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Why are German kitchens the best?

Have you ever pondered upon the question: Why are German kitchens the best? When it comes to kitchen design, there are many options available in the market. Yet only Germany has gained an unparalleled reputation for exceptional kitchens. No surprise they have gained popularity in the US as well. Since the 1970s brands like Poggenpohl, SieMatic and bulthaup are available in the market. Looking for a new kitchen yourself you may come across them. Due to the higher price point than domestic brands, you may wonder what makes them so exceptional. In this article, we uncover what sets them apart from other brands. So, keep reading to find out more!

Functional boxes with wall mounted faucet by bulthaup in a modern kitchen.
High-end bulthaup kitchen

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If you want to learn more about the individual German kitchen brands available in the US visit our kitchen design blog here: Kitchen brands


Innovative Design

German kitchens are remarkable! They gained worldwide recognition for their outstanding craftsmanship, cutting-edge technology, and innovative design. These kitchens are always at the forefront of design. They push the boundaries of traditional kitchen layouts. Which often revolutionizes how we use our kitchen. From clever storage solutions to the latest technology. German kitchen designers are always introducing new and innovative ideas. Those not only make our lives easier but also more enjoyable. Every kitchen aspect is crafted to perfection with exceptional attention to detail. German kitchens are a testament to the art of cooking and living in style!

Integrated kitchen appliances

Gaggenau refrigerator integrated and paneled in a bulthaup kitchen with integrated Gaggenau ovens next to it.
Integrated kitchen appliances

German kitchen brands have been at the forefront of integrated appliance design. They create a seamless and streamlined kitchen by incorporating your appliances. Ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers are integrated into the cabinet. It eliminates clutter and maximizes your counter space. Further, it creates a sleek and modern aesthetic.

Smart Storage & Drawer Systems

Drawer Systems and organizational Systems demonstrated in a small L-shape kitchen with an island. Drawer system dividers maximize storage and improve organization. Drawer systems feature dividers, trays and customizable organizers. This provides you with a clutter-free kitchen and makes it easier to find things.
Smart Storage Solutions Credit: Nobilia

Drawer Systems and organizational Systems demonstrated in a small L-shape kitchen with an island. Drawer system dividers maximize storage and improve organization. Drawer systems feature dividers, trays and customizable organizers. This provides you with a clutter-free kitchen and makes it easier to find things.

Cabinet Lift Systems

Cabinet Lift system on a Ballerina kitchen to provide easy access above integrated oven and microwave.
Cabinet Lift Systems Credit: Ballerina

Cabinet lift systems are introduced by German kitchen brands to provide you with easy access to storage behind. This eliminates the need for step stools or ladders. This makes it easier and safer for you to reach items stored in high cabinets.

Open plan kitchen

bulthaup has been the first kitchen brand to introduce open kitchen plans. They removed walls and barriers between the kitchen, dining, and living areas. This creates a spacious and welcoming environment. It is ideal for entertaining and socializing. Further, it is allowing for better flow and movement between spaces. The Ballerina kitchen in the picture is a great example of an open room concept.
Open Plan Kitchen | Credit: Ballerina kitchen

bulthaup has been the first kitchen brand to introduce open kitchen plans. They removed walls and barriers between the kitchen, dining, and living areas. This creates a spacious and welcoming environment for you. It is ideal for entertaining and socializing. Further, it is allowing for better flow and movement between spaces.

Kitchen island

bulthaup kitchen with 2 separate islands to allow for a functional work flow and allows socializing while working.
Kitchen Islands

German kitchen makers have popularized the use of kitchen islands. Those are versatile and multifunctional workspaces. You can use them for food preparation, cooking, and dining. Kitchen islands provide you with extra counter space and storage. Further, they create a focal point for the room.

U- & L-shaped kitchen layouts

U-shaped kitchen with plenty of countertop and ample storage space.
U- & L-shaped kitchen | Credit: Nobilia

German kitchen brands have also popularized the use of U-shaped and L-shaped kitchens. They are designed to maximize space and efficiency. These layouts allow you to get easy access and provide ample counter space and storage.


Learn more about German Kitchen in our article: German Kitchen - Quality meets Design & Functionality. You will find out which brands are available in the US and how much you can expect to pay for a German kitchen.


Quality Materials

You will find only high-quality materials in a German kitchen. They add to the durability of your kitchen but also provide many functional benefits. This makes the German kitchen an excellent choice for you!

Durability - withstand everyday use wear & tear

Kitchen with a high-quality veneer finish from a Poggenpohl.
Luxury Kitchen in veneer

Using high-quality materials has many benefits. Such include their ability to withstand daily wear and tear. Material such as solid wood, long-lasting laminate, and lacquer make your kitchen durable.

Increase property value & attract potential buyers

Room in the middle of a kitchen remodel construction phase.
Kitchen Remodel to increase property value

Besides to being durable, these materials also add to the value of your kitchen. They can attract potential buyers if you decide to sell your home.

Visually appealing

Wood veneer & aluminum cabinets create a warm contrast in this luxurious kitchen.
Modern kitchen with high-quality materials

High-quality materials are not only durable but also visually appealing. Those add to the aesthetic of your space and make it a focal point in any home.

