Gem Cabinet

Kitchen & Bathroom - Cabinets & Design
EDMONTON AB T5L3H3
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MaryS in Edmonton
MaryS in Edmonton
1 review Edmonton, AB
10/10

Kitchen Renovation

We recently completed our kitchen reno. We chose GEM Cabinets baseddon a recommendation from a friend. Our experience with this company was amazing from start to finish. Our kitchen designer Chelsea was professional and thorough. She responded to all questions and concerns promptly and helped us design a beautiful and functional kitchen. Chelsea understood how important it was to have the reno done in a timely manner and went above and beyond to help us achieve this. We live 2 1/2 hours north of Edmonton and she came to our home to measure and give suggestions.
All of the personnel from Gem Cabinets who came to our home for delivery, installation and the final walk through were excellent. They all attempted to whatever was necessary to make sure we were completely satisfied! We would definitely recommend Gem Cabinets to anyone undertaking a reno or building new.

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Irene and Greg in Edmonton
Irene and Greg in Edmonton
1 review Edmonton, AB
10/10

Kitchen Renovation

Our complete kitchen and bathroom cabinet renovation through Gem Cabinets was a positive experience from start to finish.

All areas of the personnel were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and efficient, customizing our order and offering suggestions as well as answering questions on various items - including knowledge I would needed for the install. The craftsmanship of the cabinets is impeccable and they look wonderful.

I never say this easily, as I am a detail-oriented person who expects quality work for my money, but I would definitely recommend Gem Cabinets to anyone doing cabinetry renovations.

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Steve in Edmonton
Steve in Edmonton
1 review Edmonton, AB
10/10

New Kitchen

My wife and I were thinking about doing our kitchen for the last year or so. A friend of ours had recommended Gem Cabinets as they had purchased their cabinets through them and couldn't praise them enough. We went to a few different places to see what was out there first but when we walked into Gem we knew we had found the right place. We talked to a fellow named Paul who showed us around and really got the feel for our style and budget preferences. They handled everything from measuring and manufacturing, installation (which was incredible) to advice on colour schemes and style. We were impressed from beginning to end of project with the professionalism and service that Paul and the team at Gem provided and with the money we saved through them had enough left over to get the cupboards in our bathroom done as well.
Thank you Gem Cabinets for our dream kitchen.
Steve and Martena

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Company Response

Steve and Martena I want to thank you for your business and your kind words about Gem Cabinets and Paul.
Enjoy your cabinets!!
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Private User
Private User
1 review Saint Albert, AB
10/10

Amazing customer care polite and so easy to deal with!

I was looking for a certain cabinet to install in my garage looked everywhere but couldn't find anything like it. Gem
Cabinets sent me to a custom cabinet guy when they couldn't specifically help me. They lead me in the right direction which I will always be thankful for!

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Glad to hear that it worked out for you. Thanks for your kind comments.

Leonard Mann from Edmonton
Leonard Mann from Edmonton
2 reviews Edmonton, AB
0/10

Kitchen Renovation

I made the mistake of going with a cabinet company recommended by my designer. Gem Cabinets was supposedly one of the 'best in the city'. If they are one of the best then it is a sorry state for the Edmonton consumer.

My cabinets were promised to me by mid July 2013. Indeed all of the cabinets except for the 'custom' table top were delivered to me on the 16 of July. Upon delivery I removed the existing cabinetry from my kitchen to make room for the new installation.

I made two more mistakes at this point. The first was to release all the remaining funds upon delivery of the cabinets and the second was to not inspect each and every piece that was delivered. I should have held back at least $5000 of the $30000 kitchen until all pieces were verified as correct. I simply did not have the room in my house to unpack every piece prior to removing the existing cabinetry. I was relying on a trust factor that any problems that occurred would be handled quickly and effectively. That was another mistake on my part.

I was doing the installation myself as cabinet installation is not difficult with the proper planning and procedures. This was my fourth kitchen cabinet installation.

I soon realized that Gem Cabinets is not really a 'Custom Kitchen' supplier. At best they are a second rate redistributor of mass produced cabinets shipped out of the States. The 'Custom' open shelves that were built at Gem’s facility were of very poor quality and looked as if they were built in high school shop class. The 'Custom' posts that I was told were $1000 a piece were 3 inches to deep. When I questioned this, Gem Cabinet's rep said that the posts were always oversized to accommodate any variations in the walls and that installers cut them to size on site. Believing this, I cut one of the posts to size. However, cutting off 3 inches, also cut off the filler at the back of the post. Therefore, I had to recut and glue the filler in place. The post was also not cut flush on the top so it would have to be cut and/or sanded flush before the crown could be installed. I realized that this was not a 'normal' issue and forced Gem Cabinets to take the posts and open shelves back to their shop to be fixed.

In the meantime I tried to continue on with the other wall of the kitchen. One of my pantries was cracked. Also, the original cabinet supplier, in all their wisdom, decided to screw brackets into my new custom pantries to hold the loose shelves place for shipping. I asked that the pantries to be replaced. Gem Cabinets rebuilt the open shelves and attempted to rebuild the pantries. The open shelves came back acceptable but the pantries had the holes in the wrong place for the doors and shelves. So back they went again. The third time the pantries came back, one was still 1/8” too high. 1/8” may not be a lot but it certainly makes a difference when you are trying to put crown moulding on top of the cabinets and the cabinets do not line up. I agreed to accept the cabinet as I had no confidence that Gem could manage to do a better job. After installing the pantries I tried to put on the decorative door panels and discovered they were too small and had to be reordered. Then, after sending me a text that the door panels were reordered, I found out 1 month later the panels had not been ordered and would take another month to come in.

