Top 7 Countertop Materials

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Many people understandably focus a lot of time and attention on kitchen décor, and choosing the right kitchen countertops can be overwhelming. The following list of seven countertops represents some familiar and unusual choices, along with pros and cons associated with each type of countertop.

Natural Stone

Natural stone surfaces such as granite, soapstone, and limestone are durable and never look dated. However, natural stone is expensive, and must be treated to stand up to the demands of food prep.

Natural stone countertop


Marble is beautiful and elegant, lending a high-end look to any kitchen. However, marble is brittle and prone to cracking. Marble must also be sealed regularly to prevent staining or scratching.

Marble countertop

Cultured Stone

Cultured stone blends quartz and pigments to give the look of natural stone. Cultured stone is nearly maintenance free and easy to clean. However, it is almost as expensive as natural stone.

cultured stone countertops

Eco-Friendly Countertops

Materials like bamboo, recycled glass, and paper composites are beautiful and eco-friendly. However, eco-friendly countertops can be difficult to find (or replace) and subject to damage from everyday use.

Glass countertop


Butcher block countertops add rustic charm to your kitchen. Wood is durable but also porous. Wood countertops must be treated and sealed to be suitable for food prep.

Wood countertop


Stainless steel countertops give kitchens a modern, industrial vibe and coordinate well with stainless steel appliances. Copper and pewter are other popular choices. Metal countertops are antibacterial and stain resistant. However, if scratches bother you, then metal countertops are not for you.

Metal Countertop


Concrete is durable and looks great alongside natural materials such as wood. Concrete is heat and stain resistant, but also heavy and requires regular sealing to prevent food stains and damage from liquids.

Concrete Countertop

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