Handleless kitchens have been popular for decades, and rightly so. But are they right for you? There is no easy answer as there are advantages and disadvantages to having units with or without handles, so the ultimate decision depends on your preference. To help you decide, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of handleless kitchens.
The main advantage of handleless kitchens is that they look stunning. Without handles, your kitchen units will look elegant, streamlined and modern, and with nothing to break up the eyeline, your kitchen will also look bigger. This makes handleless units especially great for small kitchens where space is at a premium. And perfect if you’re going for a minimalist look.
Schuller manufactures two types of handleless kitchen units. As the name suggests, the grip ledge profile is a recessed ledge at the top of the door or drawer which gives you the opportunity to grip it and pull it open. It’s a very simple concept, is easy to use and looks good too. The main disadvantage is that dirt and dust will accumulate on the ledge, which means you have to make more of an effort to keep it clean, but it’s still easier than trying to clean the back of a handle.
With tip-on technology, all you need to do is gently push the door or drawer for it to automatically open. This makes it very easy to open units, even if you’ve got your hands full. The main advantage though is that you’ll get a smooth and uniform-looking kitchen front. You might think that the smooth lines will make the units easier to clean than units with grip ledge profiles or handles. That is true, but be aware that fingerprints will accumulate where you and your family push to open the units – which will be especially evident if you’re opting for a glossy finish – so this area will need a little elbow grease.
Handleless kitchens will provide you with a slightly safer kitchen. With no handles or knobs to brush against, there’s less likelihood of bruising your leg if you walk too close to the unit, and no likelihood of catching sleeves, pockets or loose clothing on them. With a smoother surface area, handleless units are easier to keep clean and hygienic – you can be sure you’ve covered every square inch with your antibacterial cleaner and there are no nooks or crannies to provide a home for germs to accumulate.
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