CHOOSE THE RIGHT WORKTOP

When choosing the right worktop for your new kitchen there are several things you need to consider.

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A solid 30 mm Antique Oak worktop can be given a floating look using our unique VH-7 handle rails.

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A 10 mm white CoreStone worktop contrasts beautifully with a Harmony Dark VH-7 kitchen.

Worktop is key element

The worktop is the most important element in your kitchen. Not only is it the most expensive component when you invest in a kitchen, it is also the one you will likely use the most.

Unsure about which worktop is ideal for you? Read our worktop guide for tips on what to consider before you decide.

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Expert tips

If you have children who help with the cooking, it is a good idea to choose a worktop with surface structure. This makes greasy finger prints and any scratches less visible.

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Touch it

Touch the worktop before you decide!
It may sound simplistic, but when you touch a worktop, you get an idea of how it will sound when you put things on it.

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Prioritise

All worktop materials have advantages and disadvantages – related to price, design options, cleaning and maintenance.

Decide what is important to you and base your choice on this.

WORKTOP GUIDE

How to choose the correct worktop

To find the right worktop for your kitchen, you need to think about what you expect of it.

Start by answering these three questions:

 

HOW DO YOU USE YOUR KITCHEN?

A big factor is what kind of family you have and how you use your kitchen each day.

Do you have children who help in the kitchen? Do you do a lot of baking, or use foods which release a lot of juice or colour? Are you willing to spend time on cleaning and regular maintenance?

All these things have an impact on which worktop you should choose.

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A solid wood worktop adds warmth
and atmosphere to kitchen.
If you keep it maintained, it
will develop a beautiful patina
and can last for many years.

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WHAT STYLE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?

The right worktop gives your kitchen soul, and is a major contributor to your kitchen’s overall look. The material, colour, structure and thickness of the worktop have a big impact on the design, and the possibilities are endless.

If you want a classic kitchen with warmth and atmosphere, a solid wood worktop is a great choice. If you want your worktop to signal minimalism and simplicity, CoreStone is more for you.

It is up to you which style you want.

 

WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?

The cost of the worktop can be a large percentage of the total kitchen budget if you choose a very exclusive material. It is not unusual for a granite worktop to cost as much as the rest of the kitchen.

If you want an economic solution, it is good to choose a wear-resistant laminate worktop with a very competitive price.

It all depends on what your priorities are.

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Laminate worktops are available in a variety of materials and designs – at very competitive prices.

Which worktop is best?

Which worktop is best for you depends on a number of factors.
We have therefore selected the six most common worktop materials and listed their advantages and limitations, to give you an overview.

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You cannot go wrong with laminate

Advantages and limitations of laminate worktops

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You cannot go wrong with laminate when choosing your new worktop. Modern laminated worktops are robust and easy to clean.

 

COLOUR OPTIONS

Laminate worktops are available in many colours and patterns, so you can choose precisely the look you want.

 

WEAR RESISTANT

If you choose a laminate worktop for your new kitchen, you get a wear-resistant worktop that can handle everyday use. However, please note that the surface of a laminate worktop is hard and can be damaged by strong heat. Wear marks may also appear on the surface.

 

CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

A laminate worktop requires minimal maintenance. Cleaning each day using a tightly wrung cloth is often sufficient. See also our maintenance instructions.

 

PRICE

Laminate is the most budget-friendly material you can choose for your kitchen worktops.

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CoreStone is elegant and easy to clean

Advantages and limitations of CoreStone worktops

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CoreStone worktops are made of a solid dyed-through material. CoreStone has been developed to allow you to bend, cut and shape the worktops into almost any design and dimensions. The worktops can be assembled with completely smooth surfaces, at corners and bridge units.

 

DESIGN OPTIONS

CoreStone is available in a range of colours and several thicknesses – see the options in the ‘Fronts and accessories’ catalogue.

 

WEAR RESISTANT

This special, poreless material effortlessly repels moisture and dirt, and is much better at withstanding hot items and chemicals than other commonly used materials.

 

CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

A CoreStone worktop requires minimal maintenance. Cleaning each day using a tightly wrung cloth is often sufficient. CoreStone can also be repaired and re-polished if the need arises.

 

PRICE

CoreStone is roughly in the middle of the price scale if you look at all worktop materials. It is necessary to have a scale drawing of the worktop before the exact price can be calculated.

 

Book an obligation-free meeting with your nearest HTH store for personal guidance on worktops and design options.

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A solid wood worktop adds soul and warmth

Advantages and limitations of solid wood worktops

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A wooden worktop is one of the most classic elements of kitchen design. It is timeless, warm and inviting – and easier to maintain than many people think.

