Pros and Cons of 9 Kitchen Countertop Types

No doubt, renovating your kitchen can be one of the most exciting, complicated, and rewarding home projects you can undertake. After all, don’t they say that the kitchen is the heart of the home?

There are so many things to consider – floors, cabinets, backsplashes, colors…But what of the kitchen countertop?

There are so many options available these days – what’s the right choice for your household size, your activities, and your lifestyle? Here are the top kitchen countertop types and their pros and cons.

We’re going to give the cons first, the pros next.

Granite Kitchen Countertops

Granite kitchen countertops might not be the be all and end all in counter options these days, but they are still very popular. They are durable and beautiful.

Here are the pros and cons of granite kitchen countertops:

Granite Counter Cons

  • They are difficult to remove, so they should be a long-term commitment.
  • Granite is heavy, which makes it labor-intensive – it might require more support than your cabinets offer right now
  • They aren’t cheap
  • Granite is porous, so it can stain, despite the hype

Granite Counter Pros

  • People still really like granite countertops, so it adds value to any home where it’s installed
  • It’s heat resistant, so you can take dishes right out of the oven or off the stove and forego a trivet
  • Granite is easy to maintain
  • It comes in a myriad of colors and designs
  • Granite contains no dangerous chemicals
  • Granite is beautiful!

Butcher Block Kitchen Countertops

A classic kitchen countertop option, butcher block counters are making a comeback. They’re available in lots of materials and finishes, and they make a kitchen look cozy and comfortable.

Here’s the skinny on the pros and cons of these types of kitchen countertops:

Butcher Block Counter Cons

  • It can get stained easily
  • It’s porous, so you must keep it clean to avoid bacteria
  • It can crack and chip if you don’t condition it with the proper solutions
  • Butcher block countertops can look dated in certain kitchens
  • They aren’t heat resistant

Butcher Block Counter Pros

  • In the right kitchen, they look warm and cozy
  • Butcher blocks can be environmentally friendly, if you use salvaged or reclaimed wood
  • You can sand off and reseal to get rid of marks
  • They’re a built-in cutting board!

Bamboo Kitchen Countertops

Bamboo countertops have been popular in recent years. Bamboo counters are very pretty and very affordable.

Here are some of the pros and cons of bamboo kitchen countertops. You CAN make butcher block out of bamboo, but it’s a little more delicate.

Bamboo Counter Cons

  • They stain easily
  • Bamboo kitchen countertops require regular maintenance
  • They create a certain feel, but most people want butcher block out of sturdier wood
  • Bamboo counters are surprisingly expensive – there are different levels of quality

Bamboo Counter Pros

  • Bamboo doesn’t dull knives
  • These types of kitchen countertops are affordable
  • They’re “green” if they’re reclaimed bamboo

Concrete Kitchen Countertops

For an edgy, modern look, many homeowners are turning to poured concrete countertops. Most concrete kitchen countertops have pigment added to them to make them look a little less like a parking garage.

Then, they’re sealed to make them heat and stain resistant, and nonporous. Here are your concrete countertops pros and cons…

Concrete Counter Cons

  • Since concrete is naturally porous, countertops need regular sealing and maintenance
  • Concrete counters are expensive
  • They’re not for everyone
  • The concrete may chip or crack
  • Counter counters take a long time to dry

Concrete Counter Pros

  • When sealed properly, they are stain and heat resistant
  • They’ve got character
  • Highly customizable

Marble Kitchen Countertops

A classic kitchen countertop option, marble is still considered a luxurious material, and can be difficult to maintain.

Many people opt for marble countertops to give a high-end feel to their kitchens. Here are your marble counter pros and cons…

Marble Counter Cons

  • Scratches and stains easily, even with regular sealing
  • Expensive
  • Heavy

Marble Counter Pros

  • Marble comes in a variety of colors, giving a custom feel to the kitchen
  • Heat-resistant
  • Beautiful
  • Adds value to a home
  • Provides a great surface for certain types of cooking – namely baking and candy making

Quartz Kitchen Countertops

Quartz kitchen countertops are also called engineered stone countertops because quartz isn’t actually a natural stone countertop type.

These countertops are a composite, made of quartz crystals held together by a binder, usually resin. They look just like stone countertops, but they are very durable and popular.

Quartz counters also have their share of pros and cons…

Quartz Counter Cons

  • Pretty expensive
  • Long-term sun exposure can degrade the appearance
  • Too much heat can damage quartz countertops

Quartz Counter Pros

  • Highly customizable
  • Easy to clean
  • Acid-resistant and mostly heat resistant
  • Nonporous
  • Sturdy – doesn’t chip or crack easily

Laminate Kitchen Countertops

Laminate kitchen countertops are at the lower end of the spectrum, but they are affordable and a great option if you want to do the work yourself.

Formica is a form of laminate countertop. And, you guessed, there are pros and cons to a laminate kitchen countertop…

Laminate Counter Cons

  • Doesn’t elevate the value of a home
  • Not heat resistant
  • You can see the seams
  • It isn’t possible to repair damage
  • They scratch easily

Laminate Counter Pros

  • Very affordable
  • No need to seal laminate countertops
  • They’re light and easy to maneuver
  • They come in a variety of colors

Corian® Kitchen Countertops

Corian®, or solid surface countertops were invented by DuPont in the 60’s. These types of countertops are made from a blend of acrylic and polyester.

These types of kitchen countertops were all the rage several years ago, and plenty of people still like them. Corian® has its fair share of pros and cons…

Corian® Counter Cons

  • Not heat resistant
  • Can scratch and dent
  • Must go through a licensed dealer
  • Light colors can stain

Corian® Counter Pros

  • Very nice looking
  • Easy to clean
  • Able to be repaired
  • Come in a wide range of colors and patterns than any other kitchen cabinet material
  • Not very expensive
  • No sealing required

As you see, you have all sorts of options for your kitchen countertops. There are other materials, which we will cover in another post.

If you want to talk to us about custom kitchen countertops, contact us today!