In all, 11 of 25 components that were delivered were either the wrong size, damaged or substandard in some form. The custom table was delivered a full 2 months after initial delivery.

All his time I had an unusable kitchen as I could not install my appliances until the cabinetry was complete. Every delay cost me time and money.

I was told, as compensation, I would be provided with Granite at cost. When I was provided with the quote for the granite it was almost double the price of what I could buy it for retail at a reputable granite supplier.

Right to the very end, Gem Cabinets could not accomplish the simplest of tasks. Even the cabinet hardware came without screws.

In all, I received the last piece of my kitchen a full 6 months after the initial delivery. The excuses that were provided to me were unacceptable and sometimes laughable. Mostly they blamed the issues on a lack of an installer. (An installer would have resolved the issue or had screws). They even offered to provide an installer to me as compensation, but the problem was that Gem Cabinets could not provide me with product to be installed. So what would the installer install?

I documented every aspect of my experience and presented it to Gem Cabinet management looking for compensation. I received none. Gem Cabinets has a AAA rating with the Better Business Bureau but when I lodged a complaint, it was denied as I purchased the kitchen through a designer and not directly though Gem Cabinets. I believe most kitchens from Gem would be purchased through a designer so I question the validity of the AAA rating.

I chose to pay more to a custom cabinet company thinking I would get better product and service. I received neither. I could have easily saved $10000 or more by going with IKEA or Home Depot and had a better experience.

My recommendation is run, don't walk, away from Gem Cabinets.

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Company Response

Dear Leonard,

We appreciate your input and regret to hear that your recent purchasing experience was not satisfactory - for this we are sorry. For over 37 years, our business practise has always been to provide a level of service that goes above standard - one that would warrant a recommendation to family and friends. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority which is why we feel it is necessary to have all of our kitchens inspected by our Quality Assurance Department immediately following the installation.

We understand that our company and our product line was recommended to you through an independent Designer who has been dealing with us for over 25 years. Typically, our kitchens are installed by us, however, at times we do supply the cabinetry for those that wish to take the time to install it themselves, as you did. Outside of supplying all replacement parts requested by your Designer, our interest in arranging to have your kitchen cabinetry inspected by our Quality Assurance Department still stands. I encourage you to contact myself personally at your earliest convenience so that I am able to arrange that for you. My contact information is provided for you below.

Once again, we are sincerely sorry that your experience with Gem has left you feeling dissatisfied and we appreciate the opportunity in resolving your concerns.

Craig,
Sales Manager at Gem Cabinets Ltd.
(780) 454-8652

Joseph
Joseph
4 reviews Spruce Grove, AB
10/10

Home cabinetry (kitchen, bathrooms)

We have used Gem Cabinets for multiple spec homes. They have great quality cabinets and do great custom work if desired. For the current house we are doing, the designer was able to take my wish list for my kitchen and design a beautiful, but practical kitchen. Gem Cabinets has great installation crews and the service department is fantastic if ever we needed which was rarely!

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Tiff from Edmonton
Tiff from Edmonton
1 review Edmonton, AB
1/10

Kitchen Island

Very disappointed with the customer service from Gem, we replaced our kitchen island this year which turned into a disaster. The island was delivered and installed on the expected day but the installer ended up leaving behind a huge mess for us to clean up and did not finish off the island what so ever (my husband ended up having to do the finishing touches). The countertop was another disappointment. During all of the communications with our designer the fact that the countertop is delivered and installed separately was a fact that was omitted from us. Of course as a result of this we were without a functioning kitchen for some time. When we communicated our concerns to the company the response we received was "sorry, yes we may have forgot to tell you about that, however there is really nothing we can do about it." I would not recommend this company to anyone. Please do the proper research before investing any money (especially with this company).

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vonita macdonald from Edmonton
vonita macdonald from Edmonton
1 review Edmonton, AB
1/10

New Build

Selected Gem Cabinets for our new custom home. My husband and I were very organized - had our cabinets ordered well before framing stage. Starting with the first install, it was a disaster. Original installer saw issues with the cabinet design but instead of being proactive to fix the problem, left if for someone else. Long story short, they came back more than 8 times and 5 months before most of the issues were fixed. There are still a few small issues but we've given up. Form speaking to a staff member, 8 times is minor in comparison to the average. Would not recommend them!

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jason lizotte from Edmonton
jason lizotte from Edmonton
3 reviews Edmonton, AB
8/10

great staff and reliable product

getting a custom cabinet can be a stressful purchase if you are unaware of what is needed. Staff were more than eager to help with our questions and were not trying to push different products on us. They understood the budget we were on, came and measured and gave us what we needed.

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AGO in Edmonton
AGO in Edmonton
6 reviews Edmonton, AB
10/10

replaced kitchen cabinet door

Gem Cabinets came to our home due to a new home warranty issue with one our kitchen cabinet doors. There was some damage to one of the doors. They came out, looked at the door and said that they would replace it right away, no questions asked!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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