Inexpensive Kitchen Countertops

Select the surface that's right for your budget—without sacrificing style—by exploring easy-to-maintain and inexpensive kitchen countertop options.
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Photo by: Scott Dorrance

Scott Dorrance

Searching for a stylish but affordable material for your kitchen countertop? Don't snub your nose at inexpensive kitchen countertop surfaces like laminate.

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Consider that between the brands Formica and Wilsonart, more than 325 colors and patterns are available. This makes it nearly impossible to not find the style that works for you.

And if that's not great news, consider the price: at $12 to $40 per square foot installed, you'll save a small fortune in comparison to more expensive stone surfaces like granite and marble.

Beyond laminate, other inexpensive, easy-to-maintain surfaces include solid wood and butcher block countertops as well as ceramic tile countertops. In addition, solid-surface countertops like Corian shouldn't be overlooked. Corian, in fact, once enjoyed the status granite does today and was known for its seamless installation and the ability to easily integrate sinks and backsplashes.

Unexpected materials like concrete or glass are more recently trending countertop materials, as they not only make a statement but also offer plenty of personalization options, from stains and dyes (concrete) to LED illumination (glass).

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Corian Kitchen Countertops

Longevity and ease of cleaning are just two key traits that make Corian a great choice for a busy kitchen.

Cheap Kitchen Countertops

Is it possible to add character and interest to the kitchen without breaking the bank? When you discover the world of eco-friendly or stone-look surfaces, the answer is "absolutely."

Cheap Kitchen Countertops

When budget is the first matter of consideration, it's important to consider price, from cheap kitchen countertops to the most expensive options.

Affordable Kitchen Countertops

Style and affordability don't have to be mutually exclusive when you get creative countertop materials that mimic the look and feel of luxurious surfaces—for a fraction of the cost.

Tile Kitchen Countertops

Get creative with the kitchen countertop (or a limited budget) by using natural stone or ceramic tiles to achieve a surface that’s both high-quality and long-lasting.

Tiled Kitchen Countertops

Update your kitchen countertops for less: at as little as $10 per square foot installed, tiled kitchen countertops are a great solution for style-savvy, cost-conscious consumers.

Kitchen Countertop Prices

What should you expect to pay when upgrading and installing new kitchen counters? HGTV uncovers the most cost-effective materials.

Eco Countertops

Sustainable surfaces can also be attractive, high-quality and easy on the budget.

Express Yourself with Concrete Countertops

For the homeowner in quest of an artistic, one-of-a-kind countertop that transcends the commonplace, concrete may be worth the price.

DIY Kitchen Countertops

Tap into your creative side with these tips for creating a do-it-youself kitchen countertop.

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