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01-09-2013 02:34 AM

Just wondering what types of drawer slides you use in closet drawers, bath vanity and kitchen drawers.

Soft close? Ball bearing? Brand?

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 02:42 AM

Personally, I’m not a fan of the soft close slides or hinges. I do like full extension slides for drawers designed for heavier loads, especially in the kitchen. It doesn’t take long for pots, pans, and lids to add a lot of weight and the full extension slides handle that much better.

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 02:50 AM

Soft close, it seems to be the rage with customers. I hate the noise of the ball bearing side slides, but they can withstand a lot more weight than the soft close under mount.

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 03:04 AM

How about for a bath vanity. Full extension ball bearing? Under mount or side mount?

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 03:07 AM

I agonized over this for way too long for what to use in my kitchen. I decided on Blum tandem undermounts soft close. Haven’t installed them yet but they are very heavy and substantial and appear to be high quality.
I could be wrong but this seems to be a very popular slide.

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 04:30 AM

Grizzly has some full extension slides, both inexpensive and more costly. I chose the cheaper ones for my kitchen, and am happy with them.

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 05:14 PM

For our kitchen I did a little look at various undermount drawer slides. As I note, there are trade-offs: There are things I really liked about the Accuride slides, but we ended up going with the Blum slides. Maybe the videos and notes there will help…

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 08:46 PM

Thanks for the input.

Can any of you recommend some retailers that I can compare my Hafele pricing to?

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#9 posted 01-09-2013 08:57 PM

Accuride full extension, or overtravel ball bearing slides from Rockler.
I personally hate self closing / soft close slides. Unless all the slides in your house are like this, you start leaving drawers open everywhere assuming they will close on there own!
Cost of the soft close was $900 for my bedroom set. Compared to Accuride at $13 per pair, and I had already used these in the past with great success.

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