The kitchen is the heart of your home, and the benchtop is the heart of your kitchen. Choosing a benchtop is a trade-off between cost, looks, functionality and maintenance. Your choice also affects decisions about the kitchen cabinetry, flooring, splashbacks, sink and appliances.
We assessed how well different benchtop materials resist heat damage, staining, impact, cutting and abrasion. There are no absolute winners or losers, but the results may make you think twice about which benchtop is right for you.
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