Kitchen counter top materials – things to consider

Kitchen counter top


Remodeling your kitchen and confused about all the kitchen counter top materials available?  You’re not alone – so many materials, colors, and textures to choose from.

Although it’s very tempting to choose a kitchen counter top based on looks alone, the material’s durability, maintenance, and cost are all important considerations to take into account.  Here are some things to consider about the 12 most popular kitchen counter top materials today.


  • The most popular material today
  • Beautiful – lots of colors and color combinations to choose from
  • A high end look that adds value to your kitchen
  • Expensive
  • Must be sealed regularly
  • Wipe up spills immediately – granite is not stain proof


  • Close to maintenance-free
  • Stain, scratch, heat, and impact resistant
  • Doesn’t need to be sealed
  • Comes in a wide range of colors and patterns
  • Expensive


  • Very porous – must be sealed
  • High maintenance – absorbs liquid and stains easily
  • Beautiful and aesthetically pleasing
  • Because it’s porous, it can trap food and bacteria


  • Non-porous – stain resistant and bacteria resistant
  • Comes in a range of beautiful gray tones
  • Doesn’t require sealing, but regular use of mineral oil is needed to disguise surface scratches


  • An excellent choice for modern style kitchens
  • Highly customizable – many colors, stains, and textures available
  • Energy efficient


  • The eco-friendly choice
  • Comes in a wide variety of materials including concrete, glass, plastic, and paper
  • Offers a wide range of colors and textures
  • Very durable and low maintenance


  • Another excellent choice for a modern style kitchen
  • Endless color options and textures to choose from
  • Expensive
  • Non-porous – very clean, hygienic, stain-resistant surface material

Stainless Steel

  • Provides a sleek, modern look
  • Easy to clean and hygienic
  • Maintenance-free
  • Very appealing to chefs and people who love to cook


  • Timeless, classic appeal
  • High end look
  • Expensive
  • Very porous, not stain-resistant
  • Must be sealed regularly


  • Offers a warm, inviting feel
  • Sealed wood is very hygienic
  • Heat resistant
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Also appeals to chefs and those who enjoy cooking


  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to maintain
  • Available in lots of design styles and colors
  • Easy to install – great for DIY


  • The most inexpensive of all the options here
  • Great retro look and style
  • Lots of new colors and patterns – some resemble stone, granite and other high end materials


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