Best Countertops

Discover the best countertop for your kitchen with these ideas for your space.
Luxurious kitchen design

Luxurious kitchen design

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

While there are certainly a wide range of countertops that can be used in a kitchen, there are a few that stand out as the all-stars of the bunch, including granite, stainless steel, marble, tile, concrete, quartz and wood.

Kitchen Countertop Alternatives

See All Photos

Glowing Glass

Tags: 
  1. kitchens

Photo By: Right Angle Productions; Design By: Glassworks, Inc.

The Eco Edge

Photo By: Steve Silverman; Design By: Mackmiller Design+Build

Say Yes to Soapstone

Tags: 
  1. kitchens

Photo By: Matt Villano Photography; Design By: Jarrett Design

Steely Resolve

Photo By: Kate Warren; Design By: Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Auto? Correct!

Photo By: Works Photography; Design By: Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design

Clean and Streamlined

Photo By: Jill Greer

Engineered for Beauty

Photo By: Jill Greer

Square Deal

Photo By: Vicki Morrow

Paper Works

Photo By: Treve Johnson; Design By: Mollyanne Sherman

Count on Copper

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

Magnificent Marble

Wood on White

Photo By: Richard Leo Johnson; Design By: Historical Concepts Architecture & Planning

Blonde (Wood) Ambition

Photo By: Works Photography; Design By: The Sky is the Limit

A Twist on Granite

Tags: 
  1. kitchens

Photo By: Works Photography; Design By: The Sky is the Limit Design

Leather or Not

Photo By: BREVIN BLACH

A Growing Trend

Photo By: Stephen Busken; Design By: Lori Dennis and SoCalContractor

Double Vision

Photo By: Nick Daunys; Design By: DW Design & Decor

Smorgasbord of Surfaces

Tags: 
  1. kitchens

Photo By: Robert Radifera; Design By: Jim and Kay Rill of Rill Architects and Nadia and Richard Subaran of Aidan Design

Granite is a durable, timeless and scratch- and heat-resistant countertop surface. It's easy to clean and is solid throughout, making it the perfect option for a heavily used kitchen area. Be sure to periodically seal a granite surface in order to preserve its natural design.

Stainless steel is another top countertop choice that works with a variety of kitchen styles. Since it's a nonporous metal, it doesn't have to be sealed and is naturally antibacterial, making food preparation and cleanup a cinch. Another bonus is that stainless steel is easy to clean with soap and water; dry it with a clean cloth to reduce water spots. For tough stains or scratches, stainless steel cleaner is available.

Marble is a gorgeous and luxurious countertop choice, and bakers love the surface because its cold temperature provides the perfect workspace for kneading dough. It can, however, chip easily, so it is important to periodically seal it.

Tile is also a popular choice for people who are seeking a versatile and budget-friendly countertop. Tiles are heat- and stain-resistant, and they're available in a number of colors, materials, sizes and patterns. Consider keeping a few extra tiles on hand in the event that one chips and needs to be replaced.

Concrete, quartz, wood and tile are also some of the best kitchen countertops available at home and kitchen improvement stores. Ask if samples are available to purchase or borrow, and hold them next to your cabinetry to see if they will work in your kitchen space.

Kitchen Countertops

Next Up

Best Kitchen Countertops

Whether you're looking for a middle-of-the-road update or a full-on upgrade, HGTV reveals the best kitchen countertop options.

Eco Countertops

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

Popular Kitchen Countertops

Whether the style of your kitchen is contemporary or traditional, innovations in kitchen countertop surfaces guarantee no two surfaces will be the same.

Unique Kitchen Countertops

Make a statement in the kitchen with an unexpected kitchen countertop.

Choosing Countertops: Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops offer a seamless look with low-maintenance style.

Kitchen Countertops

Discover the kitchen countertop that will work best with your design style.

Choosing Countertops: Stainless Steel

The clean, attractive Look of stainless steel works in both traditional and contemporary kitchens.

Choosing Countertops: Concrete

Concrete's organic look suits both modern and rustic kitchens.

New Kitchen Countertops

Discover your options for a new kitchen countertop, ranging from simple DIY options to those that require professional help.

DIY Kitchen Countertops

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

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.