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Kitchen worktops: how to choose the right material

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Kitchen worktops buyers guide

Choosing your kitchen worktops is a big decision, but with such a range of materials available, it can be difficult to know where to start. Whether you prefer wood, granite, quartz or laminate, this guide will help you decide on the best worktop material to suit your kitchen scheme, lifestyle and budget.

Choosing the right kitchen worktops for you

Worktops are a vital part of any kitchen design; get it right and they can transform the look of your space. Before choosing a kitchen worktop material, it’s important to think carefully about the look you want to achieve as well as practical issues such as durability. For most people, the cost will also be a key consideration.

Key points to consider when buying kitchen worktops

What’s your budget? 

There are materials to suit every budget – it all comes down to how much you’re willing to spend. If you want to keep costs down, a laminate worktop might be the best option. However, if you’re happy to invest more, you might want to consider a higher-end material such as quartz or granite. 

Are you worried about maintenance?

Are you prepared to maintain the kitchen worktops, or do you want something that is maintenance-free? Some natural materials such as wood and stone require regular sealing to keep them in tip-top condition.

Do your kitchen worktops need to be hard-wearing?

Think about how you will use your kitchen. Will you clean up spills quickly? Do you intend to put hot pans straight onto the work surface or are you happy to use a trivet? If durability is important, make sure you choose a hard-wearing material that can withstand knocks, spills and scratches.

What style/ finish would you like?

The right kitchen worktop can complement your kitchen scheme perfectly. For example, if you’re aiming to create an industrial look, a concrete worktop may be a good choice. Love the farmhouse feel? A wood worktop oozes rustic charm. Whatever your personal style, your worktops will have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your space.

And don’t forget to think about the finish. High gloss work surfaces might look contemporary but if you have young children with sticky fingers, a matt finish will be easier to keep clean.

Kitchen worktop materials: the pros and cons

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Granite kitchen worktops

Granite is a more luxurious kitchen worktop choice.

Pros Cons
Hard-wearing
Heat resistant
Antibacterial
Easy to clean
Heavy
More expensive

Quartz kitchen worktops

Hardwearing, easy to clean kitchen worktop.

Pros Cons
Hard-wearing
Antibacterial
Easy to clean
Vast range of colours and designs to choose from
More expensive
Heavy 

Hardwood kitchen worktops

A natural-looking worktop but one that needs maintaining.

Pros Cons
Slightly cheaper than stone options
Good variety of wood grains and colours
Looks great with age
Need to be maintained
Can become stained
Can scratch

Laminate kitchen worktops

A cost-effective and versatile worktop.

Pros Cons
Lower price point
Antibacterial
Can be made to look like more expensive materials
Easy to maintain
Easy to clean
Hardwearing
Can peel, burn or even melt
Can scratch and become unhygienic

Compact laminate worktops

Compact laminate worktops are a great choice for the budget-conscious.

Pros Cons
Hard-wearing
Resistant to marks and stains
Low maintenance
Certain worktops can be damaged by water ingress on joints, which can result in permanent damage
Any marks are permanent

Ceramic worktop

A great alternative to marble to make a luxurious addition to your kitchen.

Pros Cons
Highly durable and heat/ moisture resistant
Easy to maintain
Prone to scratches
They can crack

Marble worktops

If you dream of a luxurious kitchen, marble is a hugely popular choice. 

Pros Cons
Marble tops are natural stones with variable hues
If taken care of properly, marble surfaces are long-lasting
Perfect for creating a glamorous space
Softer and can be prone to scratching, burns and stains
It doesn’t fare well with hot pots and pans so they need to be placed on trivets
A marble worktop can be expensive

Concrete worktops

If you love the industrial look, a concrete worktop could be the ideal choice.

Pros Cons
The hard-wearing material increases in durability as it cures over time
Stains are difficult to hide
Can crack

 

Find your perfect kitchen worktop at Knees Home & Electrical

Here at Knees Home & Electrical, we offer a vast range of Masterclass kitchen worktops so you will be sure to find something to suit your style and budget. Just pop into our showroom to take a look and speak to our kitchen designers for more information.

We are on hand to discuss the different options available and can supply a wonderful choice of beautiful work surfaces, from exquisite natural stone to hard-wearing and stunning man-made alternatives.

We also offer finance options through Omniport Capital – please contact us for more information.

Request your free kitchen brochure here.