Choosing The Best Kitchen Worktops For Your New Kitchen

When it comes to kitchen renovations cabinetry may feel like the main design decision, but your worktop is a crucial part of any new kitchen too. Not only must it look good but it must suit your practical needs too.

Natural stone worktops offer a gorgeous, luxury finish and are heat resistant. However, they can be porous and require regular sealing and are quite costly.


A hygienic choice, solid surface kitchen worktops are non-porous and can be fitted to include curved edges, integrated sinks and splash backs, cut into shapes and drilled, sanded, carved and engraved. They can be coloured to give you a wide range of design choices and are heat-resistant, stain-resistant and impenetrable by bacteria.

Hardwood worktops such as walnut, oak or iroko add a touch of luxury to traditional kitchens and look stunning in contemporary designs too. They’re long-lasting but do require regular oiling to keep them looking good.


There’s an almost endless choice of high-tech worktop materials that are available for your new kitchen. These include both natural and man-made options as well as a wide range of colours, textures and patterns.

Granite is a popular and durable choice for many kitchens, offering a timeless look that adds luxury to any style. It’s also heat-resistant and easy to keep clean. But it is porous, and stains can develop if not sealed properly.


Quartz worktops have soared in popularity over the last decade. Made from composite re-engineered stone (a mix of natural minerals and acrylic resins), they’re hardwearing, stain-resistant and don’t need to be sealed like granite. There’s a choice of shades, from Arctic White to Babylon Grey and everything in between.

Quartz looks modern and clean with a high-tech feel that matches your kitchen gadgets and accessories. It’s also six times more durable than granite, making it a top choice for busy families.

Corian and other solid surface materials have a seamless look, which works well for kitchens with curves or splashbacks.


Using modern ink-jet printing technology, laminate worktops can realistically mimic the look of stone or wood for low cost. Non-porous and scratch-resistant, they also help prevent the build-up of germs. However, unless properly sealed and treated with food-grade wax, they can be vulnerable to water damage and scuffs.

A fuss-free alternative is a man-made composite, such as Corian or quartz. Natural minerals are fortified with resins to create hard-wearing surfaces, which resist heat and are easy to wipe clean. Stone, such as granite and marble, can add a striking touch to traditional kitchens,

Final Thoughts

Hiring a kitchen supplier is important to have your kitchen installed safely and efficiently. You should always carry out research before hiring a company, and check reviews and prices to ensure it fits within your standards and budget. Talking to a professional can also help you make the right choice in the long run.