What to expect when choosing a kitchen countertop surface

During a kitchen remodel, there’s dozens of decisions to make, including which surface to choose for your new kitchen countertop. The kitchen countertop you choose is dependent on several factors, including your kitchen design style, your budget, the level of durability you want, and the amount of maintenance you’re willing to put up with. The options can be overwhelming- how can you narrow it down?

To help you see all your options laid out, we’ve enlisted the help of this Kitchen Countertop Surfaces Comparison and Care Guide. This guide gives you detailed information on the seven most popular kitchen countertop surfaces (such as granite, marble, quartzite, and more) and breaks down each option by cost, durability, heat resistance, food safety, design details, and maintenance, so that you get the full picture of each kitchen countertop option.

Looking for an eco-friendly option? Consider quartz, which is a compound material manufactured mainly in the US or Europe. Want something that will blend with the rest of your traditionally designed house? A marble countertop with distinct veining and a timeless look might be your best bet. Are you a low maintenance home owner? Quartzite, quartz, and soapstone are easily cleaned with soap and water. And if you want something that will be truly unique, a customized glass countertop can perfectly reflect your original design style, or a natural wood countertop will show wear and patinas over time.


The kitchen is the heart of your home, and the kitchen countertop surface you choose makes a statement about the rest of your home. With the information in this kitchen countertop surfaces guide, you’ll be able to compare and contrast the various kitchen countertop options and make an informed decision about which countertop surface material is best for your home.

Erin Emanuel