Something you may not have thought about when considering installing a new kitchen or refurbishing an existing one is which kitchen worktops will both look and work best for you and your food preparation needs. After all, it’s not always about looks – there are a number of different finishes and types which have a range of benefits and recommendations – and while of course the decision will ultimately be yours, it’s just as well bearing in mind the range out there and what to look. We’ve rounded up some of the most popular kitchen worktop types on the market for a closer look at what may or may not be worth your time and money.
Quartz worktops are a popular choice for modern kitchens not only for their hygienic and water-resistant properties but also for their versatility – making it a great choice if you’re looking for a particular colour or style to match an existing workspace.
A quartz worktop typically blends together granites, mirror chips, quartz stones and resins to form a totally sealed and polished surface which will withstand use for years to come, making it an excellent choice if you are unlikely to want to install a new kitchen again in the near future. There aren’t many downsides to Quartz; the only area that may concern some is the price; it’s more expensive than its laminate counterparts, however, the cost of quartz prices are competitive against other high-end countertop materials such as granite, concrete and Corian. One other area to consider is although it is heat resistant; it isn’t as resistant as granite.
Corian worktops are famous for their solidity, simple construction and amazing versatility – it’s particularly common to see Corian at work in particularly contemporary or unique kitchen designs as it can be moulded so easily to fit any design. It can be provided as one single piece which avoids dirt between seems and also looks aesthetically pleasing to having both your sink and worktop as one complete piece.
As with Quartz, it’s also available in a huge range of colours and is solid and sturdy to boot. However, it’s also worth bearing in mind it’s heat sensitivity and low scratch resistance in comparison to granite.
For a natural and rustic look, granite is a spectacular choice, as it is created directly from nature itself – and as a result, if treated with care and consideration, is perhaps the most resistant kitchen worktop type available on the market today.
While it is similar to Quartz in its visual attraction and versatility, there is virtually no danger of heat damage to a granite worktop – meaning that, if you are a careful cook and look after your home, you will likely reap the benefits and rewards that granite will have to offer you. Again the only potential downside could be the cost – but if you look at the quality and longevity that granite gives, it can actually work out as a very cost effective solution.
For a completely different type of worktop and a truly natural look throughout, a solid wood installation may be worth your consideration. A wooden worktop is one of the most rewarding, certainly due to its sustainability over the years providing that you offer it due care!
With this, a wooden worktop is perhaps the highest-maintenance of the types available and needs to be oiled regularly to avoid staining, but those who own them will know full well the benefits of an ageless and natural-looking kitchen design as a result.
Laminate has become a popular choice for many worktops and floorings over the years, and it’s also a very worthy candidate for installation in your kitchen. The quality of laminate worktops has much improved over the years. The main benefit in having laminate over the other choices on this list is that it is very affordable and comes in a wide range of different options – but it may lack the rustic glamour of a wooden or the contemporary style of a granite or Corian worktop. But if you’re interested in an affordable and easily maintained kitchen worktop that still looks great, a laminate worktop may well be worth your money.
Whichever worktop you choose, it is worth considering your budget, your existing kitchen, and how much time and effort you can put into looking after it.