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rafdalt

08:56PM | 11/27/05
Member Since: 11/27/05
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I've been looking at the Thomasville cabinets at Home Depot and the Schuler Cabinets at Lowes to use in my kitchen remodel. Both estimates were comparable, but I was wondering if one is better than the other...does anyone have any thoughts?

Ted

vladna

07:39AM | 06/03/07
Member Since: 06/02/07
1 lifetime posts
I am trying to decide between these two cabinet makers. Any feedback? I would appreciate feedback and usage experience with any of the two cabinet makers. Thank you

anorak66

02:08PM | 06/16/07
Member Since: 06/15/07
1 lifetime posts
I plan on doing my kitchen in the fall and have been looking for several months now.

Thomasville is the made by Materbrand cabinetry. Schuler is made by Medallion cabinetry.

Thomasville has alot more "gadgetry" and storage convininences but thier finish looks cheap and thier box construction is the same as the cheap stock ones at LOWE'S. I have Kraftmaid in my bathroom which are decent (better than Thomasville in my opinion)But after looking for months I will choose Schuler, the finish is nicer the box is screwed together not stapled and the prices are very close. I am not an expert but I know the better deal when I see it. Good luck in your choice mine is clear.

Schuler Hands Down

amf228

10:49AM | 05/02/08
Member Since: 05/01/08
1 lifetime posts
Thomasville is made by Schrock (who also makes Diamond). Schuler is made by Medallion Cabinetry. For my money there is no comparison between the two. Schuler is far superior (sold wood drawer bottom is standard) better glide standard and look at the finish - just beautiful. Buy the Schuler - you'll love it!

BV001502

12:57PM | 07/07/13
I have about $12,000 budget for 10x11 kitchen. what cabinets (Cherry) would you recommend?

Pat

BV001589

02:59PM | 07/17/13
We just installed Schuler cabinets in our kitchen. We were told they were "top of the line" by the Lowe's representative. The boxes are not screwed, they are stapled. We had some trouble with a couple cabinets coming apart during handling and placement. The kicks are extremely weak as well and pull loose during light handling. We ordered a painted finish called divinity, yes the finish is very nice but apparently they substitute particle board for solid wood in the door panels when you can't see the wood grain, even though there is a substantial extra charge for the finish. All in all, very disapointed with the product. If we had to do it over, we would go with someone else.

BV001701

09:38PM | 07/29/13
Did you buy the all plywood construction or particle board? Both of these options are available. Schuler is an excellent choice for your cabinet needs.

BV001834

07:56PM | 08/15/13
We purchased Schuler cabinets about 7 years ago, spent about $25K on them and they have NOT held up as expected. Several of the doors are coming apart and the finish has worn off in many areas. I have contacted customer service to see if they will stand behind their lifetime warranty and I'm currently waiting to hear back.

BV002062

10:54AM | 09/11/13
For the most part, the multiple trade names for the same company arise when one company buys out or merges with another. They don't want to rebrand 500 dealers on the east coast, so they just keep them humming.

But..

Thomasville is the name that Home Depot licensed (from Thomasville furniture) to put on Masterbrand cabinets (AKA Kemper, Diamond, Schrock, Thomasville).

All the same manufacturing plant, different trade names. HOWEVER the different trade names are not equal. Home Depot "dumbs down" the construction. Thinner cabinet side walls, charging 20% for the plywood upgrade then throwing it in for "free", sneaky things like that. Each of the lines has a small handful of door shapes that are exclusive to that line. The same door shape has different door names between lines. Point is, don't think that because the Thomasville build construction looks flimsy, that a Diamond kitchen will be the same.

Medallion is Schuler. Same company, same plants, same finishes.

Between the two, Medallion/Schuler (owned by Elkay) has different levels of construction. The lower "Silverline" is what I would consider a higher end "builder grade". Limited cabinet sizes and fewer modification options. Keep it simple-stupid. But keep the bang for buck factor high.

When you step up to Schuler Designer / Designer gold, that's where they really start to pull away from Thomasville. Better finish quality, and the ability to do cabinet customization. Where, if you needed something out of the ordinary for lets say a boot bench, or an entertainment center, with Diamond you might have to buy a bunch of parts and make modifications on-site. With Schuler, for the most part, if you can draw it, they will make it. Yes it costs a little more for your materials that way, but you'll have zero waste, it will be finished properly, and you won't have to screw around with a thing when it gets to your project.

Bottom line, you get what you pay for, and educate yourself. An entry level Toyota has a nice paint job but the car's not made to last. A jeep looks ugly to some people but you could roll it off a cliff and it'd still drive away. Be clear to yourself about what is most important to you.

Hope this helps.

From a cabinet dealer 18+ years, with currently more than a dozen manufacturers including these two above.

BV002395

09:41AM | 10/23/13
A raised center panel that has a painted finish is almost always MDF, even if you order All Plywood Construction. Because wood naturally expands and contracts, the MDF center panel is more stable and actually better suited for this application. Sides, bottoms, tops and shelves should be all plywood if you all plywood construction. Schuler is not the only manufacturer that uses MDF on painted raised panel doors, it is common across the industry in semi-custom cabinetry. unless you cut the door in half, you would never know, but your sales representative should have mentioned this.
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