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Thus, it is recommended that you put some time and effort into choosing from the different cabinetry finishes available in the market.

Acrylic and laminates are amongst the most popular options. However, they differ in terms of visual appeal, pricing and durability. To help you choose the right cabinetry finish that suits your kitchen aesthetics the best, it is important to learn a few things about both options.

Let’s first understand the difference between acrylic, nyatoh, aluminium, 3g and 4g glass, aluminium, hmr and laminate finishes.

 Acrylic Finish

A type of finish similar to lacquer, acrylic is a non-toxic, reflective high gloss finish which can give cabinets a smooth appearance. It is available in a wide range of colours and will give a mirror-like look to your kitchen cabinets.

Melamine Laminate Finish
Laminates are the most commonly used cabinet finishes for kitchens. This artificial multi-layered material is made by pressing thin layers of plastic resins and flat papers. The top layer is printed with colours and decorative patterns. Laminates are quite cost efficient.

How to Choose the Right Finish?
Here’s a comparison to help you choose wisely!
1. Acrylic Vs Laminate: Aesthetics
  • Acrylic cabinets are preferred for high-end kitchens with a gloss finish. And, they add a visual appeal to your kitchen. Though laminates are also available in a glossy finish, they are comparatively less reflective leaving the overall look less striking.
2. Acrylic Vs Laminate: Colours & Varieties
  • Acrylic finishes retain their colour and brightness for ages and are available in plenty of vibrant colours. While, laminates are available in numerous textures like wood, a variety of colours, and materials including matte, glossy and ultra-high gloss.
3. Acrylic Vs Laminate: Maintenance & Durability
  • While acrylic finishes are not entirely scratch resistant, they do not delaminate, tarnish, or fade away. They do tend to get scratched over the years, but always appear ultra-glossy and relatively smooth. However, they need regular cleaning as dirt, stains and fingerprint marks are more visible on them. While laminates are heat resistant and moisture free, and thus, can be preserved from bacteria. They are also relatively more durable.
4. Acrylic Vs Laminate: Cost
  • As acrylic finishes are aesthetically more appealing and are easy to clean, they come with higher price tags. While laminate finishes are quite durable and ideal for people on a budget.
So… Which One Should You Option For?

The ideal option that is also in trend these days is using the combination of both laminate and acrylic finishes.
Since most lighting tends to highlight the upper cabinets, use acrylic finishes on them for a glossy, attractive look. Choose laminate for lower cabinets since they are more prone to wear and tear. You can choose textures and colours that complement each other for a coordinated look. Decide on the best finish for your kitchen cabinets depending on your use, budget and tastes.

3G VS 4G

3G glass used for the kitchen cabinet doors. The glass comes together with aluminium door frames. These doors are available in two different styles, either colour sticker glass or sprayed- painted that this type of door is denser and heavier. It has thicker and cheaper aluminium frame edges.

The 4G door is an aluminium framed door with a glass spray supported by a board on the back so that this type of door is denser and heavier. 4G doors do not have aluminium edges but are more expensive. The best about 4G glass door is; have a shine effect is better than acrylic, easy to clean and looks modern and up-to-date. Unfortunately, 3G / 4G glass door glass can break and the edges of the frame are visible.

Here’s a comparison to help you choose wisely

1.      3G GLASS Vs 4G GLASS: Aesthetics
Glass cabinets are come together with aluminium door frames and available in two different styles coloured sticker glass and spray-painted glass. Though 4G are also comes together with aluminium frame with an extra layer of protection.

2.      3G GLASS Vs 4G GLASS: Colours & Varieties
3G doors available in two different styles coloured sticker glass or spray-painted glass while 4G door coated with thin layer of crystal spray paint. Each glass comes with variety of colours

3.      3G GLASS Vs.4G GLASS: Maintenance & Durability
3G glass finishes are not entirely scratch resistant, easy to clean made of durable aluminium frames and water proof. However, they need regular cleaning as dirt, stains and fingerprint marks are more visible on them. While 4G easy to clean, built in handles with seamless frame. Waterproof and made of light weight material. They are also relatively more durable.

4.      3G GLASS Vs.4G GLASS: Cost
As 3G glass finishes are cheaper While 4G glass costs slightly higher than 3G glass doors finishes are quite durable and ideal for people on a budget.

Both 3G and 4G aluminium kitchen cabinet doors enhance the look of your kitchen cabinets. The choice between them depends on your personal preferences and the design you envision for your dream kitchen

Aluminium VS Nyatoh

Aluminium kitchen cabinets are made of aluminium solely aluminium without involving the use of any other materials. Aluminium kitchen cabinets are cheap and durable, easy to care for, and maintain, have various colours and shapes, and waterproof and stainless. For the weakness side, aluminium is noisy, easy to bend, more suitable for modern homes, and might be the final choice.



