Fiona

  2. can you advise on worktops please. Want composite, should we so for silestone or apollo quartz… which is less expensive,

    Many thanks

    Fiona

    • Fiona – I’m not really familiar with Apollo, but from what I understand it is less expensive than Silestone.
      Good luck,
      kitchenguy

  3. Can you advise on quartz worktops. undecided as to Silestone or a cheaper alternative from company called Apollo. Have you heard of these?

    Many thanks
    Fiona

  4. Thanks, just read all your helpful comments. Not sure what to go for…. we feel that £3000 seems quite expensive for approx.
    6 mtrs worktop…. one cut out polished for undermount sink, one taphole and one hob cut out. what do you think?

    Fiona

  5. we r looking for kitchen manufacturer from plywood we would like to represnt u in India

  6. Hi,

    In the market for a decent german ktichen, but don’t want to pay too much….any ideas who I should go to? I am based in North West of England, UK….I would go to the extent of going to a company based abroad if it means me getting a quality kitchen are a much cheaper price!

    mubs

    • Mubarak – I seriously doubt that you’ll get much cheaper price from an import, unless you’re going with a Chinese product…
      kitchenguy

  7. Derek Chen

    Hi Kitchen guy, thank you for providing such useful information.

    we have a $35k budget for the entire kitchen including floors. We went to Leicht today and it was out of our budget. They have a step-down brand Nobilia, which you have mentioned on your blogs. We are concerned about the quality of this brand compared with that of Leicht. Can you please let tell us about Nobilia versus Leicht (we know one is custom and one is not, but we live in a Manhattan co-op and they are pretty standard so no need for custom. we are more concerned about the quality and durability)

    Is it possible to replicate the quality with an IKEA kitchen? Is it worth paying more than 3x more for Nobilia?

    THANKS!
    DEREK

    • Derek – you get what you pay for… Nobilia is not as nice as Leicht and Ikea will not enable you to duplicate Nobilia’s kitchen…
      Sorry,
      kitchenguy

    • Tamara

      Would love to hear what you decided and if you are happy. We are thinking of doing a nobilla/leitch kitchen in brooklyn. Half and half. Would love your input.

      • Tamara – I’m assuming you are referring to Nobilia and Leicht. Why mix them…?
        kitchenguy

        • Tamara

          Yes, apologies for the misspellings, I posted a more in depth question further down where I think I misspelled again…. And double posted. Please forgive my transgressions. : ). We are thinking of mixing because we are planning on using two cabinet door styles, and don’t need much custom, so using a mixture, allows us the flexibility, but would reduce the costs a bit. Do you find the idea problematic?

  8. Hi! Great info here! I have a budget of €4000-€5000 (max) for a 4m kitchen. I have some offers from nobilia , nolte, venetta, stosa and one more Italian firm I cannot recall right now. Stosa and nolte are the most pricey. I think I like nolte most ,though nobilia has a kitchen that looks almost the same (grey colour) at around €4000. Which one of those firms do you suggest? Thank you in advance!

    • Steve – at this price, they are all very similar – just pay atrtention to the specs you’re getting (type of drawer, material of door, etc.) and make sure you are comparing apples to apples.
      Good luck,
      kitchenguy

  9. Hi, we have been shopping for a kitchen and are down to a choice between hacker and snaidero. We have installed hacker before but the specifications for carcasses, doors, inner linings and overall quality form snaidero look much better. If price was not a constraint, which do you think is a better quality product.
    roopa

    • Roopa – they are both fine products. If you like one over the other, than go with it!
      Good luck!
      kitchenguy

  10. Superb blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    • Brittany – Thanks for the kind words. Find something you’re passionate about and start clicking the keyboard…
      Go with WordPress! It’s easy.
      kitchenguy

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  12. Do any of these brands have showrooms in Shanghai China, and if so would you know the address?
    I’m attending a trade show and would like to visit.
    Cheers

  13. Jocelyn

    Hi kitchen guy! I’ve seen a mobalpa kitchen I like but know nothing about the quality. How can I tell if it is a good quality kitchen or not? What questions should I ask? Another kitchen I have looked at boasts having 18 mm carcases. Is this a good sign of quality of build?

