Worktops Comparison

Kitchen Worktops Direct in UK

Material Durability and
Functionality
Cost Care and
Maintenance
Top Pick for Best
Colours & Style
Pros Cons
Corian

 

★★★★☆

 

The best known brand of all composite worktops with high quality, design flexibility and durability - can be preformed - inconspicuous seams- non-porous and sleek- no sealing required -limitless designs applicable -heat bars recommended.

 

★★★★☆

 

high to expensive

 

★★★☆☆

 

"Easily cleaned- no visible joins, modest wiping using warm soapy water is fine- even major damage can be repaired. "
corian worktops best comparison
"Glacier White, Designer White, Pearl Grey, Midnight, Warm Grey, Black Quartz and Fossil "
The best known brand- resembles stone, very flexible and easy to create shapes, simple to remove stains, DIY possible, template recommended. "Expensive though we do supply and install Corian at Trade price and do offer a Price Promise that we will beat any lesser-proven quote. "
Tristone Worktops Voted Europes Best all round Work Surface

 

★★★★★

 

Tristone mirrors Corian for look, feel and durability- heat resistant-non porous, NSF -51 certified - versatile to any shape -inconspicuous seams-very hygienic, best for food preparation areas -great design potential. Can be supplied in matt finish with sheen or polished to high gloss.

 

★★☆☆☆

 

"very well priced affordable"

 

★★★☆☆

 

"Easily cleaned- can be polished to look like new even 20 years from now- renewable surface. "
Tristone Worktops Comparison
Pure White, Beige Sands, Sweet Peanut, Gold Twilight, Dark Cave, French Roast & Frost Land
Wide colour selection, very durable, great designs, best price value for money, top is perfect for residential and commercial projects, DIY possible- template recommended. Voted Europe's all around best selling worktop. All the benefits of Corian without the price.
Composite

 

★★★☆☆

 

Durable, medium heat and stain resistant - Brands 3mm thick Miai- Earthstone- 6mm thick Apollo- 12mm thick Hanex- LG Hi Macs, non-porous seamless joins.

 

★★★☆☆

 

affordable to high

 

★★★☆☆

 

Requires minor care and maintenance, very easy to polish and shine, easy to clean - very hygienic.
composite worktops kitchen comparison
Ice White and Glacier White
"More durable than laminate, seamless joins, same look and feel as more expensive options. DIY possible, template not necessary, worktop scratches can be sanded out." "Most composites are Corian, Tristone look alikes, but anything less than 12mm thick means weak joins, poorly undermounted sink, no drainer grooves. A lot of money for little quality."
Quartz Worktops

 

★★★★☆

 

"Extremely hard wearing, very heat resistant- no sealing or staining- high glossy finish- unforgiving if dropped on- does not absorb liquids-tough against stains and scorching."

 

★★★☆☆

 

"brand dependent, affordable to high"

 

★★☆☆☆

 

Requires low care and maintenance, easy and simple to clean- very hygienic.
quartz kitchen worktops comparison
"Pure White, Pure Black, White Sparkle, Black Sparkle, Cream, Light Gray & Dark Gray"
"Flexible good alternative to Granite, waterproof, stain proof, consistent colour, vast choice of finishes to choose from, recommend template and factory cutting, can DIY fit." Heavy visible seams, cold to touch, unforgiving.
Granite Worktops

 

★★★★☆

 

Hard wearing, one of the hardest solid surfaces- high gloss and matt finish- sealing required- possible staining- possible pitting- irregularities of colour due to natural material- difficult to scratch and very durable.

 

★★★★☆

 

high to expensive

 

★★★☆☆

 

Requires minor care and maintenance, proper use of cleaning materials will give a long lasting glossy polish.
granite kitchen worktops comparison
Black & Star Galaxy
Can last for many years, has a lookof luxury and elegance, indestructible, recommend template and factory cutting, can DIY fit. Heavy, porous, may be pitted, can be stained, irregular colouring.
Wood Worktops

 

★★☆☆☆

 

Durable, with proper care and maintenance it will last for many years- made from 100% real wood- has natural anti bacterial properties- classic appearance.

 

★★☆☆☆

 

affordable option

 

★★★★☆

 

Requires high care and maintenance, but the surface can easily be sanded back to attain that rich natural look.
wood type kitchen worktops comparison
Iroko, European Walnut, Cherry, Oak, American Walnut
Instantly adds warm homely feeling, natural ambience, comes in different species and designs, DIY possible if you have the right tools. Requires regular oiling, easily stained, scratched and marks, quickly looses its new look.
Laminate

 

★★★☆☆

 

"Quite hard wearing, reasonably resistant to heat and easy to maintain, non-porous, hygienic- versatile and customizable- durable."

 

★★☆☆☆

 

affordable

 

★★★★☆

 

RRequires caution and effort against damage, extra care and gentle cleaning required.
laminate kitchen worktops comparison
Large choice, lots of favourites, Bohemian Angel, Night Ice
Vast range of colours and design choices, an attractive option without too much cost, DIY possible but experience required for quality corner joints. Appear plasticky, ages quickly, prone to chipping and scorching, not repairable, scratches easily.