The ultimate guide to Dekton® countertops
If you’re on the hunt for a new kitchen worktop and you’re wondering if Dekton® is any good, you’re in the right place to find out. We’ve pulled together this ultimate guide to help you decide whether to buy a Dekton® countertop or not. It covers everything you need to know about Dekton®... plus everything you might not have even thought about!
Who makes Dekton® countertops?
Dekton® is manufactured by a Spanish, family-owned company called Cosentino. They’re one of the biggest worktop manufacturers in the world. They work with a global network of fabricators and installers to get their high-quality surfaces into homes and buildings.
And Dekton® isn’t just for kitchen worktops. Cosentino also uses it to make flooring, tiling, wall cladding and building facades. So, that should give you an idea of just how versatile and hardwearing this surface is.
As well as Dekton®, Cosentino also manufactures Silestone® (a quartz surface), Sensa (a granite surface) and Natural Stone worktops.
How are Dekton® countertops made?
Dekton® is described as an ultra-compact surface. It’s made from a mix of porcelain, glass and natural quartz minerals, fused together in a process called sintering.
This process mimics the way marble is naturally formed in the earth’s crust. It uses extreme heat and pressure to fuse the minerals together without adding a bonding agent.
So, the result is an incredibly dense, non-porous and hardwearing surface.
Why choose Dekton® countertops?
Kitchen worktops take a lot of abuse over their lifetime. Spilt food and drink, hot pans, cleaning chemicals, abrasive materials and knives are all part and parcel of the everyday wear and tear they go through.
So, the question is, are Dekton® worktops any good at standing up to this abuse?
The simple answer is, yes! In fact, we think Dekton® is the best worktop material for performance and here’s why:
- It’s stain-resistant. Red wine, coffee, tea, lemon juice, turmeric and other spices… even drain cleaner won’t leave a mark on a Dekton® worktop because it’s non-porous.
- It’s UV-resistant. Remember we said Dekton® is also used on building facades? Well, this is one of the reasons why. Dekton® is perfect for outdoor kitchens. And your worktop won't fade in a sunny kitchen.
- It’s scratch and abrasion-resistant. You can slide objects along this countertop or use abrasive cleaning cloths without leaving any marks because it’s incredibly hardwearing. You can even cut veg on it, although we always recommend using a chopping board when using sharp knives on any worktop material.
- It’s fire and temperature-resistant. This refers to both hot and cold temperatures. So, you can put hot pans or electrical appliances directly onto a Dekton® surface without fear of it scorching or cracking. And its resistance to cold is another thing that makes it ideal for outdoor kitchens.
- It’s maintenance-free. All these worktops need is a wipe down with soapy water after use. That’s it!
- It comes with a whopping 25-year manufacturer’s warranty. A nod to show just how confident Cosentino is in the durability of this surface.
What finishes and colours do Dekton® countertops come in?
When it comes to colours and finishes, you’re spoilt for choice with Dekton®. Because it’s an engineered stone, Cosentino can create many different colours and designs. From worktops that mimic natural stones to worktops that mimic other materials like concrete and even wood.
Here’s a run-down of the range.
Dekton® has 3 finishes which Cosentino call xgloss, ultratexture and ultramatte. Not all colours come in all finishes, so if you’re set on a particular finish, check the colour you pick is available in it.
Xgloss is a high gloss finish. The surface is polished to make it ultra-smooth and give it a high sheen you can see your reflection in.
Ultratexture is a textured finish that takes inspiration from nature. Colours that are a wood, slate or marble effect have this finish.
Ultramatte is a matt finish that gives the worktop a soft, elegant look.
Dekton’s® colour range is split into 11 collections over five price groups:
The Natural Collection recreates the best of nature and geology. Here you’ll find many colours and designs that mimic natural stone worktops like marble and granite.
Part of Dekton’s® Natural Collection, this Laurent worktop features a dramatic dark brown background crisscrossed with veins of gold.
The Natural Xgloss Collection is similar to the Natural Collection, but all of the colours have a gloss finish.
The Solid Collection is a range of solid coloured worktops, with no grains or veining.
Part of Dekton’s® Solid Collection, this Ventus worktop is a warm, soft beige that mimics the tranquil softness of sand on a beach.
The Solid Xgloss Collection is similar to the Solid Collection, but all of the colours have a gloss finish.
