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

(70 Posts)
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?

42notTrendy Wed 26-Mar-14 17:58:21

We have laminate and I love it. There is so much choice now, ours has a dead straight profile which makes it look v smart. I was told by that it's the most durable. Granite can mark and chip. Same for corian or silestone. And they need maintaining. Whereas laminate can withstand practically everything. And obviously it's miles cheaper.

Iwasagnome Wed 26-Mar-14 17:58:41

It is heatproof and cleans up well.

jamaisjedors Wed 26-Mar-14 18:08:00


ummed and ahhed for weeks/months over it but am SO glad we got it now -you can put anything on it, it didn't cost more than the rest of the kitchen, and if I hate it in 10 years I can change it, which there's no way I could with slate/granite/corian.

Oubliette0292 Wed 26-Mar-14 18:18:00

I have granite - it came from the monumental masons down the road (not my doing - the person we bought the house from was very proud of this). I quite like it, but wouldn't have chosen such a dark colour myself.

MillyMollyMama Wed 26-Mar-14 18:18:18

In the flat we own it is oiled solid oak put in by the developer. It has stained. At home we have granite. Much, much better. Corian or Silestone would be equally as good. Laminates are more prone to wear and tear and can be damaged by hot dishes and water ingress. You need to take more care of them.

motleymop Wed 26-Mar-14 18:38:52

Thanks everyone! My last 2 kitchens I was inherited had laminate and I thought they were pretty bombproof however maybe I didn't notice marks too much as the kitchens themselves had seen better days, plus the laminate was fairly dark and had that mottled look. What do the people with laminate think about having a white laminate though
I really love the look of Corian but know zero about it apart from it it is fairly £££

motleymop Wed 26-Mar-14 18:40:25

Sorry about the 'I was inherited' bit!! Don't know how that happened.

LondonGirl83 Wed 26-Mar-14 18:44:38

Silstone is a brand of quartz.

HarlotOTara Wed 26-Mar-14 18:44:58

Solid oak and I love it

pickles184 Wed 26-Mar-14 18:52:11

I have solid oak worktops that I love, still look like new 4 years later so hoping they will.last well. I've had granite in the past and got on well, although a few wine glasses and an oven dish were lost over the years..
If I could afford Corian though I would definitely have it, especially in the lighter colours. It's extremely durable, warmer to the touch and less likely to break crockery/glassware than granite and virtually invisible joins.

There is a great 'Mistral' product that is similar to the Bushboard Encore, but less likely to scratch badly that may be worth looking at too?

Not sure about a white laminate, would worry me about marking. Not based on experience though so may be totally wrong!

truelymadlysleepy Wed 26-Mar-14 19:11:16

Iroko on the main run, I hate it; black circles where wet cans have been left for recycling and definitely duller by the sink from the water. I'm lazy about oiling it though.
Black speckled granite on the island, looks like new but a bit dated now.

I'm moving soon & having a new kitchen. I'd really like this

greyvix Wed 26-Mar-14 19:34:12

Granite-yes, but it is black and looking dated now. I wish I'd gone lighter.

Beehatch Wed 26-Mar-14 19:40:55

Just had gloss laminate installed and love it!

Runningtrainers Wed 26-Mar-14 19:43:49

Granite here too, I love it!!

Woody31 Wed 26-Mar-14 19:52:18

Hi pickles - how do you keep your solid oak looking so good???

itsnothingoriginal Wed 26-Mar-14 19:57:21

We've just had Duropal laminate and it's fab from my pov - easy to clean and am not worried about kids staining it or dropping things on it. Yes, it does look like laminate but I'm really pleased with the way it works with the units and didn't want to spend my life cleaning and oiling!

toastedteacake Wed 26-Mar-14 19:59:27

Calacatta marble. White with grey veins.

New, so don't know about wear yet, but is gorgeous.

Taffeta Wed 26-Mar-14 20:01:31

Pure white silestone. It's fantastic had it 4 years and looks like new. Can put hot stuff, satiny stuff, whatever on it.

Taffeta Wed 26-Mar-14 20:01:49

Stainy not satiny.

Taffeta Wed 26-Mar-14 20:04:07

Oh and I don't know where the info comes from that silestone chips and needs maintaining, not my experience at all. I am supremely clumsy and it is good as new.

motleymop Wed 26-Mar-14 20:28:09

Thankfully I can discount Calacatta marble from the equation as am having that in the bathroom. Oh dear, I am none the wiser except I know I want everything I can't really afford! It's an investment right....

