We build our cabinets to last
But some materials are more durable than others. Some cabinet materials are better suited for having small kids or pets in the house. You may want to rethink those alder cabinets with applied molding, solid panel, doors if you have toddlers running around the house licking cookie batter off of spoons. We all know those sticky fingers grasp doors and climb up drawers any way they can.
If you're in this situation, a laminate material might be for you. Stop thinking about the ugly cabinets in your doctor's office. Those are most likely laminate, yes, but it's not the only solution. Believe it or not, this kitchen is using laminate cabinets: