Top Countertop Materials for the Kitchen
From granite to copper, finding the perfect countertop is easy with our guide to the most popular materials.
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May 29, 2015
As one of the most popular countertop choices, granite is durable, timeless and scratch- and heat-resistant. While it's easy-to-clean, it does have to be sealed periodically to protect the natural stone. Design by Christopher Grubb
Both traditional and contemporary, stainless steel works for most kitchen styles. Since it's a metal and nonporous, it doesn't have to be sealed and is naturally antibacterial. Another bonus, stainless steel is easy to clean with soap and water following the grain of the metal. Just be sure to dry with a clean cloth after to reduce water spots. For tough stains or scratches, stainless steel cleaner is available. Design by Barb Ince
Butcher block countertops instantly warm up and add a timeless element to any kitchen. Not only do you never have to use a cutting board again, but scratches can be easily sanded out. Protect butcher block from water damage though by sealing with mineral oil frequently. Design by RMS user LaDolfina
Marble is one of the most glamorous materials for kitchen countertops. Bakers love cold marble because it's perfect for kneading dough; however, it's a soft natural stone so it can stain easily, chip and needs to be sealed periodically. Design by RMS user Ajswf
Concrete countertops work with any kitchen style from rustic to modern, and since they're custom made, they can be dyed any color to make for a truly unique addition to any kitchen. One thing to consider when looking at concrete is it's one of the most porous materials, so it needs to be sealed periodically and waxed every two to three months. Design by RMS user whiteline lofts 103
Durable and easy-to-clean, quartz imitates the look of granite or marble, but is more resistant to stains and scratches. Another bonus is quartz countertops come in a wide range of colors and have a uniform look, opposed to natural stone, which can have more variations. Designed for HGTV Dream Home 2009
If looking for versatile design, tile countertops are the way to go. Not only are they heat- and stain-resistant, but tiles can also be found in a variety of colors, materials and sizes. Tiles can scratch and chip, so keep a few extra tiles in case one needs to be replaced. Design by Didier Michot