 

COLOUR OPTIONS

Various types of wood are available, each with their own colour interplay and hardness. See the range in the ‘Fronts and accessories’ catalogue.

 

WEAR RESISTANT

The various wood types have different degrees of hardness, but all wooden worktops can develop marks or scratches during daily use. However, these can be easily sanded down, and if you maintain the worktop it will develop a beautiful patina and last for many years.

 

CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

A wooden worktop requires maintenance and must be oiled regularly to maintain the wood’s natural glow and make it resist moisture. It cannot handle detergent, acid or hot objects.

 

PRICE

Wood is roughly in the middle of the price scale if you look at all worktop materials, but cost varies greatly depending on the wood type. It is necessary to have a scale drawing of the worktop before the exact price can be calculated.

 

Book a meeting with your nearest HTH store for personal guidance on worktops and design options.

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Stainless steel is modern and practical

Advantages and limitations of stainless steel worktops

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Steel worktops are best known from large professional kitchens, but there is a clear trend towards stainless steel in private kitchens where people want an industrial look. The worktops can be joined with completely smooth surfaces, e.g. around the kitchen sink.

 

DESIGN OPTIONS

Stainless steel is very uniform in colour and is available in various thicknesses. The worktop can be tailored to your requirements.

 

WEAR RESISTANT

Stainless steel is extremely wear-resistant, and scratches form a natural patina which makes the worktop unique. The worktop cannot be damaged by water and common cleaning agents, and its antibacterial and fully sealed surface means nothing can penetrate the worktop. Stainless steel tolerates limited heat, and any dents can be difficult to straighten out.

 

CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

Steel worktops are hygienic, because they are easy to clean and maintain, as the surface is smooth and solid. Limescale can be easily removed using vinegar solution or another non-corrosive descaling agent. Stainless steel may also be polished as needed.

 

PRICE

Stainless steel is above the middle of the price scale if you look at all worktop materials. It is necessary to have a scale drawing of the worktop before the exact price can be calculated.

 

Book a meeting with your nearest HTH store for personal guidance on worktops and design options.

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Granite gives your kitchen an exclusive look

Advantages and limitations of granite worktops

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A granite worktop has been cut directly out of the rock, and is a natural material which radiates exclusive quality.

 

COLOUR OPTIONS

Granite is a natural material which is available in many colour variations, surfaces and thicknesses. Every worktop is unique, and to make sure that the colour and structure match, you must always order granite together. See the range in the ‘Fronts and accessories’ catalogue.

 

WEAR RESISTANT

Granite is one of nature’s toughest elements, and can handle almost anything. The worktops can withstand water, normal cleaning agents and moderate heat.

 

CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

Granite is easy to clean and maintain. Everyday cleaning merely involves wiping down the worktop with a wrung cloth. If you want to freshen it up, simply treat it with wax or polish and it will look as good as new again.  Cleaning agents such as descaling agents, chlorine, methylated spirits, etc. must always be immediately removed from the worktop, as they can damage the surface.

 

PRICE

Granite is an exclusive material at the upper end of the price scale if you look at all worktop materials. It is necessary to have a scale drawing of the worktop before the exact price can be calculated.

 

Book a meeting with your nearest HTH store for personal guidance on worktops and design options.

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The Rolls Royce of worktops: Corian®

Advantages and limitations of Corian®

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Corian® combines virtually all the benefits of all the other worktop materials in one. It is an exclusive homogenous composite product with exceptional durability, particularly ideal for kitchens where a worktop with a sophisticated design is desired.

 

COLOUR OPTIONS

Corian® is available in many colours and surfaces, making it easy to get exactly the style that suits your home. See our range at your nearest HTH store.

 

WEAR RESISTANT

A Corian® worktop is silky smooth, and yet hard enough to withstand everyday use.

 

CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

A Corian® worktop is very practical and requires minimal maintenance. Cleaning each day using a tightly wrung cloth is often sufficient. Corian® can also be repaired and re-polished if the need arises.

 

PRICE

Corian® is an exclusive material at the upper end of the price scale if you look at all worktop materials. It is necessary to have a scale drawing of the worktop before the exact price can be calculated.

 

Book a meeting with your nearest HTH store for personal guidance on worktops and design options.

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Find inspiration for your choice of worktop

The ‘Fronts and accessories’ catalogue presents our standard range, so you can see which worktops you can choose between.

 

Get help to choose the right worktop

You can see all of our worktops and options at your local HTH store. Our expert kitchen consultants can help you choose the right worktop to match your requirements.