With beautiful veining, specks and swirls, a granite vanity top lends a luxurious look to any bathroom. The extremely popular stone is a practical choice, as it resists stains and isn't damaged by water or heat. Granite countertops can be pricey, but they last for years and add value to a home. Image courtesy of Arizona Tile
Engineered Stone Countertops
Catching up with granite in popularly, engineered stone countertops emulate the style and texture of natural stone without the maintenance. Typically composed of more than 90 percent quartz particles, the nonporous surface won’t scratch, stain or crack, and it resists mold and mildew. Image courtesy of HanStone Quartz
When it comes to sheer beauty, few countertop materials rival marble. Though types vary, most marble can be easily scratched or stained. Save it for baths where it’s likely to receive gentle treatment and proper maintenance. Image courtesy of ADKO
A great choice for budget bathroom remodels, low-cost laminate countertops are easy to clean and come in a wide range of colors and patterns. Improvements in the manufacturing process have resulted in laminate that mimics marble, granite, slate and other natural stones. Laminate countertops resist water and stains, but they can be damaged by hot objects like curling irons. Image courtesy of Formica Corporation
Cutting-edge concrete countertops aren't just for industrial spaces. One of the most customizable surfaces available, concrete can be cast into almost any shape and dyed in a wide range of colors. The surface resists heat, stains and scratches, making it a smart choice for a busy bath. Concrete countertops require regular sealing, and custom installations can be expensive. Image courtesy of Buddy Rhodes
Available in a multitude of colors, patterns and textures, tile countertops are a classic choice for bathrooms. Tile is resistant to heat, impervious to water and easy to clean, but grout lines can stain and collect grime. Image courtesy of Mannington Mills, Inc.
Solid Surface Countertops
Solid surface countertops, crafted from acrylic resins and natural materials, offer a compromise between high-end stone and affordable laminate. The surface resists stains, mold, mildew and bacteria, and it won’t chip or wear because the color runs all the way through. Image courtesy of The Swan Corporation
Composite countertops look and perform like solid surface — and you'd never guess most are made out of recycled paper. This eco-friendly surface inhibits bacteria and resists stains, scratches and heat. Composite countertops have a rich, natural feel and gain character with age. Image courtesy of Paperstone
A centuries-old surface option, soapstone brings classic beauty to the bath. The light gray surface gains a rich, dark patina from age and applications of mineral oil. Durable soapstone is nonporous and impervious to chemicals. Image courtesy of Soapstone International Inc.
Limestone countertops offer a slightly more rustic appearance than granite and marble, and they are often embedded with tiny shells and fossils. The porous surface requires sealing to prevent stains and scratches. Photo courtesy of Walker Zanger
A member of the marble family, travertine is an elegant stone that comes in various colors. The soft stone is prone to staining and etching, but sealer can increase its durability. Image courtesy of ADKO