Kitchen Countertop Prices

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

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Choosing a kitchen countertop material that's not only the best surface for your kitchen but also easy on the wallet may seem like an impossible task.

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Whether you're upgrading your current countertops, making improvements to increase the sales value of your home (and return on your investment) or starting from square one, you'll want to consider the wide range of kitchen countertop prices before making any major purchasing decisions.

While granite surfaces may be the gold standard in your neighborhood, there are plenty of more affordable countertop options that mimic natural stone—and appear equally as stylish.

Solid surfaces like Corian, engineered stone surfaces like quartz, and even tiled surfaces (whether ceramic, porcelain or stone) are all cost-effective materials that are both durable and beautiful. Also, don't overlook materials like concrete, which can be dyed, or easy-to-install butcher block.

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On average, expect countertops to range in price from $40 to $100 per square foot installed, according to a 2013 report by Consumer Reports. Granite countertops range from $50 to $250 per square foot, while tile counters can start at as little as $10; butcher block at $30, and solid surfaces at $35.

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