4 Factors That Affect Your Choice Of Worktop

Black kitchen worktops with kitchenware laid on top and a matching single-bowl sink and lever tap in the middle, photographed at an angle and from above. Choice of worktop for a modern kitchen.

When you’re planning to revamp your kitchen, your choice of worktop is one of the most important things to consider. Yet, it can be a challenging task as there are various options available and each has its pros and cons.

Here’s a brief look at some of the factors that would influence your choice of worktops:

Budget

For most people, budget is the priority while making a buy. Before you choose a worktop, decide on the budget that you are willing to spend. It’s important to note that the cost of a worktop is not limited to the price of the material. There’s the installation, maintenance and accessorising too.

Quartz and porcelain are more pricey than laminate or wood but they are also much stronger. You’ll likely need to replace your laminate or wood worktops much sooner. You may also need to factor in the cost of maintenance. Some materials, like marble and granite, need professional cleaning and sealing. Materials such as quartz and porcelain don’t, so they offer an advantage.

Kitchen Tasks

The worktop must be resilient enough to withstand the wear and tear of your activities. When picking out a worktop, you’ll want to find something that fits your needs and style. There are plenty of different options, including granite, quartz, wood and stainless steel. Each comes with advantages and disadvantages that might affect your choice.

For instance, if you plan on using it to chop vegetables and meat on, you will want one that can withstand cutting. The type of material and finish available will thus be more limited.

If you often use your kitchen for baking, you want a worktop that is easy to clean and doesn’t get stained. If you have small children, you would want to go for a worktop that wipes clean.

Try our guide to kitchen worktops to discover the pros and cons of each type of kitchen worktop on the market.

Another thing to consider when picking out your worktop is its cost. Depending on your budget, you might find that one worktop is out of your reach.

Looks and colour

When it comes to aesthetics, you can choose any colour and design that you want. Finding an ideal match for your interior design is easy with today’s choice of worktops.

From glossy to matte, stone-effect to concrete-look worktops, you can find an option that suits you. Depending on the type of kitchen you have or want, some will work better than others. For example, a glossy countertop is great in a modern kitchen but might not be the best choice in a traditional one.

Marble Look

Natural Stone Look

Black

Grey

White

Material durability

The durability of your worktop depends on the material that you choose for your kitchen. While modern and stylish, laminate is not as durable as natural stone, for example. It has a limited lifespan and gets damaged much easier. A solid wood butcher block costs more and takes longer to degrade, but, it’s important to maintain it which costs time and money over its life.

When it comes to durability, quartz, sintered stone and porcelain are the best options. They need little to zero maintenance, depending on your choice, so it’s well worth considering these types of worktops.

If care and maintenance of worktops is something that you want to keep to a minimum, they certainly represent the most cost-effective and convenient option.

Get started on your worktop journey

The type of worktop you choose can have a significant impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. But it goes beyond looks. A kitchen worktop is a workhorse as well as an architectural feature.

It’s important to take the relevant factors into account before you make your choice.

We recommend stone worktops. They offer the best bang for your buck, so to speak. Especially when you think about how long they last and how little maintenance they need. The right colour might make your kitchen look great, but choosing the proper material as well will make it look great forever. Choose wisely!

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