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Benchtops have to work hard and look great – so, which way to go? Laminate, granite, marble, engineered stone and stainless steel all have their advantages. All you need to know is here

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Quartz benchtops come in many colours and finishes and are resistant to stains and marks

Benchtops are the workhorses of a kitchen and often lead the aesthetic, too – created in an array of 31 beautiful colours, patterns and finishes, Smartstone engineered quartz surfaces offer a variety of options

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Warm your kitchen with a European Oak benchtop

European Oak is a real classic for kitchens and creates a stunning bench top. It's also got a warm character both in the grain and the end grain.

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Why you'll want to consider Dekton

Cosentino's Dekton is ideally suited for both indoor and outdoor applications. Known as an 'ultracompact surface', it's made up of quartz, glass and porcelain for maximum durability.

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Silestone has become the perfect option for kitchen and bathroom benchtops over and above other traditional materials such as granite or natural stone.
Josh Emett next to his SCE Stone & Design benchtop and splashback

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Silestone Manufacturing Process
A step by step guide on how we make Silestone, the original natural quartz surface designed by Cosentino for high quality kitchens and bathrooms. 

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