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CHOOSING A KITCHEN WORKTOP
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CHOOSING A KITCHEN WORKTOP

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The right kitchen worktop helps you create a stunning kitchen with ample work space. If you love your kitchen, you will spend valuable time there and that’s why the worktop has to look great, function well, and to be comfortable and stylish.

Designers, architects and furniture companies constantly launch new forms and materials onto the kitchen industry: from marble to concrete or granite to Corian, there are plenty of options. In this article we will describe the principal ones, focusing on those we think you have to keep in consideration if you are planning to buy or renovate your kitchen.

The key points to keep in mind when choosing a worktop are:

  1. The worktop has to be aesthetically pleasing
  2. The worktop has to be not only “beautiful” but also functional
  3. Chose a very hard and resilient material

 

Laminate – an evergreen

This is the classic chipboard wood panel or MDF panel. To understand the difference between the two, you can also read our previous article lacquered VS laminate.

KITCHEN WORKTOP

Arredo3 – Modello Kali – laminate anthracite and wood effect

PROS: many color and finishes, waterproof, resistant, good value for money

CONS: poor resistance to scratching, impact, wear, steam, heat

Stainless steel – elegance

PROS: industrial strength, durable, shiny, nonporous and easy to clean and disinfect

CONS: dents and scratches easily; fingerprint smudges show up easily

KITCHEN WORKTOP

Marble e granite –  tradition

PROS: hardness and durability, variety of textures and colours available, easy to clean

CONS: they are both porous materials. That means they can absorb wine, juice or oil, producing a stain that might be impossible to remove

Granite is more resistant and durable than marble, which is also more expensive

Quartz and Okite – the “easy” option

For those who love the marble effect but they are looking for a less demanding material.

PROS: abrasion resistance, durability

CONS: quite expensive material

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 Stosa – Bring – worktop in Okite

 

Wood – natural

Wood offers a natural beauty that will enhance the appearance of any kitchen.

Scavolini – Motus

PROS: aesthetic factor

CONS: a wood countertop is not sealed correctly, it offers a porous surface where germs may hide and multiply

Concrete – rigorous

From furniture to worktops, to obtain an object with this material you have to work spreading it manually.

PROS: resistance and durability, water-proof

CONS: very expensive

Corian –  stylish

Corian derived from a blend of natural minerals, pigments and acrylic polymers, and it was patented by DuPont more than thirty years ago. Today, Corian is a popular material thanks to its excellent features.

PROS: resistant, continuous surface without joints, easy maintenance, also suitable for curved surfaces

CONS: very expensive

Glass – minimal

Ideal for modern settings

PROS: heat resistance, easy cleaning

CONS: fragile, high cost

Nanotechnology –  futuristic

The worktops obtained with these new technique have an incredible feature: this futuristic material is able to repair itself from scratches by simply using a warm cloth on the damaged area – a real magic!

Countertop in Fenix

PROS: anti-fingerprints, durable, soft to touch, it can also be used for other surfaces such as chairs, tables and accessories

CONS: very expensive

In summary:

For a classic style kitchen it is better to chose a wooden, marble or granite worktop.

If you prefer a modern style, opt for a glass, Okite, Corian and Fenix worktop.

If you want to save some money without loosing quality, the best choice for you is laminate.

Our advice is always to go to a shop-dealer and borrow a sample of the worktop you like and try it before.

 

This post is also available in: Italian

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