What's your kitchen worktop made out of? And do you like it?

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motleymop Wed 26-Mar-14 17:53:42

I am sure this subject has been done to death but please humour me!
I am buying a new kitchen and am just do not know what to do about the worktop - every time I run a search I become even more confused about durability and price etc.
It will be a white-ish worktop - what is best - Corian, Quartz, Silestone? Or wot? Obviously I should go with laminate for price but I am not sure I can bear to....
There are also these Bushboard Encore acrylic worktops - anyone got them?

Brytte Thu 01-Dec-16 09:24:14

Quartz and I love it.

Missdaisy1 Wed 30-Nov-16 23:40:51

Anyone got Neolith?

Rollinghills30 Wed 30-Nov-16 22:19:30

Corian - Arctic white. Just had it put in and it looks lovely. Would get cheap kitchen next time and this sort of worktop - I'm noticing the worktop much more than solid wood cupboards!

SlottedSpoon Wed 30-Nov-16 11:50:08

I have two properties, in my main house I have oiled walnut and it looks lovely but it is a real pain to keep free of stains and water damage. I have to re-oil it regularly to stop if getting dried out in places that get wiped down a lot.

I yell at everyone for not putting mats and trivets down everywhere and for leaving water sitting around the sink area and they yell back and say 'why did you choose this stupid worktop if it's not up to the job of everyday kitchen use?' they may have a point.

My second kitchen has solid oak Ikea worktop with a clear satin varnish coating and although I need to be a bit careful around the sink where water tends to sit, it's generally much, much more forgiving than the oiled wood.

DataColour Wed 30-Nov-16 11:49:52

Solid beech. Have oiled it a few times, takes minutes. I love it. Love the feel and look of natural wood when I'm cooking. Would always chose wood for a kitchen worktop.

christinarossetti Wed 30-Nov-16 11:43:44

Laminate. For me, kitchen worktops are not worth the price of a family holiday.

Have ordered some pricey flooring though, as that's the bit I never want to have to replace.

Mum2KSS Wed 30-Nov-16 11:40:37

we've got a dramatic granite and i totally love it - easy to look after and work on.

Bababing1 Wed 30-Nov-16 10:03:49

We wanted the look of wood without the maintenance, esp round sink.
In laws had had v realistic wood effect laminate for few years and it had held up v well to hot things, no staining etc so we got the same....
axiom Swedish oak laminate. Axiom has lots of styles and is good quality brand I think.
Love it, easy to clean /maintain, fine to put hot stuff down (ok not tried straight out of oven!)
looks really great wth our white units.

Bluntness100 Mon 28-Nov-16 12:57:03

I'm another one with granite and I love it, it's black with a very pale speckle and I think it has a depth of shine to it uou don't get on other materials, and I also looked at them all. I also think it makes the kitchen I think you can get away with lower cost units if you have good work tops. So picking carefully is important, as the opposite is true, expensive cabinets but not s great worktop can bring it down. That's why people change them, it can really change the look of a kitchen.

I also love though thick wooden worktops, I think if uou have the style of home they work in, which we don't, then worth looking at.

Missdaisy1 Mon 28-Nov-16 12:47:15

Anyone got Neolith? Does it chip or sound hollow?

motleymop Sat 29-Mar-14 21:35:22

I was quite surprised to find out yesterday that ikea do acrylic worktops - and stone, but stone are only available if you use ikea own fitters to do the whole kitchen

lalasmum17 Sat 29-Mar-14 09:11:55

6 years ago we chose Silestone (mesopotamia range - the hand painted units pick out some of the shades in it),

We are not a neat and tidy family when cooking, but it has withstood all many of spills and hot cast iron saucepans being dumped on it. We do have one tiny chip on the edge of the basin cut out but I am sure I am the only person to notice it.

We have IKEA Oak (Hammarp) worktop in our utility room. It looks nice, but I do have to treat it with respect. Our joiner thought it was really good value.

motleymop Fri 28-Mar-14 22:50:41

I have quite a lot of work surface, all in, but don't do an awful lot of work on it! Therefore only used areas get a look in with the quick wipe over before work! Stainless steel is definitely an option though - I like that look.

MothershipG Fri 28-Mar-14 20:11:53

It was in the UK Ewan but when I looked recently I couldn't find it!

MrsTaraPlumbing Fri 28-Mar-14 17:19:22

I have granite and I love it.
We have a light colour I wouldn't have wanted a dark colour and to be honest I don't like them when I see dark granite in other people's homes.

noddyholder Fri 28-Mar-14 16:09:41

I have put a laminate in my current refurb first time ever usually do corian or oak. I have been living here for various reasons and am seriously impressed with it and how it looks I can scrub it and put pans on it and it's indestructible I got it from wilsonart

EwanHoozami Fri 28-Mar-14 16:00:28

Mothership - ooh I didn't know Ikea did steel tops. Was that in the UK?

BeCool Fri 28-Mar-14 14:23:25

I have a glossy faux marble laminate. I thought it would look like shite really quickly but it is now 8 years old and still immaculate, no scratches. I'm very pleased with it.

FleurForesight Fri 28-Mar-14 14:21:52

Honey-coloured granite. Love it.

MothershipG Fri 28-Mar-14 14:21:18

Think how often you wipe down your kitchen surface! I really don't see how that would be a problem in a kitchen that is being used!!!

They do get a 'patina' of very fine scratches, which I think improves the look, so they won't stay shop flawless, so probably not for anyone too anal about that sort of thing....

I have some wood surface which I will never have again, but I love my bit of stainless steel. It was from IKEA and has the hob fitted into the middle of it, great for putting hot pans on and really easy to clean cooking splatter off.

motleymop Fri 28-Mar-14 12:17:19

She said they had them on display units and spent their lives dusting the things!

motleymop Fri 28-Mar-14 12:16:05

Dust mothership ! The kitchen shop people told me it is a bit of a mare to keep stainless steel looking clean?

EwanHoozami Fri 28-Mar-14 11:12:43

drawohamme who did you get your steel surface from? I'm considering it, if it isn't too £££. Thanks smile

MothershipG Fri 28-Mar-14 06:40:03

motley Do you mean dust? Or rust? smile

Stainless steel doesn't rust, that's why we use it for cutlery, as for dust it doesn't affect it any more than any other surface. wink

motleymop Thu 27-Mar-14 22:32:28

sorry, I meant drawohamme

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