Counter Top Options (Pros & Cons)

One of the most frequent questions I get from someone thinking about a kitchen renovation is the type of countertop I recommend. While we all know the basics (granite, laminate, marble…), there are tons of options on the market today to fit any style, purpose, or budget. With the help of MyReno411, I have compiled a list of countertops to check out as well as the pros and cons associated with each one.

With kitchens being one of the best ways to invest in your home for the future, it’s important to choose a countertop that fits your bill in every way, shape, and form. Here is a list of some of the more popular options that I frequently recommend!

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1. Granite

Pros: Granite is perhaps the most popular countertop option on the market today. As a natural stone, granite is always a one-of-a-kind piece that adds a natural look to the kitchen. Plus (super bonus), granite comes in tons of colors and grains, which makes it really easy to find something that works for your style.

Cons: It is important to remember that granite countertops require sealing every so often as to avoid stains and wear. Additionally, granite can be heavy and require solid counter bases for support.

2. Marble

Marble is a sleek and elegant option for any kitchen countertop. Additionally, marble holds up well to heat. Therefore, making it a great choice for kitchens that house bakers and chefs.

Cons: Although it is sealed, marble is porous and can stain easily. Additionally, due to it’s fragility, it can often chip, crack, or be scratched if touched by knives or heavy pans. Marble can also be found in the “pricey” category, but can make a huge impact if you’re willing to dig a little deeper into that wallet.

3. Quartz

Pros: Quartz countertops are engineered and therefore, allow room for any homeowner to design their countertops according to taste. Additionally, quartz is non-porous, so it avoids staining better than natural stone countertops.

Cons: Don’t expect a bargain on quartz, although if you’re lucky, you may be able to score it for slightly less than granite and marble. Additionally, it does not hold up well to heat.

4. Concrete

Pros: On a tight budget? Great! Concrete is easily to install, budget-friendly, and can be customized to fit your taste. Additional elements of design can also be added to concrete countertops such as recycled glass, stones, and seashells. Hey – if you’re looking for a mega-cool DIY project, I vote concrete countertops (psst… if you do this DIY, please show me)!

Cons: Concrete stains easily. It is also exceptionally heavy, and therefore requires solid bases for support.

5. Laminate

Pros: Laminate is great for homeowners on a budget; it is cost-friendly and low maintenance. It also comes in many contemporary styles that blend with any kitchen design. Also, since it’s made from light material, it does not require hefty support from the cabinets below.

Bonus: Laminate countertops come in really awesome prints and styles now!

Cons: Because it is so light, laminate can burn, peel, crack, and stain easier than other countertops.

6. Butcher Block

Pros: Butcher block is built using hardwood and can be stained according to style or taste. Used most often as a space to cut, slice, and dice, butcher block can be sanded down to hide nooks and marks. Plus, they look really awesome in a rustic kitchen (I’m in love).

Cons: Butcher block is most often used for cutting produce; therefore it requires frequent disinfecting. Additionally, butcher block needs to be oiled every so often to prevent it from cracking.

Well, that wraps up some of the more popular picks I usually recommend. I hope these pros and cons help! What types of countertops do you like best? Show me some photos of your kitchens by tagging them to #diyhuntress & #diyhunted!

Can’t wait to show you guys what I’m working on next week. I’ll see you then with a fun new project!


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