Remember the car analogy? It applies to cabinetry also. Flashy brand names aside, the equation is simple; cabinetry costs are directly related to the costs of the materials and skilled labor that go into them. Cabinets made with less expensive materials and cheaper labor are less expensive than cabinets made with more expensive materials by highly skilled labor. This is an area of construction where the old adage “you get what you pay for” is true. Cabinetry made with lower quality woods, finishes and hardware will cost less than cabinetry made with superior materials. No one expects to purchase a high end Mercedes for the price of a mid-range Ford sedan. The same logic should apply to your expectation of the cabinetry you are purchasing. The price will tell you a lot about the quality of your investment.
How can you tell if the quality of your cabinetry is “up to snuff?” A simple way to check the quality of your cabinetry is to check the length of the written warranty. Cabinetry that is built to last (i.e., made with superior materials) will always have a written life-time warranty. Less expensive cabinetry will come with a 5-10 year warranty or worse, no written warranty at all.