In a high-end barbecue kitchen design, the grill itself is only one part of the equation. The material you choose for your benchtops will not only determine how your barbecue looks, but also how it performs over time.

Granite and tile are both durable materials that can stand up to the rigors of cooking in the great outdoors, but differences in cost, maintenance and installation requirements could make one of them more obviously the best choice for your barbecue.

Granite is elegant and luxurious, and it is widely considered to be the mark of a high-quality benchtop. It is available in a wide variety of colours, and it can be worked into custom designs and edge profiles.

Granite is one of the most durable materials you can choose for your outdoor barbecue benchtop; it is a hard stone, it can tolerate heat, and it does not chip or scratch easily. Depending on the material that it is made from, tile can be almost as durable as stone, but most ceramic tiles will be more vulnerable to cracking and chipping than granite.