You might have read the original Guest Post, “Kitchen Cabinets from All Wood Cabinetry?” that led to lots and lots of discussion about the durability, quality, and design of the All Wood Cabinets that you can buy through Costco. As part of that discussion, I’ve offered to post photos from Costco members that purchased the cabinets. I’m hoping that this will help anyone thinking about purchasing these. Pictures say a lot and since it is almost impossible to get a good idea of what they might look like in a real kitchen, from the photos on the Costco/All Wood Cabinets websites, I’m hoping this is useful to everyone.
The first person that sent me photos was Maria, who was also responsible for the original guest post on this topic. So, if you’d like to see the photos from her kitchen and read her feedback, you should check out her follow up guest post.
However, this guest post and picture gallery comes from Bunty Pabbaraju, who also recently purchased the All Wood Cabinets through Costco. He posted a really useful comment on the original post, but I’m going to repeat it here, just in case anyone missed it.
I recently had my kitchen completely renovated and put in all new cabinets. I bought the cabinets from Costco / AllWoodFast.com thinking I cant go wrong. Costco usually will promote a good product.
I got the cabinets and have had them professionally installed. Here is what I think about these cabinets – I will give you the PRO’s and CON’s and you can decide for yourself.
About AllwoodFast the company:
- Danny the designer was very nice to work with. He is very patient and creative.
- The customer Service team is very responsive to issues and concerns (Christina / Jessica).
- This company claims their cabinets are all wood – I have to disagree – the fronts are all wood – the rest is ply wood.
- The company claims “made in the USA” – it appears that all the cabinet fronts are made in China for all the cabinets. They are then assembled by this company on to the plywood cabinet housings here in the USA. This is kind of misleading.
- The cabinets dont have to be assembled by you – they are shipped fully assembled.
- The packaging is excellent.
- The shipping was fairly quick (3 weeks).
The Quality of the Cabinets:
- All the wood appears to be maple (Chinese?) – with various stains.
- The wall cabinets usually don’t seem to have any issues with the cuts of the wood – this may be intentional, as they are at eye level – and so they make sure the quality of the wood in the wall cabinet fronts are good.
- Base cabinets – have the worst grades of the wood – very patchy – heavy swirls in the grain – the staining looks patchy. In my case 14 panels were so bad that I had to get them replaced – they were simply an eye sore. Why just the base cabinets ? No one tends to look below eye level.
- The cabinets come with hinges that will have to be adjusted – a lot of time has to be spent on aligning the doors.
- I had light rail molding installed on all the base cabinets. The base cabinets are not flush at the bottom – and so we have gaps in all the light rail moldings – in many places it looks real bad. You can see the light come through from between the cabinets and the molding.
- All the moldings – are by far the worst quality – they are made of cheap wood – with a veneer wrapping to match the shade of the cabinets. The veneer has air bubbles all over them. The crown molding and light rail molding has this problem.
- Now I have air bubbles showing up on the light rail moldings – above the toaster and the coffee maker – so any heat will cause the moldings to have air bubbles under the veneer.
- The pricing of the moldings is simply outrageous. This is where they get you.
- One of the draws on the base cabinets will not close shut – on one end – it appears that the slides have not been installed correctly. We are just noticing that. I have to get this addressed by AllWoddFast.
So, in a nut shell:
The companies customer service and design service is good – they are trying to help.
The product has quite a few quality issues.
The pricing is not the greatest – there are better prices and products.
Finally – will I buy from this company again – NO!
Would I recommend others to buy – NO!
The key here is quality. Everything else can be worked out. As for quality – you are stuck with it – and have yet to see how the product will hold out.
Hope this will help you with your decisions.