Blum 971A9700.22 971A BLUMOTION Cabinet Soft Close Polybag Kit for Doors
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Nickel-plated polybag kit for doors. Screw on mounting method with a horizontal mounting plate shape.
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The rounded tip of the end that contacts the cabinet is also a nice touch vs other brands because it makes for a smoother close. Other brands you can tell when the cabinet hits the "spring" because it abruptly changes speeds. With the blumotion it smoothly transitions to a slower close.
The look of these was actually more preferable, in my opinion, to other brands as well. It looks more like something that should be in your cabinet, while the other brands (although they may look better in the pictures) when installed, they look like something that you added to your cabinet, if you know what I mean. IE: they don't look like original hardware. Of course everyone's cabinets are different but my home has a fairly traditional cabinet look (video included).
Adjustability is great on these. The 2 other brands I used looked easier to adjust at first (both had set screws on the back of the mechanism, but ended up requiring MAXIMUM stiff settings for some of the larger pantry doors in my kitchen and still could not handle their weight.
My only complaint about these is the horizontal orientation of the screw. This makes it harder to screw into the cabinet because most drills/drivers need more clearance than the couple inches. The other brands I tried screwed in diagonally, making install a breeze. However, the overall quality of this product makes this minor drawback acceptable and in my opinion, adds to their "original" hardware look.
Conclusion: I started by ordering one of each of 3 different kits from amazon, I liked these the best, so trust me if you're looking for a soft close conversion, these are going to be the best ones to use. You do NOT want to have to remove one of the lesser brands from your cabinet to install this kind, as it may not fit as well, BUT the 2" screws certainly hold these in place well, compared to other brands that use much shorter screws but ultimately don't hold as well in place and are visibly shocked while closing doors.
Unfortunately, these are shipped with either drywall screws or cheap screws that will break during installation...so the first thing you need to do is throw away the package of screws that are included. For $6, you can get a package of 100 WOOD screws (size #8 x 1-1/4 IN) from your local hardware store. Once you have the proper screws, it should take you 15 seconds per hinge to install.
Off to enjoy the silence of the cabinets throughout the house!
We bought the flexible drill extension as suggested (waste of money due to the hardness of the wood). Here are some tips to make your installation fast and easy.
- pre-drill the holes; use a drill bit the SAME size as the screw thread;
- coat the screw thread in dish soap before using it (this is especially important for hard wood) it will keep the threads from binding and will allow them to easily and tightly seat into the wood.
After stripping a screw head and breaking a drill bit (in the cabinet wood) we stopped, re-grouped, did some DIY reading and came up with these tips.
Once we completed these steps, I was able to install 25 adapters in about 35 minutes. I'm super happy with the results.