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With Kitchens working harder than ever and becoming so much more than a place to just cook, it is important to understand the kitchen worktop options that are out there and understand which is most suited to you and your home. 

Worktops can often be overlooked with cabinetry as the main focus for new kitchen designs. In reality, sitting at eye level, worktops could be arguably a more eye-catching factor so it’s important to get them right finding a suitable balance between aesthetics and suitability.

We have included a few of our favourite kitchen worktop options below and our reasons why. 

Kitchen worktop options

1. Wood worktops

Fenix Kitchen with oak worktop and cabinetry

A beautiful, natural and unique material which can add warmth and texture to complete any kitchen. Every solid wood worktop is unique thanks to the naturally detailed grain patterns and swirling textures.

Wood is a completely natural and timeless material, in a world where there are so many wasteful fabricated materials, wood is something that has been created by nature and is a great way to bring the outside, inside. Wood worktops can be sourced from sustainably and responsibly managed forests to ensure that the materials that you are using are correctly sourced adding to the sustainability of your kitchen. 

Hardwoods such as maple and oak are extremely resilient, hard-wearing, strong and durable. If you have a busy kitchen with lots going on, opting for wood might well be for you. It’s not quite as heartbreaking as scratching a pristine marble worktop. 

Wood kitchen worktops are also really easy to repair. Any minor damages can be easily sanded away and then resurfaced and re-oiled without any professional assistance. You can maintain the look and feel of your kitchen for many years to come with care for the product. Sanding away a well-used wooden worktop can make your kitchen feel brand new. 

Solid wood worktops look at home in any setting; whether it’s a rustic country cottage, an apartment in the city or a modern townhouse, they are completely versatile. Paired with traditional Shaker kitchens or sleek and contemporary slab doors, the wood worktop won’t be out of place. From dramatic dark wood to light maple, the range of shades, patterns and finishes makes them suitable for all. 

Wood will get better with age – The natural ageing process will deepen the colour and emphasise the natural beauty of the wood as time goes on. The characterful properties will develop and become more enhanced over the years.

Hardwoods, if properly sealed and maintained, can last for a long time. Upkeep is essential to keep it looking beautiful, an intensive initial treatment of sealing using oil is required followed by monthly maintenance. 

2. CORIAN WORKTOP

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Corian worktops have a solid surface, made from a blend of acrylic resins, minerals and colourings. Corian is remarkably durable against daily wear and tear and is an extremely versatile material. It cannot delaminate as the joints are inconspicuous and fluids cannot penetrate.

The surface is non-porous and hygienic, which means first liquids are prevented from penetrating the material. Any marks and stains remain on the surface and can be easily cleaned and removed.

Corian kitchen worktops are an environmentally friendly option as surfaces are renewable, any heavy stains and scratches can be erased without a trace by rubbing with a household cleaner.

It also contains low VOCs and is free from dangerous chemicals and therefore supports better indoor air quality. The seamless quality of Corian worktops means there are no crevices to trap and grow mould, germs and viruses.

3. DURAT WORKTOP

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Sustainability lies at the heart of the company. It is a unique, sustainable solid surface material which contains recycled post industrial plastics and is 100% recyclable. The material was established in 1990 to develop a new sustainable material that would combine recycling and design. 

The recycled post-industrial waste is granulated into small speckles giving durat its distinctive texture. It comes in an array of colours from bright to muted with more than 200 colours. You can even develop custom colours that are tinted to order. 

Durat kitchen worktops are easy to maintain and highly durable making it an ideal choice for kitchens. It is extremely durable and can be renewed by a slight sanding without the need of a professional. The material is resistant to wear, humidity and various kinds of chemicals. 

Durat is a pioneer of circular economy, the business has been developed with the principles of circular economy, their goal is to have a closed material cycle so that any production will not generate any landfill waste. They will repurchase, refurbish and sell used Durat products, their goal is to ensure the longest possible life cycle for their material and to re-use 100% of the materials they produce.

Read more about their environmental policy with their commitment to sustainability. 

4. NEOLITH WORKTOP

The Hackney Kitchen - Rough sawn European Oak with Neolith worktops

A sintered stone that is extremely versatile, arguably the strongest of the strong worktops!

The surface is extremely resistant to scratching, high temperatures, chemicals and UV rays. It is stain-resistant and has a zero absorption rate with virtually zero porosity – Just watch the clips with professional chefs cutting directly onto Neolith!

5. QUARTZ worktops

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Quartz is an engineered, man-made stone and it doesn’t actually exist in the form we use it. The process involves using crushed quartz, resin and dyes compressed under extremely high temperatures. The result is an extremely heat, stain and scratch-resistant worktop perfect for a busy kitchen.

Quartz worktops have great antibacterial qualities; its non-porous texture doesn’t allow bacteria to grow. It’s durable and very easy to clean making it less susceptible to staining.

If you are looking for a super low-maintenance worktop, then Quartz worktops are for you. Quartz kitchen worktops are cleaned using just a damp cloth and mild detergent. Unlike a granite worktop, a quartz worktop will not require sealing or unsealing. It is naturally scratch-resistant and tougher than granite. 

There is also an array of tones from white to concrete effects and even mimics marble worktops in some cases. 

Unlike granite or marble which are mined from specific locations, quartz is readily available throughout the world, it is the second most abundant mineral on the planet. As the material is so readily available, this means quartz is usually not shopped from across the world therefore reducing the environmental toll.

6. GRANITE worktops

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A luxury material, completely glamorous, unique and natural.

The stunning natural beauty of granite guarantees a truly unique worktop as no two pieces are the same. The inspiring colours and patterns are absolutely breathtaking and will make an incredible focal point of the kitchen.

Durable and low maintenance, granite kitchen worktops are water-resistant, can withstand high temperatures and are impervious to most stains. Please do note, wine and citric acids must be cleaned immediately to avoid damage to the stone and can be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild detergent.

Granite worktops need to be properly sealed in order to be resistant to stains. If granite is poorly sealed, it can easily absorb liquids such as wine, juice or oils resulting in a prominent stain. Simply having the granite worktop professionally sealed once a year will prevent this. 

Granite is a natural product with no harmful byproducts, no harmful toxins or chemicals are used to quarry and finish granite. It is quarried and manufactured with sustainable techniques. The natural-stone industry has undertaken new techniques in order to conserve natural resources, avoid pollution and keep waste to a minimum where granite is quarried and fabricated. Diamond wires are used to cut the stone once it is removed from the earth before it is polished and smoothed. 

Granite countertops last a lifetime if properly maintained, making them a sustainable choice but they can also be recycled. Old stone products like countertops can be reformed into paver stones, small stones for mosaics, driveways and much more!

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