What are the different benchtops that can be used for your kitchen?
As the primary working surface in your kitchen, Benchtops are an important aspect to your kitchen design. They are some of the things to consider.
• Stain resistance
• Heat resistance
• Scratch and chip resistance
• Easy maintenance
• Appearance and beauty
Quartz (Engineered Stone)
One of the most popular and best kitchen benchtop materials is quartz or engineered stone. Quartz is incredibly sturdy and resistant to many of the issues that may plague other benchtop materials, making it hygienic and easy to maintain.
The most affordable benchtop material option available, laminate benchtops can be surprisingly durable.
Laminate benchtops can be postformed (recommended for wet areas) or square edge (desks and entertainment units)
Particleboard, resins, plastic, and a paper featuring the design seared together with heat and pressure make up laminate benchtops that can work well in kitchens.
textured organic surface with warmth and natural beauty. Highly durable and easily repaired. Treated with a food grade oil finish.
Timber benchtop are often composed of the following timber slabs like Blackbutt, spotted gum, Jarrah
Heat , scratch, stain, and UV resistant for outdoor applications
✅ Extremely durable
✅ Easy to maintain
✅ Resistant to extreme temperatures
✅ Stain resistant
✅ UV resistant, no fading
✅ Appearance of natural stone available
✅ Larger slabs for seamless appearance
✅ Edges can be customized
✅ Great for indoor or outdoor use
❌ Expensive (to install)
❌ Prone to chipping
❌ Limited availability, fabricators, and installers
❌ Patterns printed on the top layer, not throughout
❌ Any chips or scratches will be harder to fix than damage occurred to standard quartz benchtop
Natural stone (Marble/Granite/Quartzite)
Has long been valued for its beauty and strength. Marble comes in two options honed and polished.
Honed marble is porous and has a matte finish, where polished marble has a protective surface and shiny sheen.
is very popular for benchtops due to its natural beauty, variations in colour, patterning and durability.
Due to granite’s popularity, it’s more widely available and more affordable than it used to be, though it’s still on the upper end of the spectrum since it’s natural stone.
✅ Extremely durable and hardy
✅ Desirable appearance
✅ Easy to clean
✅ Resistant to chips and scratching
✅ Resistant to heat
✅ Versatility in design
✅ A value-adding home upgrade
❌ Can be expensive
❌ Requires regular sealing
❌ Possibility of staining or discoloration
❌ Heavy, labor-intensive
The natural beauty of marble with a higher resistance to etching, scratching and staining.
Concrete benchtops have become trendier and more stylish as of late. Poured, set, and sealed into the shape of your desired benchtop, concrete or cement benchtops can incorporate pigments or other materials like glass mixed in to create a unique look in your kitchen. Since concrete is very heavy once it is set, it’s handmade to the customer’s needs.
Stainless Steel Benchtop
Unlike other surfaces, stainless steel will not chip, crack or fade over time. Increasingly popular in domestic environments, stainless steel benchtops offer a clean, utilitarian look. Stainless steel is the material of choice for domestic kitchens for its hygienic properties and low maintenance.