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(Think Formica®)

Pros – Cheap, easy to clean and maintain, multitudes of styles and colors, resists stains, easy to install yourself, readily available.

Cons – Hot pans burn it, knives cut through it, can’t be repaired.

Ceramic Tile

Pros – Comes in a huge selection of colors, styles, patterns and textures. It's durable, easy to clean, moisture and heat resistant, easy to install yourself, inexpensive and you can add a few expensive tiles to dress it up. Great for a complimenting backsplash with other types of countertops.

Cons – Grout can stain and look dingy even after cleaning, tiles can crack or chip.

Stone – Granite or Marble

Pros – Very durable, beautiful, easy to clean, good for pastry inserts within other types of countertops.

Cons – Expensive, must be polished and sealed regularly to avoid looking dull, Marble stains more easily than Granite.


(Think Corian®)

Pros – Durable, many colors, styles, and patterns to choose from. Sink and/or backsplash can be integrated. Easy to clean and touch up (with steel wool or sandpaper - check with manufacturer).

Cons – It's fairly expensive, and won’t withstand heat. Solid-surface requires installation by a licensed contractor.

Metal - Stainless Steel, Copper, Brass and Zinc

Pros – Stainless Steel is just that – stainless. Copper, Brass and Zinc are beautiful and unusual. Great for putting hot pans on. Great for backsplash, especially behind the cooktop.

Cons – Expensive, aside from stainless, it can be hard to find, shows nicks and scratches.

Wood - Butcher Block

(Hard Rock Maple is Best, Red or White Oak or Beech are Good too.)

Pros – Warm, homey look, can be sanded, great for chopping, easy to maintain, great for a cutting board insert within another type of countertop.

Cons – Must be oiled regularly, hard to keep sanitary, shouldn’t be used next to sinks or near water because of staining and wood rot.


Pros – Won’t stain, you can put hot pots on it.

Cons – Must be sealed regularly with mineral oil, scratches easier than granite.


Pros – Can be colored or textured to create many looks. Tiles, shells, or other objects can be embedded for a unique look.

Cons – Expensive and must be installed by a professional.

Cast PolymerCultured Marble, Granite or Onyx

(For Bathrooms Only)

Pros – Fairly inexpensive, looks like stone, comes in various shapes and colors for themed decor.

Cons – Top gel coat may crack and burn, doesn’t hold shine well, especially on darker colors. Darker colors (like Onyx) also show fingerprints and may need to be cleaned daily.


Pros – Resists water damage and scratching, you can put hot pots on it.

Cons – Very expensive and hard to find.

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