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Smart materials are a growing part of what makes contemporary interior design stand out against its traditional counterpart and appeal to those looking to modernise their kitchen. With more and more technology being loaded into our kitchen spaces, it’s easy to think that the worktops have been left behind. That’s where FENIX® comes in, a technical and aesthetic solution to two prominent interior design trends: smart materials and matt surfaces.

FENIX® is designed for high performance, read on to find out more about our new range of innovative worktop solutions.

Bonded FENIX NTM® Worktops

With low light reflectivity resulting in breath-taking ultra-matt aesthetics, the Bonded FENIX NTM® range is made using smart materials and is an excellent way to bring all the benefits of FENIX NTM® surfaces into your home. Bonded FENIX NTM® is made using a proprietary technology that creates a surface which is luxuriously soft to the touch and anti-fingerprint meaning the surfaces will maintain their unique and premium look. Thermal healing of superficial micro-scratches is also possible. This repair can be done several times if the structure of the material is not damaged.

Bonded FENIX NTM® offers high scratch, impact and heat resistance and does not support bacterial growth, offering longevity and hard-wearing practicality to your kitchen. These exciting new surfaces are available in a variety of décors and you can choose from either 12mm or 39mm profile.

Solid FENIX® NTM Worktops

The absolute pinnacle of kitchen worktops, Solid FENIX NTM® worktops are an ultra-modern, slimline surface with a 12mm profile and a solid construction. Built with contemporary kitchens in mind, Solid FENIX NTM® worktops have been manufactured using next generation acrylic resins cured through an electron beam process to create an advanced and long-lasting surface.

Solid FENIX NTM® worktops offer durability with high resistance to heat, impact and moisture, and do not promote bacterial growth, making it both practical and long lasting. Additionally, the solid construction means that these innovative surfaces are customisable with advanced features like drainage grooves and are suitable to be used with undermount sinks. There’s no better way to redefine and modernise your kitchen than with a Solid FENIX NTM® worktop.

Accessories

Our new range of Bonded FENIX NTM® and Solid FENIX NTM® worktops are available with complementing accessories, including splashbacks and upstands and are built from the same unique material. We offer upstands and splashbacks for all of the FENIX® decors, as well as unique drop-in sinks made from a special matt-composite material, blending innovative acrylic resins and ceramic particles.

Tell us what you think of our innovative new range of FENIX NTM® worktops in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for style tips and subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

We’re hugely excited to announce that the Worktop Express Warrington showroom has moved! Your new, bigger showroom is on Europa Boulevard, just off the M62 J9 and is open now. With brand new kitchen installations and our very latest worktops available, it’s the perfect time to learn more about transforming your home

Showroom Manager Jamie Smith stated:

“Moving into our new premises is a fantastic opportunity to make sure we’re offering the very best service to our customers. Our larger space showcases even more choice and customers can enjoy our newest products and designs.”

Your new Warrington showroom’s address is:

Unit 226 Europa Trade Park,
Europa Boulevard
Warrington
WA5 7TN

You can also contact the Warrington showroom on 01925 830615, or contact our friendly team on 0345 22 22 644 for any general queries.

Social distancing measures are in place at all Worktop Express showrooms, so please review these before visiting us.

Worktop Express are delighted to have been recognised for delivering consistently outstanding service with a Feefo Gold Trusted Service award. Based on feedback from thousands of happy customers, a gold award acknowledges our ongoing commitment to delivering outstanding products at industry-leading prices and with consistently brilliant customer service.

CEO Jon Shepherd stated:

“Everyone at Worktop Express wants to make sure that our customers receive great worktops and that the process is as easy as possible. Innovations like our in-house two-person Home Delivery Service and telephone and email updates prior to delivery have enabled Worktop Express customers to keep track of their order and take delivery of a quality product with minimum disruption.

Feefo’s Gold Service Award is a celebration of all of these efforts. It not only showcases what makes Worktop Express great, but recognises the value and appreciation that our customers place on our ongoing commitment to quality and innovation.”

Feefo is an independent review platform that gathers customer feedback on everything from item quality to satisfaction with customer service, delivery and price. To achieve a Gold Trusted Service award, a company must achieve a Feefo service rating of at least 4.5.

Should you go for traditional or modern styling?

