The Magna worktop is the Apollo solid surface worktop. Manufactured by Sheridan Fabrications, it is comprised of a 6mm acrylic resin solid surface layer, and a chipboard core. As with all solid surface worktops, the Apollo Magna worktop is non-porous and warm to the touch.
Let’s take a look at some of the key features associated with the solid surface Apollo worktops.
Even though Apollo Magna worktops can be purchased as blanks, it is still possible to install them so that they have seamless joints. Integrated sinks can also be incorporated. These Apollo worktops are available in ten colours and the literature suggests that they ‘have the same look and feel as 12mm solid surface worktops’. Providing they are fitting correctly, and the joints are made to appear seamless, there is no denying that Apollo Magna worktops do look really stunning.
Durability and Performance
Because they are non-porous Apollo Magna worktops are very hygienic. Bacteria and grime is not able to reach the core by penetrating the solid surface. Due to their seamless nature, the gap between worktop sections also doesn’t provide a route for germs into the heart of the worktop. The surface is also easy to wipe down.
Although they are relatively stain and heat resistant, as with other solid surfaces, common sense will dictate that you must treat the surface with care. If you want to avoid damaging the solid surface, don’t place hot items straight from the oven onto the worktop and don’t cut directly onto the counter. Most purchasers use chopping boards and worktop protectors.
Apollo Magna worktops can be marked and scratched fairly easily. However, most tough stains and markings can be buffed away, and deeper scratches and chips can usually be repaired. Certain colours of Apollo Magna worktops are more susceptible to being damaged than others. The Magna brochure is clear on this point:
Please note dark, heavily pigmented colours will show scratches, dust and ordinary wear and tear more readily then light or textured colours and should not be used in high traffic areas.
You have been warned! The same is also true of pure white solid surface worktops. Most complaints about solid surface worktops (including Apollo Magna work surfaces) are related to two things. First, the worktop has been installed incorrectly (resulting in surface cracking and lifting), and second, a very dark, very pale or high gloss worktop has been fitted in a busy kitchen and, as a result, it is becoming difficult to maintain the counter’s original finish.
Apollo Magna worktops come as blanks, meaning that they do not have to be individually fabricated off-site to your specifications. The Magna solid surfaces are described as ‘easy to install with seamless unobtrusive joints’. This is not always the case, particularly if you are an inexperienced kitchen fitter. To guarantee a fantastic finish to your worktop, it is advisable to enlist the services of a professional kitchen installer.
At the time of writing, a 1800mm by 650mm length of Apollo Magna solid surface worktop cost about £240, and a 3600mm length cost between £380 – £400. Matching upstands and spalshbacks are also available. When considering the cost of these worktops, don’t forget to factor in the price of installation and fitting kits.