Choosing kitchen worktops

Choosing kitchen worktops - Laminate

When choosing fittings for a kitchen renovation you may need to decide on a worktop. The vast choice of worktops can make deciding difficult as there’s just too many to choose from. Most often people may only consider the look of the worktop and not the pros and cons of different worktops. This post is about the kitchen worktop we chose and how we made that decision.

Different types of kitchen worktops

There are many worktops to choose from but the most popular ones are:

  • laminate
  • granite
  • wood
  • glass
  • composite stone
  • stainless steel

Each type of worktop has advantages and disadvantages to it. If you’re a stickler for detail like me then you may want to consider what these are especially if you’re spending a lot of money on the worktop.

Deciding on kitchen worktops

My first choice of worktop was granite. After finding out that granite is imported into the UK and it isn’t as easily accessible as it is in South Africa, meaning that it’s more expensive here in the UK I then had to reconsider my choice.

We found many great looking worktops so to make it easier for us to decide we broke it down into 4 areas:

  • Cost – How much are you willing to pay per linear metre? The price ranges from about £30 to £300+. The bigger the kitchen, the more counter space you need to account for.
  • Maintenance – Does the worktop need to be sealed? How often is resealing required?Does it require special cleaning products? Does it require a special cleaning routine? Will you need to get a tradesman to reseal, polish or buff the worktop every so often?
  • Durability – Is the worktop prone to scratches and staining? What is the average lifespan of the worktop? Is the worktop heat resistant? Is hygiene a concern?
  • Ease of fitting – Is the material easy to cut and fit? Is it a material that you can fit yourself? Has your kitchen fitting company fitted the material before? Will the material require a certified fitter to do the job?

After visiting kitchen worktop showrooms, looking at samples, weighing up the various factors I mentioned and researching peoples reviews we decided on the high quality laminate worktop from Duropal. We chose this worktop as it looks great, it doesn’t look like cheap laminate, was well priced, requires little maintenance other than simple cleaning, is durable and easy to fit. We’re very happy with our choice and it finished off our kitchen with the look we wanted to achieve 🙂 *Natalie doing the happy dance*

How did you choose a kitchen worktop? Was your decision based on looks only or did you take other factors into consideration too? I’d love to hear your experience so please feel free to share with me in the comments.

4 Comments

  1. Miriam @londonkitchendiaries
    2nd June 2016 / 3:15 PM

    It took me forever to decide on our worktop. There are so many choices and so much to consider. We settled for a wooden worktop as I don’t mind the maintenance. I love the look and feel of wood and after more than a year it still looks great.

    • 2nd June 2016 / 3:23 PM

      We also considered wood, it is quite a popular choice as it does add warmth to the kitchen 🙂

  2. 24th October 2016 / 10:44 PM

    I have gone for laminate but it looks like wood in a dark grey . I have had granite and hated it, I had granite effect and hated that just as much. The one before this one was laminate and cleaned so well, was heat resistant and not a mark on it after 13 years, so went for the same kind again but more modern and it was £140 a length ( 3 meters) from B&q I love it

    • whatudidntknow
      25th October 2016 / 6:59 AM

      Hi Emma, a good quality laminate worktop definitely seems to have more pros than cons compared to all the other worktops! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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