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Corian, marble or granite work top?

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Roshbegosh Mon 23-Dec-13 19:08:07

Corian appeals because of the moulded sink possibility but would granite or marble be better? Any advice MNers?

culturemulcher Sat 30-Aug-14 20:41:35

We moved into a house with black granite and I completely agree with the poster above - ti shows every single crumb, and reflects it so the counters look even more messy than they are.

That said, we've knocked it around for 6 years (and it wasn't new when we bought the house) and it still looks like new (and we don't use any special cleaners at all). It's actually fantastic - tough, you can cut on it if necessary, great for rolling out pastry, and you can put hot hot dishes straight down on it. Perfectly practical ... just with our next kitchen we'll get a browny colour rather than mega-reflective black.

nooddsocksforme Sat 30-Aug-14 20:00:13

i had plain black granite and hated it. looked fab but every little crumb/mark showed so to get it looking good you had to wipe,then clean with granite cleaner, then polish. we cook a lot so was no good for us. Flecked might be easier

Marmitelover55 Sat 30-Aug-14 17:36:39

I have Ivory Fantasy granite and love it. It doesn't even show when it has crumbs on it. We have only had it for a month though, so don't yet know how it will stand the test of time.

Looserella Sat 30-Aug-14 16:57:00

Don't get corian, it will scratch and look like a bag of rags within months.

Bebe99 Sat 30-Aug-14 16:51:04

Do not purchase a Minerva work top under any circumstances. It is a complete pain to look after, clean, polish, telling everybody use a mat, don't put your keys on the unit, don't breathe if you dare to use it. And most important of all don't cook near it, it is a con to sell this for a working kitchen. Shame on Minerva, and any retailer who sells it. As soon as I can I will replace it.

bideyinn Thu 02-Jan-14 15:43:47

We have pale grey corian, installed 8 years ago. I was just thinking today how good it looks after very heavy use. Corian is also repairabler. I love it.

17leftfeet Thu 02-Jan-14 15:38:43

Corrian is mega bucks, especially the moulded sink units

I used to be a kitchen designer for a shed kitchen place and quoted someone 19k for a fitted kitchen, 12k of that was corrian

If it was my choice I would go with quartz for both durability and looks

kmini Thu 02-Jan-14 15:18:09

Any views on silastone?

Creamycoolerwithcream Thu 02-Jan-14 15:06:15

I've got Baltic brown coloured granite and love it.

GuinevereOfTheRoyalCourt Tue 31-Dec-13 15:32:52

"Is Corian more expensive than the other options then?"

Yes and no. It depends. Darker coloured corian is usually more expensive than light colours (white is the cheapest), and it's often the opposite for stone/quartz. Also, quartz prices can vary depending on the exchange rate with the country that it comes from.

We went for Maia because I wanted white (I couldn't really tell the difference between it and Corian but it worked out a lot cheaper for our kitchen layout). Any of the stones in white would have been astronomically expensive at the time. Like corian, Maia does "stain", but they aren't real stains as they can always be cleaned out with Cif and a bit of elbow grease. It still looks perfect a couple of years on and isn't scratched at all because I take upmost care of it. But… I do now wish I'd paid that bit more and gone for something like silestone or caesarstone! I guess I just prefer the feel of cold worktops...

JugglingChaotically Sun 29-Dec-13 20:19:00

My sister in law swears by soap stone.
Really durable. Looks great.

Littlefish Sun 29-Dec-13 18:49:08

Have you looked at caesarstone? I absolutely love my worksurface. It's less patterned than granite, and is available in more colours. However, it's cheaper than corian.

MrsAMerrick Sun 29-Dec-13 18:47:00

There was a thread on here recently suggesting that granite will be the avocado bathroom of the future. I don't care, I love my granite. It looks amazing, nothing seems to damage it, will take hot pans straight from the hob/oven and cleans easily. The only occasional problem is that we are south facing and in the summer the sun came in at an angle and reflected off the surface of the granite. A strategically placed newspaper sorted that out!

Longdistance Sun 29-Dec-13 04:40:00

Nooooooooo, so many decisions.

We're gonna knock through our kitchen, diner, downstairs toilet to make a bigger kitchen. My dh worksin the building trade, and has said corian is a bit, well, meh.

I'm hoping for granite. Anything that doesn't scratch or need much cleaning is on my list.

Need to choose a kitchen too.

soundevenfruity Sun 29-Dec-13 04:02:51

If you like curry avoid corian. It stains so easily.

fairisleknitter Tue 24-Dec-13 14:56:19

Granite (flecked black, not my choice) in ours and I'm impressed with its durability.

HermioneWeasley Tue 24-Dec-13 14:50:50

I have granite and 4 years in it looks like new. Not a fan of the look of corian

MrsAMerrick Tue 24-Dec-13 02:11:47

Bendy, I loved the look of coloured glass for a worktop, until I saw a demo one in our local John Lewis. From 10ft away it looked amazing - big expanse of shocking pink with a real "wow" factor. Close up it was absolutely covered in tiny scratches which really showed - in our south facing kitchen it would have looked dreadful.
A good friend has off-white Corian, which is really badly stained. Dont know if it could clean up easily as she is even more slovenly than me, but it's tea coloured in lots of places!
We went for granite, which is a doddle to look after although I am careful with lemons, tomatoes etc. We give it a quick wipe over each night ( and I mean literaly one wipe, takes total of 90 secs), and it looks amazing. Can take hot pans etc which Corian can't.
I really liked the look of Silestone, but dh vetoed it on the grounds that, if we were going to spend a fortune on a worktop, then it shoukd be "real" iykwim.

littleredsquirrel Mon 23-Dec-13 23:46:33

Marble is more fashionable than granite at the moment but it does etch. We are about to put honed marble tiles in our kitchen and I stain tested the samples by sitting tomato purée and various other substances on them for a few days. Masses of etching but no stains.

Apparently many people etch their marble as soon as it goes in using lemon juice so that right from the outset its etched fairly evenly.

Onefewernow Mon 23-Dec-13 23:43:28

I LOVED the granite- black with brown speckles- in our last kitchen. It was lovely. I mourn it.

Not a scratch on it.

Jackthebodiless Mon 23-Dec-13 23:38:41

I love my granite. Love it. I stroke it and sometimes lie on it.
It's been in 2 years and is as good as new, and we're a messy, clumsy family. The only thing it doesn't like is oil which temporarily discolours it, but eventually it seeps in and disappears. To clean I wipe over with floor wipes, then polish with Mr Muscle window cleaning spray and a glass tea-towel.
Did I mention I love it?

BendyBusBuggy Mon 23-Dec-13 23:29:12

Just looked it up. Marble can stain. You can also get stainless steel and glass. Apparently glass is the easiest to care for out of the lot (provided you don't drop that cast iron saucepan on it...)

MinnesotaNice Mon 23-Dec-13 23:28:24

I have quartz as well and highly recommend it. Paired it with an under-mounted stainless steel sink. Virtually no upkeep required.

BendyBusBuggy Mon 23-Dec-13 23:19:40

I think granite can crack if you drop a saucepan on it, but maybe I'm imagining things.

Roshbegosh Mon 23-Dec-13 23:16:15

Is Corian more expensive than the other options then? I don't like the sound of the scratches either.

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