A guide to kitchen worktops

Worktop features and benefits

Characteristics Heat resistance Wear resistance Templating required? Warranty
Laminate A durable, all round and affordable worktop that's easy to clean.  Available in a large range of attractive colours and finishes. Up to 180°C Does not scratch easily No 1 year
Maia A stylish and durable solid surface worktop, with seamless joins and a silky smooth finish.  Designed to have the appearance of stone at an affordable price. Available in a wide range of colours. Up to 190°C Highly durable. Scratches can be polished out No 5 years
Quartz A hardwearing and easy maintenance quartz composite.  Available in over 30 colours Up to 160°C Highly resistant to chipping and scratching Yes 5 years
Corian A subtle blend of natural minerals and clear acrylic, Corian can be moulded and bent to give a seamless finish.  Comes in over 40 colours. Up to 180°C Highly durable. Scratches can be removed using light abrasion Yes 10 years
Minerva An easy to clean, pre-fabricated 25mm acrylic worktop with imperceptible joints. Available in a range of attractive neutral colours and finishes Up to 180°C Highly durable. Stain-resistant and inpenetrable to dust, dirt and bacteria No 10 years
Glass Toughened glass available in a choice of over 60 colours. Up to 400°C Highly durable. Scratches can be polished out Yes 1 year
Wood FSC-certified wood, available in 7 hardwood species and 5 finishes. We advise using trivets Supplied with an oiled finish to protect the surface No 2 years
Granite Natural granite is available in a choice of over 25 colours.  Each work surface is unique with its own individual colours and markings Up to 200°C Hardwearing durable surface Yes 15 years
Bamboo Sustainably-sourced bamboo, available in 4 colours and 3 edge details Always use trivets Supplied with an oiled finish to protect the surface No 5 years
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Ordering your worktop

You can either buy your worktop from us to complement your new units as part of a whole fitted kitchen project, or just on its own - a new worktop is a great way to refresh and update your kitchen. 

To buy a worktop from us, visit your local John Lewis (except Trafford and at home shops), and speak to one of our fitted kitchen Partners.  You can either browse the options in advance by clicking on the links on the right, or pick up leaflets and brochures about laminate, maia, Corian and Minerva in store. 

Our Partners can offer advice and give you more information on the most suitable worktop for your kitchen and lifestyle.  Once you’ve decided which worktop type, colour, and edge profile you’d like, a kitchen planner will visit your home to measure up and provide you with a quote.  If you decide to go ahead, your worktop will be templated and/or installed at the earliest possible opportunity.

Maintaining your worktop

Once fitted, if you have a wood worktop, try our Wood Worktop oil or wood worktop care kit to keep it in good condition. 

If you have a bamboo worktop, try our refresher maintenance oil or anti-bacterial spray. For a maia worktop, try our Maia Surface Care Kit.