Your kitchen worktops are not only a practical work surface in your kitchen, but they can also be a real focal point for the room. There are many options for kitchen worktop surfaces today, but you’ll want to make sure that the worktops you choose not only work with the style of your kitchen, but that they are durable and high-quality.
What material is the best for a kitchen worktop? Well, that depends entirely on the style of your kitchen and what you prefer to work on. In our blog, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about kitchen worktops and a few tips for choosing the right type for your kitchen.
Granite worktops have become increasingly popular over the last few decades, known for their durability and the variety of colours you can get. Granite is able to withstand high temperatures, so you don’t have to worry about setting a hot dish from the oven on the countertop, and it’s also quite scratch resistant. You’ll want to wipe away any dangerous spills (think red wine and acidic items, like vinegar or citrus) straight away, as these can damage the surface of the granite.
Marble and quartz have also become very popular in recent years and tend to look very luxurious. While very durable, marble can stain more easily than granite. Quartz is actually tougher than granite, making it a very popular choice in kitchens that get heavy use.
Laminate worktops have always been popular, in part because they are very affordable, making them perfect when you’re working with a smaller budget which may not allow you a more luxurious option. Another great thing about laminate countertops is that they come in an endless variety of styles, meaning you can easily imitate granite that is just outside of your budget or the classic country look of butcher block tops. This makes laminate ideal for any style kitchen, whether you’re after ultra-modern or traditional.
Laminate is durable and low maintenance, though you do need to be careful with heat. Laminate surfaces are not suitable for placing hot dishes or pans, or for use as a surface to cut on. It’s important to know that laminate comes in many different types, so durability can vary. It’s best to choose one that is of higher quality to ensure that it doesn’t get easily damaged or scratched.
Another fantastically durable kitchen worktop surface is stainless steel. Used in professional kitchens all over the world, stainless steel can be worked to fit almost any style. This material is extremely durable and hygienic, and you don’t need to worry about stains or heat.
It’s worth noting that stainless steel does scratch and over time these scratches will build up to create an almost patina look. This is a look that many people like, but if it’s not something you’re not keen on, you may want to look into a different material for your worktops. Stainless steel is also prone to fingerprinting, but for a modern durable surface, you can’t do any better.
Popular in modern kitchens, glass countertops are a delicate and classy addition. They are particularly effective as a focal point on a breakfast bar or kitchen island. Glass countertops reflect light beautifully, making them a very popular option for smaller or darker kitchens where you want to create the illusion of space and light.
Glass countertops are easy to maintain and clean, and the type of class used for kitchen work surfaces have been strengthened to make it more durable, as well as heat resistant. Bear in mind that glass kitchen worktops limit you to more modern styles, as they would look rather out of place in a French country or traditional kitchen.
In the last ten years or so, we’ve seen a huge increase in the popularity of concrete countertops. These are particularly popular in rustic and industrial kitchen styles and allow you to choose from a variety of colours and designs. Concrete worktops are both heat and scratch resistant, making them incredibly durable and nearly indestructible.
Concrete is highly customisable, and each piece is custom poured for the project, meaning you can add any unique elements that you would like. With concrete, there’s no shape that can’t be made. They do require some special treatment, however. Concrete worktops will require specialist staining, and because concrete is a porous material, some can stain easily.
Wood is a fantastic natural material to use for your countertops and offers a beautiful warmth and glow that can’t always be achieved with other worktop materials. Wood worktops are also very versatile so that they can work in just about any style of kitchen. For modern kitchens, choose an ultra-glossy treated wood, or for that French country style, you can’t do better than a rough butcher block top.
A good wood worktop will last you years and years, but they do require maintenance. You’ll need to make sure the surface is properly sealed, otherwise, the porous surface can become a haven to germs or a surface that can be badly damaged with water. You can also expect to refinish a wooden worktop every decade or two, depending on how you maintain the surface day to day and how much you use them.