    • Jocelyn – Mobalpa is a good company – not very high end, but a good value. 18mm is pretty much a standard thickness.
      kitchenguy

  14. Dear Kitchen Guy, Im considering Nolte, Schmidt and Beckerman.Which one would you go with? ( considering quality and value for money)
    PS I have a budget of 25000US

    Thank you

    • g – This is a hard question, without a lot more info… Price all 3 and evaluate based on price and the designer/dealer you’ll be purchasing from.
      kitchenguy

      • Hi,
        Presently I am working with cucine lube italian modular kitchens.But now i wanted to join a new kitchen company in India.Can you suggest me where can i apply?

  15. Slee45

    Hi kitchenguy. I am looking at Nobilia here in Australia.

    I want a polyurethane white handleless gloss kitchen with mostly drawers and hettich soft close. Got a quote from 4 different companies and Nobilia was the cheapest, price wise. Service and design was great. Their show room had nice looking kitchens. I have read your comments about Nobilia and is now unsure. Do they use cheap material? Would you say they are the same quality as Ikea?

    the reason I a m leaning towards them is that they and RWK are the only German kitchen company here in AUS and I thought that a German buil kitchen is better quality then one made in Australia.

    • Slee – Nobilia is fine and is much better than IKEA… Not sure which of my comments you are referring to, but it is probably comparing them to a higher end product.
      Good luck!
      kitchenguy

  16. Have you heard of, or was there once a, German kitchen company or range called starbeike? Thanks.

    • Linda – there was a company, called Star-Beka, in Melle, Germany. In 2007, the company was sold to the Wellmann Group, who turned it into a parts factory for their other brands. The Wellmann Group is today part of the Alno Group… :)
      kitchenguy

  17. Sylvia Chen

    Hi Kitchen Guy,
    Please advise – SieMatic, Hacker, Alno or Leicht?
    Thanks,
    Slim

  18. Hi Kitchenguy,
    I live in Mexico and have been informed that German kitchens are much better than Italian kitchens. Is it true? We have a quote from Poggenpohl and Allmilmo which were twice as expensive as the quotes from Comprex and Rational. Which do you suggest between these last two, Comprex or Rational?? Does quality differ a lot?
    Thank you very much for your help!!

    • Karla – many German kitchens, have Italian doors on them and many Italian kitchens have German hardware on them. There are several levels of quality German and Italian kitchens. The top brands, in both Italian and German are pretty similar in quality and so are the mid and lower level. Poggenpohl and Allmilmo are both German and are more expensive then Rational, which also German… Between Comprex and rational – they are more or less the same.
      Good luck!
      kitchenguy

      • Hi,

        Since the guy above is from Mexico and I am in Thailand could you tell me do these manufactures export their products in a knock down fashion so it can just be assembled?

  19. Hi Kitchen Guy,

    We have a new kitchen of 15 m2 to furnish with for a Max budget of 35,000 Euro. We currently have 3 offers which we are unable to decide.

    1. Next Line (handless kitchen) with Miele High End appliances for 31,000 Euro
    2. Leicht Kitchen (handless kitchen) with Siemens (models from 2011) appliances for 34,000 Euro
    3. Siematic S3 Kitchen (Display Kitchen) with Gaggenau Applicances for 25,000 Euro

    I would appreciate your help as we need to decide soon.
    Thanks

  20. I am in the process of selecting my Kitchen. We are looking for a minimalist design probably with white matt glass and adding some veneer to add some warmth. I already designed a kitchen with Rational and I really like their Neos model. My kitchen is pretty large and the quote I got is approx $45K.
    Since I still have some time, I would like to look at some other kitchens from Zeyko and SCIC (italy), Berloni.
    Could you please advise how do you consider the quality of Rational and how do you compare them with the other makers which I mentioned.

