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I have been using KV drawer slides for a long time.  The model I use mostly is kv8400. I will be installing 9 pairs in the near future. I have also given thought to the Blum bottom mount. It means 1/2" drawer bottoms. Haven't pull the trigger yet...

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25 minutes ago, curlyoak said:

It means 1/2" drawer bottoms. Haven't pull the trigger yet...

And also a good amount of space under the drawer lost. I always look at them as a greater loss of drawer space vs that of side mount. I always try for the largest volume drawer for some reason. Loosing that much space is just too much.

I just wanted to make the review because i never realized what I was missing.

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9 hours ago, Coop said:

Thanks Nut! Great review. I am considering bottom mount as opposed to side amount as I thought it would give me a wider drawer, never considering the depth. 

That is the toss up. Like Ross mentioned there are center mount and the Blum slides we mentioned are bottom mount. If the drawer is designed to be plenty deep already the extra width could be better than the extra depth.

In my bathroom with the smaller loss of depth i designed the drawers to be shorter to take advantage of the side mount and went with 4 drawers instead of 3.

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Not sure if you guys are interested but I usually get my under mount slides from cabinetparts.com. Their prices are pretty reasonable especially if you are buying a bunch. They have different manufacturers as well.  

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On 5/25/2021 at 5:47 AM, wtnhighlander said:

if you aren't set on soft/self closing

Not especially germain to the review, but since the day we moved in I've always hated the self close drawers we have in the house.  The drawer should open, not argue with me, and somehow I made it well into adulthood closing drawers all by my self.  But maybe it's the quality of hardware that was installed.  

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One addition to the review i should have added was impacts with drawer weight. I have some of the hickory hardware slides on pantry drawers. The drawers that have near 100 lbs of canned goods operate wonderfully. Adding some extra weight it defiantly helps smooth out the action.

3 hours ago, Mark J said:

Not especially germain to the review, but since the day we moved in I've always hated the self close drawers we have in the house.  The drawer should open, not argue with me, and somehow I made it well into adulthood closing drawers all by my self.  But maybe it's the quality of hardware that was installed.  

I'm sketchy on the definition of germain, but that's part of the reason i made the review. The K&V slides provide the self/soft close feature but they don't fight you like the HH hardware that i was using previously. Its a lot less obtrusive and a lot more fluent.

I install soft close because i live with a person that must slam everything closed. So instead of reminding her all the time to not slam things I'm just installing hardware that doesn't slam. It's annoying to open a drawer and have 8" of empty space and everything in a messy pile at the back.

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