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,

    I am from Mongolia, seeking kitchen in in Germany. I was advised SieMatic as the most preferable brand in Germany by my friend. Is that truly so?

    • Duuran – not true. It sure is a good product, but Bulthaup, Poggenpohl and others are just as good if not better.
      kitchenguy

  2. Hi Kitchen Guy

    We are looking at getting a new kitchen and your thoughts would be a great help on a number of things.
    We had a local independent designer round who designed a Pronorm x line handless kitchen. Am I correct in thinking they do an Y line handless as well?? is there any difference in build quality or is it just the opening style?? Am I also correct in thinking that the same carcass is used and its the doors that add the cost as such??

    The designer highlighted that there is not a great deal of difference between the group 4 and group 2 lacquered doors?? how true is that??

    They also stock Alno and Rempp kitchens are these significantly better in quality.

    Many thanks

    • Richard – not 100% sure of all the little differences on this product and so I don’t want to give ouy the wrong info. Alno and Rempp are similar.
      kitchenguy

  3. Catlady

    Hi my builder suggested I get a Howdens or Benchmarx kitchen but I would like a better quality finish – do you have any knowledge of Schmidt kitchens and if so, what do you think? How do they compare to the likes of Haecker?

  4. Kenneth

    hi,

    I am based in the UK and I am thinking of going to Germany and buying direct from a retailer there.

    I have heard that the prices are generally discounted when compared to retailer in UK selling German kitchen, do you have any experience of this? recent currency fluctuations may have tipped the balance with this however.

    thanks

    Kenneth

  5. Hi Kitchen Guy,

    I am based out of India and have shortlisted Nolte, Hacker and Scavolini..there is a tad extra usage of water in our kitchen.

    Can your pls recommend which one of above three are better in quality.

    Thanks,
    Shilpa

  6. Hi Kitchenguy

    We have managed to find 3 german kitchen companies near to us one does Hacker, one Pronorm and one Nobillia.

    We are after a gloss handless kitchen so all things being equal are any of the 3 better or worst then each other.

    The pro norm x line we looked at comes with shoe like inserts for end panels which we were told adds extra protection however is it really needed??

    I am guessing all 3 will use the same basic carcass components.

    is a lacquered door with the PVC edging vastly inferior to completely lacquered doors?

    Many thanks

    Richard

  7. Hi kitchenguy,

    I’m working on a kitchen remodel, and need to find a good cabinet company that can do custom, is high quality, but does not cost an arm and a leg to buy. I got a quote from SieMatic for $20,000 on cabinets only.

    Are there any brands with comparable quality but at a lower price? Or any companies at 50% of the price and not a huge degradation in quality?

    As long as I can buy in the U.S., I’m fine. Thank you for your expertise!!

    • I’d actually like to add to my question. I’m in the U.S., what are the best value for the money modern kitchen brands available for purchase here?

      I want to go with laminate (which is often the lowest price group), because for me quality and utility is more important than looking expensive.

      So far, I’ve seen Poggenpohl, ArcLinea, and SieMatic (price high to low order). Any others I should check? I liked SieMatic, but want to see if any others offer better value for the money.

      • gabriel – where in the US are you…?
        kitchenguy

        • I am in the San Francisco Bay Area. So far, I’ve seen the following brands but more may be available:

          I already know these are out of my range – Boffi, Poggenpohl, Bulthaup and ArcLinea

          Others I’ve seen – Snaidero, SieMatic, Leicht, Alno, Pedini, Kvänum, and Varenna Poliform

          There might be others that I don’t know. I want something better than IKEA, but I can’t afford a SieMatic right now. What choices do I have?

          • Gabriel – try Pedini’s Eko line. It’s moderately priced, but high quality and looks like the more expensive Pedini models.
            kitchenguy

  8. Hi kitchenguy.

    Great website and blog. Have been using it for the past few weeks!!
    I am choosing between 2 brands arrex and hacker systemat? Im leaning towards hacker but its 20% more expensive. Shall i go for hacker or is it not worth the extra money??

    Eagerly awaiting your reply
    Thanks in advance

    Ruud

  9. Do you have information whether they produce their own panels to produce kitchen? I mean pvc covered unsized semifinished panels.
    Or they import the panels and produce those brilliant kitchens?

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