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What Are the Best Countertops for Your Kitchen?

Countertops are some of the most important parts of any kitchen. While they sometimes don’t make as big a statement as the cabinets and walls, they can enhance the overall design and—more importantly—functionality of the room.

Marble Countertop

What are the best kitchen countertops? It’s a fair question (one we, and other remodeling companies, hear quite often), but when it comes down to it, there is no single answer. It’s not about choosing the best countertops—it’s about choosing the right countertops. What are the right countertops for your kitchen? It depends on a few different factors, such as your:

  • Aesthetic preference/taste
  • Needs/lifestyle
  • Space (other parts of the kitchen—floors, cabinetry, etc.)
  • Budget

Below is a quick guide on your different countertop options. Consider these as you start planning your kitchen remodeling project.

Kitchen Countertops: Your Options

Granite

One of the most popular countertop materials, granite is durable and attractive, available in different color variations. It is resistant to scorching and scratching and is a good material for busy kitchens. Granite is great and doesn’t require much upkeep, but it will need to be periodically resealed.

Quartz

Another widely installed type of countertop, quartz is part natural, part manmade. Quartz countertops are extremely tough and durable—and they require hardly any maintenance. Like granite, occasional resealing may be needed.

Marble

Marble is one of the most beautiful countertops but also one of the most expensive. It isn’t as resistant to scratching, staining, and scorching. If you like the unique look of marble, however, there are other options that can mimic the appearance but don’t carry the high price tag.

Solid Surface

Although they scratch pretty easily, solid surface countertops come in a variety of colors and patterns and can be made virtually seamless. We recommend always using cutting boards on this type of countertop.

Butcher block

Butcher block is a popular type of wood countertop. Although these countertops can easily be stained, scorched, and scratched, they do provide that distinctive warm look only wood can provide. And the good news is that nicks and scratches can be sanded out.

What Countertop Is Right for Your Kitchen?

Granite Countertop

These are by no means your only choices—but they are some of the most popular. Your remodeling team will discuss your needs, lifestyle, and priorities so you can narrow down your options. If you want more of a visual impact and don’t care about maintenance or cost, marble may be a good option. If you want low-maintenance countertops that are easy to clean, quartz or stainless steel are better options.

One of our clients wanted to stay eco-friendly but needed a tough material for a very busy, child-friendly kitchen. Our solution? A countertop material fabricated from post-consumer waste paper and a resin made from cashew nutshell liquid. It functions much like honed granite and has proven very resilient and durable.

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“ I just wanted to tell you how happy we are with the work you designed and oversaw...We are so proud to show the kitchen and family room to friends and relatives, and love their reactions (gasps of awe and jealousy). Mike and Enio were amazing, working so hard -- every single day, beginning at 7am -- and paying such close attention to details I never would have noticed. They clearly treated this job as their "baby," not wanting to cut corners even if they could get away with it...They also were great about cleaning up; I am positive the garage is cleaner now than before this job started! ”

A.C., Bethesda, MD