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george0401

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:02 pm Reply with quote

Good Afternoon

After reading some posts I have heard that Howdens kitchens are pretty good.

How do they compare in price to B&Q etc?

Regards

George
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choppersquad

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:36 am Reply with quote

hi george

ive used howdens on last 2 renovations and they are very good quality, so good put one in my own house after being impressed with them, price is good but found you do need to haggle a bit as there seems to be quite large discounts available. icon_wink.gif
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roger292

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:47 am Reply with quote

I have just finished fitting a Howdens kitchen. Great quality and a good price too. Everything came in 1 delivery and nothing, unusually, was missing. Only thing is, I now have about 20 sets of cupboard hinges spare, because I upgraded to soft close doors and they are a different fitting and come as a separate item and they don't take out the original hinges in the cabinets. I couldn't praise the suppliers enough.
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lindsayg

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:36 pm Reply with quote

I'm glad to hear all this. On my kitchen I dealt with B&Q, who were a nightmare. After it was too late to do anything about it I was recommended to go with Howdens next time...
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easybuy

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:29 am Reply with quote

Infinity Kitchens are really good too, doing some good deals
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ChrisR

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:33 am Reply with quote

There's a co near me called "Benchmark" who outperform Howdens, I'm told. Part of a chain I think.
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Deluks

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:41 pm Reply with quote

ChrisR wrote:
There's a co near me called "Benchmark" who outperform Howdens, I'm told. Part of a chain I think.


Benchmarx? Looking at their website, their stuff is made by Gower, which is also available in Selco. Dunno how prices compare though.
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Bon

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:12 am Reply with quote

Just a quick question (excuse the ignorance please), but how does a regular Joe like me purchase the likes of a Howdens kitchen. I understand they are "trade-only" suppliers, but what if I want just the one for my house?
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SJRSJR

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:36 pm Reply with quote

Ha! I'm a regular Joe too and have found Howdens nothing but unhelpful. I know they're trade but they ultimately are losing end-user business. I went into my local branch and saw some samples of kitchen doors but wanted to see couple of built units. As there is an expo store nearby I rang to see if I could go in and have a look.
THEM "No, trade only"
ME "I know but can't I just have a look? I want to see a kitchen in situ then I'll buy it through my installer"
THEM "No, we only sell to trade"
ME "I know, I'm not loooking to buy, just pick one out"
THEM "No"
ME "But how will I know if it's the right kitchen from a door sample, you're not making it easy for your customers"
THEM "You're not our customer, the kitchen installer is"
ME "So you're saying I'd have to buy it blind?"
THEM " Yes"

So reluctantly I will be getting my kitchen from Ikea or B&Q
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Bon

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:05 am Reply with quote

I can see their point really, i.e. they could sell me one kitchen in 10 - 15 years but to an installer this would be massively increased so they should offer some sort of protection, but I would expect this to normally be done on a cost basis, not a politeness basis!!
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Mr Fix It

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 6:31 pm Reply with quote

I use howdens on a regular basis when ordering for the company i work for. Ive never had a problem and would def recommend them.

You'll also find that MFI are pretty much the same, they just name them differently.
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rennsport

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:44 pm Reply with quote

SJRSJR wrote:
Ha! I'm a regular Joe too and have found Howdens nothing but unhelpful. I know they're trade but they ultimately are losing end-user business. I went into my local branch and saw some samples of kitchen doors but wanted to see couple of built units. As there is an expo store nearby I rang to see if I could go in and have a look.
THEM "No, trade only"
ME "I know but can't I just have a look? I want to see a kitchen in situ then I'll buy it through my installer"
THEM "No, we only sell to trade"
ME "I know, I'm not loooking to buy, just pick one out"
THEM "No"
ME "But how will I know if it's the right kitchen from a door sample, you're not making it easy for your customers"
THEM "You're not our customer, the kitchen installer is"
ME "So you're saying I'd have to buy it blind?"
THEM " Yes"

So reluctantly I will be getting my kitchen from Ikea or B&Q
I am an end user , my local Howdens will let me look at any and everything they stock,they are very helpful and friendly and courteous,but will not give me a price as they are trade, this allows the fitter to earn a little from the deal. Which is a normal trading process
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GKnight

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:15 pm Reply with quote

Think the case was a poor shop.

What type of discuount do you get?
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geraint

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:28 pm Reply with quote

GKnight wrote:
Think the case was a poor shop.

What type of discuount do you get?


not the same you got 4 years ago.....
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intercityuk

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:15 pm Reply with quote

i got my new kitchen from BQ and fitted it with a joiner friend, quite cheap and very happy with it, only a couple of damaged items which were replaced immediately icon_lol.gif

good luck
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