Top Cabinet Manufacturers List For Kitchens
It doesn't matter how large or small your kitchen is—a kitchen reno calls for hundreds of decisions. Probably the largest choice: your cabinets.
When I renovated my kitchen a decade ago, I knew the style I wanted. I also knew where I wanted to buy the cabinets. The process was not without hiccups along the way, but I did learn that you should probably purchase the best quality cabinetry you can possibly afford. Stick with basic designs and skimp on the specialty touches like wine racks and warming drawers if you have to so you can have the longest-lasting cabinets.
There are a few important tips to consider:
- Carefully evaluate the quality of cabinetry. Good quality kitchen cabinets have straight cabinet doors and smooth gliding drawers. Try to opt for solid wood and dovetail joints.
- Use a design service, architect, or kitchen designer for accurate measurements.
- Set a realistic budget and start comparison shopping both online and in-store at home improvement retailers or dealers.
We've assembled a top cabinet manufacturers list for kitchens so you can begin to get to know them so you can learn what they offer.
AristoKraft Cabinets are known for its affordability and wide range of styles. The company is also one of a dozen subsidiaries of the behemoth corporation, Masterbrand Cabinets.
Cabinet styles: In business since 1954, AristoKraft offers clean, modern cabinetry in glazed or painted woods, laminate, and thermofoil. Shown: Two-tone kitchen in Brellin PureStyle Shaker-style laminate cabinetry.
Big plus: AristoKraft cabinets are backed by a five-year warranty on all workmanship and manufacturing defects. It has a lifetime warranty on all drawers, drawer guides, and hinges. The company is also known for on-time delivery—critically important for any remodeling project.
Canyon Creek Cabinet Company
Canyon Creek Cabinet Company manufactures affordable, quality cabinets at its Washington State facility. Since it opened in 1981, the company has considered itself a green cabinet manufacturer for its environmentally correct practices. Reviewers say that the company may not be the least expensive cabinet manufacturer, but its prices are highly competitive. Its cabinets are said to hold up beautifully over the years.
Cabinet styles: Known for its semi-custom framed and frameless cabinetry. It sells three no-nonsense collections for the kitchen: Cornerstone (premium traditional), Millennia (premium modern), and Katana (economical). Shown: Roanoke 5100 frameless cabinets in red oak.
Big plus: The company's regional dealers have nothing but wonderful things to say about selling the product. They're especially happy with the high-quality of Canyon Creek's painted finishes.
Home Depot Kitchen Cabinets-Hampton Bay Brand
Home Depot is the home improvement place to go for a decent selection of stock kitchen cabinetry. It's also the dealer for better brands, such as KraftMaid and Thomasville (read more about these two companies below). It also sells its lower-cost Hampton Bay line of kitchen cabinets.
Cabinet styles: Whatever traditional or transitional style kitchen cabinet you're looking for, you'll find something at Home Depot. The only style you probably can't find there is a Euro-style ultra-contemporary Italian kitchen. Shown: Hampton Bay White Collection.
Big plus: Home Depot's kitchen designers and network of skilled contractors will get the job done right, all under one roof. You can really luck out with the professionalism of the contractors who work with Home Depot.
Since 2006, Ideal Cabinetry has sold semi-custom kitchen cabinets constructed from furniture-grade plywood and solid hardwood face frames. Lowe's is one of the company's largest dealers.
Cabinet styles: Painted or stained traditional and modern cabinetry styles, including some unusual finishes. All cabinets and drawers are soft close. Shown: Metropolitan Series in Driftwood finish on a modern slab door blends rustic and modern.
Big plus: I'm enamored with the show-stopping driftwood finish. But we also love their limited lifetime warranty. The company also says they ship orders within seven to 10 days.
Ikea Kitchen Cabinets
Many designers and homeowners are obsessed with Ikea's kitchen cabinets. It's tough to get through the catalog without swooning over all the dreamy kitchens. But if you want stock cabinets that don't look like stock cabinets, Ikea is your best bet for aesthetics, value, and your budget.
P.S. No, Italian manufacturer, Snaidero, does not manufacture Ikea's cabinetry—at least that's what we believe!
Cabinet styles: Ikea's kitchens are modular. That means you can mix and match your design to fit around your appliances or architectural quirks. In general, Ikea's cabinets are trendy and modern. You'll also find sprinkled in some ultra-contemporary designs and glossy finishes. Shown: Knoxhult cabinetry in gray.