It’s a never-ending style battle between the classic look of traditional kitchens and the sleek, modern design of contemporary spaces—and with our new laminate worktops, we’ve given you a choice of both. In this blog post, we’ll explore our new décors and take a closer look at how and when to use naturally inspired materials compared to modern styles.

Classic and Traditional – Nature-inspired Surfaces

Natural materials are a timeless aesthetic for worktops as they effortlessly add beauty and wonderment to a kitchen and fit into a variety of colour schemes, either as a centrepiece or a muted background tone. With our new range of laminate worktops, this nature–inspired style is more attainable than ever thanks to their stunning wood and stone décors.

Perfect for those looking to create a rugged, earthy look inspired by Scandinavian kitchens or an organic appearance accented with greenery, these laminates beautifully replicate the natural world.

Rab Oak

Featuring a weathered and characterful grain pattern, our Rab Oak décor features a cool brown and grey planked wood effect for a rugged and classic aesthetic with a 22mm square edge profile. Combined with a wooden heart texture, this surface looks and feels like real wood combined with the practicality of laminate.

Pokhara Marble

With thin light-brown veins trickling through the stone effect surface, our new Pokhara Marble laminate worktop features a mix of beige and white to beautifully replicate the intricacies of natural marble. Complete with a smooth matt finish, this surface serves as a statement addition to your kitchen by adding a touch of luxury.

Minos Stone

The Minos Stone décor has been designed to look like cut mineral deposits of real stone with nude–toned veining snaking across the surface. These smooth matt grey stone effect worktops are a luxurious addition to any kitchen, fitting well with homes that feature plenty of natural materials.

Sleek and Modern — Sparkling Glamour

On the flipside of traditional comes sleek and lustrous modern colours, reserved enough to remain in the background yet still able to make a statement. Sparkling laminates are incredibly popular and with our new collection of Andromeda laminate worktops, we’ve added even more luxury to these already opulent surfaces.

Luxe Andromeda

Available in three colours–an elegant White, a stylish Black and a muted Grey–our new slimline 22mm Luxe Andromeda collection come with a contemporary square edge profile and a smooth matt finish. Aimed at those striving for a modern aesthetic, these laminate worktops feature large iridescent metallic flakes and sprinkled glitter to catch the light and make your kitchen sparkle.

Pair these surfaces with colour-contrasting handleless cabinetry and minimalist accessories for a clean and sleek design. Try matching the Luxe Black Andromeda worktops with light and bright cabinets and Luxe White Andromeda can be done with the reverse, charcoal cabinets and a black sink. Luxe Grey Andromeda opens up the options for you to experiment with a large range of cabinets and perhaps even add a pop of colour elsewhere in your kitchen.

For more styling tips, check out our Top 3 Colour Schemes to Complement a Black Sparkle Kitchen Worktop and How to Style White Kitchen Worktops style guides.

Grey Haze Andromeda

These worktops feature a white and grey mottled décor, embellished with the same light-catching metallic flakes as the Luxe collection. With their high-gloss finish, square edge profile and neutral tones, these worktops make the perfect centrepiece for any modern kitchen, allowing you to add a burst of colour via your kitchen cupboards and accessories.

What’s your style of choice? Do you prefer the traditional natural look or are you more taken by the sleek, modern styling? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for even more style tips and subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

White kitchen worktops are a popular choice thanks to their timeless appeal and clean look. They’re known for reflecting natural light, making your kitchen feel brighter and look more spacious. When looking to add one to your kitchen, there are various style options available, and it can be challenging to choose a look that you’ll love for years to come. In this blog, we take you through some of our top tips and style suggestions for making white worktops work in your home.

White on White

For the ultimate modern aesthetic, combine a stunning surface like our White Glass Effect worktop with pure white units and gold handles to create a contemporary kitchen. Alternatively, for a sleek look, combine white kitchen worktops with white handless units.

Two-Tone

If the all-white look is too bright for you, why not try a two-tone kitchen? Combine light grey cabinets with a glistening white surface, like our Pure White worktops, and matching splashbacks for a minimalistic look that will last for years to come.

Add a Splash of Colour

A white worktop can sometimes be seen as a dull and cold option. To combat this, incorporate some colour into your kitchen to bring it to life. Start with coloured accessories, such as small appliances and decorative items like bowls and fruit — this will add depth and layers to your kitchen. Alternatively, if you have a kitchen island, try painting the cabinets a bright colour to break up the room and add some character to your cooking space.