Flyingducky Wed 26-Mar-14 20:32:26

Laminate. I love it. Looks good easy to keep clean. My neighbour liked it so much she copied me!

RiverTam Wed 26-Mar-14 20:35:23

solid beech. Looks fine. Never oiled it (since it was installed). Made a couple of erros of leaving wet tin cans on it which have left a mark but that's fine, I like the lived-in look!

ImAThrillseekerHoney Wed 26-Mar-14 20:37:38

Quartz stuff - pale grey. I love it, because it's indestructible and I'm a total slattern. It does magnetically attract dropped plates/glasses/mugs etc though.

motleymop Wed 26-Mar-14 20:43:13

Which is more exensive - quartz, silestone or corian?
Am pleased there are some takers for laminate- maybe it's not so bad

ClownsLeftJokersRight Wed 26-Mar-14 20:51:53

We chose laminate too and it's lovely. Actually I've never seen a thread where so many people have said they have it and like it, so am heartenedsmile. Most 'worktop threads' only seem to mention granite, which I'm sure is nice but would be absurdly £ for my kitchen.

Pinkfizzy Wed 26-Mar-14 20:55:16

Beige pink mock granite laminate c1995. Loathe it (sorry no help). Can't wait to rip it out finally!

motleymop Wed 26-Mar-14 21:01:06

I saw a laminate with a metal effect edging which looked quite nice.

motleymop Wed 26-Mar-14 21:13:45

Thanks for the Mistral idea, pickles - I will look into that. More confusion no doubt!

Daisybell1 Wed 26-Mar-14 21:15:32

Duropal laminate here too - samples don't look like much but really chunky with straight edge profile in real life

motleymop Wed 26-Mar-14 21:20:56

I forgot to ask about Caesarstone?

mewkins Wed 26-Mar-14 21:46:29

Solid oak (we have coated it in osmo wax oil stuff so it doesn't need oiling and water just sits on the surface)

MothershipG Thu 27-Mar-14 06:36:12

Stainless steel, I only have a section of it but I think it's great, unfortunately it's pretty expensive.

echt Thu 27-Mar-14 06:47:41

Laminate, dark torquoise-y mottled effect. Satin finish. I do not like shiny.

mimiasovitch Thu 27-Mar-14 07:06:43

I've got something called earthstone, and whilst it does look nice, I wish I'd either saved the cash and gone for laminate, or splurged on granite. The halfway house was a bit pointless in retrospect.

wonkylegs Thu 27-Mar-14 07:18:36

Caesarstone, Earthstone & Silestone are all brands of quartz - same thing different manufacturers.
Corian & HiMacs are again just different manufacturers of the same thing - acrylic stone.
I have currently got a cream Silestone worktop that I love, I chose it because it went with the style of my kitchen. In my old house I had a brown granite which I also loved.
Personally I'd pick something you like , is in your budget & goes with the style of your kitchen.
They all have pros and cons.

motleymop Thu 27-Mar-14 07:31:34

Thank you everyone. Everything I do in my house seems to be the same- I get to the point of dealing with it and then become overhwelmed by the wealth of choice and the pros and cons of materials.

EwanHoozami Thu 27-Mar-14 07:45:54

I currently have a 1981 laminate in my new house and apart from the hideous faux onyx pattern it's still in pretty good nick. Not bad for 30+ years.

I want laminate for the new design (can't afford anything else) but I dislike wood effect lam and DH hates all of the stone effects. Urg.

I'd like something fairly bold and individual (I love recycled glass but was quoted ££££££££££££)

MillyMollyMama Thu 27-Mar-14 09:12:44

Motleymop. Work surfaces make or break kitchens. If your kitchen is a budget one, it will look $1m if you have a great work top. The only time I would not do it is if the house is budget too. No-one will expect a top quality kitchen in an inexpensive house. If the house is in a good area where other people will have lovely kitchens, I think you should have comparable. Kitchens are a major investment and you spend a lot of time in it. Go for the best you can possibly afford.

allthatglittersisnotgold Thu 27-Mar-14 09:26:57

Oh I love that calacatta marble. Is it total ����'s? Is it durable? Doesn't marble stain if you get water on it?

Anyone know any other good laminate companies, jsut ordering samples for duropal.

nowahousewife Thu 27-Mar-14 09:33:50

Millymolly is talking sense. What you spend on your kitchen should be proportionate to the value of your house, area you live in etc.

