All the Rage in Kitchen Countertops

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Product review
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The kitchen countertop takes the brunt of knife marks and red wine spills. If you’re thinking about replacing your countertop, here’s a look at the various kitchen countertop materials. Consider your family style, the housing price and the neighborhood “must haves” before deciding.

An Overview of Kitchen Countertop Materials

  • Granite countertops are all the rage and are ideal for those who entertain and want an elegant look. It’s also highly durable–you can put a hot coffee pot down without leaving a mark. The cons? It’s more expensive than laminates and requires periodic sealing.
  • Quartz countertops are made of a composite material that gives you the look of granite with more durability. The colors and price are similar to granite.

  • Laminate countertops are at the low end of the price spectrum but can pack a powerful punch in a stone-like pattern. At about half the cost of granite, laminate countertops offer plenty of style and texture. Here’s more on the benefits of man made kitchen countertops.
  • Solid surface countertops are often referred to by one manufacturer’s name, Corian, but there are several makers. This is a seamless material, so you can have an integrated sink without seams to trap food. The cons? It’s not as natural looking as granite and quartz and comes in lighter colors.
  • Butcher block countertops are often are made of maple and are ideal for food prep. Because of the potential for juices and food scraps to get into the wood, consider limiting its use to one section of the counter.
  • Stainless steel gives a true gourmet feel to the kitchen and is easy to clean. The cons? It does look industrial and can scratch.

Can’t decide? One big trend is to mix and match the countertop materials and colors. Here’s a look at this hot kitchen countertop trend.

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  1. One Response to “All the Rage in Kitchen Countertops”

  2. jamie
    Jan 17, 2011

    We installed CaesarStone counter tops in our kitchen and love them. They are a solid surface material, but don’t look plastic-like some Corian does. They were not cheap, but they are good.

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