Add Patterns

Patterns are a great way to add character and complement white kitchen worktops. Splashbacks in particular are a stylish and practical way to do this. Our Marble Veneto Zenith splashbacks are a beautiful choice that gives your kitchen a luxurious and modern look. If you want to enhance your white worktop with a pattern, make sure you browse our range of patterned kitchen splashbacks for a wide variety of styles.

Warm Up With Wood

If an all-over white kitchen isn’t for you, try adding wooden features to the room for a warmer feeling. You can do this easily by adding wooden shelving, stools and accessories. Alternatively, if you are planning a larger update to your kitchen, consider adding a wooden worktop on a breakfast bar or kitchen island for a contemporary mixed-material look.

Which style do you like the most? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for even more stories like this or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

Over the last three weeks, we asked our customers to send in photos of their kitchen worktops for a chance to win a KitchenAid Mixer worth £400! With over 150 entries of your stunning kitchens, our expert panel of Worktop Express judges had their work cut out for them as they looked through our customers’ amazing kitchen transformations.



Two of our favourites were James, who combined Oak and Earthstone worktops in his kitchen with patterned splashbacks to create a modern feeling with mixed materials, and Sandra, who paired our Brazilia Quartz Laminate Worktops with white units to create a stunning monochrome kitchen.

Narrowing it down to the final two before our Facebook fans would crown the ultimate winner was difficult, but the judges finally decided on Joanna and Rosie’s kitchens. Joanna’s striking kitchen mixes our sustainable Bamboo worktop with contrasting black cabinet doors and stainless-steel accessories, and Rosie, our second finalist, achieved her look by using our opulent White Marble solid laminate worktops paired with turquoise cabinet doors to add a pop of colour to her kitchen.



With only one winner, our Facebook fans decided Rosie’s kitchen would be worthy of the KitchenAid Mixer. Congratulations Rosie! We love Rosie’s open-plan kitchen, and how well she has blended the kitchen and dining area with a bold contrast of colours. The pendant lights, plants and artwork bring this open-plan kitchen to life.

Make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to get more kitchen inspiration and to stay up to date with the latest competitions and new product launches at Worktop Express. You can also find details of any current promotions on our current offers page.



When our quest for a new kitchen begins, our instincts tell us to look for investment – a kitchen that will last for years to come. Worktops made from materials such as marble, granite, and quartz are classic investment pieces for kitchens, however, come at a high price. Thankfully, our new solid laminate worktops provide the same level of longevity and timeless style as these surfaces at a much more affordable price, allowing you to invest in your kitchen without breaking the bank.

In this blog post, we get to know the seven new solid laminate worktops we’ve just added to our collection and give you some inspiration to help you style them in your kitchen.

Zenith Cloudy Cement

These worktops are an excellent addition to any contemporary kitchen thanks to their versatile design, featuring neutral hues and unusual markings that complement a variety of kitchen styles. Tones of light grey and beige entwine to create this stunning, industrial-inspired countertop. Combine this worktop with matching splashbacks, dark wood cabinets, and a stainless-steel sink to create a minimalistic feel in your cooking space. Alternatively, style with white shaker cabinets, bow handles, and open storage for a stunning classical-contemporary kitchen with a more lived-in feel.

Zenith Cloudy Nova

These dramatic worktops feature a stark contrast of their dark grey stone effect with white-veined markings to create a striking, modern aesthetic. For a stunning focal point in your kitchen, use these worktops on a central island and style the room with pure white handleless cabinets to create a truly contemporary feel.

Zenith Marble Veneto

Marble Veneto Solid laminate worktops are an excellent alternative to solid marble at a fraction of the cost. These smooth white surfaces feature prominent grey markings that perfectly replicate real marble. Combine with a Belfast sink, navy cabinets and mixer tap to create a kitchen with plenty of classic charm. Alternatively, traditional grey cabinets and mushroom knobs can complement these surfaces for a sleek, modern design.

