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.
      kitchenguy

      • 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.
          kitchenguy

      • 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,

        Regards,

        Greg

  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.
      kitchenguy

  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.
      kitchenguy

      • 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.
        Thanks

        Ivan

        • 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.
          kitchenguy

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

  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.
      kitchenguy

  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

    Txs

    • 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.

      kitchenguy

  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

    • 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…
      kitchenguy

      • 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.
          kitchenguy

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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

    ta

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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…
      kitchenguy

      • 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.

        Bhatia

  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?

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  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.
    thanks
    guido
    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
      kitchenguy

  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?

    Thanks

    • 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.
      kitchenguy

  19. Hi,

    Sorry forgot to ask about Pronorm Kitchens?

    Hacker , Schmidt, Siematic, Pronorm??

    Thanks

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

      • 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?
    thanks
    guido

    • 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.
      kitchenguy

  23. pradeephegde

    Hi,
    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.

    Thanks

    • 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…)…
      kitchenguy

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