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A guide to the cost of a kitchen worktop

Jun 10, 2021

A guide to the cost of a kitchen worktop

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There are several elements in the choice of kitchen worktop which have a significant effect on the cost. The key factors are listed here below:

Choice of material
The most common choices for a kitchen worktop are quartz or granite. Quartz is manufactured by a wide range of companies. There are established brand names such as Caesar stone and Cosentina. These companies offer a wide range of colours and extended warranties. However, their slab prices tend to be 2 – 3 times the cost of a less well known brand.
Therefore if you are less concerned with a specific look and prepared to be a little flexible on certain colour and looking for a more cost-effective top the best solution can be to look for a less well known brand such as okite, cq or nile trading. These quartz tops do not offer the same warranty as some of the well known brands but will be a lot more cost effective

There is a wide range of granite which is stocked in the UK. The vast majority of stock granite will be within a similar price range. Granite does become more expensive if a specific finish or colour is required and it needs to be imported. This can make the slab 3 – 4 times the price of a stock version

Edge Detail
The most cost-effective for a worktop is a chamfer edge. This can be done by machine and is a simple process. The next step up in cost is a pencil edge. Beyond this a bullnose is more expensive than a pencil. Bespoke edges are possible however they will be on a price on application basis

Finishing Details
There are other factors to consider which can have an effect on cost:

( a ) Drainer Grooves
Drainer Grooves have to be carved into the face of the top and will add cost to the worktop

( b ) Curved corners
Curved corners have to be machined in a separate process when cutting a top. This is an additional process which adds to the cost of a worktop.

( c ) Sink Cut outs
A sink can either be overhung ( ie it sits on top of the worktop ) or underslung ( ie it sits underneath the worktop ). If a sink is underslung we have to polish the inside of the cut out which adds to the cost

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does the choice of material affect the cost of a kitchen worktop? The cost of kitchen worktops varies significantly with the choice of material. Quartz and granite are popular choices, with quartz being available from both well-known brands like Caesarstone and Cosentino, which offer a wide range of colours and extended warranties, and less well-known brands that may be more cost-effective but offer shorter warranties. Granite’s price is generally consistent for stock options within the UK, but specific finishes or colours requiring import can greatly increase costs.
  2. What are the cost implications of choosing between well-known and less well-known quartz brands? Well-known quartz brands tend to be 2-3 times more expensive than less well-known ones. If brand recognition and specific warranties are less critical, opting for a lesser-known brand can be a more budget-friendly choice without significantly compromising quality.
  3. Why does granite pricing vary, and when can it become significantly more expensive? While the price for stock granite is relatively stable, costs can escalate 3-4 times for specific finishes or colours that are not readily available in the UK and need to be imported, reflecting the logistical and rarity aspects of the specific granite choice.
  4. How does edge detailing influence the overall cost of a kitchen worktop? The complexity of the edge detail directly impacts the cost. A chamfer edge is the most cost-effective option, done easily by machine. A pencil edge increases the cost slightly, and a bullnose edge costs more due to its complexity. Bespoke edges require a custom quote as their prices vary significantly based on the design and labor involved.
  5. What finishing details can add to the cost of a kitchen worktop, and why?
    • Drainer Grooves: Carving drainer grooves into the worktop adds cost due to the additional labor and precision required.
    • Curved Corners: Machining curved corners is a separate process that increases the cost because of the extra labor and machine time.
    • Sink Cut-Outs: The type of sink installation affects cost, with underslung sinks requiring polished cut-outs, adding to the labor and finishing costs.