The Tech Collection was designed to evoke urban environments. So, in this range, you’ll find worktops that look like materials such as concrete and cement.
Part of Dekton’s® Tech Collection, this Keon worktop is light and bright, bringing a natural look to this modern kitchen.
The Wild Collection consists of four designs inspired by nature. There are two aged timber effects, a red timber effect and a sand drift effect.
Part of Dekton’s® Wild Collection, this Makai worktop has an aged timber effect.
The Industrial Collection pays tribute to the imperfections of stones and metals at their various stages of ageing. In this range, you’ll find colours inspired by silver, steel, cement and volcanic rock.
Part of Dekton’s® Industrial Collection, this Trilium worktop has a mix of colours inspired by volcanic stones.
Basiq Xgloss isn’t a collection. In fact, it comes in just one colour: Vienna. It’s a high gloss, white worktop.
Dekton’s® Basiq Xgloss worktop in Vienna is white with a high gloss finish. It bounces light around this kitchen, making it feel spacious.
The Stonika Xgloss Collection has six classic colours that blend with nature to create worktops with hyper-realistic beauty. This is another collection that mimics the look of natural stone.
Part of Dekton’s® Stonika Xgloss Collection, this Taga worktop is inspired by Taj Mahal quartzite. It has greyish tones and crystalline and marble veins.
The Chromica Collection has three colours (Uyuni white, Feroe deep green and Baltic dark blue). This is another range inspired by nature. They are colours that are timeless yet modern to suit both traditional and contemporary kitchens.
Part of Dekton’s® Chromica Collection, this Feroe worktop is inspired by hidden and unexplored corners of nature. Its sophisticated deep green colour adds warmth to this kitchen.
The Liquid Collection consists of three colours inspired by nature. Liquid Embers is black with swirls of grey, Liquid Sky is white with swirls of grey and Liquid Shell is pearlescent with varying shades of off-white.
Part of Dekton’s® Liquid Collection, this Liquid Embers worktop represents the meeting point between fire and liquid. It’s reminiscent of magma, swirling deep below the earth’s surface.
What design choices do Dekton® countertops give you?
When it comes to creating unique designs, Dekton® is perfect. Here’s how you can make your worktop both functional and bespoke with Dekton®:
Dekton® countertops can be installed on any brand of kitchen units
People often ask us if units from places like Ikea, Howdens, B&Q and Homebase, are strong enough to hold Dekton® worktops. The answer is yes. All standard kitchen units are fine to have Dekton® worktops fitted onto them. So, your choice of worktop won’t limit your choice of kitchen supplier.
Dekton® countertops come in two thicknesses
Dekton® is available in 12mm and 20mm thicknesses. 20mm is the most popular size, but the slimmer 12mm looks great in a modern kitchen.
The slim design of this 12mm Dekton® kitchen worktop in Bergen gives this kitchen a modern, minimalist look.
This 20mm Dekton® worktop in Nayla provides a strong surface for the overhanging breakfast bar.
Dekton® countertops can be curved
Gone are the days when you had to stick to straight lines in the kitchen. Cabinets come in all sorts of curved shapes now, and Dekton® is a worktop material that can be fabricated to fit those curves.
This Dekton® worktop in Fiord is curved to match the kitchen cabinets and table’s shape, giving a beautiful soft look to the kitchen.
Dekton® countertops have a double bevel edge profile
A double bevel edge profile simply has a flat vertical edge. And the top and bottom horizontal edges are flattened off to create an angle.
Dekton® allows you to have an under-mount sink
When it comes to your sink area, Dekton® provides more choices than a standard sink and drainer.
Instead, you can install an under-mount sink and have a recessed drainer or drainer grooves cut into the worktop.
This means your sink blends seamlessly into your worktop for a minimalist look. And it makes the area easier to clean because water can drain straight from your work surface into the sink.
This Dekton® worktop in Kelya incorporates a recessed drainer that helps water drain into the under-mount sink.
Dekton® allows you to have a flush-mounted hob
Another feature of a Dekton® worktop is that it’s suitable for use with a flush-mounted hob. This is where the hob is sunk into the worktop to make it flush with the surface, giving your kitchen a designer look. You have to buy a hob specially made for this too.
This Dekton® worktop in Trilium incorporates a flush-mounted hob to give the kitchen a designer look.
