How to choose the best soft close drawer slides

Hey guys, this is Mike Dugan from Desunia, your hardware guru. 

Question of the day… you need some soft-close drawer slides but have no clue which brand to go with because man, they all seem the same! But are they? Let’s find out. 

Before we get down to business, let’s remember that for this internal spring to pull the drawer closed, you need to stretch it out as you open the drawer. This initial bit of resistance is usually no biggie, but it could be an issue for free-standing furniture that’s a bit top-heavy, where standard slides might be the better choice.

OK, so what do we have? Well, for starters, screws are included, and they’re panheads not flat heads, which makes later adjustments way easier. We also provide instructions that are written in plain English that are easy to follow. 

Now then, what about the slides themselves? Well, this is a minor point, but still worth mentioning. Desunia slides have this knurled crosshatching. It’s a nice aesthetic, that also hides fingermarks. 

But let’s put looks aside and let me point out that we use steel that’s 1.5 mm thick. We don’t skimp on the metal here! Desunia slides also get extra protection from corrosion. While the industry standard is 24-36 hours of salt spray, we kick things up a notch by testing for 72 hours. 

Desunia soft-close devices are easy to identify due to their trademark maroon color, but it’s how they’re built that really makes the difference. First, check out the engagement pin! This thing is like a tank compared to the competition! And that’s assuming that the competition is even using metal in the first place. Yeah, get ready to be horrified, because many brands use plastic here. Plastic!!! Oh sure, that’s gonna last. 

We test our soft-close devices for thousands of cycles, but in the unlikely event of one failing, you won’t need to get a whole new set of slides. Here’s why. See this little tab? Just press & push and the whole thing comes right out the back. Then pop in a new one, and you’re good to go. 

Of course, we have breather tabs that compensate for drawers are a bit narrow, oblong screw holes for easy adjustments, and optional rear brackets for face frame cabinets. All that is great, but we saved the best for last because the real showstopper is the ball bearings. We use 50% more bearings than most, which really puts an exclamation point on the term “heavy-duty”. 

So, let’s recap.

  • Screws included
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Knurled finish
  • Thicker steel
  • Heavy-duty, replaceable soft-closers
  • Breather tabs
  • Oblong screw holes
  • Face Frame compatible
  • Tons of ball bearings 

So, back to the original question… what brand should you get? Ahhh, no need to answer, it was a rhetorical question! You know!