German kitchens are extremely popular, especially with people who want a beautifully designed, precision engineered kitchen without paying over the odds. Any kitchen is an investment, but people are starting to realise that there are ways to get amazingly high-quality at a more accessible price than ever before. So, why choose a German kitchen?
Strength and Durability
German products are renowned for being high quality, and this is especially the case when it comes to their kitchens. It may be a stereotype to say that Germans are precise and fastidious, but it is certainly true when it comes to engineering and manufacturing.
Generally (and certainly in our case), German kitchens are rigorously tested to quality standards that mean they have a minimum of 15 years "operating life". Wall units are built to withstand greater weights than standard kitchens.
The reason that German kitchens can be so long-lasting is the way they are manufactured. Unlike most other kitchens, which come flat-packed and must be assembled once they get to your home, these are manufactured and assembled at the same time - this means that the quality can be checked before every unit leaves the warehouse, and you won't find that you're missing a few drawer fronts once you unpack all the individual elements. It means the units are all more rigid, more robust, and more resilient. And it means that installation time isn't taken up by the need to put together every unit before it can be fitted.
The attention to detail that we think of when it comes to German production makes for a fantastic kitchen - how often do you look at your current kitchen and think of little things that would make it easier to use? Functionality is at the heart of German kitchen design. The point of the kitchen is to function as efficiently and seamlessly as possible as a kitchen, so everything is considered and designed to do just that.
Working with a kitchen designer is a great way to ensure that your new kitchen isn't just installed into the space you have, but that it makes every possible use of the space. German kitchens are designed to sneak storage space into areas you may never even have thought of, giving us the flexibility to put together a kitchen that offers way more than the sum of its parts.
Design and Versatility
If functionality is so important, you might worry that aesthetics will take a back seat. Luckily, this isn't the case - quite the opposite in fact. It may be true that "form follows function" is a fundamental aspect of German design, but plenty of time, effort, and design skill has been applied to the aesthetic form too.
There are so many different designs and styles that you can choose from, no matter what your personal taste. No two people are the same, and no two kitchens are either, and German kitchens are popular because, when you're not buying off the shelf, you can be much more in control of customising your design.
You can absolutely choose the sleek, ergonimic handleless designs that you might expect from a German kitchen (people often expect them to be a little bit futuristic in feel), but you can still also get traditional styles. You just get the German engineering and attention to detail as well. When you invest in a new kitchen, you need to know it will fit your home, in looks as well as how you want to use it.
At Audus, we design, supply, and fit Nobilia kitchens. Nobilia is the largest kitchen manufacturer in Europe, having been in business for over 70 years. They produced over 630,000 kitchens last year and, in fact, almost every third kitchen sold in Germany is a Nobilia kitchen - that's the sort of pedigree that makes us pay attention.
Germany has possibly the oldest kitchen brand in the world, and other brands have grown up and developed alongside, creating an industry that has the pedigree of age and experience, combined with all of the benefits of German engineering, focus, and innovation at the same time.
All that sounds like it might be expensive, but German kitchens offer unbeatable value for money - here are just a few quotes from our customers...
"High street chains can cost almost the same, even with their discounts that seem to run all year. The quality cannot be compared as high street kitchen arrive flat packed, whereas Audus supply the unit and door fully built"
"we did an initial comparison against 2 other high street chains and the prices were comparable, whilst the quality of this kitchen [from Audus] was far superior"
"Audus more than exceeded my expectations on the price and quality of the kitchen... I though a German kitchen would have been out of my price range [but] having been to alternative suppliers, I was delighted with how competitive Audus Kitchens were"
"Fantastic value for money - we went to 2 competitors who were 20-30% more expensive!"
If you're considering a German kitchen for your home, why not download our brochure and see just how many options you'll have available to you. All with the high quality you'd expect.