When it comes to recommending cabinets for people, we recommend three different suppliers: Hercke, Onex and Ctech. All three will do the job and choosing one depends on a number of factors that are personal and garage specific. Take into consideration the space available, budget and aesthetic preferences.
We don’t offer wood cabinets because in this climate, the materials need to be water resistant. I’ve labelled the brands ‘good’, ‘better’ and ‘best’ because all three companies build solid products that will offer similar storage solutions.
The difference is in the details:
Hercke and Onex are both made of steel, but Onex offers a lower gauge, which is stronger. Ctech uses aluminum and offers a strength between the other two, but again, all three are very durable and made for heavy residential use. Car enthusiasts would likely see the Ctech in racing trailers.
The space you have available is the key to which kind of cabinets will fit you best. Hercke cabinets are modular and the lower units come in 30 inch widths. If your garage accommodates this modular width, Hercke can be a good option. I’d also recommend it if you have a lot of space, because you don’t need to maximize every square inch of your garage. The upper units are also 30 inches wide, but they offer depths of 12 and 24 inches. Unfortunately, if they don’t fit into the space available, there’s not a lot of opportunity to customize the cabinets.
Both Onex and Ctech provide completely custom cabinets with neither company carrying any inventory. These cabinets can be ordered to fit your garage precisely which is important when you need to optimize the use of space available.
Hercke cabinets come with black cases (sides, top, bottom and shelves) and offer either stainless steel or brushed silver doors.
Onex offers 21 basic colours and Ctech offers 9 basic colours. Both companies can create a custom colour for you, for an additional cost. Depending on your priorities and budget, it can make a significant difference. One of our clients had a Ferrari and wanted his cabinets to be Ferrari red as well. The results were phenomenal.
Hercke cabinets aren’t very flexible in terms of finishes, measurements or hardware. Both Onex and Ctech offer full customization and are built to order, which means that we can customize the cabinets to fit your unique needs, whether it’s lockers for specialized equipment, a work station or anything else you may want.
Cost and Design
Hercke cabinets are the lowest price because they are modular and can be manufactured in bulk. Onex cabinets cost 25% more than Hercke, and Ctech cost 25% more than Onex . Some people prefer the Ctech cabinet style over the Onex cabinet style and vice versa.
Both Hercke and Onex are a basic square shape, but Ctech offers a little more flair with the rounded edges. Ctech also come with MotionLatch™ doors, which operate in a similar fashion to self-closing cabinets. It’s not a necessity, but it’s a good feature to have in order to prevent your own and other unwanted small critters from accidentally entering the cabinets as well as for safety.
All three companies make cabinets with adjustable legs or castors. You can also choose different kinds of handles for the Hercke cabinets but that’s where the options end.
The Onex steel cabinets offer custom the hardware options, finish and colour to complement the other aspects of your garage. Finally, the Ctech cabinet options are even more upscale with radius edging on the closets, along the bottom, and MotionLatch™ doors.
There are situations where I would recommend Onex over Hercke when placing garage cabinets along a side wall. Onex provides cabinet legs at any length because we have to ensure the cabinets are level. Hercke may be a good option where there are other ways to level the unit because the legs adjust only a small amount. However, these other solutions may not be as aesthetically pleasing a solution.
All Hercke cabinets lock while Onex and Ctech offer locks as options. Depending on what you are storing, you may not want or need locks on all your cabinets. Locks can provide security against vandalism and can protect dangerous items from children.
All three brands of cabinets have a powder-coated finish which makes them scratch resistant and easier to clean.