20 Best Kitchen Countertop Materials Homeowners Love

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Are you in the process of remodeling your kitchen? Are you struggling to decide on the best kitchen countertop materials for your space? From quartz and quartzite to laminate and ceramic tile, there are so many options available that it can be difficult to narrow down the choices.

To help you out, we gathered a list of the 20 best kitchen countertop materials. After reading this article, you’ll know the pros and cons of each kitchen countertop material so you’ll be able to make an informed decision. 

Read on to learn more about each type of countertop and find out which one will work best for your home! And if you need advice on how to replace your current countertops, be sure to check out our guide on how to replace kitchen countertops.

The 20 Best Kitchen Countertop Materials

It’s time to upgrade your kitchen countertop. But with so many materials available, it can be difficult to know which is best for your specific needs. Let’s explore the top 20 best kitchen countertop materials.

1. Quartz (Engineered Stone)

Various quartz samples

Quartz is one of the best kitchen countertop materials out there. Quartz is an engineered stone made from a combination of ground quartz with resin binders and pigments. Typically 90 percent of a quartz countertop consists of actual quartz, while the remaining 10 percent is made up of resin binders, pigments, and other materials.

Pros:

  • Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns
  • Extremely durable
  • Stain resistant
  • No sealing is required (unlike many natural stone materials)
  • Consistent and uniform material since it is manmade

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not as heat-resistant as natural stone
  • Very heavy, so it can be difficult to do a DIY install

2. Quartzite

Quartzite is a metamorphic rock formed when quartz-rich sandstone is subjected to intense heat and pressure, making it incredibly durable. It is a natural stone like granite but harder and more durable than granite. Its hardness makes it highly resistant to scratches and chips, while its attractive appearance makes it perfect for adding style to any kitchen design. 

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • Impervious to heat
  • Beautiful organic colors and patterns

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Requires regular sealing to prevent staining
  • Limited colors and patterns

3. Granite

kitchen room sink closeup with island and granite countertops

Granite is a natural stone that has been used as a countertop surface for centuries. Granite countertops are composed mainly of quartz and feldspar, which makes them highly resistant to heat and scratches, making them ideal for use in kitchens. When it comes to granite kitchen countertops, you have two main style options: polished or honed.

Polished Granite

Probably the most popular style of granite is polished granite, which has a glossy appearance and smooth texture.

Honed Granite

Honed granite has a matte finish that gives it a more subdued appearance than traditional polished granite.

Pros:

  • Heat resistant
  • Durable
  • Attractive
  • High-end appearance

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Requires regular sealing to prevent staining
  • Limited color options
  • Very heavy, so DIY installation is difficult

4. Butcher Block

Butcher block offers a classic and timeless look and works especially well in farmhouse-style kitchens. It’s made from strips of solid hardwood glued together in attractive patterns and provides beautiful grain details that you won’t get with other materials like granite or quartz.

Pros:

  • Easy to clean, relatively low-maintenance
  • Classic kitchen aesthetic
  • Easily repairable (just sand and reseal)

Cons:

  • Vulnerable to damage (cracking, staining, cuts)
  • Somewhat expensive
  • Must be oiled frequently to prevent cracking

5. Wood

Kitchen wooden countertop

Wood countertops add beauty, warmth, and character to kitchens, making them one of the best kitchen countertop materials on the market. The natural features of wood can vary widely due to the type of wood, species, color, and grain–meaning you can customize it to best fit your design style.

Pros:

  • Many types and color options
  • Beautiful, classic look
  • Easily repairable (just sand and reseal)

Cons:

  • Requires regular resealing
  • Not impervious to heat damage
  • It can be expensive (depending on the type of wood selected)

6. Marble

marble countertop and window to the garden

Long considered a luxurious stone material, marble has been used in various kitchen projects for centuries. Its natural veining patterns and unique texture makes it sought after by homeowners looking to add timeless elegance to their space. 

Pros:

  • Heat resistant
  • Beautiful and luxurious aesthetic
  • Can boost home value

Cons:

  • Porous stone requires regular sealing to prevent staining
  • Expensive
  • Vulnerable to scratches, not as hard as other natural stone materials

7. Soapstone

Soapstone provides a visually appealing and resilient material for kitchen countertop material. Soapstone is made of quartz and talc, which feels smooth and silky to the touch. Unlike many other natural stone countertop materials, soapstone has a nonporous surface that resists most stains without the need for sealing.

Pros:

  • Unique silky texture
  • Does not require sealing
  • Has an antique aesthetic that works well in certain kitchen styles
  • Nonporous quality makes it naturally resistant to bacteria

Cons:

  • Vulnerable to denting and scratching
  • Limited color selection (typically only available in shades of gray)
  • Color will become darker over time
  • Must be occasionally treated with mineral oil

8. Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile has long been used as a kitchen countertop material, especially since it is highly impervious to heat and durable. It’s available in a variety of colors, sizes, patterns, and styles to best meet the design needs of any kitchen.

Pros:

  • Many color and style options
  • Easy to clean
  • DIYers can install
  • Impervious to heat

Cons:

  • Tiles can crack if heavy objects are dropped on them
  • Grout between tiles is vulnerable to staining
  • Some tile types can be expensive
  • Utilitarian aesthetic–viewed as a less luxurious countertop material

9. Concrete

Modern minimalistic kitchen interior with concrete terrazzo countertop

Concrete is a highly customizable countertop material that is available in an array of colors and finishes. It is extremely resilient against scratches and chipping that plague many other kitchen countertop materials. 

