Kitchen Countertop Surfaces Comparison Guide

Chances are, your family spends most of their time in the kitchen. Between meals, homework, and more, the kitchen is the center of your home- so any renovations you make to your kitchen have to be made with your family’s needs in mind.
Your kitchen countertop is especially important to your kitchen renovation, and there are many things to consider before making a decision. Will your countertop be durable? Do you need a food safe countertop? Will your kitchen countertop be easy to clean, and will it fit in your budget?
We’ve created this Kitchen Countertop Surfaces Comparison and Care Guide filled with kitchen remodeling pictures to help you answer those questions so that you can make an educated decision about which kitchen countertop is best for your family. Here’s how your different kitchen countertop options stack up against each other:

 

Granite: Granite’s cost varies greatly depending on the type and availability of the specific stone, and it’s highly durable and heat resistant. Granite is also easily cleaned and food safe if properly sealed, but make sure to wipe off your granite kitchen countertop after each use.
Marble: Commonly used in traditional kitchen designs, marble is susceptible to staining, etching, and scratches, so it should be properly sealed. Marble is easily cleaned with stone cleaner or mild soap and water.
Quartzite: An extremely hard stone, quartzite is a higher cost and very versatile. Quartzite is less porous than some stone surfaces, making it food safe, and it’s easy to maintain with stone cleaners or soap and water.
Quartz: Looking for an ecofriendly kitchen countertop? Quartz is it. Quartz is very durable and can resist scratches, burns, and stains, and it’s also easy to maintain with soap and water or Windex.
Soapstone: Soapstone is fairly soft and prone to chipping, scratching, and flaking; however, it can be oiled to maintain a uniform appearance.
Natural Wood: While natural wood is softer than stone and will show wear over time, many homeowners believe that this adds character to the wood countertop surface. Clean your natural wood kitchen countertops with a mixture of vinegar and water, and oil it every now and then for best appearance.
Glass: Generally, glass costs about the same as mid-range and above granite, although customized glass will be more expensive. Glass will scratch and chip with improper care, but it’s also non-porous and easy to clean.

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35 thoughts on “Kitchen Countertop Surfaces Comparison Guide

  • February 6, 2015 at 5:43 am
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    I’ve always loved Granite counter tops. Look stylish and are very durable! My sister is starting a kitchen remodeling and sharing this post with her so she can see all the different options available for counter tops! TY for sharing!

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    • February 9, 2015 at 9:54 am
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      I am partial to granite and quartz. Just love the look!

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  • February 6, 2015 at 7:24 am
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    Great info for a project on my list of things to replace in our new house.

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  • February 6, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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    I just redid my kitchen and went with granite. It came out great. I love my granite.

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  • February 6, 2015 at 4:55 pm
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    I guess Quartz is the best!!!! Did not know that. I love marble, but interesting to compare. I figured soap stone would not be durable we have that on top of our woodstove. Thanks:)

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  • February 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm
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    I have always wanted a white quartz with a bit of a shimmer in my kitchen, and I am happy to see that it turns out to be the best choice in my opinion. When comparing all of them I would still choose quartz.

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  • February 7, 2015 at 8:21 am
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    If I had a choice, which I don’t really since I live in an apartment with a very tiny kitchen I would really like a granite top!

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  • February 7, 2015 at 12:04 pm
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    This is a great guide. Our new place has granite countertops and I really like them.

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  • February 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm
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    ahh the kitchen is my favorite part of the house. I’m obsessed with them, and i’m buying a house in the near future and you just gave me so many ideas!!! thanks!

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  • February 7, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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    The kitchen is usually the woman’s room – I know it is mine! I had mine updated a couple of years ago. Had the wallpaper removed & painted, got nickel handles for my cabinets, new hardware for the sink, & got a wooden “island” with storage inside. We did get another cabinet with a granite surface. Just upgrading a few things can change the look of that room.

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    • February 9, 2015 at 10:03 am
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      Oh yes Sue it certainly is a woman’s room! We need to add a backsplash soon.

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  • February 7, 2015 at 6:34 pm
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    How cool, I never really paid much attention to counter tops until now. They really are quite different once you really look at them!

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  • February 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm
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    My family is moving soon and I wanted to remodel the kitchen in the new place. This post has been very informative about what type of kitchen counters to consider,

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    • February 9, 2015 at 10:22 am
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      Oh I’m so glad you’ve found it helpful!

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  • February 8, 2015 at 7:15 am
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    Thank you for this descriptive break down. One day I would love to have new countertops. I’m not exactly sure what I would choose, but this is a great reference.

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  • February 8, 2015 at 7:38 am
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    We are actually getting ready to renovate the kitchen from the floor up so this is perfect timing. Your breakdown is very helpful to us in making the final decision.

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  • February 8, 2015 at 9:16 am
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    You are right! We do spend a lot of time in the kitchen! Thank you for sharing the information on each surface! It’s great for anyone remodeling!

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  • February 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm
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    I remember trying to decide on counter tops before. It is amazing how many different countertop options there are.

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  • February 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm
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    I really appreciate the information you offer. I used to make Formica and Corian counter-tops in the ’90’s so I know a lot, but you sure know your information. Thank you for the input.

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  • February 8, 2015 at 6:05 pm
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    LOVE this! We’ve been talking about redoing our kitchen since we moved here last year and I was contemplating whether or not we’d redo our counter top. This will be super helpful!

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  • February 8, 2015 at 6:40 pm
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    Wow those are gorgeous! I love these kinds of countertops! Perfect visual for anyone redoing their kitchen!

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  • February 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm
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    Heather, this is an excellent comparison of kitchen countertop surfaces. We just went with granite 10 years ago, wish all these choices were available more easily at that time.

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  • February 8, 2015 at 8:38 pm
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    Nice summaries of all the options! I have some old cut up, chipped grey laminate! We were going to get new countertops when we moved in 10 years ago. Kids always have to come first, but this is good info for that “someday”!

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    • February 9, 2015 at 10:25 am
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      I understand that! This will be an upgrade we consider in a few years.

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  • February 8, 2015 at 8:39 pm
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    This sounds different and awesome. I would have to stick with granite or marble though with granite being my #1 choice

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  • February 8, 2015 at 9:06 pm
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    I never knew there were SO many different kinds of countertops.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 2:55 am
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    Now this all looks amazing. I would maybe take marble, looks so clean and a bit dramatic.

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    • February 10, 2015 at 9:16 am
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      I like the marble look too! There are so many different options!

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  • February 10, 2015 at 9:41 pm
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    This is a great side by side comparison. I would love to have granite counters and a maid service one of these days. :)

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    • February 16, 2015 at 10:24 am
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      A maid service!? Absolutley! Where can I get one of those for free?! Ha ha!!

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