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This Top-Rated Kitchen Cabinet Brand Doesn’t Cost Much

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This Top-Rated Kitchen Cabinet Brand Doesn’t Cost Much


This Top-Rated Kitchen Cabinet Brand Doesn’t Cost Much
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Dreaming of new kitchen cabinets? A brand known for its low cost might be among your best options.

Ikea’s Sektion cabinets earned the highest customer satisfaction rating in J.D. Power’s latest annual Kitchen Cabinets Satisfaction Study. The same line of cabinets took top honors in the 2018 survey, too.

Ikea products have a reputation for affordability, and nearly every base cabinet and wall cabinet in the Sektion collection is listed at less than $500 on Ikea’s U.S. website. A majority of these cabinets are less than $300.

As Kathleen Wilber, business leader for Ikea U.S., noted after the Sektion brand took top honors in J.D. Power’s study last year:

“At Ikea, we believe that kitchen cabinets are a long-term investment for a home, and our goal is to make them affordable, beautiful and high-quality.”

J.D. Power based its rankings on a survey of around 1,500 customers who had purchased cabinets in the prior 12 months.

Satisfaction was based on five factors:

  • Design features
  • Operational performance
  • Ordering and delivery
  • Price
  • Warranty

Each cabinet brand included in the study received an overall satisfaction score out of 1,000. The average overall satisfaction score was 841.

The top-ranked cabinet brands, and their overall satisfaction scores, are:

  • Ikea Sektion: 857 out of 1,000
  • American Woodmark: 847
  • KraftMaid: 847
  • Thomasville: 845
  • Canyon Creek: 843
  • Diamond: 842

Two brands earned below-average satisfaction scores, Kitchen Craft (838) and Hampton Bay (818).

About Ikea Sektion

Ikea debuted Sektion cabinetry in its U.S. stores in 2015 as the successor to the company’s kitchen system known as Akurum.

The Sektion system is modular, designed to be easy to install and allow for “almost endless” customization options, Ikea says. Other features of the system include:

  • Drawers within drawers and other interior organizers that enable homeowners to make better use of space
  • Integrated LED lighting
  • A 25-year limited warranty

How to save when remodeling

If you are going to install new kitchen cabinets — or are planning another project around the home — saving money should be a top priority.

The first thing to consider is whether the project really makes financial sense. As we note in “10 Ways to Nail Savings on Your Remodeling Project“:

“Some projects — especially expensive ones — might not give you any return on your investment. You might want to consider whether going forward with such a project is even worth it.”

Kitchen remodeling projects are no exception. In fact, major kitchen remodels — both midrange and upscale ones — are among the 10 worst projects based on the payback, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report.

We break down major kitchen remodels and other projects with poor payback in “The 10 Worst Home Renovations for Your Money.”

Do you have tips for homeowners looking for kitchen cabinets? Share them in comments below or on our Facebook page.

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