Kitchen countertops

What’s the Best Kind of Kitchen Countertop for Your Lifestyle and Home?

There are many different kinds of countertops, and they each have their own pros and cons. In this article, it will discuss factors to keep in mind when choosing your countertops (budget, look you are going for, durability, etc.) and will explore the differences between quartz, granite, and corian.

Choosing the right kitchen countertop for you depends on how you live your life. Every kitchen countertop has pros and cons but it’s up to you to decide what fits with with your style. Here are some of our recommendations for countertops that fit every lifestyle.

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Quartz

Pros:

  • Quartz is a strong stone
  • Comes in a variety of colors and textures
  • Can take on the look of marble
  • Less expensive than granite
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Cannot put hot pots and pans directly onto the counter or the surface may melt

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Granite

Pros:

  • Durable compared to marble and other softer stones
  • Heat resistant
  • Entirely unique stone (no two slabs are alike)

Cons:

  • Expensive compared to quartz, soapstone, and stainless steel
  • Maintenance is required (Needs to be sealed yearly)

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Wood

Pros:

  • Unique look
  • Colors range from natural wood tone to rich browns and dark gray stains
  • Variety of wood species to choose from
  • Physically not as cold as stone
  • Brings a natural element into the space

Cons:

  • More difficult to clean depending on the grain of the wood
  • Needs to be sealed to protect the wood from water damage
  • Can not cut food directly on the countertop

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Marble

Pros:

  • One of a kind unique look
  • Available most places (compared to quartz)

Cons:

  • Easily stained
  • Easily scratched
  • Needs to be sealed yearly

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Soapstone

Pros:

  • Not cool to the touch like other stones
  • Beautiful unique design

Cons:

  • Need to be oiled
  • Harder to find than granite, marble, and quartz which typically makes it more expensive

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Stainless Steel

Pros:

  • Germ resistant
  • Very difficult to stain
  • Resistant to heat and water

Cons:

  • Will get scratched
  • Can be dented if you’re not careful
  • Shows fingerprints, so while it’s easy to clean it needs to be wiped down a lot

When choosing your kitchen countertop options consider how much money is allotted for countertops in your overall design budget, long term wear and tear, and what aesthetic you’re going for. You’re kitchen designer should be able to go over all these options with you as part of the kitchen design process but this is a good place to start.

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