Best Kitchen Cabinets for the Price

Best Kitchen Cabinets for the Price

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How Much Do Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) Cabinets Cost ?

Ready to go down a confusing rabbit hole? Then just start prices online RTA cupboards. Since it's such a competitive business, dealers are continuously changing prices, adding hazy special discounts, and toying with the shipping and delivery costs.  While it can lead to frustration to you and better profits on their behalf, if you play the overall game right you can finish up saving a lot of money.

In my search to get the cheapest RTA cabinets, I ran a survey of prices across 6 RTA dealers to see their charges for an individual item.

The Shakertown Line

RTA cupboards don't really come under brand-names. You may find a general style like country oak, but this isn't a brand.  A good familiar cabinet style like Sienna Rope is no more a brand; the trademark holder simply allow mark lapse plus they no longer enforce it.

I did manage to find one line*, Shakertown, provided by many online RTA dealers and usually using the same product code. It had been a good point of comparison, since Shaker is a favorite style that almost every cupboard company will offer you.  With its clean lines, Shaker provides a traditional-but-modern look for kitchen areas and baths. Shakertown is manufactured from the Shekia Group, or TSG, of Edison, NJ.  TSG makes these cupboards under the Forevermark name.

The Method:  Size, Materials, Amount, and Shipping

One common cupboard type is the double-door kitchen bottom, 24" wide x 34 1/2" high x 24" deep (See Guide to Common Cupboard Sizes). This size has wonderful utility; it's the workhouse of the cabinet world and few kitchens go without it. Construction is 1/2" furniture-grade plywood containers and all-wood doorways.

In each case, I priced 20 units of the item--which goes under the product code B24B--in order to force it to a level high enough to trigger free shipping and delivery, if the business offered this. After identifying total cabinet cost, I blended in the delivery charges for a grand total.

Balance Cabinet and Shipping Costs

For huge buys like this, you will need to carefully turn it into a major project. Produce a chart or spreadsheet, if that can help you. I came across a $710.40 difference between your highest and lowest estimations. Isn't that well worth a spreadsheet?

Do not take the costs below as solid and unchanging. This is a snapshot of a certain moment in time; it will change. Instead, let it be considered a testament to the wide variety of costs out there, and to the pricing video games that some dealers play.

Finding the cheapest cabinets means being aware of the interplay between cabinet costs and shipping costs. You will need to balance both out. Gravitating to "free shipping and delivery" alone is a red herring. So, too, is gravitating to low per-item costs without working delivery costs into the mix.

For example, RTA Cupboard Store doesn't have free shipping. Sound bad? No, because using its low per-unit cost, the grand total makes this one of the lower-priced dealers. Conversely, The RTA Store advertised free shipping.  But its high per-unit cost made this highest-priced seller of all.

Below are the six  moving upward, starting at the lowest and prices:


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$3230.00 (Stock Cabinet Express)

Twenty units at $170 per unit resulted in an expense of $3,400, less $170 unspecified discount, for a total of $3230.00.

Honestly, I still question about the reality of the quote, considering that it is a good $400 less than the next one (all others vary among themselves by about $100).


Free shipping for orders over $3,000.




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$3664.19 (RTA Cabinet Store)

The closest comparison to Shakertown B24B is exactly what RTA Cabinet Store calls Autumn Shaker Double Door Base Cabinet 24"W, model BG24ASH.  Buying 20 models at $158.14 per unit comes to $3162.80.


RTA Cabinet Store does not offer free shipping.  Total delivery costs for this order:  $501.39.




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$3,765.80 (Cabinet Giant)

Cabinet Giant says that the original price is $283.  Using a markdown, the price leads to $222.86.  That is for 20 units.


Residential liftgate shipping costs $200.  Pickup at nearest freight terminal is free.




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$3,820.00 (Kabinet King)

Twenty products of B24B at $171 per device resulted in a cost of $3,420.00.





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$3905.40 (Kitchen Cabinet Kings)

The initial list price is mentioned as $283.00, but with a markdown of 31%, resulting in $195.27 for the machine.  This device at a level of 20 equaled $3905.40.

One odd thing happened.  ONCE I was researching this, the purchase price for this unit increased from $195.27 to $234.89.  The very next day, the purchase price was back down to $195.27.  I'm not sure if KCK's system was going through tests or if indeed they really did intend to change the purchase price.


Purchases over $3,000 receive free delivery within the same door style.




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$3,940.40 (The RTA Store)

The RTA Store doesn't have B24B, but it does have an identical product called Shaker Honey.  Ordering 20 systems at $197.02 leads to a cost of $3,940.40.


Shipping using the RTA Store is not clear.  They don't state that they provide free shipping on RTA, only on pre-assembled RTA cabinet purchases of $1,499 or higher.  Yet while i ran the order through, it determined that shipping and delivery costs were free.



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