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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Worktop

Make the most of your kitchen by choosing a worktop that's practical, stylish, and within your budget. This guide walks you through key considerations, including materials, appearance, and cost.

Striking the Balance: Style, Functionality, and Practicality

The kitchen is more than just a place to cook; it's a space to socialise, entertain, and even work. Your choice of kitchen worktop is crucial in harmonising the blend of style, functionality, and practicality.

Material Matters: Functionality and Practicality

When choosing a worktop, it's essential to consider how much your kitchen will be used.

Families who often gather in the kitchen for cooking and more should look for durable options like granite or quartz countertops. These materials are hard-wearing, heat-resistant, and low-maintenance—ideal for those busy days and nights.

Laminate worktops, once considered the inferior option, have significantly improved in recent years. They're more functional and practical than ever, providing a great level of scratch and heat resistance. Solid surface worktops also offer resilience against common kitchen hazards.

Plus, these options are easier to install as a DIY project, saving you on professional installation costs.

Types of Kitchen Worktops and Their Features

Choosing the perfect worktop is a significant decision that impacts both the functionality and aesthetic of your kitchen. Let's delve into the unique features of various worktop types to help you make an informed choice.

Laminate Worktop Options

1. Square Edged Laminate.

  • Feature: Sharp, clean lines for a modern look.
  • Pros: Easy to clean and maintain.
  • Cons: Less resistant to impact compared to rounded edges.

2. Post Formed Edge:

  • Feature: Rounded edges for a softer appearance.
  • ​Pros: Enhanced durability against knocks and bumps.
  • ​Cons: May not suit ultra-modern kitchen designs.

3. 12mm Solid Laminate:

  • Feature: Compact, 12mm thickness for a sleek profile.
  • Pros: High resistance to heat and scratches.
  • Cons: Limited range of designs compared to thicker laminates.

Solid Worktop Options

Real Wood Worktops

  • Feature: Natural wood grains and unique textures.
  • Pros: Adds warmth and character to the kitchen; can be refinished.
  • Cons: Requires regular sealing and is susceptible to water damage.

Solid Surface Worktops

  • Feature: Made from acrylic resins and natural minerals.
  • Pros: Non-porous, resistant to stains and easy to maintain.
  • Cons: Can be sensitive to high heat and deep scratches.

Fenix Worktops

  • Feature: Utilises nanotechnology for a super-matte finish.
  • Pros: Highly resistant to fingerprints and scratches; easy to clean.
  • Cons: May not fit traditional kitchen styles; moderate cost.

Quartz Worktops

  • Feature: Engineered stone made from quartz crystals.
  • Pros: Extremely durable, non-porous, and low maintenance.
  • Cons: Expensive and generally requires professional installation.

Making an Impression: Appearance

For many, the aesthetic appeal of a kitchen worktop overrides even its practical aspects. If a visually stunning kitchen is your priority, quartz or granite countertops bring a natural, premium look.

On the other hand, laminate and solid surface worktops offer a versatile range of designs and finishes, allowing you to achieve your desired look without compromising on quality.

Planning Your Budget

Cost is inevitably a significant factor in your choice of kitchen worktop. Granite and quartz countertops are typically more expensive, owing to their natural stone origin and intensive manufacturing process.

 Laminate worktops offer a budget-friendly alternative without skimping on durability, thanks to their dense chipboard core and robust laminate covering.

Choosing Based on Kitchen Finish

Your kitchen's overall design plays a part in your worktop selection. If your kitchen features a modern aesthetic, a high-quality granite worktop is a worthy investment.

However, certain kitchen elements, like a Belfast sink, may restrict your material choices. In such cases, laminate worktops may not be an option.

Top Tips for Choosing the Right Worktop

  • Evaluate your needs: Consider how you'll use the kitchen.

  • Sample the materials: Before making a decision, check out samples to get a real feel of the materials.

  • Factor in maintenance: Some worktops require more upkeep than others. Choose based on your willingness to maintain them.

Frequently Asked Questions on Kitchen Worktops

Quick answers to your pressing questions about choosing the right worktop for your kitchen.


Your kitchen worktop is a defining feature of your cooking space. Make the most informed choice by considering functionality, appearance, and budget.

Why compromise on quality when Better Kitchens offers premium worktops without the premium price tag? Start exploring our range today and bring your dream kitchen to life.