Wood kitchen with Neolith® countertops in Strata

The ultimate guide to Neolith® countertops

When you’re looking for a new kitchen countertop, it’s easy to get confused between all the different materials and brands because there are so many. And they all have their pros and cons.

Our aim is to help make that decision easier for you.

In this blog, we take a detailed look at Neolith® countertops. It tells you everything you need to know to help you decide if it’s a worktop that will suit your needs.

Who makes Neolith® countertops?

Neolith® countertops are made by a company of the same name. Their headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Spain and they distribute Neolith® all over the world using a network of fabricators and installers.

As well as worktops, Neolith® stone surfaces are also used for all sorts of other things. Internal and external wall cladding, floors, building facades and even furniture. This shows what a versatile and hardwearing surface it is.

How is Neolith® made?

Neolith® is a sintered stone worktop. It’s made of 100% recyclable crushed stone that’s sinterized – a process that applies extreme heat and pressure to fuse the stone together without having to use glue. It’s a speeded-up version of the process natural stones, like marble and granite, go through naturally in the earth’s crust.

Why choose Neolith® countertops?

When choosing a kitchen countertop, one of the main things you need to consider is how much abuse the surface will need to take! Am I (and my family) messy? Will spills get cleaned up quickly? Will I be careful with hot pans? Am I prepared to put in any maintenance work that might be needed?

If you’re thinking about choosing a Neolith® countertop, we’re pleased to say that it performs very well:

  • It’s stain-resistant. This worktop is resistant to all the usual ‘danger’ spills, like red wine, tea and spices, because it has a non-porous surface.
  • It’s UV-resistant. If your kitchen gets a high concentration of sunlight, you won’t need to worry about your worktop fading. This makes Neolith® stone perfect for outdoor kitchens too.  
  • It’s scratch and abrasion-resistant. Neolith® kitchen countertops have an extremely hard surface. So, it can withstand everyday scratches and scrapes. As with any worktop, we always recommend using a chopping board when using sharp knives.
  • It’s fire and temperature-resistant. You can put hot pans on a Neolith® surface, and it won’t scorch or crack. Neither will it burn if it came into contact with fire. It’s also resistant to very low temperatures, which makes it ideal for an outdoor kitchen.
  • It’s maintenance-free. Once your Neolith kitchen countertop is installed, there’s nothing to do other than keep it clean after use with soapy water.
  • It comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

What finishes and colours do Neolith® kitchen countertops come in?

Neolith® gives you plenty of choices when it comes to colours and finishes. There are over 50 colours to choose from, and they come in all sorts of contemporary and classic designs. Some designs mimic other, less hardwearing materials. So, it’s great if you need the performance of sintered stone but love the look of marble, for example.

Neolith® finishes

Neolith® has four finishes: satin, silk, polished and riverwashed.

Satin gives a beautiful matte finish.
Silk has a matte finish but with an added layer of glaze that gives it a subtle shine and a soft touch.
A Polished finish gives a high gloss appearance to your worktop.
Riverwashed finish has a rough, bumpy texture.

Neolith® colours

Neolith’s® colour range is split into six collections:

Kitchen with Neolith® countertops in Calacatta
Part of Neolith’s® Classtone Collection, this Calacatta Gold worktop mimics natural marble, with its silky white background and grey veining.

The Classtone Collection is a range of 15 classic colours and designs that mimic marble, granite and quartz. They’re sophisticated and stylish, and any design of kitchen will be enhanced by their rich colours.

Kitchen with Neolith® countertops in Zaha Stone
Part of Neolith’s® Fusion Collection, this Zaha Stone worktop makes the island in this kitchen stand out beautifully.

The Fusion Collection blends traditional and contemporary with its range of 25 colours. The unique patterns have been designed to playfully reference materials found in the natural world but with a modern twist. In this range you’ll find many solid colours, and colours with subtle patterns.

Kitchen with Neolith® countertops in Iron Copper
Part of Neolith’s® Iron Collection, this Iron Copper worktop gives this classic kitchen a rustic feel.

The Iron Collection consists of five colours that mimic real iron. Some are subtle, and some are vibrant. They have a stunning metallic finish that works equally well in modern and classic kitchens.

Kitchen with Neolith® countertops in La Boheme
Part of Neolith’s® Timber Collection, this La Boheme worktop installed on the island looks like real timber yet has all the hardwearing properties of sintered stone.

The Timber Collection comes in just three designs with a hyper-realistic wood effect. Unlike real wood, Neoliths® Timber Collection doesn’t require any maintenance and has all the hardwearing properties of sintered stone.

Kitchen with Neolith® countertops in Arctic White
Part of Neolith’s® Colorfeel Collection, this Arctic White worktop is full-bodied. Bringing vibrancy to this all-white kitchen.

The Colorfeel Collection is a range of 7 high-definition colourful surfaces, ranging from the subdued to the dramatic. These are solid colours in white, beige, grey, brown and black.

Kitchen with Neolith® countertops in Sofia Cuprum
Part of Neolith’s® Steel Collection, this Sofia Cuprum worktop is a fascinating dark and understated surface that brings warmth to this kitchen.

The Steel Collection comes in just two dark colours that will give an urban feel to any kitchen. They also have their own unique steel touch finish.

What design choices do Neolith® countertops give you?

When it comes to designing your kitchen, Neolith® is so versatile that it won’t limit you in any way.  Here are some ideas of what you can do with Neolith®:

Neolith® kitchen countertops can be fitted on any brand of kitchen cabinet

Choosing a Neolith® countertop doesn’t hold you back when it comes to your choice of kitchen supplier. It can be cut and shaped to fit any kitchen cabinet. So, whether you choose Ikea, Howdens, B&Q or an independent supplier, Neolith® will suit them all.

