How to Choose the Right Kitchen Worktop

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Worktop

Many people ask what the ‘best’ worktop is, but unfortunately it is not that easy of a question to answer. As with anything there are pros and cons; so only you can decide which are the important pros and the deal-breaking cons.

Kitchens Bangor will be able to guide you through the process of choosing a worktop that will be suitable for your lifestyle and the needs of your kitchen. Everyone has different requirements from their kitchen, the man who lives next door cooks from scratch every night of the week and twice on Sundays, and the woman upstairs who doesn’t even know how to turn her oven on; the point is, you know what you need from your kitchen, so just let us guide you through the pros and cons.

Wooden Worktops

Wood is always a lovely choice for a worktop. Wood can be more affordable and it’s anti-bacterial. However, it doesn’t like water and it really doesn’t like heat. This means that it will need regular upkeep and maintenance – oiling regularly for example. You will also need to take care around the sink area as the water can cause the wood to warp and get stained with horrible black mould. Invest in some trivets as hot pans will leave scorch marks, though having said that, unless the stain goes really deep, it can usually be sanded out and re-oiled to look as good as new. The other benefit of wood is that it is warm and tactile.

Stainless Steel

Practical and highly functional – there’s a reason why most restaurants have these. It won’t stain, it won’t mark and you can even chop a lemon straight onto it. It does scratch, but over time this just develops into a soft patina. So stainless steel is heat, acid and water resistant; so these are the pros. If you cook at all or use your kitchen for food preparation or even to drink a nice glass of wine, this could be the worktop for you. However, if your kitchen is more for socialising then it’s not the most user-friendly. It can be quite cold to rest your elbows on, and it can look slightly industrial and lacking warmth.

Natural Stone

This is the big hitter; the one that everyone has on their Pinterest boards, or design scrapbooks. Marble is the epitome of elegance and opulence; but for some reason it doesn’t agree with being pulled from the mountain. It’s a natural material, and therefore porous; so if you are a cook that likes to get fancy throwing around spices, you’ll need to be careful. Marble also scratches really easily, so if that’s a concern maybe this isn’t the material for you. It is an expensive choice if you’re not prepared for all the maintenance that comes along with it; not wiping up after meal prep, and leaving stains to settle are going to be part of your daily life. Granite worktops can be a more durable alternative to Marble.

Quartz

Quartz is an engineered material that feels and looks like natural stone. It is one of nature’s toughest minerals, mix that with resin and it’ll give you one tough worktop. It’s not porous like real natural stone and it is heat and water resistant. It’s also incredibly hard-wearing and durable; but make sure you pick a worktop that is at least 93% Quartz, as anything below this might lose some of its beneficial properties.

So there it is, you might want to continue your research and work out a prospective budget before diving into worktop shopping, but there will always been kitchen designers available to advise you of all your options to give your kitchen personality.

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