My wife and I are trying to decide on the two styles of construction...durability and cost are the major factors.
What are some other pros/cons of each?
One pro/con we've been struggling with... At our local big box hardware store, the designer there helping us tells us that frameless cabinets (such as at IKEA) are not as high quality. Also, b/c they are generally made with particleboard (with a veneer finish) and the hinges mount directly to the cabinet box. If the mounting area of the wood gets damaged, you essentially have to get a whole new cabinet box. And if that happens to be a base cabinet where counters will sit on top of, that will be a difficult swap out.
On front face cabinets, the hinges are mounted to the front face frame. If the wood at the hinge fastening is damaged, you can just replace the front face frame.