Neolith® countertops come in two thicknesses

Neolith® for worktops is available in 12mm and 20mm thicknesses. 20mm is the most popular size, but the slimmer 12mm looks fantastic in a modern kitchen.

Kitchen with Neolith® kitchen worktops in 20cm thickness
Neolith® 20cm thick worktop.
Neolith® 12cm thick worktop.

Neolith® countertops can be curved

Curved and shaped cabinets can give your kitchen a much softer feel than traditional square edges and straight lines. You can buy cabinets in a range of curved shapes, and you’ll need a worktop that can be cut to match that shape. Neolith® is a worktop that’s suitable for this.

Neolith® countertops have two edge options

A square edge profile simply has a square flat edge.

Kitchen with Neolith® kitchen countertop with a square edge profile
Neolith® kitchen countertop with a square edge profile.

A flute edge profile gives the appearance of the worktop jutting out on the top side.

Kitchen with Neolith® kitchen countertop with a flute edge profile
Neolith® kitchen countertop with a flute edge profile.

Neolith® countertops allow you to have an undermount sink

As with all stone worktops, you can install an undermount sink with Neolith®. You can also have a recessed drainer or drainer grooves cut into the worktop next to your sink so that your whole sink area blends seamlessly into your kitchen.

Neolith® also have their own range of undermount sinks, made from the same material as the worktops, and in many of the same colours.

Kitchen with Neolith® worktops and undermount sink
This kitchen has a undermount sink installed under the Neolith® countertop. It helps the whole sink area blend seamlessly into the kitchen for a minimalist look.

Neolith® allows you to have a flush-mounted hob

Flush-mounted hobs are a popular choice for the modern kitchen. They look sleek, and their totally flat surface makes them easy to clean. All stone worktops are suitable for flush-mounted hobs, including Neolith®.

This Neolith® countertop incorporates a flush-mounted hob to give the kitchen a designer look.
This Neolith® countertop incorporates a flush-mounted hob to give the kitchen a designer look.

Neolith® countertops allow you to have pop-up sockets

Pop-up sockets are really handy for plugging in occasional use appliances on your kitchen island. But to be able to have a pop-up socket, you really need a stone worktop. So, Neolith® is perfect for this.

Kitchen countertop with pop-up sockets
As the name suggests, a pop-up socket pops up when you need it and pops down when you don’t.

Neolith® has matching upstands and splashbacks available

Upstands are the perfect finishing touch for your kitchen. They’re 100mm tall, so only cover the bottom part of the wall behind your worktop. But they’re great for concealing any gaps that arise between your wall and the worktop due to uneven walls.

Splashbacks can cover your whole wall. They not only look fantastic, but they protect your wall from food splashes too.

All Neolith® collections come with matching upstands and splashbacks. But you don’t always have to match colours. You could go for a contrasting look instead.

Kitchen with Neolith® worktops in Mont Blanc and splashbacks in Mar del Plata
This kitchen combines a Neolith® countertop in Mont Blanc and splashback in Mar del Plata. The two colours complement each other beautifully.

When you combine worktops and splashbacks, they must always be the same thickness. You can’t have a 20mm worktop with a 12mm splashback because the different thicknesses would affect the worktop’s use. And because different thicknesses are produced in different batches, you wouldn’t get an exact colour match.

Are Neolith® countertops expensive?

Neolith® are premium quality and high-performance worktops. So, they tend to be at the higher end of the worktop price scale. However, you can expect these worktops to last for years and to look just as new after 10 years as they do on the day they’re installed.

It always pays to shop around as prices can vary between suppliers. Some suppliers have more overheads than others, so their prices are likely to be higher. Others have smaller overheads or buy in bulk, so get a better price from the manufacturer.

At SEH Interiors, we don’t have showrooms or sales teams, so we’re usually able to supply and install Neolith® worktops for up to 50% less than our competitors.

What’s the installation process for Neolith® countertops?

Neolith® countertops are supplied by Neolith® to fabricators in big slabs. So, they must be cut down to size and shaped to precisely fit your kitchen.

They also have to be cut by special machines that can’t be brought into your home. So, unlike laminate or wooden worktops that are bought off-the-shelf in standard sizes, Neolith® worktops do take a bit longer to get installed. However, the process is straightforward, and they’ll be well worth the wait!

  • Start by getting a quote to get an idea of prices to see if Neolith® fits your budget.
  • Order free Neolith® samples to see the colours in the flesh, in the light of your own kitchen.
  • Order your worktop.
  • Book a templating appointment. This is where the worktop installers visit your home to measure up and make a worktop template. This can’t be done until your kitchen base cabinets have been fitted. Here’s some advice on how to prepare for a worktop installation.
  • Your worktop is made at the fabricator’s workshop.
  • Your worktop is installed.

Depending on who supplies and fits your worktop, this process can take anywhere from two to six weeks or more. At SEH Interiors, we know you won’t want to wait too long 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.

In summary

If you want a hardwearing and long-lasting kitchen countertop, you can’t go wrong with Neolith®. It allows you to have any design you want and comes in a wide range of colours and finishes. This makes it an excellent choice for any kitchen style.

SEH Interiors have over 10 years’ experience supplying and fitting premium-quality kitchen worktops at affordable prices across the UK, including Neolith®.
Browse our Neolith® countertop range.