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Choosing the Right Worktop

  • October 22, 2018
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  • by Brown & Hood

A worktop is the workhorse in your kitchen, so choosing the right one is really important. Brown & Hood worktops are available in a wide range of finishes and thicknesses. Each surface has unique properties, with differing levels of water, wear and heat-resistance. They all come with a guarantee, which varies depending on type.

Specialist worktops need to be templated, so can only be measured for their fitting once your kitchen units are in place. Non-specialist ones can be measured in advance, so tend to be the quicker and cheaper options. See our table below for more information about the different types.


A subtle blend of natural minerals and clear acrylic, Corian can be moulded and bent to give a seamless finish. Available in over 40 colours.

Highly durable, but we advise using trivets for hot dishes.


Each work surface is unique with individual colours and markings.

Granite is naturally porous, but our worktops are sealed to give extra resistance to liquids.


A durable, all-round and affordable worktop that's easy to clean. Available in a large range of colours and finishes.

Hard wearing and resistant to scratching, impact, abrasion and sunlight. We advise using trivets for hot dishes.


FSC-certified wooden worktops available in 5 species and 4 finishes. Each piece of wood can be traced to where it grew. Proven to be the most naturally hygienic surface for food preparation, and warm to the touch.


Hardwearing and easy-maintenance quartz composite, available from Brown & Hood in over 25 colours

Quartz is Non-porpous so no sealing or waxing is required. Quartz offers a good all-round worksurface.


Neff Appliances

The 1810 Company


Did you Know?

Brown & Hood manufacture our own kitchens right here in the North East. If you’re a plumber, fitter, builder or a landlord or property developer, you can also call Brown & Hood for trade prices on all the products we have on offer, we offer further discounts on kitchens in Newcastle for our valued trade customers.