Kitchen buying guide



With over twenty years of experience designing and retailing kitchens, I have written the Kitchen Buyer’s Guide to help you through the process of buying a kitchen by making the correct decisions, saving time and money.



In brief, the ebook will offer expert tips and guidance by:

  • Explaining the pros and cons of the different supply routes, helping you determine where to buy your new kitchen from

  • Considering all the factors that will determine what your kitchen will cost, thus enabling you to budget accordingly

  • Helping you determine your style of kitchen and look at which which products and appliances are suitable for you and your budget

  • Breaking down the components of a kitchen (cabinets, doors, worktops, sinks and taps), explaining the pros and cons of each and considering how they will impact on your budget

  • Comparing ‘like for like’ quotes by accurately assessing the costs of the components and required services




Buying a new kitchen can appear a daunting task.  Knowing where to start is the most important part of the process and this buyer’s guide aims to give you some initial guidance.  The booklet will make the experience simpler and ensure you are equipped with some comprehensive knowledge essential to the process.

I am an independent designer and retailer, with many years’ experience in every aspect of kitchen design, production, installation and retail.  There are no links or advertisers to be found anywhere, this is just me passing on my experience to you.

Having a new kitchen fitted is one of the biggest investments you will make – this guide will save you money but most importantly, ensure the kitchen that you choose is perfect for you.

The areas I have covered are:

  • How to choose the right supplier, whether you are looking to buy from an outlet or are planning a DIY kitchen installation

  • How to choose a kitchen for your individual needs

  • A breakdown and explanation of every kitchen component and material

  • A demonstration of cost variants between materials and suppliers


In the first section I look into all the supply routes. By understanding more about the products and services they offer, you will be better equipped to choose the correct supplier:

  • DIY kitchen chains and superstores (e.g. B & Q, Wren, Wickes etc)

  • Online / internet kitchen suppliers

  • Trade kitchen suppliers (e.g. Howdens Kitchens)

  • Independent kitchen specialists

  • Freelance kitchen designers and suppliers


Now you have a better idea of where to buy your kitchen from, this section aims to help you decide on the furniture, style and brand of your kitchen along with how to determine a budget and introduce you to the latest must haves.

Typical questions answered in this section are:

  • What is your budget for your new kitchen?

  • What is your budget for your new kitchen?

  • How should you allocate your budget?

  • Are you considering an open plan living kitchen and dining area?

  • Have you or your kitchen designer considered ergonomic requirements?

  • Are you aware of the modern kitchen equipment available to go inside your cabinets?

  • Have you considered induction hobs, steam ovens and warming drawers or other kitchen appliances?

  • Have you considered how best to light your new kitchen?

  • Are you considering a branded or unbranded kitchen?


In the previous sections you should have decided where to buy your kitchen from, what your budget is and what you would like to get out of your new kitchen.

This is normally the part of the journey where the head scratching starts, as you are met with hundreds of choices of materials, colours, finishes and yet again more pricing options.

I have broken the kitchen down into the following sections:

  • Cabinets

  • Doors, drawer fronts and panels

  • Worksurfaces

  • Sinks and taps

  • Equipment

These areas are then broken down into component form, exploring the different materials, manufacturing processes, variants and the pros and cons of each.

For example, you may be asking yourself:

  • What is the difference between MFC and MDF?

  • What kitchen cabinet thickness is preferable?

  • What is the difference between a vinyl wrapped or lacquered kitchen door?

  • How is a kitchen cabinet made?

  • What is a solid surface worktop?

  • What is the best worktop for my kitchen?

  • Should I choose a stainless steel or composite sink?

  • How do soft close hinges work?

This is a complete resource of all the materials your kitchen will be made from.  It will ensure you have a sound knowledge of exactly what you are buying but most importantly, eliminate the chance of your chosen kitchen designer or salesperson misleading you.


The final section of the Kitchen Buyer’s Guide will enable you to compare the costs of everything you have learnt from the previous sections.

You will see in price ascending order a list of all the components and materials of the kitchen.  From this, you will be able to tick boxes and compare a like for like quote.  This will also show you where cut backs could be made if you have gone over budget.

I hope you enjoy the guide and welcome all feedback.