    Best regards

    • Elias – Rational (Germany) is a medium quality product, owned by the Snaidero Group (Italy). Zeyko is a step up. SCIC and Berloni are both, two steps down (from Rational).
      kitchenguy

  21. Hi,

    Good day!
    I’m an Interior / Kitchen Designer. Can you recommend one company to apply with.Thanks n more power.

  22. Kavitha

    Hi

    I live I’m Bangalore. Pls let me know how you would compare nolte with hacker. With one is better in terms of quality and durability. Pogeenpohl has a showroom here but it is too expensive for us. If you know of any more good brands in Bangalore also pls let me know. Thank you. Your blogs a very informative.

  23. Hi Kitchen Guy,
    Please advise – Alno,Schuller or Nolte?
    Thank you
    Maria

  24. Unfortunately, we have kitchens Schmidt. It is badly designed, the dealer /at Poland/ does not have any contact. Not recommended.

  25. AYMAN saeid

    Dear sir,
    What the first kitchen company in German ?
    ( nobilia or beckermann )
    And what of the hard worker from ( nobilia or beckermann ) .
    Thanks
    Ayman Saeid

  26. sri hinduja

    Hi. We can seem to make our mind as to where to buy our kitchen from. Our budget is around £30,000. My wife would prefer a glossy finish doors. could you recommend a good quality kitchen manufacturer

  27. Venkatesh

    Hi Kitchen Guy,

    Very Nice Blog. Stumbled on it why searching for comparison between Poggenpohl, Nolte and Venita Cucine.

    We were shopping for a kitchen and got a Quote from all the above. My Kitchen is a combination of mostly pullouts and doors (50% each)

    We would like to go with Veneer and all three have the correct color I need.

    If I ask, the following questions about the above three companies, and your answers can help me decide on what to go with

    1. Which of Poggenpohl, Nolte and Venita Cucine have the best quality for the cost.
    2. Which of the these have best reputation for post-installation service
    3. What are the main weekness of each of the companies.

    Thanks
    Venkatesh

    • Venkatesh – thanks for the kind words.
      1. Being that Poggenpohl is much higher (both in terms of price and quality), it will not be a fair comperison… – if you can afford Poggenpohl – go for it!
      2. Not sure where in the world you are located and can’t promise I will know the answer, as it is up to the local distributor, not just the company.
      3. Poggenpohl – price. Nolte – lack of exciting features. Veneta – poor quality.
      kitchenguy

      • Venkatesh

        Hello KitchenGuy,

        Thanks for your response.

        We are based out of Bangalore, India.
        After reading the blog, We went to Haecker also.

        Poggenpohl’s quote is atleast 40%-50% higher compared to Nolte and Haecker. We dropped Veneta.

        In my Budget, I will get the following Can you please help me picking the right one.

        1. Poggenpohl – A basic laminate (level 0 – Price group) and with no pull outs and no glass on the wall units.

        2. Haecker – Veneer or Matted Lacker (Level 5/6 – Price group) with pull outs and no glass on the wall units.

        3. Nolte – Veneer or Matted Lacket (Level 6/7 – Price Group) with pull outs and glass on the wall units.

        The only problem with Nolte is that we may have to compromise on the color as they dont have the one we like.

        If you want I can send you the design of the kitchen if that helps you give me more information.

        Thanks a lot.
        Venkatesh

        • Venkatesh – go with Haecker! Same quality as Poggenpohl and you’re getting more for your money.
          kitchenguy

          • Venkatesh

            Thanks a Lot KitchenGuy. You responses helped us a lot in guiding us.

            FYI, The Nolte Showroom(Homestudio) in Bangalore is much better compared to Haecker Showroom(Trisha). The staff in Poggenpohl are very professional compared to Nolte & Haecker.

