Considering a Handleless Kitchen? Wait Till You Read These Pros & Cons

Are you stuck on deciding whether to go for a handleless kitchen or not? Handleless kitchens were once seen as a niche option, yet the style eventually became mainstream.

With that being said, they might not be to everyone’s taste – and if you’re on the fence about whether to go handleless or not, we’re going to explore the pros & cons in this article to give you a bit more clarity.

Let’s Start With The Pros

Easier to keep clean 

There won’t be as many crevices where dirt can build up. That means it’s relatively simple to clean up & see any dirt. On a handled kitchen however, dirt can hide behind the handle or on the handle’s attachment, and depending on the design, this can make it very difficult to get in there. 


Handleless kitchens provide a sleek look. There’s less clutter to distract the eye, thus giving the kitchen a more elegant appeal.  If you’re looking to go for a simplistic or minimalist style, then handleless kitchens are definitely the way to go.

Generally Safer

It’s harder for children and toddlers to climb when there are no handles in place; clothes are a lot less likely to catch too. Plus, another thing to bear in mind is that you’re a lot less likely to suffer from trapped fingers in the handles, for instance, if you suddenly open them and your handle is positioned in an awkward angle. 

Less Fiddly To Open

In general, a handleless kitchen is less fiddly because the cabinets can either be opened by pushing or by feeling an opening. If it’s dark and you’re just popping into the kitchen quickly, it’s easier to open the cabinets because you’ll be able to feel where the opening is, or there’ll be a large area where you can push to open the doors. On the other hand, it can be trickier to feel for a handle, depending on its size. 

On the flip side, there are a few cons:

A Little More Expensive

On average, handless kitchen cabinets can be a little more expensive to purchase because of the effort & craftsmanship that goes into producing them. The general consensus amongst kitchen fitters is that handleless kitchen cabinets can be around 15% more expensive, yet the extra cost is often balanced out by the sleeker and more elegant design.

No Tactile Feedback 

It might feel a little strange getting used to a handleless kitchen if you’ve been used to opening handles for years. However, all that means is it might take a bit of getting used to before opening handleless cabinets feels normal. The other thing to bear in mind is that if guests are coming over, they might find it a little tricky to open any of the cabinets. Not to mention, it might take a while to realise which direction doors open if all the cabinets have a push to open feature. 

Requires Extra Care During Installation

This could be the case if they’ve been fitted incorrectly or are not quite lined up. Extra care must be taken if you’re going down the DIY route, otherwise – it’s important to make sure that you check all your handleless cabinets thoroughly if they’ve been installed by a professional.

Difficult To Repair 

Due to the craftsmanship that goes into handleless cabinets and the care required during the installation, this could create a bit of a headache if things were to stop working properly. Now this depends on which style of cabinetry you go for, but prior to purchasing, it’s best to get an idea of how the opening mechanism works and what your options are if anything breaks. 

Harder To Paint

Because there won’t be any handles for you to grip, there’s no easy way to pull them out and flip them over to give the inside a fresh coat of paint. This can lengthen the painting process because you’ll need to wait for one side to dry fully before moving on to the next. 

Weighing It All Up

So there are some practical drawbacks, but often-times, homeowners find the drawbacks are easily counterbalanced by the positives. 

Now everyone’s different and has their own unique needs, but the decision might be a little trickier if you’re expecting children or considering a lifestyle change.

If you’re in that situation , what might really help you make your mind is a visit to your local kitchen showroom. Chances are, an experienced kitchen planner will have come across someone in your situation before and can give you the tips you need, while also giving you the chance to check out pre-installed kitchens in the showroom. 

Want To Visit Our Showroom?

At Zen Kuchen, our showroom has a variety of handled and handleless kitchens, however – we do sometimes change things around to update our showroom. If there’s anything in particular that you want to see during your visit, you’re more than welcome to contact us before visiting so we can arrange a tour of the most suitable cabinets & kitchen layouts that match your tastes and standards. 

You can find our contact page here, plus a map of our location on Google maps. 

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