Comparison

How Do You Compare Worktop Brands

Deciding on a worktop material can be as important as choosing the design of your cabinets. You may be limited by your budget, but its worth considering all the options. Practicality is a key consideration as worksurfaces get rough treatment from pans, cutlery, heat and spills, but colour and texture are also important as worktops play a big part in the overall look of your kitchen.

Useful tips

  • Choose worktops and splashbacks at the same time. You can then match or contrast laminate panels, tiles etc.
  • Expensive worktops are not usually suitable for DIY installation. Take this into account in your budget.
  • Mix and match- for example combine one surface made of granite with laminate or wooden worktops.
  • Get care information for wood worktops from your supplier
  • Worktop materials come in varying thicknesses. The most common thickness is 40mm. Hardword is also available in 27mm and 40mm thickness. Worktops are available from as little as 20mm but can also be manufactured in such as way as to give the appearance of much thicker worktops of up to 100mm if required.

Solid Surface (Composite) Comparison Guide

We are asked daily as to which is the best solid surface brand worktop and why. Since we supply, cut and install every type and brand we are probably the best authority to answer that question. The table below is a generalization as to Choice, Quality and Price and reveals as a matter of fact that Tristone Worktops is quite probably Europe’s best value for money kitchen worktop providing you find a coulour you like. It is as robust, durable and easy to maintain as Corian at lesser cost to you.
Regardless, we appreciate every order we are trusted with and will supply and install the new kitchen worktop you chose at Trade and to the best of our ability.

 

Surface Colour Choice Material Thickness Usual Finished Thickness Comment Stars
Apollo Slab Ice White 20mm / 30mm 20mm/30mm
Thick plastic
Easily Scratched
Temporary kitchen trend
Mid to high price
3 Stars
Apollo Quick Top 12mm 38mm
Chinese Made
Colour Variations
Delivery Problems
High Price
3 Stars
Corian Glacier White 12mm 12mm to any thickness
High Quality
Large Colour Choice
10 Year Guarantee
Expensive
5 Stars
Maia 3mm 28/42/50mm
Too thin
Joints may crack
Cannot under mount sink
no Drainer Grooves
Expensive for 3mm thich
2 Stars
Earthstone 3mm 42mm
Too thin
Joints may crack
Cannot under mount sink
no Drainer Grooves
Expensive for 3mm thich
2 Stars
Tristone 12mm 12mm to any thickness
High Quality
Large Colour Choice
10 Year Guarantee
Very Well Priced
5 Stars

Hardwood Worktops

Hardwood Worktops

Hardwood Worktops are popular choice as they blend in well with countryside kitchens and add a natural element to high tech designs. Choose from solid hardwood worktops like oak, cherry, iroko, orbeech, which can be stained in various shades. They can cost more than £300 per metre, but affordable versions are available.

For: Hard-Wearing and long-lasting worktop – in fact, they can even improve with age. Stains, watermarks and signs of wear and tear can be sanded out and will usually disappear when the surface is re-oiled. (High grade Danish wood oil is available)

Against: Spills should be kept to a minimum- some stains show significantly on lighter woods and water can cause damage. Oiled finishes need to be renewed periodically.

Best Used: – Food preparation and dining areas, for example, islands and breakfast bars. Iroko and teak are ideal for using around the sink as they have high oil content and are water resistant.

Hardwood Best Look: – Suits all kitchen styles. Can be incorporated into a contemporary scheme using glass or stainless steel to add a warm feel.

Upkeep: – Wipe up spills instantly to prevent staining. Once established, seal with Danish or linseed oil quarterly to stop drying out. Scratches can be sanded out with fine wire wool.

Is Sealing Required?: – Hardwoods require an initial programme of sealing using oil. Apply a coat, once a day for the first week, then once a week for the next month, then once a month for a year.

Durability: – If hardwoods are properly sealed and maintained they will last for a long time, but don’t use the worktop as a chopping board, or place hot pans directly onto the wood, as it can scorch.

Hardwood Flexibility and Fitting: – Wood is very easy to cut, and is suitable for use in most situations.

Hardwood Price per linear metre: – Prices start from £200 per linear metre.


Composite Worktops

Composite Worktops

Composite Worktops are man made materials created using acrylic resins and natural minerals. Probably the best-known brand name is Corian. Available in a large range of colours, it can be virtually any shape and can be moulded to incorporate sinks and drainers; upstands can also be used in the design. Though pricey at around £300 a metre Kitchen Worktops Direct offer a 35% discount. Also, composite worktops are hardwearing, hygienic and stylish.

