ULTIMATE GUIDE: BEST SOFT CLOSE DRAWER SLIDES
The best soft close drawer slides will open easily, close smoothly and be certified for durability. But unfortunately finding a brand name slide that works properly isn’t easy. And, since soft close slides require precision installation, there are a few tools you MUST purchase for proper installation. In this article learn what the best drawer slides are for your projects – and what you need to install them.
First, after building and installing over a thousand drawers, I know drawer slides must be durable and reliable.
First up is understanding what a soft close drawer slide is – and isn’t.
So, as you’d expect, a soft close drawer slide does two things. First, it prevents drawers from slamming through use of a damper that catches the drawer and slows the closing force. Then second, using (preferably) two large springs the soft close mechanism gently pulls the drawer closed.
Is it the same as self closing? No.
But will a quality soft close drawer slide keep most drawers closed? Yes.
BEST DRAWER SLIDES FOR CABINETS AND FURNITURE
As with a lot of hardware, there just isn’t a great variety of choices.
While some top brands like Accuride dominate in self closing under mount slides(that are not soft closing!), they just didn’t perform as well as others.
So, based on my reviews and use, here are the top three choices for your next project.