What countertop is the best?

Picking a countertop can be a difficult choice. There are more than a dozen different materials to choose from in myriad colors, each with its own pros and cons.

But remember, whatever you choose it should complement your lifestyle and cooking style.


The most carefree material is quartz. It’s durable, looks like stone, resists stains and scratches, and you never, ever have to seal it. On the downside, it can look artificial if you’re covering a large swath.

Natural stone

If you want a more natural look, consider visiting the quarry for granite, marble or soapstone. They tend to be more expensive and need more maintenance than quartz, but give a warmer feeling to the kitchen.
Granite and marble have an artistic quality that can be the focal point of any kitchen and guide all design decisions.

Other options

Polished concrete, butcher block and stainless steel are all options for the modern kitchen. Each has its own advantage. Concrete and steel are durable. Polished concrete can also be stained to match just about any color. Butcher block is a warm and classic look.
On the other hand, stainless steel is expensive and can dent. Concrete can stain and crack easily. Butcher block needs regular oiling to protect from stains and water.

Tile or laminate

Tile and laminate counters are budget-friendly and can be installed as a do-it-yourself project. They may be low maintenance and affordable, but they will also be outdated before you install them.

Mix and match

You don’t even have to settle on one material. Many kitchens feature multiple surfaces featured.
So if you like to bake and cook, remember marble is good for baking and butcher block is good for chopping.
Good news is, if you have your heart set on a certain look, you will be able to find a surface that will complement the heart of your home.