How Much Do Kitchen Benchtops Cost in 2021?
When you are renovating your kitchen or building a new home, there are many kitchen benchtops to consider. Let us walk you through your best options and how much your chosen benchtop will cost. From natural stone benchtops, Caesarstone and laminate benchtops, to a timber benchtop or natural granite benchtops, the material you choose will impact the overall look of your kitchen space.
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Let’s take a look at your options:
What are laminate benchtops?
Laminate benchtops are popular due to their low price point, varied design options and easy installation. Products like Laminex laminate are easy to clean, low maintenance, stain and scratch resistant and water repellent. Laminate benchtops can be a great choice for a tight budget, with average costs ranging from $350-$650 per square metre.
Low budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style, however, as laminate kitchen benchtops come in a gorgeous variety of colours and designs. You can choose between solid finishes (in almost any colour!) or natural designs that imitate more expensive materials such as timber, stone or concrete.
What is a timber benchtop?
Choosing a timber benchtop is perfect for traditional themed kitchens. Timber finishes can add warmth and character when paired with “colder” materials such as glass and stainless steel in other parts of your kitchen.
Timber selection is crucial for your kitchen benchtop – we can work your preferred timber into your project, or we can suggest a range of timbers that will suit the overall look of your kitchen design. Price can vary widely depending on which timber you choose, from about $550 per square metre for bamboo to the more expensive hardwoods like Jarrah or Ironbark (ranging from $600-$2000). Timber does have a bit of upkeep, in that it needs to be coated with a food-safe oil to protect the surface. This will need to be reapplied every year or so to keep the timber benchtop in optimal condition.
What are stainless steel benchtops?
Stainless steel has long been used in commercial kitchens because it is durable, heat-resistant and hygienic. But residential kitchen benchtops made from stainless steel are becoming more popular as people start to realise just how versatile stainless steel can be. At about $1,000 per square metre, stainless steel benchtops come with a higher cost initially, but are very hard-wearing and long-lasting, ensuring great value for money.
Stainless steel can be wrapped over worktops and island benches or can be designed to form seamlessly into sinks and splashbacks, depending on the look you want to create for your kitchen. Stainless steel can also be fashioned into eye-catching feature shelves, creating a modern industrial feel for your kitchen.
What is an engineered stone benchtop?
Engineered stone is a more durable alternative to natural stone and is a very popular choice in kitchen renovations. While there are several manufacturers producing engineered stone benchtops, some of the most popular brands include Caesarstone and Essastone. Engineered stone is made using natural aggregates, like quartz, which has been mixed with resins. Supply costs start from around $500 per square metre, but the total cost will depend on the product, thickness and design chosen.
It is a very hard-wearing, easy to clean product, and has no ongoing maintenance requirements (making it ideal for busy family homes). Stone benchtops in this category have a wide assortment of style options, including solid blocks of colour or flecks of different coloured stone that create a more textured finish. Engineered stone benchtops are also available in a great range of colours, so you can choose from natural-looking bright whites and soft greys or opt for something a little bolder such as a jet black finish.
What about natural stone benchtops?
We find natural stone benchtops, such as granite and marble, are still a really popular material for new and renovated kitchen projects. Although they give an “organic” feel to any space, they are also very heavy, and some natural stone products are susceptible to chipping and staining. For this reason, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of natural stone for your kitchen benchtop.
Marble benchtops are the most expensive option for your kitchen, ranging from $800-$4,000 per square metre. Marble benchtops also come with significant upkeep, requiring professional application of sealant every few years. But there’s no denying that marble remains a classic, high-end product that will never go out of style. For a sophisticated kitchen with timeless appeal, marble can be an excellent choice.
Granite benchtops will, on average, cost marginally less than marble (approx. $650-$3,000 per square metre), but as a product, they are far more durable. If you’re after a stylish natural stone finish that won’t mark or chip easily, then granite is the ideal solution. Granite is also available in many different styles and colours, making it easy to find a finish that will harmonise perfectly with your kitchen style.
What are concrete benchtops?
Concrete benchtops can either be solid concrete or an aggregate mix of glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC). Concrete can be a versatile option for kitchen benchtops and can be made with many different colours, finishes and textures. Your concrete benchtop will be heat and scratch resistant, however, it will need consistent upkeep with a regular application of sealer and wax to ensure proper protection. Concrete as a product is very affordable, but the labour-intensive construction means you should expect a cost of between $1,000 and $2,500 per square metre.
Concrete works brilliantly when paired with warmer materials such as timber, creating a natural contrast that is raw and simple. And because concrete is cast to meet your specifications, it allows for a high level of customisation and creativity.