The kitchen worktop is a crucial element to a kitchen and deciding on the right material can be stressful. If you are struggling to decide what type of worktop you would like for your new kitchen then check out this pro's and con's checklist so you can be confident your worktop will be perfect for you!
Pro's: Composites (engineered quartz) have all the qualities of stone but are lighter, non-porous and do not require sealing. The material can be used for walls, floor and counters, is stain resistant, hardwearing and is highly scratch resistant.
Cons: Composites can be expensive and are not as heat resistant as natural stone.
Pro's: Glass can be made in any size or shape, it is easy to clean and hygienic. It is extremely durable, heat resistant and has a limitless range of colours.
Cons: Glass is expensive!
Pro's: Laminate is affordable, durable, water resistant and easy to clean, laminate worktops realistically replicate the look of natural materials such as stone and wood. The worktops are quick and easy to install.
Cons: Laminate scratches and has visible joints plus you are limited with the types of sinks you can use.
Pro's: Concrete is a tough and durable material that is available in a range of colours/tones but must be sealed for protection.
Cons: Concrete is expensive!
Pro's: Granite is a good choice for kitchens as it withstands high temperatures, is water resistant, impervious to most stains.
Cons: Stone surfaces are porous and must be sealed. Marble and limestone are luxurious and striking, but are high maintenance.Beware of wine and citric acid spills (such as lemon juice) that can damage all stone surfaces. Natural stone is heavy and so the kitchen cabinets will need to be reinforced.
Pro's: Stainless steel is tough and has natural antibacterial qualities. It’s also waterproof, chemical and heat resistant, which means that hot pans can be placed on the surface without scorching.
Cons: Stainless steel will scratch and leave finger marks.
Pro's: Copper can easily withstand heat and oil splashes. It’s also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. It’s a warm and enduring surface that will reflect light and add a glow to the room.
Cons: Copper will scratch and will need to be polished frequently to keep it shiny.
Pro's: Wood is eco-friendly and sustainable. Consider oily hardwoods such as iroko or teak as they are both water-resistant and have antibacterial properties
Con's: The work top will need to be treated will hard wax or oil protective coats at installation and once or twice a year thereafter. Wooden tops do scratch.
Pro's: Solid surface composites (Corian, Maia, Encore) are heat and scratch resistant. It has no visible joins and is stain resistant plus it can be moulded into any shape.
Cons: Composites are expensive and the least eco-friendly option.