Home Interiors Directory - The home page for your home Image of lamps. Photograph by jede_hoog at SXC

Browse the Directory

Look closer! Your ad could go here - contact us for details

Look closer! Your ad could go here - contact us for details

Vignette: Information sign. Photograph by Edwin PP Hints and tips

Check out our useful hints and tips articles to help you get the best out of your home interiors projects.

Top things to consider when choosing a new kitchen worktop

5003 Piatra Gray worktop by Caesarstone. Credit : Caesarstone's Quartz Worktops UK
Image credit: Caesarstone's Quartz Worktops UK

Apart from the cupboards, the worktop is one of the most visible features of any kitchen - and almost certainly one of the most well used.

So, whether you're refreshing an existing fitted kitchen or going all out with a brand-new installation, it's crucial to weigh up the costs, practicality and appearance of the different worktop options.


An engineered alternative to solid marble or granite, it's easy to see why a quartz worktop, of the kind produced by Caesarstone, is an increasingly popular choice - echoing the elegance and high quality of natural stone worktops, at the same time as addressing some of the limitations.

So, it's true that quartz isn't quite as heat resistant as solid stone - though it's not really an issue if you use heatproof mats anyway - and, as you'd expect, has a slightly less 'natural' look. On the other hand, that can be a plus point if you're not a fan of the veining and colour variation found in natural granite.

One area where quartz really excels is in its durability. So, it will typically resist staining and scratching, even though - unlike solid granite, marble or wood - it doesn't need any sealing or oiling. Additionally, the wide range of beautiful colour and finish options for quartz make it a great choice for bold, contemporary kitchens, while the lack of visible joins - due to it being a composite material - can work well if you're creating a centrepiece kitchen island.


If your budget is relatively tight, laminate worktops can be a good-value, all-round option. You'll typically find them in a wide range of colours and finishes - including stone, slate or wood - and with a choice of square, curved or rounded edges.

However, though they can be hardwearing and attractive to look at, laminate worktops are never going to have as premium a feel as the more expensive, more solid alternatives.

Solid wood

Among those dearer options, solid wood remains a popular choice - a material that is full of character, and that can look just as gorgeous in a slick and modern space as it does in a traditional country kitchen.

The downside is that wood does require more maintenance than most of the other worktop options, including regular oiling - at the time of installation, and then usually every three months or so - to keep it looking good. The flipside of this is that if you do have an accident, minor damage can usually be remedied with some fine sandpaper and a re-oiling.

Granite and marble

If money's no object, it's hard to argue with the beauty and prestige of solid granite or marble worktops. Attractive, heat resistant and - at least in granite's case - very durable, both are popular options if you're after a kitchen that combines practicality with a great wow factor.

Both materials come with some provisos, though. Most importantly, the porousness of both granite and marble means that your countertops need to be sealed - once when they're installed, and probably every few years afterwards - to prevent spilled wine or oil causing permanent staining. Second, while natural solid stone is pretty robust for everyday use, there's always a risk of chipping or scratching - especially with a marble worktop - if you're unfortunate enough to drop something heavy.

Summing up

In short, there are pros and cons of all the most popular kitchen worktop materials, and your decision will come down to how much you're prepared to spend, the look and feel that you're wanting to create, and considerations such as durability and the need for ongoing sealing.

Whatever your worktop, however, we'd always recommend using chopping boards and surface protectors. No matter how durable or heatproof the worktop you choose is, it makes sense to take basic precautions - and it's much easier to replace a cheap accessory from the IKEA Market Hall than it is to fix a ruined kitchen countertop!

Written by Graham Soult
23 March 2016

top of page top of page 

Showcase your business at the Property & Building Directory from just £29

Look closer! Feature your business here - contact us for details

Look closer! Feature your business here - contact us for details

Connect with us
Follow HID Interior Tips (@HIDInteriorTips) on Twitter [external link] Like CannySites.com on Facebook [external link]
Featured links
Home Making
Home Making · Architectural Antiques · Bathroom Suites · Carpet Cleaning Services · Carpets · Cleaning Services · Conservatories · Conservatory Blinds · Cookers, Hoods, Ranges · Door Handles · Doors, Windows · Fires, Fireplaces · Fitted Kitchens, Units · Flooring · Garden Buildings · Heating, Plumbing Services · Heating Products · Home Improvement, DIY · Home Insurance · Home Removals, Storage · Home Security · Homes, Property · Interior Designers · Ironmongery · Kitchen Designers · Lifts, Mobility · Loft Conversions · Mortgages · Paint, Decorating Supplies · Painters, Decorators · Radiators, Covers · Resources · Roof Terraces · Showers · Shutters · Skirting Boards, Architraves · Splashbacks · Staircases, Stairs · Tiles · Wallpaper · White Goods · Worktops ·
Home Furnishing
Home Furnishing · Antique Furniture · Antique Reproduction Furniture · Bar Furniture & Stools · Bathroom Furniture · Beanbags · Bedroom Furniture · Beds · Children's Furniture · Conservatory Furniture · Contract Furniture · Designer Furniture · Dining Furniture · Footstools, Ottomans · Futons · Games Room Equipment · Headboards · Kitchen Furniture · Living Room Furniture · Mattresses · Nursery Furniture · Occasional Furniture · Office Furniture, Desks · Sofa Beds · Sofas · TV Stands, Brackets · Wardrobes ·
Home Living
Home Living · Art, Posters, Prints · Bath Linen · Bathroom Accessories · Bedding · Blinds · Candles · Christmas Decorations · Crafts, Hobbies · Curtains, Poles · Cushions, Throws · Fabrics · Frames · Glassware · Home Cinema, Entertainment · Kitchen Appliances · Kitchenware · Lighting · Mirrors · Ornaments · Pottery, Ceramics · Rugs · Storage · Tableware · Vases · Wall Stickers, Decals ·
Content and information
Home · About us · Advertise · Bookstore · Contact · Directory A-Z · Discount Codes · Find a Tradesman · Hints & Tips · New Listings · News & Competitions · Sitemap ·
Related resources
Holiday & Travel Directory · Garden & Landscape Directory · Normal Room · Sapling.info · Abacus Construction Index · Soult's Retail View ·
Featured businesses
SofaSofa · Darlings of Chelsea · Centurion DIY Conservatories · Viking Direct Office Furniture · Tuiss · The Chesterfield Company · The English Sofa Company · Arnold Laver · The English Bed Company · Intelli Heat · Livingstone Heating · Web Blinds · Curtains 2go · Blinds 2go ·
Small print
Follow HID Interior Tips (@HIDInteriorTips) on Twitter · Like CannySites.com on Facebook ·
This site is copyright ©1998-2016 Home Interiors Directory, and is hosted by 1&1
The Home Interiors Directory is a CannySites.com directory
Vignette photograph by Edwin PP
Valid HTML 4.0! [external link] Valid CSS! Level A conformance icon