Solid wood is made out of 100% natural wood and its is not proceed to be combined with any other wood particles or plywood. Nyatoh doors are made from solid nyatoh timber or panels glued and joined together to create different designs.
Timber Doors have usually applied a layer of wood stain to preserve the natural wood grain design or also be spray few-layer colour that customers have chosen. Normally nyatoh door are selected British theme. At the same time, this type of nyatoh door might require high maintenance to protect the coating of panel. 



Nyatoh vs Aluminium

1.      Nyatoh VS Aluminium: Aesthetics
  • Is a light weight hardwood attractive physical appearance. It has light red brown to orange brown colour and the lighter shade of sapwood gradually merges with deeper shades of the hardwood. It is relatively easy to work with and can be polished well.
  • Aluminium is a light weight metal and it has a silverly white appearance and smooth surface. Can be shaped into various designs and finishes making it versatile in terms of aesthetics. Commonly used for modern due to its sleek and minimalist look.

2.      Nyatoh VS Aluminium: Colours & Varieties
  • Nyatoh wood has a moderately fine texture and a typically straight to shallowly interlocking grain. The heartwood can be pale pink to reddish or purplish brown, while the sapwood is lighter in colour and will give classic look.
  • While aluminium, give the surface of a profile the desired look and feel, choose between powder coating or anodising the elements. Both high-quality colour techniques, they aim to let enjoy the lifelong beauty of windows without having to invest in paint or varnish. As opposed to other materials, powder-coated or anodised aluminium is not affected by UV-radiation and does not rot or bend when maintained properly. The only subtle difference can be found in the aesthetics.

3.      Nyatoh VS Aluminium: Maintenance & Durability
  • Aluminium cabinets are known for their durability and resistance to fire, termites, and water seepage. They are easy to clean and require low maintenance. However, they can be susceptible to scratches and dents.
  • While nyatoh solid wood cabinets offer a classic and timeless look. They are durable and can be refinished if needed. Can be long lasting with proper care and maintenance. The wood is resistant to termites and other insects

4.      Nyatoh VS Aluminium: Cost
  • Aluminium Upfront cost is higher than some other materials but it lasts longer than many materials out there (worth more in long run). However, nyatoh tend to be more expensive compared to other materials.

Both Nyatoh and aluminium have their own unique aesthetic qualities, and the choice between them depends on personal preference, the desired style, and the specific application.


HMR is fibreboards are made by combining wood fibres and glue under high pressure and heat. They are designed to be resistant to moisture, which helps prevent them from swelling when exposed to water for extended periods. To differentiate HMR fibreboards from regular fibreboards, a green pigment is added to the HMR fibreboards, giving them a green colour.



melamine is a type of laminate, yet not all laminates are made from melamine. When melamine laminates are made, they’re created by moulding a melamine/formaldehyde combination into a durable plastic sheet done by applying a certain amount of pressure-per-square-inch to the laminate. The amount of pressure applied changes the classification of the laminate. Melamine is a low-pressure laminate (LPL).




1.HMR Vs Melamine: Aesthetics
  • HMR board can be made from different types of engineered woods such as particleboard, chipboard, and MDF (medium density fibreboard). Hmr can choose glossy colour and UV resistant for maximum colour retention. Hmr can do various pattern of designs.
  • While Melamine customizes flat type of door designs only. On the other hand, is a laminate material that is applied as a surface layer to a substrate, which can be made of various colour texture.

2.HMR Vs Melamine: Colours & Varieties
  • HMR, spraying It provides a flawless and shiny finish, has no visible edges, and is water-resistant. spray can be done in various colours and offers a modern and classic look.
  • While melamine It is easy to clean, has a large variety of styles provides a uniform finish. offer a wide variety of colours, patterns, and textures


3.HMR Vs Melamine: Maintenance & Durability
  • melamine is a type of laminate material that is often used as a surface finish for furniture, cabinets, and countertops. It is known for its durability. Easy to maintain. It is also susceptible to water damage and easily can swell.
  • While HMR board is designed to resist moisture and is suitable for damp environments like bathrooms, melamine is primarily used for its aesthetic appeal. Water resistant

  • HMR cost slightly high compared to melamine. Melamine is a low-cost material Cheaper than other type of materials.

  • HMR cost slightly high compared to melamine. Melamine is a low-cost material Cheaper than other type of materials.



09 Nov 2023