Schmidt kitchens(13 Posts)
Has anyone heard of this brand.
We went into a showroom today and one of the kitchens on display is exactly what I imagine my dream kitchen to be like.
But they seemed a bit pricey, twice the price of Howdens units.
Might see what their planning serive is like.
I looked at Schmidt & thought that they seemed sturdier & better quality than howdens, also far more customisable. They made a big thing of how they reduced plinth size to incorporate 4 drawers instead of 3 & had glass drawer edges as standard, which I did end up paying extra for as I went with Hacker, a similar quality German firm. Hacker had the finishes that I preferred, otherwise would definitely gone with Schmidt over Howdens.
Forgot to say that you must negotiate! Should easily get 20% plus off!
They make really good kitchens, sturdy and tough but again it's on the pricey side however saying that the kitchen is about longevity and as always you get what you pay for.
Saying that any kitchen that is German made will always be strong, I'm yet to come across a German kitchen company that doesn't build units which go together perfectly.
Do a search in Google before you commit to Schmidt as there are lots of other firms that specialise in German kitchens. But being honest, don't expect the prices to vary too much, they tend to float around the same prices.
Just think BMW, Merc and Audi and imagine they make kitchens, pretty much the same thing.
I have a Schmidt kitchen. It was installed 5 years ago and I am still very happy with it. The appliances are great as well and it's easy to clean and solid. We dismantled the island a few months ago and were a bit nervous about putting back but it was fine.
Only complaint was the tap. It cracked within a few months, they replaced it no problem with the same model which cracked again. Sorry I can't remember the make of the tap. Hth.
I think it is a French company. I am in France and have just ordered a Schmidt kitchen and the guy told me they have branches in the Uk. All made in France - they make a big point of selling that to their customers here.
We have just had a kitchen designed with them for approx 17k€. The guy did a good job designing it and was quite helpful re choosing units, appliances etc. The units (viewed in showroom) looked sturdy and classy. Drawers etc opened smoothly. The final design they showed us looked like a real-life photo - I was amazed at how realistic it was
and hope the finished result looks like that
Anyway I hope this is the same Schmidt as the one you are talking about!!!
Thanks for the replies.
Yes, they are French, despite the German name!
I'm going to see their planner to see what they can do and how much it will be.
Avoid at all costs.
They are all about business.
They do not care about the customer at all.
Sorry to wake this zombie thread again but I have to agree with TheMums. Whatever you do avoid them. The actual equipment seems good, but the service that we have received from the Barnet store is nothing short of shocking. The problem is that each store is a separate franchise. Some may be good and some maybe bad. When I have reached out to Schmidt directly they are not interested and tell me to contact the store. So they are only as good as the store and their fitters. There is no big company backup at all.
Unfortunately I have to agree with the most recent postings Re Schmidt Barnet. We have had a horrendous time and wished we had never chosen them to do our new kitchen. A year later we have a fabulous looking kitchen but the stress to get here was horrendous. The quality of units is excellent but.......
A list of what we experienced;
Delays, poor measuring, inability to adjust plans to fit correctly, completely awful communication, demands for money upfront even when delivery is not happening, threats of fines if money not paid despite nothing arriving, extra charges when alternative units needed because Schmidt wrongly measured and no refund for units that no longer fit due to mismeasuring/ non measurement. Multiple fitters with varying competence levels. Damaged goods were replaced but after months and a lot of agro.
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I've had schmidt kitchen for over 25 years and it's still going strong the units are factory built so no self-assembly brilliant
I know that this is now an old thread however I am so incensed by their lack of service i felt compelled to write something!
We got our kitchen from the Dorking branch. After going through the design and full consultant I was really pleased with how attentive they were and the kitchen design was everything I wanted. It was pricey, more than I thought I would pay but I thought it would be worth it.
The kitchen was fitted in October. The first problem was the the sink which was the wrong one, ok that's not much of an issue, they replaced it (took 3 weeks, washing up in the bath! but fine) The next thing was the under sink bins wouldn't fit because the manifold for the underfloor heating was there, after that was the tumble dryer which wouldn't fit because of the pipes leading to the boiler( all on the plans!).
These points should not have been an issue since they did a site visit to check for exactly this type of thing. Well it turns out that they were unable to communicate with the designer and subsequently charged us £300 for a new unit and to this date we have no tumble dryer.
To add to this list: I spent ages trying to contact them to discuss this, when I did I was told that its our fault! I'm still now trying to get the finishing touches sorted and it's now February! We had bits left in the kitchen for weeks, the filter for the tap didn't arrive, no tap was sent for the utility, the motors for the wall units weren't connected, still have no covers... it's just a catalog of things that built up a really bad picture of this company. They were all about the communication when we were going through the design but once we had paid it was downhill from there.
I certainly would not have paid them the full £35,000 had I known I was going to have these sorts of issues. I really thought I was paying for a great kitchen and service.
I am sure there are companies out there who would provide a better service and feeling than this one. They will not have my business or recommendation again.
Thanks for reading what turned out to be a longer rant than expected!!
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