Kitchen Countertops are an important part of any kitchen. Often times, they are also a large investment for a home, and in turn, they can make a profound difference in home value.
Luckily, there are many types of kitchen countertops to choose from. These options range greatly on price, upkeep, durability, and style.
Making a decision about which type of countertop to use in your kitchen can be difficult. In order to make this decision, it is a good idea to educate yourself on the pros and cons of each option.
Below is a list of 10 types of kitchen countertops, and some vital information about each type. Each description will include basic information, pros and cons, as well as the average price per square foot.
Our list below is from cheaper to more expensive price range for each type.
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1) Standard Laminate
Average Price: $20-$30/sq. ft.
Pros: Standard laminate countertops are one of the most economical choices among the bunch. Their low price, easy installation, and versatility make them an optimal choice for low-budget kitchen remodels.
Cons: Most laminate countertops are low-cost for a reason. They are not very durable, meaning they will scratch easily and cannot stand high temperatures. Also, if they are not properly installed, the laminate coating will peel from the plywood or particle board it was sealed to over time.
2) High Resolution/HD Laminate
Average Price: $30-$50/Sq. Ft.
Pros: High resolution/HD laminate is known to be far more durable than standard laminate. It usually also has a clearer, and more vibrant pattern. Sometimes reflective flecks are added to the surface of HD laminate for additional depth, also increasing its’ likeness to marble/stone.
Cons: While high resolution laminate is far more durable than standard laminate, it is still not nearly as durable as stone or other solid surface countertops.
3) Tile Countertops
Average Price: $2-$150/Sq. Ft.
Pros: Tile is fairly durable, heat resistant, and easy to clean when installed correctly. There are many options for tile shapes, colors, styles and types. Even grout color can be tinted to create a more interesting look. It can also be a very inexpensive option depending on the tiles you choose.
Cons: If the tile is porous, it can cause problems with bacterial build up. This is why it would be a good idea to stick with ceramic or glass tiles. In addition, tile can be cracked or chipped very easily. Lastly, if there is not a coating or seal on top of the tiles, it can make the surface very uneven.
Average Price: $40-$150/Sq. Ft.
Pros: Butcher-block can be used as a cutting board directly, which makes it great for prep work and chopping. It is also softer than most solid surface countertops, which means it is easier on delicate glassware and china.
Cons: Butcher-block is not very durable. It can be marred by spills, scratches, burns, and dents over time. It also needs to be sealed regularly, and will become discolored if it is installed near a sink.
5) Acrylic/Corian Solid Surface
Average Price: $75-$150/Sq. Ft.
Pros: Acrylic/Corian is by far the most inexpensive solid surface countertop choice. It is also very customizable. Most Acrylic/Corian countertop vendors offer integrated acrylic sinks, seamless corners, and a multitude of different patterns, finishes, and edge styles. Corian also requires very little maintenance, because it is non-porous and easy to clean. Also, it is quite durable, and any scratches that do occur can be sanded out very easily.
Cons: Although scratches can be sanded out, it is still possible for Corian to be scratched, dented, and stained. Also, due to the countertop’s acrylic nature, it does not stand up to high temperatures very well.
6) Concrete Countertop
Average Price: $80-$150/Sq. Ft.
Pros: Concrete countertops are heat and scratch resistant. If installed properly, they will be smooth and very durable. In addition, there are many tints, stains, and methods that can make your countertop one of a kind.
Cons: Concrete countertops can be cracked. Also, because they are somewhat porous, they must be sealed and waxed regularly. This makes maintenance fairly difficult. In addition, installation of concrete countertops is not something you can do yourself unless you have the proper concrete laying skill. This means that you would most likely need to hire someone to custom cast your counters, which can be costly.
7) Quartz Countertop
Average Price: $100-$200/Sq. Ft.
Pros: Quartz is a very unique type of countertop. Because of its’ manufacturing process, it has even more color and pattern options than most solid surface countertops do. In addition, it is even more durable than most solid surfaces. Lastly, it is NSF certified as a non-porous surface, meaning it does not need to be sealed. In our article about the newest kitchen ideas and trends, quartz used on countertops is one of the material moving up in popularity for kitchens.
Cons: There really isn’t anything bad to be said about quartz, with the exception of its’ costliness. However, if $100-$200 per Sq. Ft. is within your budget, then this type of countertop would be a great option for you.
8) Stainless Steel Countertop
Average Price: $100-$300/Sq. Ft.
Pros: Stainless steel countertops are fairly durable. They reflect light, adding brightness to any kitchen space. They are also spill-proof and heat resistant. Lastly, they are very easy to clean and maintain.
Cons: Stainless countertops can be noisy. They can also scratch or dent, and show finger prints. In addition, stainless is very pricey.
9) Marble Countertop
Average Price: $100-$400/Sq. Ft.
Pros: Marble, like many other types of countertops, comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. It is a smooth surface, and will not chip or dent. It is also heat resistant.
Cons: Marble is very expensive, and not too durable unless you are very careful about sealing it regularly and keeping spills from sitting too long. It can be damaged or stained by acidic spills even if you seal it.
10) Granite Countertop
Average Price: $100-$400/Sq. Ft.
Pros: Granite is more durable than some other solid surfaces (like marble), and is also resistant to stains, scratches, heat and water if it is sealed regularly. Fairly low maintenance compared to some other solid surface countertops. Also, granite has a great resale value.
Cons: Granite is very expensive, and requires sealing treatment once a year.