Functional benefits

Why are German kitchens the best? Functionality and Quality of the materials used for their kitchens like the  original resopal front surface from Ballerina kitchens.
Original Resopal Credit: Ballerina kitchen

High-quality materials allow you to build extremely robust kitchens. They not only provide you with an outstanding aesthetic but also functional aspects. Such could include scratch resistance, no fingerprint, or an antibacterial coating. Seen at Ballerina kitchen.


Attention to Detail & German Engineering

In case you are still wondering why German kitchens are the best keep reading. German kitchen brands commit to the highest engineering standards and use cutting-edge technology. You'll find evidence of dedication to quality in every aspect of their product. Whether it is in their material choices or precise measurements and fittings.

Quality Control:

German brands have an industry-wide reputation for having the highest quality standards. They track every step of the production process carefully. From the selection of the material to the final product. By having quality control protocols in place, they can ensure high-quality standards. Using the latest technology and machinery helps them produce consistently high-quality products. Further, each item undergoes rigorous testing to ensure safety and quality standards.

Common quality control tests may include:


How does it work?

Scratch and abrasion resistance test

​A machine rubs the material surface with a standardized abrasive, such as Sandpaper. This simulates wear and tear over time. A set amount of force and repetitions ensures consistency across the samples. Afterwards they analyze the amount of visible damage or wear on the material surface.

Stain resistance tests

​The test involves applying various types of common kitchen stains to a surface. Such can be coffee, red wine, or oil, which remain on the surface for a specified period before being cleaned. After cleaning, the material is inspected for any residual staining or discoloration. Repeating the test ensures that the material maintains its stain resistance over time. With this test, the brands are able to simulate real-world scenarios. They ensure, that your kitchen can withstand common kitchen spills and stains.

Heat resistance tests

​Those aim to ensure, that materials withstand the heat produced by kitchen appliances. The materials should maintain their structural integrity over time. They should not show signs of cracking, warping, or discoloration. Such tests expose the material to high temperatures. The materials are exposed to a direct flame or placing them in an oven. This does simulate the heat produced by cooking. Such tests may also involve placing hot objects, such as pots, onto the material to see how it reacts.

Water resistance tests

​There are different testing methods depending on the material tested. Such tests could involve submerging the material in water for a set period of time. The exposure could be between 24 and 72 hours. Afterwards the material is checked for any signs of warping, swelling, or other damage. Another test could be subjecting the material to a series of cycles of wetting and drying. This can simulate long-term exposure to moisture. Further, swelling characteristics as well as water absorption can be tested. The tests ensure, that kitchen materials are resistant to water damage. This can be especially critical in sink and countertop areas.

Strengths test

They involve placing a weight on a surface. The brands measure the amount of force it can withstand before cracking or breaking. Within this test hydraulic presses or other mechanical devices apply pressure to materials. This way the strengths of countertops, cabinets, and drawers can be tested. The testing equipment is calibrated to ensure accurate and consistent results.

Hinge & drawer longevity test

Repetitive open and close cycles simulate daily use, of doors and drawers. The hinges and glides have to go through 80,000 of those cycles during the test. Applying heavy weights further simulates the stress of daily use. Further, the drawers are tested for their smoothness and consistency of motion. These tests ensure that the drawers and hinges can withstand the demands of frequent use. They are supposed to maintain their functionality and durability over time.

Load capacity test

The test involves applying a specified amount of weight to a component, such as a cabinet or shelf. This way they can determine the maximum load it can handle without failing or breaking. The weight is usually applied gradually to simulate normal usage over time. Each component needs to meet the required load-bearing capacity standards.

Production Techniques:

German kitchen brands have a wide range of production techniques. German brands use a variety of techniques, from precision engineering to handcrafted finishes. Examples for advanced production techniques:

  1. CNC (computer numerical control) technology: Allows precise and consistent cutting, shaping, and drilling of materials.

  2. Edge banding machines: Create seamless and durable edges on cabinets.

  3. Lacquer techniques: German techniques are often considered superior to traditional painting techniques. They create a more even and consistent finish that is resistant to wear and tear.

    1. UV lacquer: Involves curing the lacquer with ultraviolet light. This technique results in a smooth and glossy finish that is easy to clean and maintain.

    2. Powder-coated lacquer: Involves spraying the cabinets with a dry powder that is then baked onto the surface.

Edge detail of a bulthaup monobloc in stainless steel.
Why are German kitchens the best? - Attention to detail


Explore our blog category kitchen brands to learn more about the various brands.



German kitchen brands use a sustainable approach to kitchen design.

Kitchen cabinet carcass:

Using high-quality particleboard reduces waste and lowers the environmental impact. This makes it a more environmentally friendly option. Using solid wood material such as plywood requires cutting down trees. Particleboard is made from recycled wood particles and adhesives. This way the cabinet maker can use wood waste from other manufacturing processes.

Sustainable production techniques:

German brands often use renewable energy sources and cut waste through recycling programs. This allows them to reduce carbon emissions through efficient production processes. This ensures that their manufacturing operations have minimal impact on the environment.



We have been discussing many reasons why German kitchens are the best. In summary, German kitchen brands have been able to gain a good reputation in the industry for:

  • exceptional attention to detail,

  • superior engineering,

  • use of high-quality materials,

  • and commitment to sustainability.

From the planning phase to the final product, every aspect of a German kitchen is considered. This ensures a functional, visually appealing, and long-lasting kitchen. A German kitchen will not disappoint. If you're interested to transform your kitchen with a German-inspired design, contact Kitchen Design NYC. Let's create your dream kitchen together!


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