Cheap Versus Steep: Kitchen Countertops

Whether your remodeling budget is $1,000 or $100,000, there's a kitchen countertop that fits your price range. Browse these photos for ideas.

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Photo By: Designer, Greta Goss

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Photo By: Designer, Trish Beaudet

Photo By: Designer, Tina Muller

Cheap: Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertops are an inexpensive, low-maintenance alternative to pricey stone and solid-surface countertops, and they are available in many styles that mimic expensive surfaces such as granite or marble. Laminate countertops are not resistant to heat and can scratch. Image courtesy of Formica Corp.

Cheap: Tile Countertops

Save money without sacrificing style with tile countertops. Available in many styles, patterns and colors, tile is a low-cost alternative to expensive countertop surfaces such as natural stone. Design by Greta Goss

Mid-Range: Engineered Stone Countertops

Resilient and aesthetically pleasing, quartz composite countertops offer the natural look of stone with enhanced durability. Unlike natural stone, engineered stone products often come with a warranty. Photo courtesy of Silestone by Cosentino North America

Mid-Range: Solid-Surface Countertops

Solid-surface countertops are available in many styles and colors to complement any kitchen design. While solid-surface countertops are not resistant to heat and can scratch, these imperfections can be sanded out. Image courtesy of LG Hausys Co.

Steep: Granite Countertops

For homeowners willing to spend extra money, granite offers elegance and durability, and it's currently one of the most-popular options in kitchen countertops. Design by Trish Beaudet

From: Trish Beaudet

Steep: Marble Countertops

One of the priciest options in kitchen countertops, luxurious marble provides an elegant workspace for preparing meals. Marble countertops can stain and scratch if not sealed properly. Design by Tina Muller