If you’re having a new kitchen, one of the decisions you’ll need to make is what type of kitchen worktop to have. Kitchen worktops come in a wide range of options and are made from a variety of materials, with each having their own individual pros and cons. In this post, we take a look at some of the key worktop choices available and look at the benefits and downsides of each option.
Granite worktops are made from solid, natural stone. Granite is an ideal material for use as a kitchen surface, as the stone is hard, resistant to heat and doesn’t scratch easily. Plus, it can withstand hot temperatures, so can cope if you put a pan straight from the oven or hob onto this surface. As a material, granite can be polished or left matt and looks great used in kitchens.
The biggest downside to granite worktops is that they can be pricey. They’ll also need to be resealed once in a while.
Hardwood worktops are made from sustainable natural woods such as oak, teak and walnut. Hardwoods look lovely used in a range of kitchen styles and, if the wood is properly maintained and sealed, it should last for a long time. Plus, wood is naturally resistant to bacteria and germs, which is a bonus for a kitchen.
The downside of hardwood worktops is that the wood can scorch if hot pans are placed directly onto the wood, plus they can get damaged from knives, so don’t cut and chop directly on the surface. You’ll need to take care of the worktop and re-oil it regularly to keep it in good condition and avoid water damage.
Laminate worktops give you the look of higher end materials, such as granite or wood, but are much more affordable kitchen worktops. They’re produced by combining high density chipboard with a coating of plastic laminate and come in a wide variety of colours, designs and finishes.
Do be aware though that laminate work surfaces can easily be damaged by putting hot pans on them (always use a trivet), or by sharp objects, such as knives.
Ceramic worktops are a popular choice for modern kitchens, as they come in a wide variety of colours and textures. Ceramic surfaces are harder than granite or quartz, yet tend to be cheaper, and are heat durable.
The downsides of opting for a ceramic worktop is that the ceramic can crack and become damage if objects are dropped on it. Plus, the surface is prone to scratches, which can spoil the look.
If you like the look of natural stone, then a worktop made of quartz composite is another alternative to consider. A composite work surface, sometimes referred to as engineered stone, is made from approximately 90% natural quartz crystals mixed together with binders. The end result is a tough material that’s resistant to heat, scratches and stains and easy to clean. As it’s a composite product, the worktop will look consistent and you won’t get the variation in colour that you get with completely natural stone products.
The one downside of composite quartz is that it can be quite pricey.
Stainless steel kitchen worktops
Worktops made of stainless steel can provide a high end look for a modern kitchen. They provide a kitchen surface that’s super resistant to both heat, water and stains, and they’re largely easy to clean.
The downside to choosing stainless steel worktops is that they are prone to scratches and if you drop anything on them, they can dent and be damaged. If you want to have a kitchen worktop that will maintain its good looks, stainless steel might not be the choice for you.
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