Kitchen Worktops Pros & Cons

White laminate kitchen worktops
Kitchen worktops should serve you well for several years, so choosing the right design to match your requirements and personality is key.

To give you a feel for the types of worktop surfaces available, and how each one would look and feel in your home, we have put together a guide on the pros and cons of each.

Granite Worktops Pros and Cons

Granite is a popular choice for worktops. It is a luxurious material that looks sleek and stylish, and instantly adds a quality feel to any kitchen. It is also exceptionally hard wearing and very easy to maintain. If you like the idea of a glossy worktop surface that is completely unique in design, granite is a great choice. As it is a natural stone, each work top is an original.

Here at KNB, we offer a range of granite worktops that differ in styles and shades to suit both traditional and modern kitchens alike.

Pros of granite worktops

  • Creates a luxurious feel.
  • Can be used in any kitchen area.
  • Very low maintenance.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Suits both modern and traditional styles.
  • Resistant to mould and most stains.
  • Very tough and can withstand high temperatures.
  • Water resistant.

Cons of granite worktops

  • Granite is porous so requires an initial sealing. This will need to be repeated, ideally every six months.
  • Cannot be repaired if damaged.
  • Very heavy, so needs to be placed on sturdy cabinets.

 

Solid Wood Worktops Pros and Cons

Wooden kitchen worktops
Bringing warmth and texture into the home, wood is a popular choice for worktops. Although commonly associated with more traditional designs, wood can be easily incorporated into a contemporary scheme with the addition of stainless steel or glass textures. Long lasting and easy to repair, wood is a robust worktop material that can come in a variety of shades.

Pros of solid wood worktops

  • Naturally antibacterial.
  • Easy to repair.
  • Suitable for use in most situations.
  • Ideal for preparation and dining areas.

Cons of solid wood worktops

  • Needs oiling regularly for upkeep.
  • Can be easily scratched and stained.
  • Not water resistant. 

 

Marble Worktops Pros and Cons

Marble worktops are visually stunning. The natural stone is elegant and adds a touch of luxury to its surroundings, while also functioning well as a durable counter for preparing food. Like granite, each marble worktop is completely unique and looks distinctive due to the natural veins that run across it. These are handy for disguising any marks or spills.

Pros of marble worktops

  • Naturally cool temperature.
  • Looks luxurious.
  • Generally cheaper than other worktop materials.
  • Heat resistant.

Cons of marble worktops

  • Because it is a soft stone, marble can stain and scratch more easily.
  • Sealing is required, at least once a year.
  • Marble slabs can be difficult to replace should damage occur.

 

Laminate Worktops Pros and Cons

Charcoal coloured laminate kitchen worktop
Laminate worktops are a lot more advanced in terms of style and design than 20 years ago, and can look very like other materials such as granite and wood. Cost effective and low maintenance, laminate worktops are ideal for most kitchens. You can choose from a variety of laminate colours and finishes here at KNB. A popular choice is matte for a more stylish look and a thicker cut surface for improved durability.

Pros of laminate worktops

  • Low maintenance.
  • Very closely mimics the look and feel of other materials.
  • Least expensive worktop material.
  • Resistant to most chemicals and stains.
  • Wide variety of colours and finishes.

Cons of laminate worktops

  • Not resistant to steam or heat.
  • Easily scratched.
  • Cannot be repaired if damaged.
  • Visible joins.

 

Glass Worktops Pros and Cons

Modern, sleek and stylish, glass is a great worktop material for contemporary schemes, and is available in a wide range of colours and can be cut to any shape. It is also one of the most durable and robust materials for worktop surfaces, and is easy to maintain. The light reflective qualities of glass make it ideal if you’re looking for design features that create the illusion of space in a small kitchen.

Pros of glass worktops

  • Can be cut to any size or shape to fit any design.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Heat and water resistant.
  • Extremely durable.
  • Chips can be easily repaired.
  • Doesn’t need sealing.

Cons of glass worktops

  • Scratches can be hard to conceal.
  • Joins are visible.
  • Finger marks show up.

 

Corian Worktops Pros and Cons

White corian kitchen worktops
Corian is perhaps the best known type of solid surface worktop. The acrylic material is incredibly versatile and offers limitless design flexibility. Corian worktops can be fitted to create a seamlessly sleek finish with no visible joins. It is also available in a range of colours and the reflective surface can help to brighten up even the smallest of kitchens.

Pros of corian worktops

  • Hygienic and easy to clean.
  • Easy to repair.
  • Suits most schemes.
  • Can be formed into any shape.
  • No ugly joins.
  • Water and stain resistant.
  • Low maintenance.

Cons of corian worktops

  • Can be easily scratched.
  • Can be expensive.

 

Quartz Worktops Pros and Cons

Also known as ‘engineered stone,’ quartz worktops are highly attractive and durable and are perfect for contemporary schemes. Quartz worktops are made from roughly 96% crushed quartz mixed with resin, which creates the unusual pattern and colour characteristic of this material. Available in an extensive range of colours and a variety of finishes, quartz worktops can add unique charm to your kitchen, while also serving as an effective, low maintenance surface for preparing and cooking food.

Pros of quartz worktops

  • No visible joins.
  • Very low maintenance.
  • Stain and chip resistant.
  • Non porous so resistant to mould.
  • Sleek and stylish finish.

Cons of quartz worktops

  • Can discolour if exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Unrepairable if damaged.

To view our full range of worktops please visit our kitchen worktops page.

Here at KNB we have 30 years’ experience in fitting worktops in Nottingham. We offer a range of worktops and a completely free design service to help you choose the right materials for your dream kitchen. To find out more about our services and how we can help you pick the perfect kitchen, visit our fitted kitchens page.