Big plus: There are plenty of plusses. Ikea's kitchen planning software makes it easy to order. Or grab help on the Ikea retail floor. Take a look at the long warranties on the various kitchen cabinets--some go to 25 years. But others may only offer a three-year deal.
KraftMaid has an excellent reputation for high-quality custom, semi-custom, and stock cabinets. They are not too expensive, but they are definitely not inexpensive, either. I have to attest to KraftMaid's quality because I have them and they look and feel brand new even a decade and two young and messy kids later. Home Depot is one of their largest dealers. And yup, I used them, too, and guess what? It was a flawless renovation.
Cabinet styles: You'll find traditional, transitional, contemporary, and rustic styles. The contemporary styles tend to have a Euro flair, but the styles are never too futuristic. KraftMaid has a few universally designed kitchen components that are also worth a look. Shown: Rocky Mountain Sky on Maple Baltic on Quartersawn Oak.
Big plus: Finishes on KraftMaid cabinets hold up incredibly well.
Lowe's Kitchen Cabinets — DiamondNOW Brand
Lowe's, like Home Depot, is a one-stop shop. You'll find kitchen cabinets and countertops, appliances, sinks, and everything else you need for a kitchen. Its exclusive brand, Diamond NOW, is typically a stock item.
Cabinet styles: Lowe's carries stock, semi-custom, and custom kitchen cabinets in all styles from various manufacturers (from KraftMaid to Shenandoah to Schuler) at different price points. Shown: Diamond NOW Arcadia recessed panel door.
Big plus: Most reviewers have positive feedback about experiences working on kitchen renovations with Lowe's. Diamond NOW's cabinet line also receives good feedback. Though it's not the cheapest line, it's also very affordable with decent value and quality for the price. Lowe's has a virtual kitchen design tool. But like other home improvement stores, there's always in-store help.
Masterbrand Cabinets is a mega-manufacturer that encompasses over a dozen different cabinet brands, including a few you may not have heard of, such as Urban Effects Cabinetry.
Here's the full family of Masterbrand Cabinets: Aristrokraft, Decora, Diamond, Fieldstone, Homecrest, Kemper, KitchenCraft, Mantra, Mid-Continent Cabinetry, Omega, Schrock, Starmark Cabinetry, Ultracraft, Urban Effects Cabinetry.
Cabinet styles: What style does Masterbrand not have? Shown: Mid-Content Cabinetry's Garrison-style door with slate finish on the island.
Big plus: Masterbrand is a large parent company to a family of major players in the industry, Masterbrand is an expert on successful craftsmanship and style at most price points.
You might confuse MasterCraft with Masterbrand, but MasterCraft is a singular cabinet brand owned by American-owned Elkay. (Elkay itself specializes in plumbing.) MasterCraft has a reputation for fine-quality cabinets made from top-quality woods like cherry, maple, red oak, and knotty alder. It also has thermofoil cabinets.
Cabinet styles: Cabinet designs range from elegant to casual or contemporary to rustic. But you won't find any ultra-contemporary designs. Shown: Concord maple Java.
Big plus: Every cabinet is engineered to last, but it's backed by a 5-year limited warranty with a lifetime warranty on drawer guides and hinges.
Menards Kitchen Cabinets
Menards is another home improvement store that sells a variety of cabinet brands. Menards focuses on the unique brand called KLËARVŪE Cabinetry. Menards has 300 stores across the country, so it's a major cabinet source.
Cabinet styles: In addition to KLËARVŪE and a couple of other small options, you'll find two other budget brands. There is the generic Shaker-style stock cabinet line from Cardell, and the premium unfinished brand from Quality One. Styles range from traditional to transitional and a tiny bit of modern-ish styled cabinets.
KLËARVŪE offers a component- based system, made of laminate, to make ordering and switching out components easy. Remember folks, laminate isn't what it used to be — technology is so much better to give you a great look at an affordable price. Shown: KLËARVŪE
Big plus: KLËARVŪE is sold exclusively at Menards. If you want some decent-looking kitchen cabinets for a fraction of the price you'd pay for wood, this could be your best bet.
Merillat has been around since 1946. In that time has gained an excellent reputation for its high-quality semi-custom cabinets. Customers generally appreciate the finish, durability, quality, and price of Merillat cabinets that come in wood, a smooth or textured laminate/thermofoil.