For: Little specialist care needed. Stains and scratches can be sanded out. Seamless joins means there is nowhere for bacteria to hide. It has a smooth tactile surface.

Against: Dearer than most top’s. May require professional installation.

Best Used: – A very practical and beautiful choice that can be used anywhere, including next to hobs and around the sink.

Best Look: – Dramatic colours such as grey and blue look fabulous in modern and contemporary kitchens. If your kitchen design is quite traditional, stick to neutrals such as cream.

Upkeep: – Wipe up spills to prevent marks. Keep clean with a soft, damp cloth and a mild detergent.

Sealing Required?: – No

Durability: – Composite is very tough and more durable than many natural stones. As the colour runs right the way through the material, any scratches can be sanded out.

Flexibility and Fitting: – This worksurface can be thermoformed into different shapes without joints to create streamlined, seamless worktop runs.

Price per linear metre: – Prices start from £86.00 per linear metre


Granite Worktops

Granite Kitchen Worktops

Best Used: – Any area of the kitchen, including around the sink and next to the hob or oven. A large expanse of glossy granite makes a striking island worktop.

Best Look: – Granite is a luxury material that never falls out of fashion and suits traditional and modern styles. Choose from a classic polished finish, or a honed matt for a more contemporary look.

Upkeep: – Very low maintenance. Clean using a damp cloth and a mild detergent.

Sealing Required?: – No

Durability: – The best of all the natural materials, it can withstand high temperatures, is water resistant and impervious to most stains, but wine and citric acids must be cleaned up at once.

Flexibility and Fitting: – With advances in modern technology, granite can be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes, although it is very heavy to transport and difficult to manoeuvre.

Price per linear metre: – Prices start from £82.99 per linear metre


Laminate Worktops

Laminate Kitchen Worktops

Laminates come in a huge variety of colours and designs. They are very affordable, costing from as little as £40 for a three-metre length, and can be installed by a competent DIY-er. They come with curved or straight edges, which can be fitted with either matching or contrasting edge trims. Smooth and textured surfaces are available.

For: Plenty of inexpensive versions. No special care. Easy to clean and install.

Against: Deep scratches will show although colour-matched repair products are available. Light coloured laminates may stain in heavily scuffed or scratched areas.

Best Used: – General usage, including food preparation areas, sink runs and around hobs and cookers.

Best Look: – Can accurately mimic other worktop materials, including granite, slate and wood, so it will suit modern and traditional schemes.

Upkeep: – Very low maintenance. Clean with mild detergent.

Sealing Required?: – No

Durability: – Resistant to most stains and chemicals, but not to heat or steam. Not suitable as a cutting surface. Choose a thicker high-pressure worktop for greater durability.

Flexibility and Fitting: – One of the few materials that can be cut and fitted by a DIY enthusiast rather than a kitchen professional.

Price per linear metre: – Prices start from £31.00 per linear metre


Corian Worktops

Corian Kitchen Worktops

Best Used: – In wet areas. Perfect for a seamless integrated sink and worktop run.

Best Look: – Suits most schemes. Available in a wide variety of colours – choose bright hues for modern kitchens, white for architectural, and any pale shades for traditional rooms.

Upkeep: – Low-maintenance. Clean with a soft cloth and mild detergent.

Sealing Required?: – No

Durability: – Stain and water resistant. Heat resistant to 250°C, but best to use a trivet. As it is a solid surface material, scratches can be sanded out.

Flexibility and Fitting: – Can be formed into any shape without the need for ugly or unhygienic joints.

Price per linear metre: – Prices start from £121.00 per linear metre


Quartz Worktops

Quartz Kitchen Worktops

Best Used: – This surface has overall natural, durable qualities combined with luxury and style. Virtually the toughest of all counter tops also boasts zero absorption. Very hygienic and long lasting!

Best Look: – Will fit in with almost any kitchen design. Available in various colours, something to match every colour scheme.

Upkeep: – Low-maintenance. Simply clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent.

Sealing Required?: – None required

Durability: – Stain and water resistant. Heat resistant to 250°C, but best to use a trivet. As it is a solid surface material, scratches can be sanded out.

Flexibility and Fitting: – When quoting for the supply and fitting of a complete worktop we would strongly prefer a sized sketch, scanned, faxed or posted so that we all agree on exactly what was quoted on. Without that information it’s extremely difficult to provide an accurate quote. However this process gives peace of mind that the end result will be exactly what you want!

Price per linear metre: – Prices start from £121.00 per linear metre (please check our site for current prices)