One of the first features you may notice in a kitchen is the countertop. However, when it comes time to select a kitchen countertop of your own, it may require considerations beyond just the appearance. There are a lot of factors to consider. But the answer to the big question — "What's the best kitchen countertop material?" — really comes down to whichever one makes the most sense for your household, kitchen-use and design-style preferences.
Quartz, granite and Corian® solid surfaces can be transformed into a range of countertop shapes and sizes to accommodate almost any kitchen space. In terms of functionality and style, each one offers slightly different benefits including appearance, durability, maintenance and overall value.
How durable will your countertop need to be to keep up with your lifestyle? How much time do you have to for maintenance of your countertop? These are important questions that will certain influence your selection. Quartz is a clear front-runner, because it is virtually indestructible and requires no sealing or special cleaning. Both quartz and Corian solid surfaces are non-porous, stain-resistant and extremely sanitary. Granite is also durable, but can still be prone to cracking, fissures and staining. And granite requires simple, but regular, sealing to maintain.
If eco-friendly materials and design in your home is important to you, here's how each countertop material stacks up:
While sites like HomeAdvisor provide national average cost figures, we encourage homeowners to be leery of broad estimates. The cost of a kitchen countertop will vary greatly depending on factors such as the size of your kitchen, whether you have or want an island and the materials, finish and thickness you select. Whether or not you choose to install a backsplash, can factor in too. For a true estimation of cost, we always recommend getting a personalized quote for your specific project.
According to Bill Bernard, inside regional sales manager for Kitchen Magic, pricing for these top selling countertop surfaces has changed over the years. In terms of overall price in today's market, here is how these materials compare:
Ultimately, only you can decide which countertop material is best for your kitchen. Luckily, the variety of options available means that the perfect countertop for your lifestyle - and your budget - is out there! Schedule a free in-home design consultation with a Kitchen Magic expert so we can help you get the most out of your investment.