Kitchen countertop - which one would you buy again?

(131 Posts)
cabbageandbeans Tue 13-Mar-12 21:42:25

We are buying a new kitchen and I am really confused about which type of countertop to buy.....

1)Laminate - Have had in the past and I reckon I will chip this easily.

2)Granite - tempted but not black because I reckon I'll have to shine it up ALL the time!

3)Corian - I know very little about this but I was thinking about a light colour and worried about stains, tea etc - on my current light laminate - I always use bleach for stains but have no idea if I can do this with corian.

If I do go for Granite - I guess it would be a lighter colour (maybe oatmeal shade - but have no idea how easy this is to keep looking good. But really don't know because I would like to get a white kitchen (am I crazy with 2 kids?)

I am after low maintenance as REALLY do not want to spend my life trying to make it look bloody perfect!

What have you got and would you buy it again?

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Sun 17-Jul-16 08:53:08

My kitchen is very ancient but the laminate worktop has never chipped in all that time.
People can be very snobby about laminate now, but if your budget is limited then I think it can be a very good, practical choice.

We put a Howdens wood block laminate into the kitchen of our rental flat and it still looks like new and is undamaged after nearly 4 years of tenants.
Incidentally that kitchen was a cream Howdens and it it looks so nice that if I could BA to change mine, I'd probably choose it again.

Kstar8 Sat 16-Jul-16 21:11:00

Hi iggity, very worried by your posts! We've just had Apollo slab tech fitted (can't quite work out the difference between slab tech and Magna other than the thickness?) and are worried at how it will last.
The kitchen fitters found it easy to fit and one said he was tempted to install it in his kitchen. We haven't started using it yet so don't know how it will wear.
Have you complained to Sheridans in light of the warranty?

Iggity Sat 16-Jul-16 20:55:37

We have just had a new kitchen installed and chose Apollo Magna for the worktop, idiots that we are.

Made by a company called Sheridans and sold by Wickes or Benchmarx. Please don't buy it. It is truly awful. Look at it the wrong way and it discolours, scratches etc.

We were going to go with wood but worried about the damp around sink and the fact that we are not conscientious enough to maintain it. Well, it's like the sink God was laughing at us! Worktop and island covered in tea towels and silicone mats. Builder nearly had a breakdown fitting the island part and took it home at the weekend. Was worried he was going to return on Monday with axe marks on it!

Just walk away from it if you ever come across it. Link below:

LittleGreyBear Fri 15-Jul-16 22:39:54

We inherited a black granite worktop. It is the best thing ever. And doesn't show dirt. Always looks good. Even crumbs blend in! Sometimes I forget to wipe because I don't see the dirt!

user1468596792 Fri 15-Jul-16 22:33:40

Hi, I'm new to Mumsnet and not sure I know how to use it smile Can anyone suggest good quality laminate sparkly white with curved front edge rather than squre. Much appreciate any suggestions.

JT05 Fri 15-Jul-16 18:37:35

I have commented on another thread about wood, but briefly, here goes again!
I had beech for 8 years it was immaculate would have it again. Glass worktop savers each side of hob and under mixers etc.
It has to be installed professionally and oiled at least 4 times each side before installing.
Underside polyurethaned above dishwasher and around sink. Good seal around sink.
Oil it every 6 months. Looks great and classy!

user1468596792 Fri 15-Jul-16 16:56:38

I'm also putting in new kitchen. i wnat a reasonably priced top - thought laminate - with rounded front edge that will not scratch etc. Quality for low price!!! I am also looking for a white sparkly. Has anyone got any ideas? Thanks.

Mum2KSS Tue 16-Feb-16 12:03:29

sorry to resurrect such an old thread - i need to decide on a worktop in the next few weeks and wondered whether much has changed since the last msg on here from the moment i am swaying towards granite...

