Kitchen worktop buying guide

Kitchen worktop buying guide

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With so many colours, finishes and materials to choose from, there’s lots of ways to create a worktop with personality – even on a smaller budget. As a guide, we’ve provided general price examples (£-£££) to give an indication of costs, however, don’t hesitate to book a design consultation with one of our specialists to find out more. They will be able to take you through the full design process and help you make the most of your space.


  • Our granite, quartz and Corian worktops come with a 15 year product guarantee.
  • Ezystone, maia and Minerva worktops come with a 10-year product guarantee.
  • Solid wood and laminate ranges come with a 1 year workmanship guarantee.

Granite & quartz

A granite and quartz worktop glows with a lustre that makes it a work of art in its own right. Granting your kitchen unmistakable elegance when polished, its unfinished form also adds a natural, traditional feel.

  • Premium quality.
  • Hand-crafted and hard-wearing.
  • Long life, requires low maintenance.
  • Resistant to chemicals, heat and water.
  • No risk of spills seeping inside and causing damage or staining.
  • Highly hygienic and resistant to a number of bacteria.
  • Curved options available.

Price band example: £££

To view the edging styles and wide range of colours available, visit our granite and quartz kitchen worktops. From here, you can book your free kitchen design consultation at your local store.


A top-quality option without the high-end price tag, maia is made from natural minerals, giving you a beautiful yet incredibly durable worktop, with seamless joins and a silky-smooth finish.

  • High quality.
  • Impenetrable to dirt, dust and bacteria and easy to clean.
  • Incredibly durable.
  • Glass-effect.
  • Curved options available.
  • Free care kit.

Price band example: ££

Click here to view the depths and colours available at Homebase.

Solid wood

Easy to cut and install, with a range of colours and textural patterns, it brings refreshing beauty to any kitchen style.

  • Natural warm feel.
  • Very hygienic and resistant to bacteria.
  • Wood colours mature with age.
  • Scratches and marks can be sanded.
  • Can be cut to any shape.

Price band example: ££

View our solid wood worktops. Speak to one of our kitchen design consultants about bespoke options for your kitchen.

Laminate, Premium Laminate & Compact

Functional, chic, and good value for money, our large range of laminate tops comes in numerous colours and finishes.

  • Affordable.
  • Wide range of colours and finishes.
  • Resistant to wear and tear.
  • Can withstand temperatures of up to 135°C.
  • Premium laminate with a more detailed and textured finish is also available.
  • Compact laminate delivers a stylish and contemporary feel. With a thickness of only 12.5 mm, compact laminate is 100% waterproof and more hard-wearing than traditional laminate.

Price band example: £ (££ for compact laminate)

View the laminate  and premium laminate styles available and book your free kitchen design consultation.


Although easier to install than solid surface worktops, Ezystone gives you all the air of effortless elegance associated with more expensive granite and quartz worktops.

  • Durable, strong, tough.
  • Heat and water resistant.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Can be cleaned with nothing more than warm soapy water.
  • No need for surface polishing.
  • Resistance to scratching.
  • Non-porous, making it more stain resistant and hygienic.

Price band example: ££

Browse our range of Ezystone worktops.


An elegant, non-porous surface provides a stylish and hygienic finish.

  • Over 50 colours to choose from, including block colours and stone effect.
  • Non-porous and hygienic.
  • Highly versatile with the option to integrate sinks, splashbacks and breakfast bars.
  • Inconspicuous seams.

Price example: £££

View the colours and styles available on our Corian worktops page.


This practical yet premium work surface uses state of the art technology to deliver near seamless joins. A luxurious appearance and robust performance day in and day out.

  • Gives the appearance of real stone.
  • An affordable way to personalise your worktop – choose a shape and edge profile of your choice.
  • Heat, scratch and stain resistant.
  • No specialist installation required.

Price example: ££

View our Minerva kitchen worktop range.

Top tip:

View our handy guide to replacing your worktop before starting your DIY project. As always, ensure you follow the safety advice and consult a professional fitter if you don’t feel completely comfortable carrying out the job yourself.

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