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Kitchen Specialty Stores, Ranked From Budget To Luxe

Here are one-stop-shops around the metro, from budget to break-the-bank, to help you create your dream kitchen

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Photography: courtesy of Zwilling JA Henckels (Main Photo)

Kitchens are one of the most expensive rooms in the house to complete and furnish, mainly because there are so many components, appliances, tools, and accessories needed to complete one.

But if you know where to splurge and when to save (for example, you should invest in good quality kitchen appliances, but scrimp a bit on accessories), you can keep things well within budget. Heading to a one-stop-shop also helps save on time. Here’s a specialty kitchen store buying guide:

BUDGET

Miniso


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This popular budget store has become a black hole of cute, novelty pieces. But you shouldn’t overlook the fact that Miniso carries a lot of adorable but very useful and affordable kitchen products, from ice cube makers to oven mitts.

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Some of the standout items include these non-stick pans, which come in almond-pastel shades of blush and robins’ egg blue. The best part is that these pans only cost P549 each!

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Click here to see the branches.

READ: 23 Home Items You Can Hoard From Budget Stores

Abenson Home


This newest player in the home décor and furniture category has a big edge over other affordable home stores: their pieces are modern and the selections are tightly curated, giving you more design bang for buck. Their items include silicone cookware, stylish food containers, and appliances for small kitchens.

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But the best part about Abenson Home are the prices. The dinnerware and glasses are on-trend, like these carnival glass-style tumblers, which only cost P85 each.


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These glass bottles (which also cost P85 each) make for great oil or vinaigrette dressing decanters.

3/F WMall, 19 Coral Way, Pasay City

READ: 16 Stylish Home Items That Cost P85 and Below

MID TO HIGH

Exatech


If you’re on the lookout for good quality but reasonably priced kitchen appliances, you might want to drop by an Exatech showroom near you. This company carries major brands such as Whirlpool, Fujidenzo, Glem, and Maytag appliances. The ground floor features a beautiful showroom with kitchen vignettes of Tecnogas ovens.

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Cordillera St. cor. E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City; or click here for branches

Gourdo’s

A Gourdo’s store is the penultimate destination for the foodie, professional chef, or culinary enthusiast, as here, you can find all the accessories and tools you need t cook, bake, and serve. There are pots and pans in every imaginable material, dinnerware and party pieces in a huge colorway of hues and designs, and the famous Le Creuset Dutch oven.

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READ: Le Creuset Just Launched A Lovely Ombre Collection

Zwilling J.A. Henckels


Leave it to Zwilling to produce the best kitchen knives pro chefs have trusted ever since—they have been making knives for more than 280 years. The Zwilling J.A. Henckels concept store finally opened last September at SM Megamall, and the showroom doesn’t disappoint: here, you’ll find a complete line of cookware, dinnerware, and even coffee-making tools and gadgets (they also carry the Nespresso line of coffeemakers).

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The store’s elegant Staub line of French cast enamel cookware and Dutch ovens are just as fancy as that other line of popular enamel cookware but at more affordable price points. For example, a big oval cocotte costs approximately P15,050, and a mini cocotte costs P5,500.

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Of course, Zwilling wouldn’t be Zwilling without the brand’s trademark chef’s knives and the selections are mind-boggling. Choose from their wide variety of knives such as slicing and paring knives to specialty cheese knives.


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Their Ballarini line of non-stick pans have friendly prices that start at P1,350 per pan. 

Lower Ground Floor, SM Megamall Building B, Mandaluyong City

 INVESTMENT/HIGH-END

SMEG


Every trend-savvy homeowner (and Millennial with a large budget) all lust over the retro curves of the SMEG ref. But very few know that this Italian brand carries a large selection of high-end kitchen appliances, from Victoria cooktops and hobs to small, domestic appliances.

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SMEG’s 1950s-style blender, stand mixer, and percolator (below) in vintage-y colors such as eggshell, tomato red, and pistachio range from P6,995 to P28,995.


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READ: We’re Crushing Over Smeg’s Mickey Mouse Ref

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