No matter how large or small a kitchen is there is a necessity for as much worktop area as possible to be available for the preparation of food and the various small domestic appliances that need to be close at hand.
If you can afford it granite or stainless steel worktops are an excellent choice because you can place dishes and pans directly onto these types of materials. They also have a naturally cool surface so are excellent for rolling out pastry. Not only that, they will last a lifetime. Marble is not a great choice because it is expensive, will stain and over time will erode and crumble particularly around corners and edges. Modern laminates are more durable than they used to be and are the least expensive of all worktop materials. However, if you spend a lot of time preparing food and cooking the care that has to be taken with making sure you use chopping boards, rather than cutting food directing on top of the work surface and place settings for pots and pans when they are taken off the hob or out of the oven, may be more hassle than it is worth.
Laminate work surfaces certainly look attractive since they are now made in so many designs including marble and granite effect and they provide a cheap way to make kitchen work surfaces look magnificent. Often used in rental property laminates can be false economy since tenants are renowned for having no great respect for other people's property and you may need to replace these types of worktops much more frequently than if you had chosen something a little more expensive, but hard-wearing. Companies like Akwa Plumb Kitchens Glasgow have several years of experience in the supply and installation of laminate, granite, quartz and solid wood kitchen worktops.