What is the Best Kitchen Worktop?
Which worktop you decide to choose very often defines your new kitchen when combined with your choice of fascias and appliances.
All worktop options have pros and cons and we will have specific blog pages on each of these worktops for you. Before you make the decision on what is the best kitchen worktop to go for there are a few questions you need to ask yourself. What you always need to remember though is that the kitchen is the one true working room in your home, so always keep in mind that it needs to be practical as well as stunning.
The first and probably most important question is, what do you want from your kitchen? Do you want every aspect of your kitchen to be the ultimate in practicality or do you want a permanent showroom finish? Some worktops look absolutely stunning in a display but in a working environment simply do not work as the maintenance value on them is just too high.
How do you intend to use your kitchen? Is your kitchen going to be the hub of a family home or is it going to be an entertainment centre. Customers that do a lot of entertaining tend to put a focus on worktops with the wow factor as their 1st priority. A working family home though with a busy lifestyle and lots of kids in and out, will need something highly practical, easy to clean and low maintenance value.
Most customers have one opportunity to build their new kitchen dream. Start with your preferred choice of worktop as your 1st choice. See if there is any way you can build this into your budget, as this may be your only chance of getting this right.
How much do you want to spend? Depending on which worktop you choose, it could be the single most expensive purchase in your kitchen and the difference in price for worktops is huge. Granite or Quartz both need to be templated so not only is the product more costly but so is the installation. Some composite worktops can come in either template form or self-fit versions so may need templating as part of the service. Self-fit would be cheaper but is still a specialist job and you need to make sure your installer is competent and experienced in fitting these. Even with self-fit version there would be a premium charge so they will still be more expensive than solid wood or laminate. Solid wood is stunning to look at but needs multiple coats of oil on both sides before fitting so again this all adds to the budget and your fitter must be up to it. Even laminate worktops vary hugely in price, as there is such a wide range available on the market. In the short-term laminate worktops are by far and away the most cost effective but they do have a more limited life span so could need replacing at some point in the future.
Be aware that if your choice of worktop requires templating, this will add time to the overall fit duration. Generally speaking, templating will take place on the 4th to 5th day of the fit. Normally, installation of your new worktops will take place around 7-10 working days after the templating. Most reputable fitters will leave you with a temporary worktop and sink, and possibly a hob, but your new sink, taps and hob cannot be fitted until after your new worktops are in, so please build this into your timescales.
You will notice though that we place the budget question lowest in the priority in the list of questions. This is because we feel that your kitchen needs to be exclusively yours and must reflect what you want. We’d always recommend that your preferred choice of worktop should be your starting point. Budget does sometimes come into it, but in our experience many customers will very often find the way to make their first choice of worktops happen.
So What is the Best Kitchen worktop?….
The best worktop will always be your choice of worktop. It’s most likely you just need some advice and knowledge on all worktop options available to you, what they are made of and how they will work in practice.
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