Quality Control

German kitchens signify an exceedingly high quality standard. Because Germans are extremely principled when it comes to their work, anything produced in a German factory is among the best in its class. This is especially true for fine cabinetry and furniture. None of our kitchens reach the market before they have been through extensive rounds of quality control testing.

Take the Nobilia quality control process, for example. Every panel of a Nobilia cabinet goes through a quality check, which is repeated in a second time to ensure a thorough examination. The follow-up rounds of quality testing serve as yet another set of eyes to catch any oversights from initial rounds. In fact, Nobilia staff may miss out on bonuses if any errors are caught on the second round.

Our partners’ quality control labs employ the most stringent and modern technology when testing the strength of kitchen cabinets. Robots are able to simulate repeated human activity over the course of two days that is equivalent to a kitchen’s service life of 15 years. Referring back to the Nobilia example, each drawer from a new prototype is opened and closed at least 60,000 times. All mechanical parts are tested for long-term durability: hinged doors, swivel flaps, drawers, pull-outs, and carousels.

This gives Nobilia engineers assurance that a kitchen will stand up to daily wear and tear throughout its operating life. Nobilia worktops must also support at least 160 pounds of weight over each cabinet- this is equivalent to the heaviness of a coffee station that serves 90 people. The day-to-day tasks you rely on a kitchen to perform won’t put strain on the hardware throughout the operational life.

Compared to a custom millworker (or even many factories), cabinetry from German factories is scrutinized to a much greater degree. German factories have incentive to build flawless cabinetry the first time around.

Since cooking frequently involves liquid spills, every surface is tested for resistance to various chemical agents. Olive oil, coffee, vinegar and even acetone are applied to surfaces in order to test for color fastness and material wear. Components such as handles are exposed to saltwater spray and humidity for extended periods of time, and final models cannot show any signs of corrosion following these tests.

Kitchens must also be resistant to extreme fluctuations in temperature and climate, as simulated in the lab. This way, each kitchen is made to function optimally in Siberian climates and tropical latitudes alike, as well as transport on a sea vessel. Cabinet surfaces are also engineered to withstand years of strong, direct sun without compromising the high-gloss lacquer finish.

Our kitchens are made in German factories because this is the only way to ensure they meet German quality standards. Whether you are looking at a high-end premium kitchen line or a more affordable, moderately priced kitchen, every panel and cabinet from German Kitchen has undergone radical levels of quality testing that are rarely seen elsewhere.