We had a himac (same as corian but it had the shade of white I wanted) work top out in our new kitchen and is really durable. Only con is the cat leaves his mucky footprints on it at night!

In a previous house we put wood effect laminate in our shaker style kitchen (15yrs ago!) and is was v good. Much better than the beech worktop we inherited with our current house which never looked clean. Guess that's why I have a v clinical all white kitchen now!

EwanHoozami Thu 27-Mar-14 09:39:48

allthatglitters - bushboard is supposed to be a good laminate according to my builder (although I can't get their online sample ordering tool to work..)

I'm definitely in a Laminate Area grin

allthatglittersisnotgold Thu 27-Mar-14 10:13:32

Ewan, I'm defo in the laminate club, ho hum! I just can't justify /pull funds out my bum for anything else really!

MrsFlorrick Thu 27-Mar-14 10:40:36

Honed Bianco Carrara marble. Beautiful to look at and very tactile.

Lovely in every way except for cost. Not cheap sadly. That said you could end up paying as much for Silestone types as the marble.

If you're accident prone and worried about staining etc, don't be. Marble is pretty robust.

I've previously had stainless steel. I rate it highly. It was amazing too. Extremely durable. And easy to keep.

For the next kitchen in my next house, I'd happily have stainless steel or marble again or granite.

I've had wood and granite years ago. Granite was fine no issues at all. Wood as much as I love it, was quite hard to keep nice. Stains from cups etc and dark patches around sink.

My mum has corian and loves it. She thinks it can do no wrong. It is lovely to look at and the seamless sinks do look fab. Bit plasticky to touch though but that's just being picky.

Quartz could work well if you find something you like.
Bear in mind that quartz joins very badly and its very obvious whereas real stone (marble granite) joins so much better.

To be honest, its mostly down to what you like the look of and what your budget is and how you feel about maintenance (wood etc).

Beehatch Thu 27-Mar-14 10:54:07

We installed Bushboard Omega Vanilla Quartz laminate, with upstands. I wasn't sure about the gloss finish, but DP insisted and have to agree it looks fab. We just couldn't justify the expense of granite or even the Corian types. Previously we had a bog standard Duropal laminate for 20 years and it was very hard wearing and easy to keep, so I had no problems going for laminate again.

Pannacotta Thu 27-Mar-14 13:15:40

Solid oak treated with Osmo hard wax oil.
Looks great and I like it very much.

Creamycoolerwithcream Thu 27-Mar-14 13:43:13

Granite in a colour called 'Baltic brown' which is brown with a bit of pattern. I love it so much, warm, classy, shiny, so easy to look after, I can put anything on it. I have shiny ivory kitchen cabinets and shiny ivory/cream floor. I had an oak worktop in my last house which was a nightmare.

motleymop Thu 27-Mar-14 21:34:40

My dad has wood worktops and I don't think I could cope with having that after seeing the state of the area around the sink at his house - and having him neurotically bleat on about how best to dry the area after any splashes!

drawohamme Thu 27-Mar-14 21:47:35

Blanco stainless steel, loved every inch of it and looked so cool. About to put in a new kitchen in a new house and will be getting exactly the same.

Fragglewump Thu 27-Mar-14 21:59:39

Quartz - black with sparkly bits - crushed mirror type bits. I love it - glittery, durable and sexy. But £££££ and we like to drink wine all the time sometimes and wine glasses don't bounce off it.

BuggersMuddle Thu 27-Mar-14 22:04:48

Quartz similar to Fraggle. It's wearing well. We considered Black Galaxy granite but I couldn't see the price difference and the quartz is I believe harder because it's a quartz epoxy composite.

Apparently we should be careful about citrus, but beyond using a chopping board we d

BuggersMuddle Thu 27-Mar-14 22:05:34

Erk, don't bother and have had no issues.

42notTrendy Thu 27-Mar-14 22:14:53

We have walnut wood effect laminate, with a straight profile, against cream gloss cupboards with slate effect Karndean, fake-o-rama! We love it though. We blew the budget on a super snazzy Rangemaster. The cost from laminate to anything else was just too significant for us.

motleymop Thu 27-Mar-14 22:31:17

frazzle - isn't stainless steel a bit difficult re dust etc?

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

sorry, I meant drawohamme

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

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

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?

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

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

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.

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

Honey-coloured granite. Love it.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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 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

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