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viperboy Posted on 14/03/2019 19:25
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Just need a bit of advice. I am helping my father pick a new kitchen. Any recommendations would be helpful.either go for a large company to fit,or a local kitchen fitterand decent kitchen suppliers.
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supermfc Posted on 14/03/2019 19:32

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make sure it has a sink!
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Fuchs_ache Posted on 14/03/2019 19:33

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Tell him to pick a nice one.
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viperboy Posted on 14/03/2019 19:42

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That's the hardest part,😀.
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Tuncaythefunguy Posted on 14/03/2019 19:46

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All depends on budget. Got mine from B and Q and is spot on.

Father in law fitted it and had several issues with delivery but got paid compo for it.

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Betamaxman Posted on 14/03/2019 19:53
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Smallbone. Anything else isn't a kitchen. Check out their website, they're only about £50k.

Totally ridiculous.

Back in the real world, I'd agree with the above about B&Q or Wickes. Their fitting services are reasonably priced too. If you want it to look a bit more upmarket, save a bit of budget for a nicer worktop.

P.S. I always say kitchens are like weddings. Buy comparable units for any other room, and they'd be half the price. (Likewise, book a venue for a party, that isn't a wedding... it'll be half the price)!!
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john_b Posted on 14/03/2019 19:55

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I recommend Howdens and use a local tradesman.

I can recommend one, depending where you are.

We did this about a year or so ago, and it was exceptionally easy and brilliantly installed.
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bernies_quiff Posted on 14/03/2019 20:08

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Stay away from B&Q, Wickes and Howdens, any large national company in fact.
There are some excellent local kitchen companies, far better service than the nationals
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Fuchs_ache Posted on 14/03/2019 20:08

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Howdens kitchens spot on, I fitted a white Wickes kitchen into a rental property last year that was a few hundred pound cheaper than Wickes, also the advantage of buying a white one, the end panels were about £35 pound each and plinth about £30 a length, I saved couple of hundred by using white conti board for end panels and plinth [^]
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ChrisTheRed Posted on 14/03/2019 20:12

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Contact Anthony on 07814276437

He works for himself but he provides only the best kitchen based on your budget. Give him a shout and see what he says
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Betamaxman Posted on 14/03/2019 20:21
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"Stay away from B&Q, Wickes and Howdens, any large national company in fact.
There are some excellent local kitchen companies, far better service than the nationals".

LOL - says the local kitchen company salesman!

As someone said above, it depends what your budget is and what you want to achieve (ie. How fancy a finish you want, how long you want the kitchen to last. (B&Q units maybe a bit less durable than some others... but still fine etc).

I've had great service from B&Q in the past, and Wickes, and Howdens (bit more pricey in my experience).

Equally if you can get a local company to do the job, and you're not being ripped off, then nice to go down that route.
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bernies_quiff Posted on 14/03/2019 20:28

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LOL - says the local kitchen company salesman

Not at all, my job means I work in peopleís kitchens everyday, and by far the biggest complaints come from those who have bought from the nationals.... Wouldnít have any of them through my door.

Besides, whatís wrong with supporting local business ??
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Betamaxman Posted on 14/03/2019 20:36

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"Besides, whatís wrong with supporting local business" ??

Nothing at all mate. In fact, if you can do that, and not be paying TOO much more, then I 100% agree with you. Support local business every time.

Apologies if you thought I was being a sarky tw4t.

I've fitted a few kitchen in my time, and it annoys me how expensive kitchen are. I don't think they should cost as much as they do.

I've just found that buying 'off the shelf' units from the likes of B&Q, and adding a nicer worktop (granite or composite) is a good way to end up with a nice looking kitchen on a smaller budget.
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1finny Posted on 14/03/2019 20:38

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Another shout for Howdens
The local fitters probably use them anyway
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TheFair86 Posted on 14/03/2019 20:48

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Advice on MSE is generally to price up at Howdens what you want and then take it to this place to get it for less

https://www.diy-kitchens.com
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bernies_quiff Posted on 14/03/2019 21:07

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Betamaxman.... no worries, didnít take it as sarky at all... A good fitter is key, a lot of the big boys use cowboys, if you buy it yourself and get a good fitter youíll be fine [^]
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Tuncaythefunguy Posted on 14/03/2019 21:11

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Bought B&Q having done the whole looking around showrooms etc at Portrack etc.