Thermofoil is a laminate material but not all laminates are thermofoils when it comes to cabinetry. Thermofoil is actually a very thin layer of vinyl applied to MDF (medium- density fiberboard). Laminate materials might be thin sheets of hard plastic bonded to cabinet faces.
Cabinet styles: You'll find mostly traditional and transitional styles. Shown: Merillat Shale finish on Collins doors.
Big plus: Merillat has a unique sink base cabinet, called CoreGuard. It's crafted with special materials that make the cabinet under the sink impervious to inevitable spills, leaks, and drips. (Believe me, that would have very been helpful in my kitchen!) Keeping a sink base cabinet clear of water damage is not always so easy.
North American Cabinets
Canadian-based North American Cabinets (NAC) is known for its high-end custom cabinetry.
Cabinet styles: NAC offers traditional and sleek, contemporary styles in framed to frameless cabinets in a wide range of colors, moldings, and features. Shown: Evolution in White Polymere Collection/Gloss.
Big plus: If you're a fan of contemporary frameless cabinet doors, take a look at NAC's impressive Evolution and Design Collection. If you want frameless with extra durability, the Design Collection's doors comes with advanced laser fused edge banding. The technology offers seamlessness like you've never seen before.
Laser fused edge banding, created by Rehau, replaces glue to create a monolithic panel that is extremely heat and moisture resistant due to its non-delaminating bond.
Ah! We've reached the section with cutting-edge designs from European kitchen cabinet makers, courtesy of Porcelanosa. This manufacturer located in Spain is well known for its elegant, sophisticated, and trendy top-quality kitchens and tile.
Cabinet styles: Ultra-modern styles in various finishes feature frameless cabinets, tinted glass, and a total modular customization. You cannot get any sleeker than Porcelanosa. Shown: Porcelanosa KRION solid surfacing material.
Big plus: You will have the most stunning and on-trend kitchen on your block. It's a favored brand for architects and designers.
RTA Cabinet Store
The RTA Cabinet Store is a large e-retailer of kitchen cabinets. It's a favorite of home flippers and developers. You may be skeptical about ordering cabinets online and you probably should be! But read the customer reviews to ease your worries.
Cabinet styles: There's a good selection of colors and finishes. Shown: Beaumont Kitchen Cabinets.
Big plus: You really can't find better competitive pricing than here. Take advantage of its free kitchen design help, too.
Say a big welcome to made-in-Italy modern kitchen design and cabinetry from Snaidero Cabinets. Its stunning high-end cabinetry has been a staple in luxury homes around the world for decades.
Cabinet styles: You'll find sleek styles designed by prestigious Italian designers who created industry-leading, functional, and aesthetically beautiful kitchens. Shown: Elegante Bespoke Collection/Riquadro Metal Framed Glass Cabinets.
Big plus: The best quality Italian design with superior finishes.
Thomasville Cabinetry has a somewhat flawless reputation for its kitchen cabinets. But....you can only buy them from Home Depot!
Thomasville offers four collections, as well as a frameless construction line. The Studio 1904 Collection features popular styling and essential design elements at a great value. The Classic Collection delivers furniture-inspired quality and storage options. The Artisan Collection offers the highest level of craftsmanship, color choice, and design flexibility. The Nouveau has a frameless option inspired by European design.
As a note, Thomasville and KraftMaid tend to come up nearly neck-and-neck when it comes to quality. Some homeowners will say Thomasville is better quality. Others vote that KraftMaid is best. It comes down to what style you prefer in either manufacturer's line. Both lines are a great value!
Cabinet styles: Traditional to transitional styles, and some limited contemporary styles. You'll find plenty of corbels, legs, feet, and moldings. Shown: Jules in Cherry and Raison finish.
Big plus: Since you can only buy them through Home Depot, you do get the benefit of using the retailer's kitchen designers. You also have the benefits of it being a one-stop-shop for your entire kitchen reno.
Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry may be last on the list alphabetically. But it's not last in quality. Why? It seems to be because the company uses carefully chosen fine woods for its cabinets. The wood choices are based on a precise lumber drying process that offers superior stability of the material.
Cabinet styles: You will find classic American, European, and contemporary styles. Cabinets come in solid woods, natural veneers, and durable laminates. Shown: Brilliant Vista High Gloss Cabinets.
Big plus: Wood-Mode is noted to have one of the best lifetime limited warranties in the business, according to reviewers. The warranty applies only to defects in the product. It does not apply to aging or mellowing of the wood or finishes, or movement of the wood.