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How to choose the best kitchen worktop

The most popular materials for all kitchen worktops are laminate, granite, wood, glass, composite stone and stainless steel. Each material has different advantages and will work for you in different ways – so it’s important to look at all the pros and cons so you can choose the right worktop for your new kitchen.

Your kitchen needs to work on a practical level as well as aesthetically, consider the maintenance of your worktop – for example if you have young children, a material that shows up marks easily will not be suitable – like glass. However if you like cooking, you’ll need a heat-resistant material such as granite so that you can move hot pans on and off the heat with ease. 

Wood

Best used: Food preparation and dining – for islands and breakfast bars. Iroko and teak are ideal for using around the sink as they have a high oil content and are water resistant.
Best look: Wood be incorporated into all styles, contrast the finish with glass or stainless steel – or change the colour to add warmth. 
Upkeep: To prevent staining, wipe up spillages as soon as possible. Seal with Danish or linseed oil quarterly to stop drying out and scratches can be sanded out with fine wire wool.
Durability: If this material is properly sealed and maintained it will last for a long time, but don’t use the worktop as a chopping board, or place hot pans directly onto the wood, as it will create marks.
Flexibility and fitting: Wood is very easy to cut, and is suitable for use in most situations so can be moulded to any shape you like. 

WOOD WORK TOP
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Composite stone

Best used: Made of crushed stone bound together by an adhesive, most commonly polymer resin, or cement mix). This material is very practical and beautiful that can be used anywhere, including next to hobs and around the sink.
Best look: You can choose many different colours and finishes depending on your style. 
Upkeep: Wipe up spills to prevent marks. 
Durability: Composite is far more durable than many natural stones, and the colour runs right the way through the material so any scratches can be sanded out.
Flexibility and fitting: This work surface can be thermoformed into different shapes without joints, to create a seamless worktop.  
Price per linear metre: From approx £300 per linear metre.

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Granite 

Best used: Perfect for any area of the kitchen due to its heat resistant nature – glossy granite makes a striking work surface for any kitchen. 
Best look: A classic luxury material that never goes out of fashion and suits traditional and modern styles. 
Upkeep: Very low maintenance. 
Durability: Granite is regarded as the best of all the natural materials; it can withstand high temperatures and is water resistant. 
Flexibility and fitting: With advances in modern technology, granite can be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes, although it is very heavy to transport and difficult to manoeuvre.
Price per linear metre: From approx £200 per sq metre.

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Laminate

Best used: General usage, including food preparation areas, sink runs and around hobs and cookers.
Best look: Can accurately mimic other worktop materials, including granite, slate and wood, so will suit modern and traditional schemes.
Upkeep: Very low maintenance.
Durability: Resistant to most stains and chemicals, but not to heat or steam. Not suitable as a cutting surface – make sure you use a chopping board. 
Flexibility and fitting: Can be fitted with ease by a DIY enthusiast rather than a kitchen professional.
Price per linear metre: From £30 per metre.

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Glass

Best used: This is a very reflective surface and is perfect in small kitchens to maximize the feeling of space. 
Best look: Best used with contemporary styles and homes, consider lighting from below for dramatic effect. 
Upkeep: Keep clean with glass cleaner often to avoid marks. 
Durability: Glass will be toughened and work against heat and water. 
Flexibility and fitting: Glass can be cut to most shapes for your work top and can include cut outs for hobs and sinks.
Price per linear metre: From approx £300 for a standard 15mm-deep surface.

Glass kitchen worktop

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Stainless Steel

Best used: This material can be used around the sink, by the hob and in all food preparation areas.
Best look: Work with industrial and contemporary styles – working with other materials and colours can change s Team with other materials to soften the look.
Upkeep: Stainless steel is the choice of all commercial kitchens because of its hygienic properties. It is very easy to keep clean with stainless-steel cleaner.
Durability: Very strong, waterproof, heat and acid resistant. Prone to scratching, but this won’t affect its anti-bacterial nature.
Flexibility and fitting: Sinks can be incorporated into a stainless-steel run. Simple designs can be cut from a single sheet, avoiding the need for joints.
Price per linear metre: From approx £250 per metre.

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