Just got a few "samples" of the new Pragel countertops from the AS-IS ... here's my take on them:
- The new double-eased edge treatment (1st
) is very nice. If there's one thing about the old Pragel countertop's demi-bullnose edge treatment, it's the sharp lower edge and seam tends chip and peel if impacted, not to mention the design is like a give-away for being a laminate surface.
- The new laminate wraps completely around the front edge to the underside, where it is then covered by a clear moisture barrier strip (4th pic). On an installed countertop, one would notice the same surface, not an brown laminate.
- Unlike the old, the rest of the underside is not a smooth laminate. I would recommend more protection over a dishwasher.
As for the color selection ... gone are beech effect, grey stone effect, and white marble effect.
- White ... just like the old, it's basic and it's functional. No promises of being anything more than that.
- Black stone effect ... same as the old. Offers some style, but too little variation to be convincing. (See bottom in 3rd pic.)
- Walnut ... nice dark shaded wood, but like the old beech effect, the surface is too smooth otherwise to be convincing. (See middle in 3rd pic.)
- Brown stone effect ... this one looks to be a winner. There is enough color variation to look like a natural stone, and the slightly textured surface offers muted reflectections so it doesn't scream "plastic!". (See the top in 3rd pic and 2nd pic for a complete view.)