Choosing your Kitchen Benchtop

Home & Garden Blog

Every home—from the immaculate dens of design enthusiasts to the purely practical domains of busy home cooks—needs a place for its inhabitants to settle in, prepare meals and gather with family and friends. If you're remodeling your kitchen, your choice of benchtops, appliances, tiles and fixtures will be dictated by the styles you love and by your approach to the culinary delights.

From sleek, contemporary city penthouses to warm and homey farmhouse kitchens, most kitchen designs start with the benchtop. With so many materials to consider when choosing between kitchen benchtops, here's a breakdown to get you started:


From dark, glistening hardwoods to light, stripped pine, timber adds a touch of natural elegance to a kitchen that can be suited to nearly all design styles. Timber requires some maintenance to keep it looking great, but with a look that instantly says "home", it's well worth the effort.

Natural Stone

The crème de la crème of benchtops, natural stone is synonymous with style. While it often carries a hefty price tag, natural stone will add value to your home and is incredibly durable, requiring no upkeep apart from a coat of sealant every few years to maintain its lustrous surface.

Manufactured Stone

Offering the look of natural stone with a much reduced cost, engineered or manufactured stone benchtops are formed from smaller stone chips, bound together with a synthetic medium. While an engineered kitchen benchtop won't have quite the durability of the real thing, you'll be surprised by just how authentic they can look.


Laminates are formed from acrylic and other synthetic materials to create a hardy surface that's easy to clean and requires no maintenance. Because laminates are available in a range of colours and finishes, from plain and bold pieces to benchtops echoing the look of many timber and stone varieties, they offer an economical alternative to natural materials, with a surprisingly convincing appearance.

Contemporary Materials

From polished concrete to stainless steel, the sky's the limit when it comes to designing your kitchen benchtop.

No place makes a home quite like the kitchen, and your kitchen says as much about you about as it does about your personal tastes and the ways you like to spend your time. Whether you're buying your kitchen wholesale or are intent on designing each element of the space, taking the time to consider your benchtop material will set you well on your way to kitchen mastery.


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