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Updated: 7 Mar 2022

Magnet kitchens review: units, costs, and installation

Magnet promises its kitchens will be as wonderful in the years to come as the day it arrived. So we asked its customers and assessed Magnet's kitchens in our lab to find out if it lives up to this.
Sarah Ingrams

Magnet says it prides itself on matching customers with their dream kitchen. It has more than 30 kitchens in its range to choose from.

These include different styles (modern, traditional or shaker), cabinet finishes and colours. 

Magnet has been making kitchens for more than 100 years, and all of its cabinets are manufactured in the UK.

Magnet offers what it calls a 'Signature Service' to help you through the process of buying and installing your kitchen. This includes a dedicated designer, home survey, and aftercare service where Magnet tells you how to care for your kitchen and may visit to check it's fitted correctly.

We assessed Magnet's kitchens in our lab and asked its customers, as part of a survey of more than 3,000 people who bought kitchens in the past decade, to tell us what they think of their kitchen. 

Below we've brought all of this together to help you decide if a Magnet kitchen is right for you.

Magnet Somerton kitchen
Magnet Somerton kitchen

Which? members can log in now to unlock Magnet's overall scores and see whether any of its units were worthy of a Best Buy. If you're not yet a Which? member, join Which? to see Magnet's full results.

Check the best and worst kitchens to find out how Magnet compares with other kitchen companies.

Magnet kitchen units

Three of Magnet's kitchen units were assessed in our lab. These units are the base of Magnet's kitchen ranges – you'll choose different doors, finishes and colours but the units beneath will be one of these three.

Log in to see how Magnet's kitchens fared in our lab.

Magnet kitchen unit lab assessment results
UnitLab overall scoreQuality of unitsLoading shelvesDrawers and runnersHinges
Factory Assembled
Premium iD3
Simply Ready to Assemble

Ratings are overall and encompass a number of different assessments.

Find out how we test kitchens.

Magnet kitchens customer survey ratings

Our customer survey included more than 200 Magnet customers who had bought a kitchen in the past 10 years. We asked them to tell us about the quality of their kitchen, how well it has lasted, the customer service they received and how they rate its value for money.

Log in to find out how this translated into Magnet's scores.

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

Visit our page on the best and worst kitchen brands to see how Magnet compares with other brands.

Magnet kitchens: doors, drawers and worktops

We asked Magnet customers to rate the quality and durability of different components of the kitchen they bought. 

Some firms achieved an impressive five stars for how well customers found their kitchens lasted, while others lagged behind with a more mediocre three stars. 

Visit our kitchen units, doors and worktops page to find out more about the different materials you can choose from, including what we discovered in our lab.

Magnet Integra Dunham kitchen
Magnet Integra Dunham kitchen

Magnet kitchens: installation

You can choose whether to use a Magnet kitchen fitter, find your own or even install your kitchen yourself.

In our survey, we asked kitchen owners about the installation process with Magnet, including about the speed and quality of installation, mess made and the communication from the installer, to see whether it was hassle-free or a total pain.

When we sent the kitchens to the lab, they all had to be installed. If they were flat-pack, like with Magnet's Simply Ready to Assemble units, they also had to be built.

Log in or join Which? to see what Magnet's customers had to say about the service, and read analysis from our lab assessments to get insider knowledge on how easy Magnet's units are to install.

Magnet kitchens logo

Magnet kitchens costs and services

How much does a Magnet kitchen cost?

Log in to discover the price of a mid-range Magnet kitchen when we went undercover to visit each brand to ask for a specific kitchen layout in summer 2017.

Then check our Kitchen costs: how much should you spend on a new kitchen and appliances? to see how Magnet compares on price with other kitchen brands and how we collected these prices. It also shows how much the average kitchen costs and has tips on how to keep costs down.

Does Magnet have a kitchen planner/design service?

Magnet offers a free design consultation. You can choose whether you'd prefer to go in-store or have a virtual consultation.

In both, you'll discuss with a designer how to make the most of your space and budget and they will create a 3D plan of your new kitchen. Afterwards you'll receive your designs and a quote. 

A designer will then come to measure up your kitchen, or Magnet will give you instructions of how to measure it yourself. If you're not able to see kitchens in-store, Magnet will send samples of colours, handles and worktops to see and feel at home before you order.

Does Magnet install kitchens?

There's an optional fitting service where the entire process is managed and carried out by Magnet fitters. It offers different installation packages depending on the extent of the work on your kitchen.

You can also choose your own fitter and Magnet says it will work with them to arrange deliveries and answer any questions they have.

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

Does Magnet sell kitchen appliances, flooring and tiles?

Yes, it sells large kitchen appliances from a range of brands, all fitted at extra cost. Visit our home appliances page to find the best appliances for you. Magnet doesn't sell flooring or wall tiles.