            Please send me your email-id and I will send you my detailed experience with
            Poggenpohl, Nolte, Veneta Cucine, Haecker, Alno and Cucine Lube (all in Bangalore). If you think you readers will be benefited from that.
            Keep up the good work.

            Thanks
            Venkatesh

          • Venkatesh – Thanks. you can contact me at kitchenguy@european-kitchen-design.com
            kitchenguy

  28. Dear kitchenguy,

    You have no idea how you blog was helpful to me. So, thank you for doing this.

    I’m from middle east and I have a question about German kitchen companies. I already know Häcker,I want to know which German kitchen companies is expert in export and which one of them has same quality with cheaper price?

    It will be great if you can guide me in this.

    Regards
    H.R.

    • H.R. – thanks but there’s no simple answer to your question. It is realy a research you are asking for…
      Sorry – no can do…
      kitchenguy

      • Kitchenguy – Ok, I can understand this. Can you tell me how is Schueller to compare with Haecker in export, price and quality!

        Rehgards
        H.R.

  29. Do you really think hacker is the same quality as poggenpohl?

  30. Have had quotes for a Pronorm, Rot Punkt and Rational kitchen in London, UK. Are these of a similar quality, or would you rank them in a particular order? Also, the first is supply only, whereas the other two are offered with a preference to having them fitted by the supplying kitchen company. That is my main worry about Pronorm, which otherwise is looking the best option. Would love to hear your views

    • Anchel – Rational is better than the other two.
      kitchenguy

      • Anchal

        Thank you so much for this. As a result I have now decided to get a more finalised Rational quote. But I have also arranged to get a quote from a company supplying Schmidt kitchens. Out of Rational and Schmidt, do you have any views or a preference?

        • Anchal – the two are similar – go with the one that you like better. either the product, the design, the designer or the showroom.
          Good luck!
          kitchenguy

  31. Hi kicthenguy, we have been given two offers and wanted your input.
    1) leicht handless kitchen with Siemens appliances and silestone 12mm worktops for £18500
    2) beckermann handless kitchen with neff appliances and 30mm silestone Eco worktop

    Which would you recommend?
    Thanks

  32. Offer 2) was for £17700 – forgot that info oops

    • Linzi – you really need to compare applaes and apples – not apples and oranges… even the tops are different… Try matching the tops and the appliances, then compare the cabinets.
      kitchenguy

  33. Hi kitchenguy, from all the posts I understood that licht, hackers, Siematic are at the top
    But ,How would you rate nobilia vs beckerman and where do they rank in terms of quality? medium rank or at the bottom
    The reason of my question is that both have dealers in Egypt & quite expensive compared to local made kitchens, however I’m willing to pay more for quality & durability,which one do you recommend? or both are similar? noting that my budget will never afford the top ones

    • Irini – I don’t agree that these 3 “are at the top”…
      Nobilia vs Beckerman are both ‘price driven’ products – price is more importent than unique design, or quality.
      kitchenguy

  34. Hi there

    stumbled across your blog (helpful and well-written). We’ve just come across a german kitchen manufacturer called Stormer – how do they compare with other german kitchen manufacturers in terms of quality and value for money?

    gratefully
    mainoo

  35. Hi kitchen guy,

    How would you compare snaidero to Cesar?

  36. How would you rank the Kuhlmann Kitchen ? Is it price driven, mid market etc ? How does it compare to Schuller ?
    Many thanks
    RL

    • RL – the two are similar – go with the one that you like better. either the product, the design, the designer or the showroom.
      Good luck!
      kitchenguy

  37. Albert

    Hi Kitchenguy, first of all thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions. Learning a lot just browsing the comments, which i will continue to do.

    How would you compare Allmilmo and Hacker?
    For a similar product, how much of a markup would you expect between Allmilmo and Stormer?

