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The Chester range in Cloudy Blue by Wickes

The Chester range in Cloudy Blue by Wickes (image credit: Wickes)

Wickes has been in the kitchen industry since 1972 and is one of the most established fitted kitchens brands in the UK, with more than 230 stores nationwide. The brand has 14 kitchen ranges and five ready-fit kitchens to choose from, with a choice of colours in either matt or gloss finishes.

Customers can take advantage of a virtual or in-person design appointment where a professional designer will offer recommendations, advice and a 3D render of what your completed kitchen could look like.

Wickes also offers full installation, including both wet and dry fitting, so there’s no need to hire a plumber or electrician.

The main Wickes kitchen styles to choose from include:

  • J-pull: J-pull designs come with flat doors and carved finger pulls. The style is available in five neutral shades or three darker versions.
  • Shaker: Wickes’ shaker-style kitchens come in five designs. The Kendal and Heritage ranges have a traditional aesthetic with framed doors, while the Milton, Tiverton and Chester ranges are more modern and offer some exciting colour options, including Forest Green and Cloudy Blue.
  • Slab: The Wickes Slab range offers three kitchen designs with flat-fronted doors with handles. There are two glossy options (Esker and Glencoe) and one matte (Melrose), all in neutral shades with the exception of Azure and Carbon.
  • Intelliga: Intelliga is the most premium option. Each kitchen cabinet is handle-free, with a rail on top to open and drawers that open with a push. You can choose from two gloss options and two matt options, and the Esker range is also available in a beautiful blue shade – Azure.

Ready-to-fit ranges are available in a flat-fronted, modern style. The Ohio shaker-style ready-to-fit range is the only option with a five-piece door.

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Technical information

Wickes offers trade-quality, ready-to-fit kitchens at affordable prices. You can choose from a total of 19 ranges, including showroom and ready-to-fit options. Wickes’ flat-packed units are available in modern and classic designs, with numerous variations, including six colours. Finishes are available in either matt or gloss. Custom showroom ranges are available in 14 styles and 44 different colours.

The brand offers a complete service from start to finish, including installation with a two-year workmanship guarantee.

  • Kitchen ranges: 14 showroom ranges and five ready-to-fit ranges
  • Number of styles: 4 (J-Pull, Intelliga, Shaker and Slab)
  • Finance available: Yes
  • Installation service: Yes
The Tiverton range in Sage by Wickes.

The Tiverton range in Sage by Wickes (image credit: Wickes)

Key features

Highlights: Wickes offers free design consultation to help you measure your kitchen and give advice on styles. 3D visualisation can help you get a feel for what your finished kitchen could look like in your home. You can also get creative with different styles and colour combinations using Wickes’ online tools.

Warranty: Two-year workmanship warranty for installation, 20-year warranty for cabinets and 10-year warranty for doors.

Cost: The Wickes ready-to-fit kitchen range costs between £835 and £3,128. You’ll need to speak to a designer to get a quote for a Wickes showroom kitchen.

Payment options: Wickes offers multiple payment options, including “buy now, pay later” and “spread the cost” plans. 

Key benefit: Wickes offers a huge selection of high-quality kitchens, colours and designs, including 14 showroom kitchens and five ready-to-fit kitchens.

Pros and cons

Choosing a kitchen supplier can be daunting, and that’s before you have to select colours and styles. If you stay in your current home, you may have to live with your kitchen for the next 10 to 20 years before remodelling again. If you’re planning to sell, you’ll need to think carefully about how your new kitchen will impact your property value and potential buyers. This is why you should think carefully before selecting a kitchen supplier.

Here are some of the advantages of buying your new kitchen from Wickes:

  • Variety: Wickes offers more choice than most providers in the same price bracket in terms of its range, designs and colour options.
  • Fitting: Wickes can install your kitchen. Installation includes wet and dry fitting, so there’s no need to source your own electrician and plumber.
  • Service: Very few providers in the same price category offer a full service, including aftercare, fitting and design.
  • Design planning: Wickes offers virtual appointments, 3D rendering and consultations so that you can plan your new kitchen wherever you are.
  • Payment options: There are several convenient payment options on offer, including “buy now, pay later” and monthly payment plans.
  • Warranties: The products come with long warranties, including a 20-year warranty on cabinetry.

Here are some potential disadvantages of choosing Wickes as your kitchen supplier:

  • Limitations: There are very few options for customisation, and the range of appliance brands that can be installed is also very limited.
  • Limited worktop choices: While there are plenty of laminate/wood options, solid surface colours are restricted, and there are no granite or stone worktops.

How Wickes kitchens compare to others

Wickes is currently one of the best kitchen suppliers on the UK market, but the brand isn’t suitable for everyone. If you are looking for something a little more affordable but don’t want to compromise on pricing, B&Q is a good option.

B&Q only has 12 different kitchen ranges, but there is more versatility and transparency in terms of pricing. There is a virtual showroom available so you can visualise what the designs will look like in your house. While B&Q don’t offer installation directly, they can arrange for the work to be carried out via trusted local installers. Alternatively, you can install the kitchen yourself to reduce the price even further. If you’re looking for a local builder or carpenter to do the work for you, then you can use our Find a Builder tool.

The premium range, Intelliga Chester, in the colour Midnight by Wickes.

