Although sometimes confused with self-closing door hinges, soft-closing hinges are not quite the same thing. A self-closing door or drawer will close tightly, but soft-close hinges will also cushion movement and resist the knocks and dings that often accompany opening and closing drawers. It’s perfect in a home where you want things to be peaceful and quiet. Cabinets with these hinges are also great because they allow you to simply push the door toward the close, and the hinge will do the rest of the work. This is especially useful if you have a large collection of groceries or dishes.
Soft-close hinges and drawer slides operate based on hydraulics that provide resistance, preventing cabinet doors from closing noisily. Drawers work the same way, providing resistance on the sides along the length of the rail. According to co-founder and cabinet expert Andrew Saladino V Kitchen cabinet kings“When the door is closed, the liquid is forced around the piston, providing resistance. If the door is closed with greater force, the resistance of the liquid is also greater. You must have superhuman strength to be able to close a cabinet door that has a Blumotion hinge or similar style.”
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