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Stainless Steel Worktops: 7 Pros & Cons of the Industrial Material

Industrial-inspired kitchens are a go-to choice for many when designing their dream kitchen. A great way to achieve this aesthetic is to choose stainless steel worktops.

The top choice for professional restaurants, stainless steel worktops have several benefits to improving your kitchen experience and giving it a unique style.

Additionally, there are plenty of stainless steel kitchen styles to choose from. Whether you opt for both steel worktops and cabinets or choose mixed materials, we love combining steel with reclaimed wood, there are so many possibilities to get creative.

We love this metal as a kitchen material but not everyone is convinced, keep reading to discover the pros and cons of stainless steel worktops:

Stainless steel worktop pros:

Close up of plywood drawer cabinet with brushed stainless steel worktop

1. Hygienic

There’s a reason most professional kitchens have stainless steel worktops and that’s because it’s extremely hygienic. In our Contemporary Eco Project, the client opted for stainless steel worktops for its robustness and sustainable nature.

2. Easy to clean

You only need to use soapy water or a mild cleaning solution and a cloth to clean a stainless steel surface. Make sure that there is no bleach in the mix as this will leave lasting damage.

3. Heat resistant

That’s right, you can leave your hot pots and pans directly on the surface with no damage. Score!

4. Sustainable

As a metal, stainless steel is robust and can be endlessly recycled making it a sustainable choice. Interestingly, more than half of stainless steel metals in use today are made from previously recycled steel.

Stainless Steel Worktop Cons:

The Richlite Kitchen - Stainless Steel back kitchen

5. Scratches easily

Depending on your aesthetic, this could be a pro or con. Some people think scratches add character when it comes to stainless steel worktops. But if you’re a perfectionist stainless steel is probably not the right choice for you.

6. Dents

This is a big consideration especially if you have children. If you’re OK with a few bumps and bruises on your worktop then this won’t cause a problem at all.

7. Industrial style

For some people, this is why they choose the material because of its industrial qualities. For others, it might be too clinical and cold for a space that’s centred around comfort and togetherness.

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