In this price guide, we cover and outline a wide range of worktops prices and costs for a range of different kitchen and bathroom worktops. If you’re looking to replace the entire kitchen or bathroom, not just the worktops, then check out our new kitchen cost and new bathroom cost guides.
|Kitchen Wortops Prices & Costs|
|Type||Materials/M² (1)||Fitting/M² (2)||
Average Total Cost/M² (3)
|Laminate||£35 – £90||£20 – £40||£55 – £130|
|Solid Wood||£160 – £300||£25 – £50||£210 – £325|
|Stainless Steel||£240 – £405||£20 – £40||£280 – £425|
|Concrete||£245 – £470||£30 – £50||£295 – £500|
|Glass||£250 – £400||£25 – £50||£300 – £425|
|Ceramic||£300-£485||£30 – £50||£325 – £575|
|Quartz/Enginneered Stone||£300 – £725||£30 – £50||£365 – £770|
|Granite||£415 – £575||£30 – £50||£450 – £625|
|Marble||£430 – £690||£30 – £50||£480 – £725|
|Corian/Solid Surface||£425 – £600||£35 – £50||£485 – £650|
(1): Materials include the worktop plus underlay and fixings required for fitting.
(2): Fitting is the labour cost to have tradesmen install worktops.
(3): The average total cost is the cost range for the most jobs.
Costs are lower for cheap materials and higher for high-end materials.
The average cost ranges for installed kitchen and bathroom worktops in the UK are:
- Laminate: £55 – £130/m²
- Hardwood / Solid wood: £210 – £325/m²
- Stainless Steel: £280 – £425/m²
- Concrete: £295 – £500/m²
- Glass: £300 – £425/m²
- Ceramic: £325 – £575/m²
- Quartz or engineered stone: £365 – £770/m²
- Granite: £450 – £625/m²
- Marble: £480 – £725/m²
- Corian / Solid Surface: £485 – £650/m²
These worktop prices are complete – The worktops, installation materials such as underlay when required, fasteners and adhesive.
This worktops replacement costs guide discusses the following topics:
- Worktop material types
- Cost factors to help you narrow your cost estimate
- Advice on DIY Fitting
- Time required to fit worktops
- An offer to receive free quotes without obligation
Bathroom & Kitchen Worktop Types
Here’s a brief description of the worktop types discussed.
- Laminate: This is a plastic worktop material that can be formed to mimic wood, stone and other materials. It is an affordable option ranging from very cheap to middle grade. Laminate is easy to maintain. Heat can damage laminate.
- Hardwood / Solid wood: Wood has a natural beauty that can’t be matched by mimicking it. Wood must be properly sealed and cared for, but can be scratched and burned.
- Stainless Steel: This material is easily cared for. It won’t stain and handles heat. Stainless produces a modern look that’s not right for all kitchens and baths.
- Concrete: Lightweight concrete material can be used. It is durable. Concrete can be stamped or stained to look like stone. Decorative objects such as tiles, shells or stones can be embedded in it. The surface must be regularly sealed. Concrete can crack.
- Glass: Toughened glass gives a sparkling gleam in a variety of colors. Lighting can be used beneath it. Glass has the risk of breaking, but with the glass toughened, that isn’t common.
- Ceramic: This is another low-maintenance material that is easy to clean. Because the clay can be pigmented, almost any colour is possible. The risk is cracking or chipping the material.
- Quartz or engineered stone: Crushed quartz are mixed with resins to form a tough but pretty surface. Many colours are available. Quartz, also called engineered stone worktops, is easy to care for and resists stains.
- Granite: This natural stone is available in many colours with veining ranging from little to much. Cost is partially determined by how rare the colour is and where it is mined/how far it is transported. A good seal must be maintained to prevent stains.
- Marble: This premium material is temperamental. The seal must be carefully maintained or staining is likely to occur. It is a high-risk, high-reward worktop.
- Corian / Solid Surface: Solid surface worktops like the Corian brand are attractive and available in a wide spectrum of colours. The material resists stains but can be scratched by knives. Heat can damage solid surface worktops too.
Worktops Prices & Replacement Cost Factors
This list of factors will give you a better idea of what your worktop replacement price will be.
- Material and Quality: The largest factor is the material you choose to use, though all the high-end materials are fairly comparable in cost.
Most material is made in basic, better and best quality with cost rising accordingly. For stone, the rarity of the stone and how far it is transported affect cost.
- Worktop thickness: Your options for many materials such as quartz are 20mm and 30mm. Thicknesses are different for each material. Thicker worktops cost more than thinner tops of the same material.
- The number of cuts and holes: Openings must be made for the sink, hob and taps. The more cutting involved, the higher the cost.
- Edge type: A square or lightly rounded edge are most common. When additional machining or materials are used, cost rises.
- Your location: Costs are highest in London and other large cities and metro areas. Costs are lower in rural areas.
- Removal and disposal of the old worktop: When replacing a worktop, labour and disposal costs, such as skip hire, will increase total cost by two to five percent.
Is DIY Worktop Fitting a Good Idea?
One of the trickiest parts of the work is accurately measuring for worktops. Getting sizes wrong leads to many issues. This video is a great example of how to measure worktops.
In most cases, labour accounts for 15 to 50 percent of the total cost. The percentage is lowest for expensive worktops. Therefore, there is more to lose when the worktops are expensive – if fitting mistakes are made.
If you have excellent skills and experience, then fitting your worktops is possible. Follow written instructions, if provided, and watch installation tutorials.
Most homeowners don’t have the time, skills or tools needed to do the job properly. Hiring a professional worktop company or installer is the best choice.
If you’re unsure if you can fit the worktops yourself, see the video from Wikes below to give you an idea of what’s involved:
Worktop Replacement / Installation Time Schedule
Each project has unique time factors. Here are general guidelines.
- Order your worktops: A few weeks to a couple months is needed to manufacture worktops.
Once the worktops are ready, here is a time frame:
- Preparing for worktops: A half day to 1 and one-half days. This involves disconnecting plumbing, removing the sink, hob and the old worktops, when necessary. About
- Fitting worktops: 1-3 days. Factors include how many worktops are installed, their size and how much onsite work is required.
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Frequently Asked Questions for Kitchen & Bathroom Worktop Installation?
Q. What is worktop templating?
A. Templating of your kitchen worktop is a process of creating a exact mock-up of the kitchen worktop dimensions, so the worktop is cut to the exact sizes before installation. Worktop templating is essential before any worktop can be installed.
Q. What are splashbacks and upstands?
A. Simply, kitchen splashbacks and upstands are installed to help protect your kitchen walls / surfaces against spitting and splashing caused by your hobs or sinks, enabling them to be easy to clean and hygienic.