Think carefully about.
Size. The size of worktop you need will affect not only the price but the options that are available to you. Note down the required width, thickness and length.
Budget. Like most things in life, worktop prices range from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Colour. Colour is likely to be one of the driving forces when it comes to making sure you choose the right worktop. Colours vary from light to dark depending on type.
Customisation. Some worktops are easier and cheaper, to customise than others.Unusual size, profile edging, tap & sink holes & drainage grooves might limit the options that are available to you.
Kitchen Worktop Types
Stainless Steel; These look great, particularly due to the degree of industrial charm. Pros - Very hygienic and easy to clean. Con - Tendency to be cold looking and a limited selection of sizes.
Concrete; These look great, especially in highly polished form due to the contemporary look. Pros - Affordable, highly flexible and customizable. Cons - Limited colours, can be noisy, cold as well as heavy.
Wood; These look in place in most kitchens due to the timeless appeal of wood. Pros - Affordable, warm, quiet, hard wearing and available in many sizes. Cons - Some stains are harder to remove and the colour choice is limited.
Glass; Looks fantastic, particularly in bright colours due to the rarity of materials. Pros - Incredible choice of coloured glass. Cons - Noisy, expensive and breakable.
Granite; Looks great in traditional or contemporary kitchens due to vast colour choices. Pros - Affordable, stylish and available in many sizes. Cons - Can damage from heat, slightly noisy and cold to the touch.