The right worktop for a busy kitchen
One question we get asked a lot:
What’s the best worktop for a busy kitchen?
And it’s an important question – get your kitchen worktop right, and it’ll stand the test of time, both in terms of style and durability.
The first thing to say is that there’s no ‘right answer.’ All we can do is give you some information to help you choose the best work surface for your kitchen.
That being said, if your kitchen’s hectic and bubbling with life, and you’re thinking about wood worktops, you might want to think again.
The issue with wood
Solid wood worktops might look great, but they’re hard to maintain, and that’s why we’d recommend considering options: laminate, quartz and granite. All three of them look fantastic, but they’ll also last longer, with less maintenance required.
We love granite for the bold, unique detail you get with every slab, as shown in the below example.
Laminate, quartz or granite?
If you’ve got a large family, you love to entertain, or you’re often baking or cooking exotic dishes in your multi-functional kitchen, you’ll want a worktop that can handle everything that busy life throws at it.
Quartz and granite worktops can tolerate hot pans and sharp scratches, but on the flip side, they’re harder to clean.
On the other hand, laminate is very easy to clean. Spillages come off with a spray and a cloth in a cinch but aren’t able to deal with hot pans being placed on it. So you’ll need to work out what’s most important in order to select the best kitchen work surface for you.
In terms of budget, laminate comes in considerably cheaper but is likely to last less time than quartz or granite equivalents, so that also needs to be taken into account when you make your kitchen worktop choice.
In terms of aesthetic, you do get what you pay for. Quartz and granite offer a beauty that’s very difficult to replicate with a laminate. The understated elegance of a quartz work surface like the one below is indisputable.
When it comes to specific brands, we’d strongly recommend both Symphony and Antolini manufacturers. They provide you with the best kitchen worktops choices!
Whatever you’re thinking, We’d be delighted to help you in your decision-making process here at Butlers Kitchens – get in touch – and we’ll talk it through.