Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve covered coffee tables under $250, cheap-but-expensive-looking dining-room décor, and dining tables, here we’re zeroing in on the best sideboards and buffets on Amazon, according to the people. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
“LOVE, LOVE IT. On completion, it’s beautiful. We have it in the dining room with a black mirror above and it’s stunning. The construction was not easy, but I wasn’t surprised after reading the other reviews. Took a lot of patience. Requires REALLY reading the instructions, studying the pictures and the parts. Before moving from one step to the next, make sure you’re understanding the elements of each construction step. Took us about five hours, over two nights. Frustrating at times. However, on completion it was certainly worth the effort. It was just good to know going into the project that it wouldn’t be easy. Packing was excellent, everything was well-padded and secured. All parts intact and good shape.”
“I love how this piece looks in my dining room! When we moved in, I already had the dining-room set but wanted a piece to store special items like napkins and silverware for holidays. I also wanted a piece that I could use to put some decorative things on, which I plan on buying off of Amazon. I can’t speak on how easy it was to put together because my husband did it all for me, but judging on how quickly he had it together, I gave it [five] stars.”
“This is a great dining buffet. It will add class and elegance to any setting. It is made of great quality materials and feels extremely sturdy and well-designed. The section for storing wine bottles is a bit short, so regular wine bottles will stick out a bit. The included instructions were okay. This will take time to assemble, as there are a lot of parts and steps. I have assembled many different kinds of furniture, including bookshelves, desks, tables, shelving, exercise equipment, and storage units; and this assembly took longer than anything else I have ever assembled. Overall, this is the nicest buffet that I could find at a reasonable price.”
“This is a beautiful, sturdy piece of furniture. The antiqued look makes it look like a more expensive piece of furniture. I like that the top piece is already put together and all you have to do is attach the legs and the bottom shelf, very easy. The box it was in when delivered was very damaged, but thankfully it did not reach any parts of the table because the table and parts are all packaged and protected well. I wanted a bit taller table for my entryway, and this one fit the bill. I love it!”
“Wow, is this a steal at under $500. It’s real wood almost throughout, with very few places of laminate. It’s really nice-looking and went together very easily. The drawers are a little shallow, but that comes of it being a ‘slim’ piece — not too big, for those who have a little space issue in their kitchens. We received ours missing a critical piece at first, contacted customer service, and received the missing pieces right away. I really can’t recommend this enough.”
“I am thrilled with this table! I had a 52-inch piece of glass that came from an older, broken table and it fits perfectly on top of this. We use it as a buffet table in the dining room, so the glass is very handy. It took a while to get everything out of the packaging, but the many, many pieces and parts were very clearly diagrammed and described in the 33-step set of directions. We found all of the bolts and screws, dowels and cams well-organized and labeled and engineered to fit the various holes indicated in the directions. Overall, I have all good things to say about this piece. It is a very heavy and substantial piece of furniture that looks terrific! We had no damage to any piece and are pleasantly surprised by the quality. And, yes, I am truly a consumer who bought and built this piece!”
“This sideboard is very sturdy and well-made. It looks beautiful in my kitchen. It is spacious enough that we were able to use it as the serving board for our Thanksgiving meal. I like that the shelf inside is adjustable to different heights; that allows me to store an assortment of items. I am very pleased with the quality of this little gem!”
“I am beyond impressed with this buffet! The finished product is truly beautiful and it’s all wood, including the backboard. This arrives in two boxes; the larger of the two includes the hardware and the base, the other just the countertop. Removing everything from the box was a process in and of itself, as every piece is individually wrapped (a good thing) and there are a LOT of parts to account for. Assembly is a bit daunting, but the instructions are great, and all of the components, including the hardware, are extremely well-labeled. It took me a little over two hours to assemble on my own. A second person would make this a lot easier since some of the setup is a bit like playing Jenga. Overall, I’m extremely happy with this buffet, and though it cost more than I had intended to spend, I feel it’s worth every cent.”
“This cabinet is beautiful, and putting it together was a breeze. Everything fit perfectly and the materials were labeled for easy identification. I like the fact that the back was affixed with small screws instead of brads. The doors were very easy to install. They work smoothly and fit perfectly. It looks great with our kitchen shaker cabinets. Very pleased!”
“This is a gorgeous buffet! Packaging was great, ensuring that the glass doors arrived with no breakage. It’s a bit darker than I expected, but I love it! It has adjustable shelves inside, which is a nice perk. The piece also has some cutouts in the back in case you want to use this as a media center for your TV and hide the cables.”
“Stunningly beautiful! Assembly is not for the weak-skilled person. Took me several hours to assemble, and you definitely need four hands! Watch out when you open the box — there’s A LOT of Styrofoam! But this was by far a great product for the price.”
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