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Updated: 7 Mar 2022

Howdens Joinery kitchens review: units, costs, and installation

Howdens says it prides itself on quality kitchens built to last. We've assessed its fitted kitchen units in the lab and asked its customers to find out whether they agree.
Sarah Ingrams

Howdens says it believes in good craftsmanship above all things and sells only to tradespeople as they have the expertise to install its kitchens well. 

You can get design and planning advice from Howdens but will need to find an installer to buy and fit your kitchen.

There are more than 75 kitchen designs to choose from, including handleless and shaker styles in a range of colours.

There are more than 700 depots nationwide and Howdens says that all of its kitchens are designed and made in the UK at its factories in Cheshire and East Yorkshire.

To help you decide if a Howdens kitchen is right for your home, we assessed its three kitchen ranges in our lab and asked more than 3,000 Which? members about their kitchens, including those from Howdens.

Howdens Joinery Elmbridge navy kitchen
Howdens Joinery Elmbridge navy kitchen

Which? members can log in to see Howdens' kitchens full ratings. If you're not a Which? member, join Which? to see this plus reviews of thousands of other kitchen products.

Use our Best and worst kitchen brands page to see how Howdens' kitchens compares with other brands, including Benchmarx and Magnet.

Howdens Joinery kitchens: units

We assessed three units from Howdens, including flat-pack Technik and pre-assembled Handleless and Rigid ranges. If you buy from Howdens, your kitchen will be built around one of these base units – it's the doors, worktops, and finishes that make your kitchen unique.

Log in now to reveal the results in this table and all of the information below.

Howdens kitchen units lab assessment results
UnitLab overall scoreQuality of unitsLoading shelvesDrawers and runnersHinges

Ratings are overall and encompass a number of different assessments.

Find out how we test kitchens.

Howdens Joinery kitchens: customer survey ratings

We asked 3,848 Which? members who bought kitchens in the past 10 years to tell us about the kitchen brand they bought from. 

Log in to find out how Howdens is rated by its customers.

Howdens Joinery kitchens survey ratings
Customer score
Design and planning
Customer service
Quality of cupboards, doors, drawers and worktops
Quality of finish
How well cupboards, doors, drawers and worktops lasted
Value for money

Howdens Joinery kitchens: doors, worktops and drawers

Customers of Howdens also told us how well they found parts of their kitchens have lasted, including the drawers, doors and worktops they chose. We also asked customers to rate the quality of the various elements of their kitchen.

Use our guide to units, doors and worktops to find the best elements for your kitchen.

Howdens Joinery Hockley mirror gloss kitchen
Howdens Joinery Hockley mirror gloss kitchen

Howdens Joinery kitchens: installation

As Howdens Joinery only sells directly to kitchen installers, it doesn't have an in-house kitchen installation service that we can rate in our survey. 

So you'll need to find your own installer to fit your Howdens kitchen. Use Which? Trusted Traders to find reliable kitchen fitters near you.

Or if you'd prefer to buy from a company that can also install your kitchen, see which brands were rated the best kitchen fitters

Howdens Joinery logo

Howdens Joinery kitchens and services

Does Howdens have a kitchen planner/design service?

There's a free personal design service online to help plan your kitchen. This lets you consult a designer for expert advice on planning, layout and style. 

You can have an consultation via video chat or at a Howdens depot if you're comfortable going in-store. Howdens' designers can also carry out at-home assessments during which they will measure your kitchen.

Wherever your design consultation is, you'll get a 3D plan of your kitchen so you can visualise it.

Does Howdens install kitchens?

As Howdens Joinery is a trade kitchen supplier and doesn't recommend installers, you'll need to find one yourself, although Howdens Joinery can guide you through the process. 

Use Which? Trusted Traders to find a reliable kitchen fitter near you.

Does Howdens sell kitchen appliances, flooring and tiles?

Howdens sells large kitchen appliances from Lamona (exclusive to Howdens Joinery). Howdens Joinery doesn't supply wall tiles but does have a flooring range.