Pros:

  • Available in many color tints and textures
  • Affordable
  • Resistant to scratches and heat damage
  • Unique contemporary aesthetic

Cons:

  • Low stain resistance
  • Needs to be regularly resealed
  • It can be perceived as a low-end material

10. Laminate

Laminate countertops offer an excellent balance of practicality and cost for a kitchen countertop material. Laminate countertops are made of laminate sheets bonded to particle board and are available in a wide array of colors and patterns, making it easy to match the style and design you have in mind for your kitchen. 

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Many color and pattern options
  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy to install for DIYers

Cons:

  • Viewed as a low-end countertop material
  • Vulnerable to scratching, chipping, and heat damage
  • Damage is difficult to repair

11. Solid-Surface

Solid-surface countertops are manufactured from manmade materials consisting of acrylic particles and resin binders. It is sold under various brand names and comes in a wide array of colors and textures.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Many color and pattern options
  • Nonporous and stain resistant
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Somewhat expensive–depends on the selection
  • Not heat resistant
  • It may be considered lower-tier material even though it’s not

12. Stainless Steel

Industrial kitchen with stainless steel counters

Stainless steel countertops offer a sleek, modern look that pairs well with almost any style kitchen. Installing stainless steel is a great way to add style and functionality to your space, and its stain-resistant, rust-proof nature makes it a low-maintenance material to keep your kitchen looking fresh and clean. 

Pros:

  • Impervious to heat
  • Hygenic and easy to clean
  • Considered a high-end material

Cons:

  • Vulnerable to scratches
  • Noisy compared to other countertop materials
  • Expensive

13. Glass

Sleek and stylish, glass counters convey an air of modern sophistication and can be customized with nearly any hue or pattern for a unique look. 

Pros:

  • Nonporous and impervious to stains
  • Easy to clean
  • High-end aesthetic

Cons:

  • Vulnerable to scratches
  • Expensive
  • If damaged, difficult to repair

14. Travertine

Travertine is a type of limestone formed from calcium carbonate deposits around mineral springs. It has been a popular building material since ancient times–the Colosseum in Rome is actually made mostly of travertine. Travertine is found in a variety of warm neutral hues, including ivory, beige, and peach tones.

Pros:

  • Naturally beautiful stone
  • Perceived as a high-end material
  • Classic old-world aesthetic

Cons:

  • Not a consistently uniform material–often pitted as a result of how it is naturally formed
  • Porous so requires regular sealing
  • Somewhat expensive
  • Susceptible to scratches

15. Silestone

With a wide range of styles, from muted to expressive, Silestone gives homeowners plenty of options for creating stunning custom looks for their countertops. Silestone is a brand of engineered quartz countertop material, so it shares many of the same pros and cons associated with that countertop material.

One unique aspect of Silestone is that it contains Microban, an antimicrobial product that gives this countertop material extra protection against bacteria.

Pros:

  • Hygenic, antimicrobial qualities
  • Many color and style options
  • Durable
  • Stain resistant
  • Consistent and uniform material since it is manmade

Cons:

  • Somewhat expensive
  • Not impervious to heat due to resin binders

16. Mixed Material Kitchen Countertops

Mixed material countertops are the use of more than one countertop material to create a one-of-a-kind look for your kitchen. This is often done in areas of a kitchen that have different functions. For example, someone might use butcher block in a food prep area but feature travertine in an area used primarily for eating.

Pros:

  • A fantastic way to create a unique kitchen design
  • Allows you to take advantage of different materials for different uses

Cons:

  • Can clash with other materials if done incorrectly
  • It may not appeal to all homeowners

17. Onyx

Close up of onyx countertop

Onyx is a silicate mineral material that has a beautiful luster and semi-translucent appearance. It comes in a wide variety of colors and typically features a banded pattern.

Pros:

  • High-end luxurious appearance
  • It can be backlit for a dramatic glowing look
  • Colorful veining and banded pattern make it uniquely beautiful

Cons:

  • Vulnerable to acids and bases–not practical as a kitchen workspace material
  • Brittle and chips easily
  • Expensive
  • Susceptible to scratches

18. Brazilian Blue Stone

Brazilian blue stone is a beautiful form of quartzite that is mined in Brazil. Its main appeal is its gorgeous blue color, often mixed with bands of brown. Since it is a type of quartzite, it shares the same pros and cons associated with that material.

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • Impervious to heat
  • Gorgeous blue and brown colors and patterns
  • Luxurious appearance

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Requires regular sealing to prevent staining
  • It may be difficult to match with some kitchen designs

19. Terrazzo

Closeup detail shot of gray terrazzo counter

Terrazzo is a composite countertop material made with chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other material and a cement-based binder. It has almost endless color and pattern options, so you’re bound to find one that matches your kitchen decor.

Pros:

  • Heat resistant
  • Durable
  • Eco-friendly since it reuses chips that would otherwise be discarded

Cons:

  • Unique spotted appearance may not appeal to everyone
  • Some may consider terrazzo a dated trend
  • Can be expensive

20. Recycled Kitchen Countertops

Recycled kitchen countertops are created from different types of post-consumer waste, including concrete, glass, paper, composite, or plastic. Depending on its ingredients, this unique material can provide a range of design possibilities ranging from intense colors to classic patterns.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Many color and pattern options

Cons:

  • Limited heat resistance for some materials
  • It may be perceived as low-end material

Build Your Dream Kitchen With Home Pride Construction

No matter what type of kitchen countertop material you choose–from quartz and marble countertops to laminate and ceramic tile–it’s important that you select one that works well with the overall design of your space while still being durable enough to stand up against daily wear-and-tear. Hopefully, this list helps narrow down your choices so you can find the perfect countertop material for your kitchen renovation!

If you’re ready to start remodeling your kitchen to build the space of your dreams, the experts and Home Pride can help. Just fill out our contact form today, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for choosing us!