  38. Tamara

    I appreciate your blog, as someone who is working with Leicht in nyc. They are telling me that nobilla is the same quality and has almost all the same internal bells and whistles. They tell me the difference is that Leicht is easier to custom, so if you don’t need a lot of custom sizing, just go with nobilla. You seem to differentiate between the two. We are paying a lot of money and I want a kitchen that is beautiful functional and with quality that will last. I know it is hard to quantify, but does nobilla fulfill that role, and if so, what am I getting for the extra money I am spending for Leicht?
    She quoted us the same kitchen design all in Leicht for $45k and all in nobilla for “around $30k”. This is just cabinets. I am sorry if this is something you have addressed further I your blog. Thank you for your time.
    Also, would you recommend another brand while we are in the looking mode instead of either of these two? I don’t know if haecker is in the us yet. Or if that’s the same price range….. But we would value any recommendation.
    Thank you

    • Tamara – yes, the idea of mixing two brands in one kitchen doesn’t make much sense… Did they/you address the difference in box size, the difference in interior cabinet color, the different drawer box, etc…?
      Haecker is not sold in the US, but there are several other brands that are, especially in NYC, very close to the showroom you’re dealing with – try Poggenpohl or Pedini – better quality and for the same price or less.
      kitchenguy

  39. Debbie Tunstall

    Hi – we’re looking at a handleless German kitchen and have so far considered Rationale and Hacker. Is one better than the other as the products seems fairly similar to the un-trained eye! Any guidance you can give to point me in the right direction to what I should be looking out for gratefully appreciated – it’s a big outlay and I don’t want to regret my decision. Thanks.

    • Debbie – I like Haecker, better than Rational, but if you feel thaey are similar in terms of specs, etc., go with the designer/showroom you like better.
      kitchenguy

  40. Prashant

    Which brand do you suggest between Arrital, Scavolini and Veneta Cucine, in terms of quality and price.

    • Prashant – it is too hard to answer, because they are similar, but different models, different prices, etc.
      kitchenguy

  41. Any comments on rotpunkt kitchens? Having difficulty getting info on them. How do they compare to other German kitchens?

  42. hi kitchenguy
    superb blog for kitchen enthusiasts and buyers!
    im looking at franchising a brand in India…could you suggest at few options who have good quality and a robust company overall..

    • ajay – thanks for the kind words. Indi ais big, full of European kitchen companies alreday and to give you a real answer, we’ll have to do a study… :)
      kitchenguy

      • kitchenguy you are right.could you guide me in this study
        …?

        • ajay – if you’re serious about doing it, we can discuss being hired, to create that study for you.
          Please advise if interested.
          Thanks,
          kitchenguy

  43. i i have a showroom in London and looking at selling branded German, Italian or alternative mid to high end kitchens any suggestions

  44. Can anybody give me some feedback or a review site for Mobalpa kitchens please.I can’t find any evidence as to their quality and price.

    Thanks

    RH

    • RH – Mobalpa is the largest french manufacturer of kitchens, It is up to par with some of the other larger European brands. Not sure what else you’d like to find out.
      kitchenguy

  45. Please tell me how would you rate stormer, Rempp and kuhlmann based on quality and design

  46. Thanks designed for sharing such a fastidious thought, article is fastidious, thats
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  47. Hello from brussels!
    Thanks for your blog kitchenguy. Could you tell why you are praising so much (only) Hacker?
    What is their specificity? I do not know which one to choose between : Hacker, nobilia and pronorm. Need advice. Thx.

    • Jules – I don’t ONLY praise Haecker, but being one of the largest companies in the world, MANY people ask about them and I convey my personal opinion – I think it is a very good product, with a great value. Maybe that is the rreason they are so big… :) Nobilia is just as big, if not bigger, but are producing lower-end products. If you’re looking for a lower price, that may be the one for you. Pronorm, is part of the Nobia Group, which as a group, is also a giant, that falls between the other two, in terms of quality.
      Hope this clears things.
      kitchenguy

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