SkivingAgain Wed 23-Jan-13 15:36:43 this is a UK site

SkivingAgain Wed 23-Jan-13 15:30:29

Don't know if anyone has already suggested this. A few years ago I saw one of those house-do-it-upper type TV shows and the worktops were made of recycled glass and looked fabulous.

annalouiseh Wed 23-Jan-13 14:56:21

Quartz will be your best bet if your after the most durable.
we have it and have done for 3 yrs and never broke anything on it and im not the most careful.
regardless what top you have if you drop something, the chances are it will land on the floor and smash anyway.
Think on how you use your kitchen and what you want from it.
Although granites and quartz are hard if you want low maintenance and not to be careful this will tick your boxes

So nothing is perfect? Grrr!

annalouiseh Wed 23-Jan-13 13:38:03

Maia or any acrylic scratches easily, can stain so will need rubbing out.
Not the best with heat compared with others and you need a good fitter to fit.
on the plus side its seemless

Never heard of Maia but I like the look of it. So far every worktop seems to have a disadvantage (cost aside)

- wood rots
- granite will smash anything dropped on it
- quartz would smash my glasses too I guess?
- recycled glass likewise? don't know enough about it, maybe it's not common enough yet for opinions. Recycled plastic likewise
- laminate chips
- some worktops stain

How about Maia? Must be something wrong with it!

LeChance Wed 23-Jan-13 00:01:33

Looking at quartz for worktops....any opinions/advice re. colour scheme for my (first ever!) new kitchen would be appreciated. Keen on gloss cream units, pale grey amtico stone-effect floor tiles and mid-blue quartz worktops. Cannot find any posh designer pics of such a kitchen - does this mean I'm hopelessly behind the times ahead of the curve with the next big trend? Earth colours are everywhere at the mo (and lovely) but I've got a lighter, fresher look in my head. Any thoughts/ideas/hysterical laughter welcome!

maidinheaven Sat 19-Jan-13 19:31:29

We've had the black quartz with mirror flecks for almost three years and we're still delighted with it so good choice IMO cabbageandbeans. Did lots of research before we decided, some of it here on MN and did consider Corian but was happy with the choice we made. DH is taking a new position and we have to relocate so have to leave my beautiful kitchen behind boo hoo!!
Good place to research kitchens and worktops is Tim Foley's blog. We bought our quartz from them and would be happy to do same again if needed.
This is the link
I also like the look of Maia but DH tells me it's not as good as Corian. Maybe he should speak to captainmummy :-)

cabbageandbeans Thu 17-Jan-13 23:18:18

There may not be a soul out there who is actually interested but if you are I have FINALLY decided to go for a white coloured quartz with a Howdens Tewksbury Skye Kitchen. Ta Dah!! Only took me almost one year to decide!

gremlinmum Wed 28-Nov-12 20:40:42

Me 2!!! sad too many decisions!!!

cabbageandbeans Wed 28-Nov-12 20:01:40

It's all down to the quotes I get. I like maia, corian etc but not sure what colour. Definatley getting white cupboards. I am on a budget but was to spend more on counter to make it look more expensive overall. But a bit lost TBH!

gremlinmum Wed 28-Nov-12 15:17:02

Same position as you cabbageandbeans i'm thinking of granite myself black with flecks maybe? Keep us posted!!

cabbageandbeans Tue 27-Nov-12 23:09:50

bump myself back on the scene. It has been delayed but now I have to commit!

cabbageandbeans Sun 25-Mar-12 15:57:03

Captain you are a good sales woman! I am seriously considering the maia now.

captainmummy Wed 21-Mar-12 08:08:26

Left a spoonful of turmeric (actually curry poiwder) overnight on maia and it was wiped off this morning. Left a tiny amount ofyellowing, which i scrubbed with Jif. Will leave to see if 'daylight' removes it, per Betty.

newgirl Tue 20-Mar-12 16:11:30

Maia - definitely

Two friends had it over the past five years and it looked amazing. So we had it put in our last house and it was fab. It was a small dark ish room so black granite etc would have looked terrible - the white maia transformed the room. It does stain but you rub it with a brillo spongey thing and it is perfect again.

We now have black granite and i would change it for maia if I had the money. Not worried about the odd smear etc as im not that houseproud - it just looks a bit blokey and 80s.

BettyBathroom Tue 20-Mar-12 14:51:01

Tbh the turmeric sorts itself out - daylight is enough to remove the colour. If you want to do sample staining just order samples from the manufacturer.

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