The premium range, Intelliga Chester, in the colour Midnight by Wickes. (image credit: Wickes)

Howdens is comparable to Wickes in terms of quality and range of choices. They offer 25 very different kitchen designs with seemingly endless options for customisation, from accent features and finishes to add-ons like wine racks and corner protectors. On the downside, Howdens only sells to trade partners. This means you’ll need to find a builder or carpenter to purchase and install the kitchen for you which could increase your costs.

How much do Wickes kitchens cost?

The most affordable ready-to-fit Dakota kitchen unit starts at £835, while the pricier Camden range starts at £3,128. Wickes’ showroom kitchens are listed in three different pricing brackets, but you’ll need to talk to a designer to confirm how much your kitchen will cost.

Here’s how Wickes kitchens compare to other kitchen suppliers with a similar offering, based on a standard eight-unit ready-to-fit kitchen:

Kitchen supplierCost of unit (excluding installation)
Wickes (ready-to-fit range)£835 to £3,000+
B&Q£1,053 to £2,798
Wren£505 to £10,634

How to maintain your Wickes kitchen

Like most modern kitchens, your new Wickes kitchen won’t require regular maintenance. However, regularly wiping your counter surfaces with a mild cleanser and soft cloth will help keep your kitchen in tip-top condition.

Avoid harsh chemical ingredients and make sure your sink and boiler aren’t leaking near or inside your cabinets. If you want to clean your kitchen without chemicals, try using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.

The Chester range in Forest Green by Wickes.

The Chester range in Forest Green by Wickes (image credit: Wickes)

What the professionals say

“Wickes’ wide choice of kitchen styles and colours means it’ll appeal to many buyers – from those who prize practicality and value for money to households seeking their dream kitchen. So whether your budget is £3,000 or £13,000, Wickes can provide a stylish design.”

“Our research shows that Wickes kitchens are very competitive regarding price when it comes to the other national fitted kitchen retailers. And while the installation price might be higher than you can find from a local carpenter, the company’s knowledge of fitting kitchens plus its two-year workmanship guarantee makes it a worthwhile investment.”

What customers say

“Our first contact at Wickes Salisbury was with Tom Burt, Design Consultant, and he has been with us throughout our journey to completely revamp our dream kitchen. He initially showed us Wickes kitchen displays, gave us relevant brochures to take away and agreed to come and visit our home to measure up and draw up a design plan. We then returned to the store for a booked appointment, where he discussed and showed us our digitally drawn new kitchen.

We were then able to look at the products recommended that were on display in store and make changes to suit our preferences. Tom was able to guide us through this process using his experience and knowledge of the products. He gave us all the time we needed without putting us under pressure to make snap decisions, which we really appreciated.”

Tom emailed the documentation of our kitchen design which enabled us to consider it in the comfort of our home, and he responded promptly to the emails we sent with questions to clarify changes and additions. We then returned for another consultation to make final changes. Throughout this process, we have found Tom to be approachable, courteous, knowledgeable and very professional. Thank you for your help, guidance and being a delight to work with.”

“Absolute joke! 20K kitchen still not finished, jobs not done [or] what I asked for, wrong times and dates given for fitting worktops, blame fitter for trying and passing the buck and cannot get a reply from customer services, not sure where to go next.”

“Ordered units for my utility. Several items were damaged. Customer Services re-sent items that also arrived damaged. Eventually, the third lot was OK, but my builder had lost several days of work, and Wickes will not give me any discount for the inconvenience caused. I will not purchase from Wickes again.”

The Tiverton range in Anthracite, designed and installed by Wickes.

The Tiverton range in Anthracite, designed and installed by Wickes (image credit: Wickes)

Final recommendation

Wickes kitchens offer a variety of attractive modern and traditional designs that suit virtually every pocket and preference. Its in-house design service is very appealing as it gives you the opportunity to access expert advice and see what your kitchen could look like in your home before making a final decision.

Of course, the quality of installation and customer service can vary. Not everyone has a positive experience with this company. However, Wickes generally receives favourable reviews from experts and customers alike.

Of all the brands we have reviewed, Wickes is the best all-rounder. Its versatility and quality, along with lengthy product warranties, make this a safe option for virtually every homeowner. Wickes’ full-service model can take the pressure off your shoulders and reduce the time you spend managing your kitchen project.

Whether you are remodelling on a budget or have plenty to spend, Wickes will have something that suits your needs.

Our methodology

To help us put together this Wickes kitchens review, we looked at thousands of customer reviews from sites like TrustPilot, Google and Reviews.io. We also consulted professional reports, media reviews and forums.

We then compiled a 100-point scoring system to compare Wickes kitchens to its competitors and rate the brand’s quality.

The score was compiled as follows:

  • The quality of the units (loading shelves, drawers, runners, hinges and worktops for three points each), for a total of 15 points;
  • The availability of an in-house designer, for a total of five points;
  • The availability of an in-house installer, for a total of five points;
  • The number of ranges, colours and designs, for a maximum of five points each and a total of 15 points;
  • The availability and length of warranty, for a total of 15 points;
  • The cost, for a total of 10 points;
  • Customer reviews and star ratings (Trustpilot, Google and Reviews.io), for a total of 15 points;
  • Payment options, for a total of 10 points; and
  • The number of local showrooms, shops and installers, for a total of 10 points.