There are many options on the market for kitchen countertops.  This list of top picks has information you can use to help you make an educated decision on the type of countertop you prefer.

  • Granite Counters:  Granite is the countertop material of choice for many.  It defines elegance in a kitchen.  The beauty of the stone contributes to the beauty of even the most modest kitchen.  It holds up to heat, comes in beautiful colors, and looks permanent and substantial.
  • Engineered Stone:  Engineered stone is composed of quartz particles.  It is available in a larger range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists scratches.  It’s easy to maintain, without the annual sealing required by natural stone.  Brands on the market are DuPont Zodiac, Cambria Quartz, and Silestone.  All are resistant to stain and acid and are easy to care for.
  • Solid Surface:  Because solid surface counters are just what they are called, solid, any scratches can be sanded out.  The countertops are custom-made to your specifications by companies such as Avonite, Corian, and Swanstone.  They come in a rainbow of colors and patterns, are seamless, and stain resistant.
  • Ceramic Tile:  Ceramic tile is durable and easy to clean.  Add to that inexpensive and you’ve got a really good choice for countertops for the average home.  Because it’s installed a section at a time, it can be done by most resourceful homeowners.  It can take the heat of hot pans, and has a wide range of prices, color, texture and design.
  • Laminates:  Laminate counters bear trademarks such as Formica, Nevamar, and Wilsonart.  They’re made of plastic-coated synthetics with a smooth surface that’s easy to clean.  The pieces are cut to size and finished on the ends.  Laminates are durable, inexpensive, and come in a wide range of colors and patterns.
  • Wood or Butcher Block:  Wood countertops offer a beautiful warm look and are available in a wide range of colors and finishes.  Hardwoods such as maple and oak are most often used as countertop woods.  It is easy to clean, smooth, and can be sanded and resealed as needed.
  • Soapstone:  Soapstone is generally dark gray in color and has a smooth feel.  It is often seen in historic homes but is also used in modern homes as both a countertop and sink material.  It has a rich, deep color, smooth feel, and is somewhat stain resistant.
  • Marble:  Because of its extremely high price tag, marble is not often used on the countertops of whole kitchens.  To get the luxurious look, use it on an island or inset at a baking center.  Marble requires constant maintenance, as it easily stains.  Some new sealers will help retard staining.  It is waterproof, heatproof and beautiful.

Cabinet Encounters - designing custom dream living spaces
Loggerhead Plaza • 14239 US Highway One • Juno Beach, FL 33408