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John Lewis service guide for worktops

A GUIDE TO

WORKTOPS

WHAT TO CONSIDER

A worktop is the workhorse in your kitchen, so choosing the right one is really important. Our 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.

WORKTOP FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  Characteristics Resistance Maintenance
Warranty  
Notes    
Corian
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.
Use a soft damp cloth in a circular motion to clean. Mop up any surface water. Scratches can be
removed using light abrasion.
10 years
Templating needed. Jointed and polished on site
Glass 40 colours available as clear or
frosted options, also 9 metallic, 3 mirror
and 3 textured splashback options. We use low
iron, Opticlear glass for clear, vibrant colour.
Highly durable, but we advise using trivets for hot dishes.
Non-porous, so no sealing
or waxing required. Easy
to keep clean, no specialist
materials required. Scratches
can be polished out.
10 years
Templating needed. Lengths up to 3.2m available without joins. Available in 6mm thickness for splashback, 10 or 19mm for worktops
Granite Natural granite available in 25 colours. Each work surface is unique with individual colours and markings.
Hardwearing and highly durable, but we advise using trivets for hot dishes.
Granite is naturally porous,
but our worktops are sealed
to give extra resistance to
liquids.
15 years
Templating needed. Comes in 2.8m lengths, 30mm thickness with 20mm for upstands and cladding.
Laminate
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.
Use a soft damp cloth in a circular motion to clean. Mop up any surface water. . 
10 years
Maximum length 4m, available in 3 different widths
Maia A 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.
Highly durable, but we advise using trivets for hot dishes.
Stain resistant to most household chemicals, alcohol and cosmetics. Use a soft damp cloth in a circular motion to clean. Mop up any surface water. Scratches can be polished out.
10 years
Maximum length 3m, longer runs achievable with seamless joints. Upstands and splashbacks available
Minerva Easy to clean, pre-fabricated 25mm acrylic
worktop with imperceptible joints. Available in
a range of attractive neutral colours and finishes
Highly durable, but we advise using trivets for hot dishes. Stain-resistant and inpenetrable
to dust, dirt and bacteria. 
Stain resistant to most household chemicals, alcohol and cosmetics. Use a soft damp cloth in a circular motion to clean. 
10 years
Maximum length 3m, longer runs achievable with seamless joints. Upstands and splashbacks available
Quartz
Hardwearing and easy-maintenance quartz
composite, available in 25 colours
Highly resistant to
chipping and scratching. We advise using trivets for hot dishes.
Non-porous so does not require sealing or waxing.Use a soft damp cloth in a circular motion to clean. 
5 years
Templating needed. Maximum length 3m, 20 or 30mm thicknesses available. 
Solid Surface
Smooth and seamless work surface with a consistent finish. Its non-absorbent properties make it hygienic and
easy to maintain. Available in 6 colours.
Highly durable, but we advise using trivets for hot dishes. .
Non-porpous so no sealing
or waxing is required.Use a soft damp cloth in a circular motion to clean. Mop up any surface water. Scratches can be polished out.
10 years
Templating needed. Maximum length 3m, longer runs achievable with seamless joints. 
Wood 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.
Supplied with a natural penetrating oil finish
to EN71 and FSA standards. Highly water and dirt-
repellant surface. We advise using trivets for hot dishes
Clean with Natural
Soap spray on a daily basis
and maintain monthly
with Worktop Gel. Scratches can be
sanded out if needed. 
5 years
Available in 4 or 3.6m lengths with widths up to 1.5m for islands; 30/40/60mm thicknesses available
  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 10 years
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 10 years
Quartz A hardwearing and easy maintenance quartz composite.
Available in 23 colours
We advise using trivets 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.
We advise using trivets 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 55 colours. Up to 400°C Highly durable. Scratches can be polished out Yes 10 years
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 5 years
Granite Natural granite is available in a choice of 27 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
Lapitec Lapitec’s composition is 100% mineral and is similar to
granite but with a tight, structure similar to porcelain
Up to 250°C Highly durable, resistant to UV light, acids,
alkalis, abrasion, scratches and everyday wear and tear
Yes 10 years

ORDERING YOUR WORKTOP

You can either buy your worktop from us as part of a whole fitted kitchen project, or just on its own – it’s a great way to refresh and update your kitchen.

To buy a worktop from us, visit your local John Lewis & Partners (except Trafford and at home shops), and speak to one of our fitted kitchen Partners. They’ll offer advice and give you 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.

For more information see our Fitted Kitchens page