Zenith Trieste

These stylish surfaces feature a beautiful limestone finish that complements a wide range of kitchen designs. Use our Zenith Trieste worktops with off-white shaker cabinet doors and dark grey walls, to create a contrasting contemporary aesthetic. Alternatively, for a more seamless look between your worktops and walls, choose our stunning matching splashbacks.

Grey Marble

Available exclusively at Worktop Express, these worktops feature multiple shades of grey and white broken by beautiful streaks of rose gold. These luxurious surfaces imitate the beauty of natural marble perfectly, offering a surprisingly affordable alternative to solid marble. Style these worktops in a modern way with pure white cabinet doors and silver accents such as sinks and handles. You could even choose to inject more metallic tones into your cooking space with rose gold or silver appliances to enhance the contemporary aesthetic.

White Quartz

A timeless design that will be on-trend for years to come, our White Quartz solid laminate worktops are an affordable alternative to solid quartz. These worktops feature small, subtle flecks of grey and brown throughout for a versatile option that can be used with just about any kitchen design. Style our quartz effect countertops with a variety of pastel tones for a soft look. Alternatively, combine these surfaces with our solid wood worktops as a breakfast bar for an extremely popular mixed-material kitchen.

White Terrazzo

These unique surfaces feature a white base covered in prominent flecks of grey and brown. Our White Terrazzo worktops are an elegant, sophisticated choice for any kitchen design, with enhanced durability thanks to their solid core. Style our terrazzo-effect countertops with traditional wood cabinets and floating wooden shelves for a conventional spin on contemporary design.


Our new solid laminate worktops are now available to buy online and in our nationwide showrooms. We also sell solid laminate worktop samples to allow you to experience the quality of these worktops from the comfort of your own home.

What do you think of our new solid laminate worktops? Let us know in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for even more stories like this or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

As the heart of the home, kitchens have been evolving alongside our tastes in design. As a nation, once we discovered the benefits of a kitchen island, this feature became one of the most popular and sought-after additions to our cooking spaces. Let’s take a look at six great reasons to include an island in your home.

Inject Style into Your Kitchen

Nowadays, people are looking for sleek and professional kitchen that not only looks the part but also has lots of storage space. A kitchen island gives you this, and is also particularly helpful if you do a lot of cooking and want a space to use for other activities. Of course, an island worktop needs to be durable as well as stylish, and you are sure to find the right kitchen island worktop for you in our extensive collection.

Create a Versatile Living Spaces

If you are looking to zone your kitchen and dining areas, kitchen islands are an excellent idea. They can be various shapes including curved or L-shaped depending on how you want to separate your space. By introducing an island you can make a space feel like a dining room, family room or living room depending on your kitchen layout and island shape.

Add Value

Kitchen islands can add monetary value to your home by attracting the interest of buyers – particularly those paying attention to kitchens. Islands add a “wow” factor and improve the desirability of your cooking space. People may also be more willing to pay your asking price.

Maximise Space

If storage is at a premium in your home, a kitchen island can be a life-saver. Aside from adding extra worktop space, cabinets give you significantly more storage, plus, adding seating can create a stylish dining area.

Improve Family Time

As the heart of the home a kitchen makes a great place for children to feel engaged. A kitchen island is a great place to get kids baking and cooking, or they could always do their homework there whilst you’re preparing dinner.

Enhance functionality

A kitchen island can be used to add sinks and hobs to as well as other great kitchen features such as book shelves and wine racks. There are limitless ideas to explore with kitchen islands that allow you to inject your personality into your kitchen.

Are you thinking of including an island in your kitchen? We have a range of kitchen island worktops that are stylish and functional. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for even more stories like this or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

A common material used to make worktops is granite, however, this can be very expensive. Granite worktop alternatives exist to provide you with a cost-effective yet realistic emulation of the authentic material. In this blog post, we take a look at some of the characteristics of granite and suggest some alternative worktops that demonstrate comparable, if not superior qualities.

Advantages of Granite

Resilience and Durability

Granite is a very resilient material that is cut and polished to create a smooth surface. It is an igneous rock that forms naturally through the process of extremely high pressure and temperature followed by a period of cooling – resulting in a hard, dense and incredibly durable rock. Similarly, our black granite solid laminate worktops (pictured below) are constructed using high pressure and temperature to produce a highly durable work surface. This results in a worktop that is resistant to impact, wear and heat (to 180° for up to 10 minutes). Another quality that granite and black granite solid laminate worktops have in common is that they are completely waterproof – making them suitable for installing undermount sinks.

