What is the difference between Krantz Designs & Katie Brown Kitchens?

15 August 2023What is the difference between Krantz Designs & Katie Brown Kitchens?

When it comes to luxury kitchens, there are two brands within Lincoln that immediately come to mind: Krantz Designs and Katie Brown Kitchens. Each firm has carved out its own unique space in the market, offering clients a wide variety of options that are in keeping with each brand’s own signature aesthetics. 

Krantz, known for high-end features and outstanding designs, is positioned at the higher end of the pricing spectrum, but Katie Brown has earned a great reputation for providing beautiful kitchens in a lower price range, without compromising on style and function. 

Let’s delve into a deeper comparison of the two industry leaders in the Lincolnshire bespoke kitchen market.

Pictured above: Krantz Designs showroom display. See more on this project here

Price Range

The most notable difference between Krantz Designs and Katie Brown is the price range of the kitchens available. Krantz is undoubtedly the more expensive option. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for, and while both firms offer an excellent service, Krantz Designs’ premium price tag takes the quality of your kitchen to the next level.

There are no standard packages when it comes to creating a bespoke design for any space. However, most clients tend to invest around £75,000 to £150,000+VAT in total on a Krantz kitchen. Take a look at our blog ‘How much does a bespoke kitchen cost?’ to see what factors might affect your kitchen price.

The premium price clients pay for a Krantz kitchen translates into exceptional quality, state-of-the-art features, and unparalleled aesthetics. The higher price tag also reflects the extensive research and development that goes into each product, the renowned Krantz aftercare service, and the calibre of the materials and appliances used. A Krantz project is more than just a kitchen – it’s a lifetime investment.

Katie Brown kitchens are undoubtedly high end designs, but they exist at the level between standard market kitchens and completely bespoke designs. The brand has successfully demonstrated that a luxurious feel can be created by combining tailored designs with off-the-shelf components. While you might not find the level of sophistication and technological advancement as you would with a Krantz kitchen, Katie Brown kitchens deliver on their promise of great quality at a lower price point, generally ranging from £20,000 to £75,000. 

Pictured above: Katie Brown project. See more on their Nettleham project here 

Quality and Durability

Krantz kitchens are manufactured in house, meticulously crafted with a focus on durability and reliability. The materials used are of the highest quality and we refuse to cut corners, meaning every part of a Krantz design promises longevity, quality, and highly efficient performance. Krantz provides resolute assurance that your kitchen will serve you faithfully for many years to come.

Katie Brown Kitchens offer excellent quality, but this quality is confined within a restricted price bracket. Although Katie Brown may not match Krantz’s high-end materials or top-tier construction, their kitchens are reliable, aesthetically pleasing, and functional, making the brand a very attractive choice for those whose budgets are less than £75,000. To read more on their most frequently asked questions, visit their website here

Pictured above: Krantz Designs showroom display. See more on this project here

Design and Customisation

This is where Krantz and Katie Brown Kitchens really differ. Both firms build kitchens that are beautiful, and their designers adapt to an array of styles and designs depending on customer preferences. 

Krantz’s designs, however, are entirely customisable, down to the smallest detail, meaning that our designers can cater to the unique tastes of every single client. Krantz products are all made by hand and from scratch for each new project. Katie Brown Kitchens, on the other hand, offers a good variety of different designs, but customers are somewhat restricted by a set catalogue list. 

Katie Brown offers 20+ door styles and can work to any kitchen layout, but the firm generally works to set sizes, and bespoke options do cost more. The range of products available covers a broad spectrum of styles, but if those styles are not to a customer’s taste, Katie Brown Kitchens are less equipped to create something that departs from these designs. Nevertheless, Katie Brown can achieve excellent results in comparison to industry competitors within their price range.

Pictured above: Katie Brown project. See more on their recent projects here 

Innovation and Technology

Krantz Designs has been a pioneer of technological innovation in kitchen installations. Most projects feature state-of-the-art bespoke technology that makes our clients’ lives easier. The Krantz brand is consistently ahead of the curve when it comes to designing and manufacturing innovative cabinetry and storage solutions, and we’re always on the lookout for ways to improve our offerings.

While Katie Brown might not boast the same level of tech integration, they offer essential features that fulfil the needs of most households. Their designs are geared towards functionality and ease-of-use, but they do still push the boundaries with the materials and resources that they have available. 

Pictured above: Krantz Designs Richmond project. See more on this project here

Working with your designer

Your choice as to whether to invest in a Krantz Designs kitchen, a Katie Brown kitchen, or another luxury kitchen designer ultimately depends on your needs, preferences, and budget. 

Katie Browns Kitchens serves as a solid choice for those who would like to bring a touch of luxury to their home for less than £75,000. However, if quality, innovation, and design hold more weight in your decision-making process, and you view your kitchen as a long-term investment, then Krantz Designs may be the more appropriate choice.

Pictured above: Katie Brown project. See more on their Bailgate project here

The kitchen is the heart of your home, and choosing the right kitchen designer and manufacturer is vital in ensuring that your space is finished to your liking.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of questions you might like to ask yourself or your designer when choosing a company to work with.

Questions to ask when choosing a luxury kitchen installer

  1. What is my desired aesthetic, and can this kitchen designer work with it?
  2. What type of warranty does the company offer?
  3. What is the brand’s reputation in the market? Do they have good reviews?
  4. What is my budget, and how much can I expect to pay if I work with this company?
  5. How customisable are the brand’s designs, and how customisable do I need them to be?
  6. How does this company perform in terms of energy efficiency and are their processes sustainable?
  7. How important is technology and innovation to me? Does this company cater to my needs?
  8. How simple is the repair and maintenance process?
  9. What is the aftercare experience like for clients of this company?
  10. Are there any financing or payment plan options?
  11. What is the average lifespan of this company’s kitchens?
  12. What type of quality control measures does the brand have in place?
  13. What certifications or awards had this company received?
  14. Where are the kitchen components manufactured?
  15. Does this kitchen designer offer any innovative features unique to them?

Ultimately, both Krantz Designs and Katie Brown Kitchens offer excellent service and high quality kitchens. The firms adopt the same ethos with regards to the importance of quality and the customer experience, but they provide very different products.

Of course, if you have any questions at all, the Krantz team is on hand to provide answers. Request a phone consultation and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, please feel free to book an appointment to look around both showrooms based on the same site in the Bailgate, Lincoln. 

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