A guide to choosing your kitchen worktop

Your choice of worksurface can make or break your kitchen so make sure to consider which material is going to meet you and your families needs.

By Paula Woods | 16 March 2020

There are solid reasons for making the worksurface a priority in your new kitchen. Read our straightforward guide on how to choose the best worktop for you.

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There are three main factors to consider when choosing your kitchen worktops. Will the practical benefits of a surface’s material suit your needs? Will it look great as part of the project? And is it within your budget? Keep reading to find out more.

What are the different types of material?

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Solid-surface composites

For a seamless finish that’s easy to maintain, hi-tech materials such as quartz and solid-surface composites look sleek and are non-porous. They are made from stone, minerals and resin mixes, which vary depending on the brand, and cost from around £300-£500 per sqm.


Responsibly-sourced timber is eco-friendly and relatively affordable at around £100 per sqm. There are several species to choose from, such as the blonde-coloured ash, mid-tone oak and beech or dark-hued walnut. The way the wood is cut and finished creates surfaces that have subtle grain patterns or boldy knotty and rustic.


Laminate offers a more affordable faux look. For extra durability, choose versions where the composite layers are fused together under high pressure (HPL). HPL costs from £35 per metre.

Industrial options

For an industrial appearance, stainless steel or copper surfaces are hygienic and cost around £250 per sqm. Matt finishes make scratches and marks less noticeable. Concrete can be cast to order for a durable surface but it needs to be sealed to prevent water absorption. Expect to pay £500 per metre.