Kitchen splashbacks

Which kitchen splashbacks should we use?

 

Splashbacks are essential for your kitchen, particularly around areas such as the cooktop & sink. You want to choose a splashback that keeps the area around your kitchen benchtops clean, hygienic and, most importantly, leak proof.

 

Splashbacks are also required behind a cooktop for the gas fitter to issue a certificate of compliance.

 

Style is probably the most important thing in a kitchen splashback, however each type of splashback has its pros & cons, so we’ve put together a splashback guide that highlights the pros & cons of the various splashbacks, along with pricing guides & images to inspire you.

Quick Reference Guide – Kitchen Splashbacks

 

Please scroll down the page for more information & images of the various splashbacks.

 

Type of Kitchen SplashbackProsConsPrice Guide
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Glass- is easy to clean and hygienic
- is corrosion and heat resistant
- can be produced in any custom colour or pattern to match your decor
- can have an image printed onto the glass splashback
- is able to be custom made to your specifications – even large sizes
reflects light well, enhancing light in the kitchen
- can also be LED lit
- can be difficult to self-install
- can be costly
- with force, glass can shatter
$
Stainless Steel- looks great
- is resilient, durable, and impact resistant
- is easy to clean and hygienic
- is corrosion and heat resistant
- is able to be custom made to your specifications
- complements your stainless steel kitchen bench and kitchen sink
- can mark & scratch quite easily
- can dent
- can be expensive if you want a custom size
$$$
Ceramic Tiles- infinite options on designs and styles
- can use large or small tiles or create a mosaic
- is resilient, durable, and impact resistant
- is easy to clean and hygienic
- is corrosion and heat resistant
- choice of tiles can be overwhelming
- grout can stain over time (consider a darker grout for a family kitchen)
$$
Pressed Metal Sheet- is easy to clean and hygienic
- is heat & moisture resistant
- eco-friendly
- with most prints you can add sheets to cover any size
- can be damaged by acid
- dents easily
- not a DIY project
$$
Pressed Tin Tiles- DIY friendly
- is easy to clean and hygienic
- is heat & moisture resistant
- eco-friendly
- with tiles, you can tile to any size or shape
- can be damaged by acid
- can be dented
$$
Engineered Stone- durable
- scratch resistant and nonporous, meaning it won’t stain
- easily cleaned with warm, soapy water
- comes in a wide range of different colours to suit all tastes
- supplied in large panels, resulting in fewer or no seams on a larger wall run
- installation of an engineered stone backsplash must be done by a specialist
- not a DIY job
$$$
Magnetic Chalkboard- really unusual
- great for leaving messages for the family or creating your own artwork
- more suitable for areas other than the cooktop area
- can be slightly more difficult to clean
- can’t use plastic magnets near a hot flame
$

GLASS SPLASHBACKS

 

Glass is a great option for a splashback. It’s easy to clean & available in many different colours & patterns.

 

The colour can be colour matched to your appliances or wall shade or you can even take your favourite photograph & have it printed onto your glass splashback.

  • is easy to clean and hygienic
  • is corrosion and heat resistant
  • can be produced in any custom colour or pattern to match your decor
  • can have an image printed onto the glass splashback
  • is able to be custom made to your specifications – even large sizes
  • reflects light well, enhancing light in the kitchen
  • can also be LED lit
  • can be difficult to self-install
  • can be costly
  • with force, glass can shatter

STAINLESS STEEL SPLASHBACKS

 

Stainless steel splashbacks will ensure your wet areas remain clean and dry, and give a fresh contemporary look to your stainless steel benchtop.

 

Stainless steel splashbacks provide a great alternative to glass splashbacks or granite splashbacks.

  • looks great
  • is resilient, durable, and impact resistant
  • is easy to clean and hygienic
  • is corrosion and heat resistant
  • is able to be custom made to your specifications
  • complements your stainless steel kitchen bench and kitchen sink
  • can mark & scratch quite easily
  • can dent
  • can be expensive if you want a custom size

CERAMIC TILES SPLASHBACKS

 

Ceramic tiles come in all shapes & sizes to suit all tastes & budgets.

 

They can be used whole or you can create artistic mosaics.

 

Subway tiles are most popular at the moment.

  • infinite options on designs and styles
  • can use large or small tiles or create a mosaic
  • is resilient, durable, and impact resistant
  • is easy to clean and hygienic
  • is corrosion and heat resistant
  • choice of tiles can be overwhelming
  • grout can stain over time (consider a darker grout for a family kitchen)

PRESSED METAL SPLASHBACKS

 

Pressed tin splashbacks are sheets of pressed tin that come in a variety of finishes.

 

Similar to tin tiles, they can add a unique look to your kitchen.

  • is easy to clean and hygienic
  • is heat & moisture resistant
  • eco-friendly
  • with most prints you can add sheets to cover any size
  • can be damaged by acid
  • dents easily
  • not a DIY project

PRESSED TIN TILE SPLASHBACKS

 

Brushed nickel tin tiles are water & heat resistant. They will never fade, discolor, or rust over time.

 

They can add a contemporary look to any kitchen splashback.

  • DIY friendly
  • is easy to clean and hygienic
  • is heat & moisture resistant
  • eco-friendly
  • with tiles, you can tile to any size or shape
  • can be damaged by acid
  • can be dented

ENGINEERED STONE SPLASHBACKS

 

Stainless steel splash backs will ensure your wet areas remain clean and dry, and give a fresh contemporary look to your stainless steel benchtop.

 

Stainless steel splash backs provide a great alternative to glass splash backs or granite splash backs.

  • durable
  • scratch resistant and nonporous, meaning it won’t stain
  • easily cleaned with warm, soapy water
  • comes in a wide range of different colours to suit all tastes
  • supplied in large panels, resulting in fewer or no seams on a larger wall run.
  • installation of an engineered stone backsplash must be done by a specialist
  • not a DIY job

MAGNETIC CHALK BOARD PAINT SPLASHBACKS

 

Chalkboards add some fun to the kitchen & family areas.

 

Use them to make grocery shopping lists, add your favourite recipes or create your own artworks!

  • really unusual
  • great for leaving messages for the family or creating your own artwork
  • suitable for areas other than the cooktop area
  • can be slightly more difficult to clean
  • can’t use plastic magnets near a hot flame