The Father in Law was a professional Kitchen n Bathroom fitter (retired now) and he said B and Q are as good as anyone and cheaper than most. Absolutly love it and we have a decent size kitchen.

As I said it depends on budget but don't rule out anything. You'd be naive to do so. Go and rake a look around. Staff were spot on too just the delivery they XXXXXXed up but it got sorted and gave us compo
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jcjc Posted on 14/03/2019 22:28

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altrac cannon park faultless
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archienoeyes Posted on 14/03/2019 23:25

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Just had a new kitchen fitted I would not use Howdens as they are too expensive and the customer service was very poor. They did the design got all the measurements wrong . Luckily I went to benchmarx in travis Perkins spot on and £2500 cheaper for more or less the same kitchen but much better quality. B&Q and wickets are fine and cheaper but quality wise no where near. Budget is a big part though . My fitter was sensational and I donít say that lightly. He was more expensive than most but recommended him easily and he has had 2 more kitchens from our friends due to his workmanship and work ethic which was in m6 opinion the best I have had in my life
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newyddion Posted on 15/03/2019 01:59

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Howdens [^]
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Corcaigh_the_Cat Posted on 15/03/2019 05:43

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Had two from Tecaz, both excellent.
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Wev1 Posted on 15/03/2019 11:47
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I've had three Howdens Kitchens in three different houses, all fantastic.

Some of their worktops aren't the highest of specs, so I got Quartz from Furniture, Fireplace & Granite Warehouse (Formerly The Reproduction Centre) in Hartlepool, which looks awesome.

Howdens use thicker mdf/ wood for their units so the shelves and hinges don't fall apart, like they do with B&Q and Ikea $hite.

Oh and if you use Howdens, get the price via local tradesman and you get 60-70% off. So in essence ask on facebook for a kitchen fitter and ask if they have a Howdens account. You place the order (Howdens will design it 3D) and pay using the fitters account, so you get their discount and no markup. The fitter gets no risk of ordering a kitchen and worrying if he will get paid.

The Howdens units come pre-built, so if you can rip out the old kitchen or get a DIY enthusiast too then the fitter shouldn't take more than a couple of days to fit it. Most are fitted for around £500-800.
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deganya Posted on 15/03/2019 14:03

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TheFair86 has it spot on. Buy from them, good quality and much cheaper. Then get your own fitter.
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inoffthepost Posted on 15/03/2019 15:54

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Does anybody really believe howdens knock 60%-70% off a kitchen.Agree to get estimate from them and tout it around for better prices howdens will beat howdens price take it to another depot.ANYBODY WITH A NEED can open an howdens account.
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Wev1 Posted on 15/03/2019 16:30

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Well it's 70% of RRP, but yeah nobody is paying full price if they have the credit to get an account and even better if a registered company with a VAT no.

Think my Kitchen bill was about 12k with Howdens and ended up costing about 4k after the discount. Spending 4k in B&Q wouldn't have got me half the units, they would have been flat pack/ cost more to fit and they're worse quality/ choice. Same kitchen with other local companies was about 15k and no better!
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peter_beagrie_killed_my_cat Posted on 15/03/2019 17:23

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Unless you're spending mega-bucks all the kitchens above are much of the same. The skill with a kitchen is in the fitting.

A cheap kitchen fitted properly will last 20 years. An expensive kitchen fitted badly might last 5.
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inoffthepost Posted on 15/03/2019 17:50

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So you got an 8k discount...really...tel me how that works if its not over inflated in the first place....[8D]
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