When it comes to kitchen countertops, there are a number of different options out there to choose from. In fact, you could quite easily produce thousands and thousands of words of content, just on kitchen countertops alone. I am, however, going to try and keep this as brief as possible. On this page, we are going to go through a variety of different kitchen countertop materials. We will cover the benefits of each of them, as well as a few of the negatives.
Remember: when purchasing kitchen countertops, always get the best ones that you can afford. They are going to get a lot of heavy use and, in many cases, they are going to be one of the most expensive items in your kitchen. You, therefore, need to make sure they last.
- Granite: nowadays, many people are gravitating towards granite worktops. This is, mainly, because there is a lot of variety. You can get granite in a whole host of different colors. One of the main ‘selling points’ of granite is that every single piece is different. This means that if you go down this route, you are going to have a completely unique kitchen. Yes, granite is expensive, but it is perfect for those going for a more traditional, or even a modern, kitchen.
- Marble, soapstone, and limestone: If you have children in the house, or even if you are not too ‘up’ on taking care of your kitchen area, I don’t recommend going down this route. These countertops may look fantastic, but they are incredibly soft. If you do not seal them periodically, then you are going to ruin your worktop. That being said, there are some people out there who absolutely love this natural stone.
- Engineered Stone Countertops: These are actually a bit easier to look after. For the most part, engineered stone is virtually ‘indestructible’. It also looks good and comes in a variety of different colors. The only downside is that it does look really engineered. It is not for people that want the more natural look to their kitchen. If you want the natural look, then you may as well opt for granite as it will, very much, be the same price.
- Wood countertops: I always love the fact that wood countertops can make a kitchen seem more ‘homely’ and warm. They work in just about every situation too, depending on the material that you purchase. This means that your wood countertops can work just as well in a traditional kitchen, perhaps farmhouse style, as they would in something more contemporary and modern. Yes, wood countertops take a bit more looking after. You will have to oil them with great regularity. However, any scratches and marks can be ‘buffed out’ with a sander.
- Laminates: These types of countertops have a bit of a tough rep. Yes, they are cheaper, and they are not as high in quality as the other options on this list. However, there are a number of different laminate designs out there, and they come in a variety of different colors. This is one of the best ways in which to inject uniqueness into your kitchen.