The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Type of Kitchen Worktop

by Rob McKechnie

When beginning your next kitchen project, you should consider the pros and cons of different types of worktops. Some kitchen worktop materials will be more suitable for your needs than others. In this guide, we take a look at the positives and negatives of each type to help you make the best choice.

Granite Worktops

Granite is the most common type of material for kitchen worktops to be made from as it can withstand a lot of general daily wear and tear.

The Pros:

  • Scratch resistant - can resist scratching from knives and other kitchen tools.
  • Heat resistant - you can put a hot saucepan on the countertop without worrying about any damage.
  • Stain resistant - simply wipe away any food or dirt leaving no trace.
  • Hygienic - granite worktops are very easy to clean.

The Cons:

  • Make sure it is properly sealed when installing - failure to do so can cause it to be porous.
  • Cost - can be a more expensive option, however this style has become more affordable in recent years. Bushboard is a great option if you’re on a budget but still want this look.

Solid Wood Worktops

Wood can be used to create both traditional and modern interior looks and is a beautiful material. It is also adaptable as it can be used for the main worktops, islands, breakfast bars and even chopping boards.

The Pros:

  • Uniqueness - the natural grain of the wood means that you get a worktop that is completely unique to your kitchen.
  • Variety - solid wood worktops come in a variety of colours and shades.
  • Looks great with age - these worktops naturally age well and can be kept in good condition by treating it with oil regularly.

The Cons:

  • Not heat resistant - hot pans can mark the surface.
  • Not stain resistant - however, marks can easily be removed with some sanding and oiling.
  • Not scratch resistant - always use a chopping board to avoid any damage.

Laminate Worktops

This option is visually similar to real wood or stone, however it contains multiple layers including an external protective coating.

The Pros:

  • Easy to install - easy to cut for different spaces and can be installed by anyone who is DIY-competent.
  • Affordability - this is one of the more inexpensive worktop options.
  • Scratch resistant - its protective layer protects from scratches from knives and other kitchen wear and tear.
  • Very hygienic - super easy to clean.
  • Large variety of design options - as laminate is a popular choice, there are lots of designs to choose from.

The Cons:

  • Inferior products - with a large variety of laminate worktops to choose from, there can be inferior products on the market.
  • Water damage - if the protective seal is broken, there is the risk that liquid can leak into the joints.

See how kitchen worktops compare in the handy infographic below:

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