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She'll be right mate!
Kaboodle kitchen kits highlight everything that's wrong with Australian built products. She'll be right mate, it's close enough. I had to use Kaboodle as part of a kit home I owner/built. The kit looked promising to start with. Good design process and finish choices were broad. I can see how someone can easily be convinced they could save money with this kit. Here's the problem however. From an installation POV these kits are problematic and builders will need to charge more to install as a result. Pre-drilling tolerances are poor so panels don...'t always line up meaning I needed to pre-drill replacement holes and realign. 3 out of my 4 end panels had scratches and markings that wouldn't come out with cleaning. I ended up taking 2 back for replacement and used one where it wouldn't be seen. One cabinet kit had a broken panel even though the box looked fine so I can only presume it was broken before packing. There are numerous little 'chips' found across the panels and these needed a water proof adhesive applied so they wouldn't cause problems later on. Ironically all of these kits had a 'quality check' sticker applied to them! What are they actually quality checking for god's sake? And don't try and remove the sticker as that is just a PITA to clean up. There are so many areas where you (the installer) need to do most of the work - fitting front panels on drawers for instance. These could easily be pre-drilled along with handle holes but aren't, so you need to carefully align everything and do a lot of drilling to finish. The oven cabinet includes two strips of metal that appear to be a last minute addition as they do not install nicely. The only way to have them hold properly is to use a high strength heat resistant epoxy. After reading some of the other reviews I decided to coat the bare particle board ends with a water-proof adhesive to stop water destroying the cabinets. I'm yet to find out how the kitchen will fare long term but from some of the other reviews I'm not holding my breath. My advice would be to check how much an equivalent Ikea kitchen will cost and if it's less than 20% more expensive, go for it. You'll save the money on the install.
Kanoodle quite quickly replaced our first bench tops as fine tears were appearing in numerous sections of all 3 tops. These appeared within 14 months of installation.
3 smallish bubbles have appeared on one of the replacement tops which Kaboodle has told me can happen and sorry for the inconvenience. My reading suggests t is probably a lack of adhesive where the bubbled have appeared. I have had 40 years of laminated kitchen bench tops and know their limitations.
The drawer and door closes are of a poor quality and invariably the drawers need...
Bench top laminate quality extremely bad.
My sons moved into a deceased estates house and the family had installed a kaboodle kitchen. I had recently sold my cabinet making business and I could see that the cabinets were installed properly plumb and level but the gloss laminate tops had probably thousands of scratches throughout. Working in the industry for so long I know the good brands of laminate just don’t do that no matter how rough you are with them . I went to Bunnings to discuss and rang the customer help line and they said because they couldn’t tell who installed it they couldn’t help which is pretty typical,although the entire kitchen was supposed to be brand new, appliances and cabinetry they still refused to even look.
Kaboodle left stuff out!!
Kitchen order pre Christmas. Had to pay $1500 for benchtops to be made. There were 4 parts to the bench but only 3 were delivered. Now a delay for the missing part to be made, meaning my busy builder will need to come back to install.
The doors to the cupboard housing the exhaust fan were labelled as left and right in their box but were both right hand opening.
Several of the cupboard partitions were damaged, as if they’d been dropped.
Not happy that I paid a large amount of money for Kaboodle inefficient product management.
I am giving this a bad score because the screws that hold the hinges on are so small. They would probably hold the weight of a narrow door but for the wider ones they just cannot hold the weight. After 2 months they all started pulling out. The plastic things the screws go into are so tiny they do not have enough surface area to grip the chipboard. Considering they cost so much a few extra cents to have slightly wider screws and plastic things to grip would stop a lot of unfavourable reviews of doors falling off and you would sell a lot more kitchens.
I should have just got a local cabinet maker to do the work!
As I have worked in joinery in the past I can say that the cabinets are pretty good material wise.
But the big drawback is the nickel and diming of having to buy every little piece separate. A 2 drawer base cabinet 600 wide when done cost over $500.
Not a bargain as I had to take the first one back as it had broken components in the box from bunnings.
I would suggest using a local person and it would probably cost the same but they would install for the same cost.
Gloss white colour went off colour over time
Very disappointing that half the cabinet doors and draw turned a creamy colour from the gloss white that was originally brought. Kaboodle will not do anything abaout it. Very disappointing outcome.
Benchtop too short,we had to delete a narrow underbench cupboard to get the dishwasher to fit,many doors did not have handles supplied,drawers do not 100% align even after being installed by a builder,we are battling to get a credit for the short bench,would not use them again
Poor service, lack of knowledge, confusing instructions, expensive
Bought Kaboodle to replace a 3 draw cabinet and tall pantry in laundry total cost nearly $2000
Had to go back to Bunnings 3 times because weren’t given draw tracks nor hinges for door
Given too many parts for job
No apology just blaming us for the stuff up
Flat pack boxes extremely heavy and instructions not clear and asked at Bunnings and told to refer to videos on line
Next time stick with ikea
So excited to have finally renovated my kitchen, cupboards look amazing but so disappointed with the benchtops the smallest things leave a scratch and only 2 weeks on I really dislike my benchtops not practical for a kitchen when you want something to look neat and tidy if I only knew how easily they scratched I would not have purchased
Reasonable quality until you reach the benchtop
Cabinetry and door/drawer finish seem quite reasonable for the price, but .... the benchtops are not custom or made to measure unless you are dealing with 2400mm or less. Kaboodle advertising is misleading. I wanted a 3200mm straight laminate benchtop which Kaboodle cannot supply unless I would like a join in the middle, where the sink will be located. 2400mm maximum seems ridiculously short and is not mentioned anywhere in their catalogs that I can find. Very disappointed.