Aesthetic Appeal

Granite has a microstructure that is made up of numerous different large crystals such as potassium feldspar, quartz and biotite. This not only gives it an attractive granular appearance but also makes each piece unique – varying greatly in colour from black and white to pink and terracotta. When polished granite exhibits a gloss surface, which when combined with the intricate microstructure makes it perfect for using as a focal point in a kitchen.

Our selection of granite effect laminate worktops also demonstrates complex patination alongside a gloss finish. For example, the grey granite worktops (pictured above) emulate the popular speckled pattern and pale colouration of light grey granite whilst our black granite laminate worktops (pictured below) are predominantly black in colour with a more uniform pattern.

Disadvantages of Granite

Cost

Standard 3m granite worktops start from around £500 even before alterations or bespoke features are added. There are also additional costs of installation and delivery which when factored in greatly inflate the price of a kitchen makeover. Our granite effect laminate worktops start from £60 for a 3m worktop, saving you money to invest in other areas of your kitchen.

Installation

Granite worktop installation is a difficult task that not only requires specialist equipment but also highly skilled tradespeople. There is also a time factor involved when manufacturing granite worktops and if you require bespoke features, delivery can take several weeks. Granite effect laminate and solid laminate worktops do not require the same level of expertise during installation and can be fitted using a standard worktop router and cheap, easily accessible and installation accessories. We also offer speedy next day delivery on all of our worktops with a lead time for bespoke orders in as little as 5 working days, depending on the features you would like.

Are you thinking of buying a granite effect worktop? Let us know in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for even more stories like this or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

As the trend for contemporary style kitchens continues to grow in popularity, so do worktops with a thinner profile. Thin kitchen worktops are becoming the go-to choice for contemporary cooking spaces and with that in mind, we discuss our latest decors in this blog post.

22mm Worktops

Our range of slimline 22mm worktops offers a contemporary option for your kitchen. We have a selection of laminate and solid wood surfaces to choose from meaning you can easily find the countertop to suit your style.

Super Matt Thin Worktops

Our range of super matt worktops offers a luxuriously smooth finish surface. The most attractive feature of these super matt surfaces is the anti-fingerprint coating – guaranteeing a countertop that remains free from marks and smudges.

Available in pure white and anthracite grey, super matt worktops are not only highly durable and practical, they also have a luxurious aesthetic – an ideal choice if you are looking to inject a touch of opulence into your kitchen.

Grey Quartz Laminate Worktops – Brasilia

Grey Quartz laminate worktops feature an eye-catching polished stone effect The combination of gloss finish and marled grey colouring creates a luxurious look, which is accentuated by the iridescent flakes.

Solid Oak Worktops

With plenty of classic charm, oak is an enduringly popular timber to use as a worktop and we offer these surfaces at just 22mm thick. This gives a more contemporary feel compared to the standard 40mm oak worktops. Oak is also naturally robust and durable, so is ideal for installing in a busy kitchen.

Solid Laminate Worktops

Ultra-thin Solid laminate worktops measure just 12mm thick and are constructed from numerous layers of laminate. As a result, they are an incredibly practical option as they are completely waterproof, resistant to a high level of heat and are durable against abrasion and impact. Combined with their stylish slimline appearance this makes them perfect for busy households looking to achieve a contemporary aesthetic in their kitchen. See some of our most popular solid laminate worktops below.

Concrete Solid Laminate Worktops

Concrete Solid Laminate Worktops

An excellent option for a contemporary kitchen, concrete effect solid laminate worktops have the effect of a gently worn concrete.

Caldeira Zenith Worktops

Caldeira Zenith Worktops

Feature a selection of grey tones, Caldeira Zenith solid laminate worktops are mottled with a warm, earthy terracotta shade and have a textured matt finish.

White Marble Solid Laminate Worktops

White Marble Solid Laminate Worktops

Offering the benefits of a stone surface with the practicalities of solid laminate, this marble effect worktop is the best of both worlds.

Magma Zenith Worktops

Magma Zenith Worktops

Magma Zenith solid laminateworktops combines the beauty of stone with the practicality of a modern solid surface.

View the full range of solid laminate worktops.

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