Despite its name, thermofoil contains no metallic materials. Rather, thermofoil is a type of vinyl. Using heat, the vinyl is fused to a wooden surface, usually particleboard. The result is a kitchen cabinet with a smooth, seamless finish.
The laminate surface resists stains and is easily wiped down. Stubborn residues such as grease can be removed with a mild all-purpose cleaner. Thermofoil doesn’t require protective coatings, as wood cabinets do, which makes them lower in maintenance. They won’t chip or crack due to high humidity either, as long as the laminate coating isn’t damaged.
Thermofoil cabinets are best suited to sleek modern interiors that highlight their glossiness.