Defective on occasions
Twice now Ive done small projects using kaboodle from bunnings. Each time something has been damaged and or defective. Very inconvenient when live an hour away and have to replace an item that was defective or damaged within the packaging.
High cost, low value kitchens
We made the unfortunate mistake of purchasing a Kaboodle kitchen through Bunnings in Morayfield. Seven months later we have a near finished kitchen which is of poorer quality and design than the original installation. The cupboards are superficially attractive but made of the worst chipboard I've ever seen - it's about the consistency of a Weetbix - and the metal fittings are junk.
We paid just under $20,000 so aimed at the higher priced options all the way through and have a collection of mismatched cupboards of poor constructed, and very po...orly put together. TradePro Installations are reviewed separately. Thankfully the benchtops and splashbacks are of a much higher quality and save it from being a total disaster. If you do throw all reason aside and go with a Bunnings/Kaboodle kitchen, NEVER use the recommended installers. Always use a professional cabinetmaker or do it yourself. You'll save several thousand dollars and get a much better finish, or at least only have yourself to blame, and you know no-one is getting kickbacks. My strong recommendation is to go elsewhere - anywhere else.
Quality is not there!
This is my second kabiodle kitchen the first one was white then discoloured quite quickly, they did replace the draw and cupboard fronts with an egg white this colour is not stocked by Bunning’s only available by special order,
The second kitchen was expensive for the poor quality the doors and cupboards swelled up and delaminated,
I would not buy another one go else ware!
AVOID!!!! No quality control, poor customer service
I ordered a Kaboodle kitchen with ‘sugar sorbet’ cupboard doors. On arrival one of the doors was broken, side panels were the wrong size and a couple of drawer runners were missing. Clearly there is no one checking the orders before delivery. To save time waiting for another new delivery my project manager went back to Bunnings to exchange the door, panels and pick up missing door runners which went ok. A couple of weeks after installation we noticed some of the cupboard doors were a different colour with a mottling effect coming through. The...project manager rang Bunnings who said to take photos as they have no staff to come and look at any problems. Photos did not really show the extent of the problem but some were sent. Kaboodle said they don’t have any service people to fix anything so the project manager was meant to take back doors and panels which meant disassembling the kitchen then get replacements and reassemble everything. After protest the project manager asked for their kitchen installer to come out and redo parts of the kitchen with new doors and panels....Still waiting but hopefully next week. The benchtop measure and installation went just fine and no problems with that ( the reason why I gave them 2 stars) The glass splashback on the other hand was not measured or maybe not cut correctly so around the window sill the glass piece is too small. The installer decided to fill this shortfall with masses of silicone presumably to try to disguise the incorrect sizing & make it fit. After a couple of weeks the silicone has started cracking. The project manager has had a difficult time getting hold of the glass subcontracting company who do the work for Kaboodle. Their attitude was that silicone cracking is normal movement. My expeerienced project manager didn’t buy their excuse as it was a new kitchen!. We are still waiting for the splashback company to contact the project manager and provide a satisfactory solution. Seems there are too many companies involved - Bunnings, Kaboodle, subcontractors with lots of buck passing and little interest in customer satisfaction or in fixing problems .. Getting all their money upfront before installation means no accountability and no interest in rectifying any issues- Lack of troubleshooting or service staff reflects their don’t care attitude. A nightmare experience particularly for the project manager!
Questions & Answers
Hi, I have just had a new Kaboodle kitchen installed and have a number of 600mm 2 Drawer Base Cabinet installed. Can you please advise how much weight each draw can hold?
Hi Donna, thank you for your question. Our kaboodle ball bearing drawer slides are rated at 45kg so that’s 45kg drawer (regardless of cabinet size). Please let us know if we can help with anything else. Regards, kaboodle kitchen
Does any one experienced this .
My bench top is a flat laminate and was replaced a few years ago from gloss as it had faults and stains inside the laminate so They replaced it, I wanted same colour but flat not gloss.
Meanwhile 2 to 3 years later it now always looks dirty like a smudgy ,greasy look and it does not matter how much I clean it with soapy water it just does not go away.
I have contacted Kaboodle waiting for answer, also draw and cupboard does not close properly.
The bench top is a worry, we have no kidds and are so careful.
Appreciate and issues someone else may have had. Thankyou
How do I remove sliders from drawers. Need to remove draws. Cheers
Slide the drawer out as far is it can go and look for a small black lever located on either side of the drawer slide. Pushing this lever down (and up on opposite side) will disengage the slide and allow you to slide the drawer out.
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