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Crib brand review: Romina

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A EXCELLENT-our top pick!
B GOOD-above average quality, prices, and creativity.
C FAIR-could stand some improvement.
D POOR-yuck! Could stand some major improvement.

Romina Cleopatra Convertible CribWeb: RominaKidsFurniture.com

Romina got its start as a supplier to a Canadian nursery furniture maker; the company went solo in 2008 and has built a successful high-end brand focused on solid wood furniture.

Romina’s success here could be attributed to two factors: first, good timing. Romina launched in the midst of the Chinese recall crisis—with furniture made in Romania, the company was one of the few non-China options out there in the early 2000′s.

Second, Romina doesn’t cut corners when it comes to quality— the line features 100% solid beech wood construction. No MDF, no rubberwood, no veneers over particle board, etc. Romina dressers feature dove-tail joints, corner blocks and self-closing drawer glides that are smooth “like butter,” as one retailer described them.

Of course, this isn’t cheap—and if you want Romina, you’re going to pay for it. Cribs run $850 to $1300; a double dresser is $1200 to $1400. Yes, that’s $400 to $500 more than other upper-end brands charges for a similar dresser—you’ll have to decide if avoiding an Asian import is worth that premium.

Romina’s other major emphasis is their eco-friendly “Bees Wax” finish, which as the name implies, is all-natural. Romina touts it as the ultimate organic finish. If you prefer a darker stain or painted look, Romina also offers eight other finishes, including a navy, white and brown metallic. Adding to their eco-focus, all Romina cribs are now GREENGUARD certified to be low in chemical emissions.

Romina is offering a new, unique finish on some of their cribs this year, called Velvet. It’s a water based finish with some of the properties of rubber–it resist scratches and has a matte appearance. Two collections will offer the Velvet finish at no upcharge.

Realizing those prices are a bit rich for the average nursery shopper, Romina offers a lower-priced line dubbed Silva. These cribs retail for $700 or less with a double dresser coming in at $900. We know, $700 is hardly “low price” for a crib—but as crib prices even in chain stores creep toward $500, Silva is in the ball park. The difference between Silva and Romina? Silva dressers are engineered wood with veneers and one-inch solid wood borders (Romina is solid wood). Silva dressers still feature self-closing drawer glides, although the styling is simpler and less ornate than Romina. There are four Silva collections with a choice of three finishes.

Romina has upgraded Silva in the past year—they are now using beech wood components for the dressers and poplar plywood faces. The drawers in the Silva dressers have increased in size in the past year and now three finishes are available. Silva is also GREENGUARD certified.

Design-wise, Romina furniture is traditionally styled, although the company recently debuted a couple of modern collections with two-tone finishes (the New York, for example). We liked all the available accessories: each collection features nightstands, armoires, bookcases and the like. Our fave Romina style: an over-the-top crib (Cleopatra) that looks like a handlebar mustache (pictured for your amusement), complete with a footboard that can be carved with your baby’s name.

All in all, this is one of the best nursery furniture lines on the market . . . there are many expensive nursery furniture brands on the market that aren’t worth the asking price when it comes to quality. Romina is the real deal. Rating: A


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