Dekton® allows you to have pop-up sockets
Occasional use plug sockets that pop-up out of your worktop are really handy in the kitchen. Particularly on a kitchen island, where you can’t use wall sockets. Dekton® is one of the worktop materials that makes this possible.
Pop-up sockets are handy on a kitchen island. They pop-up when you need them and are concealed when you don’t.
This Dekton® worktop in Laurent incorporates a splashback that is both beautiful and practical.
Dekton® has matching upstands and splashbacks available
Upstands and splashbacks that match your countertop give a beautiful finished look to any kitchen. Upstands are 100mm tall, so only cover the bottom part of your wall behind the worktop. If you want to protect the rest of the wall from splashes, you can apply tiles.
Splashbacks cover your wall's full height between the worktop and cabinets, therefore taking away the need for separate tiles.
We often get asked if you can have a 20mm thick worktop with thinner splashbacks or upstands?
Unfortunately, you can’t. This would affect the worktop’s use and increase the price. But also, different surface thicknesses are manufactured in different batches. So, your worktop and splashback or upstand wouldn’t be a perfect colour match if they were different thicknesses.
Dekton® comes in a large slab size, meaning fewer joins
All Dekton® slabs come in a larger than average size of 3150mm x 1440mm. This means it can cover large areas with fewer cuts and joins than most other worktop materials.
However, if you need to cover an area that’s longer or wider than this, you will require a join. And how visible the join is will depend on the colour and design of your worktop.
For example, if you choose a solid colour, the join will be a fine width, sealed with colour matched glue. So, the join will barely be visible.
But on a veined worktop, veins across two slabs won’t match up, so the join will be more noticeable. However, there are two colours available that solve this problem.
Dekton® Aura15 (from the Natural Collection) and Dekton® Natura (from the Natural Xgloss Collection) can be book-matched.
This means multiple slabs can be made so there's one continuous vein running from slab to slab when they’re put together. We do try to vein match other colours as well where possible.
This Dekton® worktop in Aura15 can be book-matched to allow a continuous vein pattern to run across two slabs.
Are Dekton® countertops expensive?
Because of their premium quality and high performance, Dekton® kitchen worktops naturally tend to be at the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to price. But they offer excellent value because they last for years.
And prices can vary quite greatly between suppliers, so it pays to shop around. For example, suppliers with many overheads, like showrooms and sales teams, usually have to charge more to cover their costs. On the opposite end of the scale, some suppliers might seem very cheap, but they could be cutting corners when it comes to customer service or installation.
At SEH Interiors, we’re able to supply and install Dekton® worktops at up to 50% less than our competitors. And that’s because we have low overheads and get discounts from the manufacturer as we buy huge quantities. But we also aren’t the cheapest because we never compromise on our service or the installation quality to keep our prices low.
What’s the installation process for Dekton® countertops?
Dekton® countertops are a bespoke buy, which means they’re made to order to fit your kitchen perfectly. Once you’ve decided on a Dekton® countertop, the process is simple:
- Get a quote. We’re sure the first thing you’ll want to check is that your choice fits within your budget. At SEH Interiors you can get an online quote in one hour.
- Order some samples. Buying a worktop is a significant investment, so you must see your chosen colour in the flesh, in the light of your own kitchen. At SEH Interiors you can order free worktop samples and get them delivered to your home within a few days.
- Visit a Cosentino showroom to look at a large slab. There are eight Cosentino showrooms around the country with large slabs of every worktop colour on display.
- Place your order.
- Expert installers measure your kitchen and make a template of your worktop. This stage can only be done once your new kitchen base cabinets have been fitted into their final place. The length of time this takes will depend on your supplier. At SEH Interiors, we can visit you within a week of placing your order if needs be.
- Your worktop is made. This takes place at the fabricator’s workshop.
- Your worktop is fitted. The length of time between the template being made and your worktop being installed will depend on the supplier. At SEH Interiors, we know that you’ll be keen to get your kitchen finished, so we aim to install worktops a week (with a maximum of two weeks) after the template has been made.
Dekton® is arguably the most hardwearing and high-performing worktop material available. With such a wide range of colours and styles to choose from its easy to find something that will suit your tastes. And its design versatility will allow you to create a bespoke kitchen, with a countertop that will look fantastic for many years.
SEH Interiors have over 20 years’ experience supplying and fitting premium-quality kitchen worktops at affordable prices across the UK, including Dekton®. Browse our Dekton® worktop range.