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. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of furniture before — including the best kitchen carts, the best dining room table, and the best dressers under $300 — here, we’ve rounded up the best sideboards and buffets, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
About a fifth of all five-star reviewers use the word “quality” to describe this sideboard, and several also note the relatively low price. “This is seriously such a great deal. The quality is amazing. It did take about four hours to put together, as we aren’t craftsmen by any means, but it is well worth it,” writes one customer, who also notes, “You can’t get this quality for the price anywhere else.” A few reviewers mention that they were originally concerned that it might not look at good in real life as it does on Amazon, but they were impressed, like one who writes, “I was skeptical on buying it since it wasn’t real wood, and I could only base the product off of the reviews and item images, but I am so glad I ordered this. It’s beautiful and I have received a ton of compliments on how nice it looks.” One even goes so far to call it “seriously, best piece of furniture that I have bought,” going on to say it’s, “My favorite hands down! It’s so beautiful and fit my office perfectly. It’s such good quality wood and yes there are a million steps but it’s totally worth it. I seriously can’t believe this piece was such great quality for the price! It matches my farmhouse décor perfectly.”
Best-rated (less expensive) sideboard
One third of all five-star reviewers call this buffet table “sturdy,” including one reviewer who calls this sidebar “a good bargain,” adding, “For the price, this is a good piece of furniture. It looks really nice and seems sturdy.” Another admits that she’s “amazed at the quality of this product,” commenting, “It looks just like the pic and is sturdy! Not to mention it’s absolutely adorable.” A few complain that the color is called “antique white,” but it’s actually more brown. “Its color would be called ‘aged cream’ if I worked at Crayola,” one reviewer writes. But as this reviewer sums it up it, “Looks classy, easy to assemble, solid for the cost. Would I stand on it? No. But it feels sturdy and doesn’t wobble.”
And now for some micro-picks for every type of sideboard and buffet you might be looking for.
Best easy-to-assemble buffet
Half of all five-star reviewers rave about how easy this dining buffet is to assemble. “Very easy to put together. It’s beautiful. It’s simply elegant,” as this reviewer puts it. Another says they family and friends “all loved it also” and they say it’s, “Easy to put in and very beautiful. It changed the whole house. Seems sturdy too.” Many people also appreciate that it looks exactly like the picture, like one who “had been looking for a buffet table for awhile” and writes, “It is exactly as the picture portrays it and sturdy. A beautiful piece of furniture for the money.” And as this reviewer concludes, “It will add class and elegance to any setting. It is made of great quality materials and feels extremely sturdy and well designed.”
Best real-wood sideboard
“This is a beautiful piece of furniture. The components are entirely hardwood and assembly was easy. The storage is surprisingly ample (deep cabinets, deep drawers) and now I have a place to keep ugly DVD cases out of sight and mind,” raves one reviewer. Another admits she typically buys vintage furniture, but this real wood sideboard fit in with her collection nicely: “I rarely buy new pieces because it seems like they are just lower quality and look cheap. Not this piece, it looks excellent next to my vintage furniture. It is very well made and very sturdy.” Another calls it “a beautiful piece of furniture and very well made,” adding, “Its strong and sturdy, most of it is made of wood with the exception of the base, but it is strong as well, no big deal. Assembly is a piece of cake, a caveman can do it.” And one agrees, noting, “It took longer to unpack it than assemble it. just put on the legs and you are ready to enjoy.”
Best buffet with wine holders
The wine holder on this wood buffet stood out to reviewers. “Once it was put together, that only validated my decision to purchase this. I use the drawers for candles and baking accessories. It has a wine cubby that holds nine bottles of wine, which I have full of red, whites, and Chardonnay,” explains this content customer. Another also has made this more of a single-use buffet: “I use it as a wine bar. Very easy to assemble, sturdy, great finish and lots of room.” However, for nondrinkers, one reviewer notes, “the wine rack is removable is you chose not to use it.” They add, “For the price, this is an excellent buffet for a smaller dining room.” And though a few admit that this was a challenge to put together, as one reviewer concludes, “I love this hutch so much! It does take some time to put together but what piece of furniture doesn’t?”
Best buffet with a hutch
Reviewers purchased this buffet mainly because of the built-in hutch. “I love this hutch. It replaced an old dark wooden hutch and therefore, really brightened up my kitchen. It makes the kitchen better organized and gives it a neat appearance,” raves one reviewer. Another appreciates the construction of the cabinet, explaining, “It is so nice that there is not a beam between the doors meaning it will hold larger items without having to play Tetris just to get them in the unit. The magnets on the doors are very strong to say the least.” A third reviewer admits that the “quality is better than I expected for the price,” concluding, “Real wood. Nice paint, off-white. I’m glad I spent the extra for the steel top.”
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