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Kitchen Countertops to Consider
April 23, 2021

Countertops come in hundreds of styles and colors. But there are only a few materials we recommend for easy maintenance and an attractive surface that lasts.

Let’s get to know your countertop options!

Sage green cabinetry with a stainless steel kitchen sink and laminate countertops.
Sage green cabinetry with a stainless steel kitchen sink and laminate countertops.

Laminate

Laminate

Laminate is a durable, customizable, and affordable countertop option for modern kitchens. While not as durable as stone, laminate is stain-resistant and able to handle the day-to-day of home kitchens. It is easy to maintain and provides resistance to staining and chemicals.

Many laminate manufacturers offer stylish laminate options that look identical to more expensive options like the above countertop types and more, including wood and marble.

Laminate countertops are sometimes avoided because they used to be exclusively compatible with topmount sinks only. However, the MR Direct SinkLink has made it possible to install undermount sinks into any laminate countertop. It’s a great option for homeowners who want to save serious cash without sacrificing style.

Granite countertops inside of a modern kitchen design with ceramic backsplash, and a stainless steel undermount sink.
Granite countertops inside of a modern kitchen design with ceramic backsplash, and a stainless steel undermount sink.

Granite

Granite

Granite is a super-tough and beautiful stone. It’s polished (not sealed) with a shiny coat, giving it a mirror-like finish. Each piece of granite is unique—so no one will have a countertop quite like yours.

Granite is durable and will easily last for life with proper care. It’s believed to be second only to diamonds in terms of toughness, so if you love bashing pots and pans on your counter, granite is a wise choice. It’s also scratch-resistant and won’t chip or crack like laminate.

Sealing isn’t required for most granite countertops, but if you do a lot of cooking you might want to consider it to avoid stains.

Fireclay kitchen sink inside of a contemporary kitchen design inside of a solid surface countertop.
Fireclay kitchen sink inside of a contemporary kitchen design inside of a solid surface countertop.

Solid Surface

Solid Surface

Solid surface is made of an acrylic material. It provides a durable composition with minimal maintenance.

Solid surface is engineered, so it is highly customizable, allowing you to choose from different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. It’s also seamless so it will have a consistent look and feel. It’s perfect for eclectic kitchens, and it’s cheaper than stone countertops like granite.

However, solid surface countertops can be vulnerable to heat, so do not place a hot pan on top without a protective mat underneath to avoid damaging the surface.

Light colored engineered stone perfectly paired with a quartz granite kitchen sink inside of a traditional home kitchen design.
Light colored engineered stone perfectly paired with a quartz granite kitchen sink inside of a traditional home kitchen design.

Engineered Stone

Engineered Stone

Engineered stone is composed of 93% quartz particles. It’s a bit like a mix between granite and solid surface—you get the durability of granite and the customizable options of solid surface.

Engineered stone is scratch-resistant and has a non-porous surface, so you won’t need to seal it. It’s also easy to maintain and just as hard as granite (if cut and installed correctly). It’s cheaper than granite too, making it a great middle-ground option.

Quartz is very customizable. It is engineered, so you can choose from a wide variety of colors and designs.

The downsides are that engineered stone is very heavy, so be sure your cabinets can handle the weight.

Apron front Workstation kitchen sink with a granite countertop inside of a modern home design perfect for any busy home.
Apron front Workstation kitchen sink with a granite countertop inside of a modern home design perfect for any busy home.

A Countertop for Life

A Countertop for Life

There are plenty of materials you can use for a countertop, but only a few will last you for the long haul. Choose one of the above countertop materials for the best in durability, easy maintenance, and style.

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