The base of every good kitchen is the right worktop. Don’t make an impulse decision – consider everything first – the material, the size, the colour, the finish, the height, but also more practical requirements like ease of installation & resistance to damage.
It doesn’t need to be difficult – read on for our guide to the different types of worktops available, and which suits you the best!
Everyone is different, so every kitchen needs different things. When deciding on your kitchen worktops, think first about to which extent the kitchen is used, and for what.
If you always eat out, and spend all your time in the living room, splashing out on a solid marble, heat resistant top might not be the choice for you!
Yes, it looks great, but it can cost a bomb, especially if it gets no use. If you constantly use your kitchen, or if you’re an avid cook, think about investing in something sturdy and hard wearing like quartz (engineered stone) or Soapstone.
Small kids? Consider something durable, easy to clean, and naturally hygienic, such as laminates.
Ultimately, the main advantages of a worktop should be its resistance to damage, cracks, high temperatures, chemicals and also its antibacterial properties (the particles contained on the inside and on the surface should prevent the growth of bacteria).
Try not to get too caught up in trends when choosing a finish for your kitchen – especially if you are considering anything custom-made or with a tricky installation. That baby pink might be all over TikTok right now, and on every influencer’s page, but will you really love it in 10 years time?
Will it wear well? How often are you willing to properly treat or clean it? These things should always be considered – but of course, this doesn’t mean your choice has to be boring or totally devoid of your personal touch.
A quick guide to materials
- Natural stones such as granite, marble, soapstone and quartz
Great for both looks and durability, but tend to be very expensive and can scratch easily
- Ceramic tiles
A great, stylish option for maximalists, but can be difficult to install properly. The grout in between can get mucky quickly, too.
- Solid wood
A personal favourite of ours due to its natural and unique finish, but will need to be treated regularly
- Solid-surface materials such as Corian
Highly durable and heat resistant, but expensive and tricky to install – no DIYs here!
Affordable and easy to clean, can be susceptible to heat damage
- Stainless steel
Stylish, hygienic and premium, but scratches very easily
Super modern, durable and heat resistant – but can crack over time and needs regular sealing to reduce surface porosity
So which should you choose?
If you want to:
- Add a touch of luxury, and have no concern over budget: go for granite or marble
- Have an easy to clean, easy to maintain and relatively affordable worktop: laminate is for you!
- Add warmth to a cold colour scheme: go for wood!
- Keep bacteria at bay: quartz has a naturally antibacterial, non porous surface, and looks fantastic too
- Create a seamless, modern finish: go for Corian or stainless steel
- Fulfil your industrial interior fantasies: concrete or stainless steel are the best choices for you
- Add colour & individuality: reach for the ceramic tiles in a finish you love!