Handleless kitchen units are part of a trend that has been on the rise over the past few years and offers homeowners upgrading their kitchens the opportunity to introduce smooth, sleek lines within the kitchen without the need for “pesky” handles.
But are handleless kitchen units right for your home? Like any part of kitchen design, our answer is – it depends. Every element of your kitchen should be matched to suit exactly how you like to use and enjoy the space, so whether they are suitable for you will depend on various factors, which are unique to your home and lifestyle.
However, if you are considering buying a handless kitchen, read our helpful guide to the pros and cons of handless kitchens before you decide.
One of the great benefits of handleless kitchen units is that they fit in very well with most contemporary or classic kitchens, bringing an effortless looking “smoothness” to the overall aesthetic. It can be an ideal choice for open plan style kitchen/living areas too as, all too often, brass wear can interrupt the flow between zones of the kitchen, making the change between kitchen and relaxing areas too distinct, creating a jarring feel between the spaces.
Additionally, a handleless kitchen gives you more space, as there is no “overhang” which allows you to navigate around your kitchen more effectively while you cook and prepare food, making it an idea choice for those with a smaller floor space.
However, if you are a true traditionalist with a love of a classic country look, or have an affection for ornate kitchen handles, then the handleless design is unlikely to set your world on fire! However, it may not be an all or nothing choice – perhaps consider handless designs at base unit level, mixed with handles on your higher-level kitchen cupboards if you cannot quite choose.
Are Handleless Kitchens Safer Than Units with Handles?
Generally, handleless kitchens are safer than those with handles. For adults, this is because there aren’t handles which you can bump into or catch your clothing on as you navigate your kitchen -potentially while handling hot food. For children, handles on base units are often directly at the same height as their head, making bumps more likely.
A further advantage when it comes to the safety stakes is that, handles can be a bit of a shining beacon to young children, calling out to be pulled upon, and handleless units do remove this temptation. That said, always ensure that young children are supervised in the kitchen.
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When it comes to cleanliness there are definitely both pro’s and cons. On one hand, if you have for example, a white high gloss kitchen, fingerprints by the grip ledge may start to show as sticky fingers open the door.
Additionally, dust and debris can collect in the recessed area within the opening ledge, known as a channel, which results needing a regular quick clear out.
On the other hand – if you’ve ever spent time awkwardly scrubbing behind a tricky to clean handle, you may consider that a quick wipe over of your kitchen units and removing debris a breeze in comparison with getting rid of ingrained dirt on or behind the handles themselves.
Are Handless Kitchens Practical?
This will very much depend on what you consider a practical kitchen layout, and, which type of handleless kitchen you choose. In one respect it’s a very practical choice as there is no need to spend time choosing and matching handles.
On the other hand, a J Groove opening may not suit someone who has limited dexterity – just as certain kitchen handles which are difficult to grip should be avoided in these instances. However, a push open handleless unit may be a great option in this case – even better than a unit with traditional handles.
Practicality in the kitchen will vary by household, so it’s always worth considering what matters most to you before choosing any kitchen unit.
Yes. Handless kitchens do tend to cost at least 15% more than their “handled” counterparts and can be a lot higher. This is due to the technique and craftsmanship that goes into the design of handlesless drawers, and cabinets which require additional mechanisms to be able to function.
Therefore, if budget is one of your main concerns when it comes to choosing your kitchen, a handleless design may not be the right choice for you. However, why not browse our range of affordable handleless kitchen units.
Modern kitchen appliances can perfectly complement a handle free design, thanks to their clean looking appearance. Consider choosing integrated options that can be hidden behind your units. Slimmer designs and options without obvious handles such as push open microwave doors, also assist with creating a smooth, sleek look.
Should I Buy a Handleless Kitchen?
The choice to go with handleless kitchen units should be thought through as part of your overall kitchen design. While for those who use their kitchen regularly, thought must be given to the practicalities of every inch of your kitchen space, for others, it’s all about the finished aesthetic.
If you love clean lines, smooth finishes and an uncluttered look – a handleless kitchen may be an ideal solution for your kitchen design.