kitchen backsplashes
Published on 10 February 2020
Updated on 10 February 2020

Glass or stainless steel for my splashback? We help you choose

While essential for protecting walls from splatters when cooking, the splashback can also be a major decorative asset in your kitchen. Are you hesitating between glass and stainless steel? Let’s take a look at their features and benefits.

Stainless steel splashbacks

It looks as if it’s straight out of a professional kitchen: a stainless steel splashback has an alluring industrial look and a shine to showcase your kitchen.

In fact it will reflect light around the room like a mirror.

The question is whether you want to have it only around the hob or the length of the wall.


Advantages :

• The main advantage of a stainless steel splashback is its durability: stainless steel is resistant to heat, water and corrosion, while also being unbreakable and retaining its shape. So stainless steel is a good choice for those who want a kitchen that lasts for years.
• Another useful advantage is that stainless steel is very hygienic as it limits the spread of microbes (which explains its use in professional kitchens) – a real plus if you cook a lot.

Disadvantages :

• Although stainless steel is robust, its beautiful polished appearance is also very sensitive to scuffs and scratches. It therefore needs careful treatment and cleaning.
• It is also a material that attracts fingerprints and limescale. Fortunately, it cleans very easily with a soft cloth and soapy water.

How to Choose it :

Stainless steel comes in thin sheets or plates, polished or brushed to suit your taste, and is installed directly against the wall.

Glass splashbacks

Glass is another contemporary material that adds radiance and shine to the splashback.

It also has the big advantage of coming in several forms, to fulfil your wildest kitchen fantasies.

Glass splashbacks can be transparent, frosted, sandblasted, painted or lacquered, matt or shiny – anything is possible, even relief effects.


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Advantages :

• Glass is 100% non-porous and very hygienic. Its smooth surface is easy to clean with a sponge.
• Lacquered and tempered glass is also very heat-resistant.

Disadvantages :

• Unsurprisingly, the main disadvantage of glass is its fragility. You must therefore avoid even the slightest bangs or knocks!
• The splashback must be completely sealed to be effective and durable.

How to install it:

As it is very fragile, it is better to hire a professional to install a glass splashback.

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