Kitchen Countertop Comparison: Which is Right for You?

So you’re finally remodeling your kitchen, or at least giving it a facelift… You’ve decided that the countertops are essential to transforming your kitchen, but with so many materials on the market to choose from, how can you be sure you’re picking the right one?

Granite has been all the rage for years now, but have you considered the increasingly popular quartz? Or maybe you’ve always dreamed of marble countertops but aren’t sure if they’re right for your space. Take a look at our comparison chart to determine which countertop material will work best for your kitchen.

Laminate

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Pros

Affordable; Can achieve the look of granite or marble

Cons

Prone to scratches, stains, and burns

Average Starting Price

$-$$ per square foot

Style

  • Traditional
  • Contemporary
  • Transitional
  • Modern
  • Casual

Butcher Block

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Pros

Surface ages well; Knicks and scratches give it character

Cons

Must be oiled often to protect the surface

Average Starting Price

$$$-$$$$ per square foot

Style

  • Cottage
  • Farmhouse
  • Casual

Granite

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Pros

Not easily stained; scratch and chip resistant

Cons

Requires very sturdy cabinet boxes to hold the weight; Needs resealed periodically

Average Starting Price

$$-$$$$ per square foot

Style

  • Traditional
  • Contemporary
  • Transitional
  • Modern
  • Casual

Concrete

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Pros

Can be tinted and shaped however you want

Cons

Small cracks and chips can develop over time; Stains easily; Very heavy

Average Starting Price

$$$-$$$$ per square foot

Style

  • Industrial
  • Modern

Stainless Steel

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Pros

Virtually indestructible; Trendy, modern, industrial look

Cons

May dent or become discolored from chemicals; Shows fingerprints easily

Average Starting Price

$$$$ per square foot

Style

  • Industrial
  • Modern

Soapstone

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Pros

Resists heat damage

Cons

Stains and scratches easily

Average Starting Price

$$$$ per square foot

Style

  • Contemporary
  • Transitional
  • Modern

Limestone

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Pros

Resists heat damage

Cons

Stains and scratches easily

Average Starting Price

$$$$ per square foot

Style

  • Contemporary
  • Transitional
  • Modern

Quartz

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Pros

Not easily stained; scratch, chip, and heat resistant

Cons

Designs that imitate natural stone can sometimes have an artificial look

Average Starting Price

$$$-$$$$ per square foot

Style

  • Traditional
  • Contemporary
  • Transitional
  • Modern
  • Casual

Marble

marble-sample

Pros

Heat resistant; Perfect for baking

Cons

Chips, scratches, and stains easily

Average Starting Price

$$$$ per square foot

Style

  • Traditional
  • Contemporary
  • Transitional
  • Modern

*Note: Pricing varies based on brand, cut, and quality.

Download the Countertop Comparison Chart

Items to Consider When Choosing a Countertop Installer:

  1. Reputation of contractor – We recommend checking out reviews online or asking for referrals. Google, Facebook, and Yelp reviews will quickly give you an idea of the quality of work and customer service you’re going to get from a contractor.
  2. Years in business – The more years of experience the contractor or company has, the more likely it is that they know what they’re doing and can do it well. While being fresh in the industry certainly doesn’t always mean lack of talent, it could mean that you’re missing out on the knowledge and quality work that comes with experience.
  3. Product warranty – This is an important aspect to consider. It’s essentially the manufacturers way of letting you know how long they expect the product to hold up, and a signifier of how important customer satisfaction is to them.
  4. Seam quality – This is often overlooked, but very important. You could choose the most expensive marble there is, but poorly installed countertops with low-quality seams can give the whole project a cheap and unsightly look.
  5. All costs of the work – Don’t be misled by a low cost per square foot. Make sure to include all costs of the job (tear out, cutouts, edges, plumbing, etc.) and reputation/quality of the contractor when selecting one.

See How Granite Countertops Transformed This Traditional Kitchen

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This beautiful, traditional kitchen was completely transformed and all pulled together with granite countertops. Take a look or browse other featured projects to see how countertops play an important role!

Take the Next Step Toward Your Dream Kitchen

Ready to move forward on your kitchen remodel? The team at American Wood Reface can help you determine the most cost-effective way to get the kitchen you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home consultation!

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