Earthstone worktops are made up of a 28mm chipboard core with a 6mm acrylic surface bonded to its top and front faces. As a result, it is a solid surface worktop. Like all solid surface worktops, Earthstone has both positive and negative features. Let’s look at these in more detail.
Earthstone is intended to give the appearance of granite worktops without the expense. They can be fitted with seamless joints and matching upstands, hob panels and splashbacks can also be incorporated. Earthstone worktops are available in eight designs (at the time of writing), and they are pre-finished with a matt surface so that they can be installed immediately.
Providing they are fitted correctly and the joints between worktop lengths are actually made to be seamless, Earthstone worktops do look really good.
Durability and Performance
Most solid surface kitchen worktops are prone to becoming scratched quite easily, and Earthstone worktops are no different in this respect. However, most small, everyday marks can be buffed and polished away by the worktop owner. More significant scratches can also usually be removed, but these may require the expertise of a specialist kitchen installer.
Due to the fact it is non-porous, Earthstone kitchen worktops are easy to wipe down and keep clean. The seamless joints also prevent bacteria and germs thriving between sections of worktop.
Although it is quite heat resistant, it is recommended that you do not place hot items directly onto the Earthstone surface. You should also always use a chopping board or worktop protector when cutting or setting down heavy or sharp items. Such measures should ensure that the Earthstone worktop stays looking in good condition for longer.
Some of the Earthstone colours are more likely to become scratched or to show scratches. The Glacier option in particular is not a very good choice for a busy, well-used part of your kitchen. Although it will look great after it has been cleaned, it won’t be long until it has become marked again. Most pure white solid surface worktop, regardless of who makes them, should only be used for very low traffic kitchens or kitchen areas.
Although all of the literature suggests that Earthstone worktops can be used with non-factory fitted undermounted sinks and Belfast sinks, I have heard some reports of people having trouble with this configuration. Just as with laminate worktops, because Earthstone worktops have a chipboard core, any water penetrating into the worktop will cause the counter to blow and the surface will lift and crack. It is a much safer option to install an inset sink.
Fitting an Earthstone worktop is described as ‘simple’ because no templating is required and the worktop blanks can be manipulated using the same techniques you would use if fitting a laminate work surface. Yet, if you want to guarantee a seamless finish with invisible joints between worktop sections, it is advisable to use an experienced solid surface worktop fitter. The quality of installation will dramatically affect the look and functionality of you worktop.
Earthstone worktop blanks come in two lengths. The 1800mm worktops cost about £345 at the time of writing, and the 3000mm lengths: £575 – £600. On top of this you must also factor in the cost of installation and fixing kits.