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Best Kitchen countertop material | Don’t waste money

Best material for kitchen countertops ultimately depends on individual preferences, budget, and lifestyle considerations. However, several materials stand out for their durability, aesthetic appeal, and practicality.


Also known as engineered stone, quartz for countertops is manufactured from granules of crushed quartz, which are mixed with a colouring pigment and a binder (polymer resin or, sometimes, cement). It looks like natural stone, but without the variations found in the latter.

Quartz countertops are often regarded as one of the best materials for kitchens due to their unparalleled durability, low maintenance requirements, and wide range of colors and patterns. Made from natural quartz crystals and resin binders, quartz countertops are resistant to staining, scratching, and heat, making them ideal for high-traffic areas


  1. Due to its unique composition, it is considered the most resistant to scratches and stains.
  2. It maintains its polish for a long time.
  3. Quartz is available in a large range of colours because of the pigments used.
  4. It is non-porous and does not require any sealing, thus offering a virtually maintenance-free work surface.


  1. Quartz is not as resistant to heat as granite or concrete.
  2. It discolours over time if exposed to direct sunlight, although that would take several years.
  3. Though a man-made material, it is as expensive as natural stone or timber.


One of the hardest natural stones mined from the earth, which is then cut into slabs and polished before installation, granite is the go-to material in countertop options.

Granite countertops are another popular choice known for their natural beauty, durability, and heat resistance. Each slab of granite is unique, offering distinctive patterns and colors that add character to any kitchen space.


  1. It’s super strong, heat-resistant and can stand up to extreme levels of wear and tear.
  2. Granite comes in a myriad natural colours (off-white, pink, black, green) and patterns (speckled, swirls, streaks, waves).
  3. The price varies, depending on colour, thickness and patterns, thus making it accessible to all.


  1. Its natural variations in colour could work against it for those who like a consistent, uniform look. This also makes it harder to later replace a part of it with an exactly matching piece.
  2. Natural stones are porous; while granite is far less so than others, it still requires to be sealed at installation.

Acrylic countertops

This man-made material consists of acrylic particles and resins that are pressed into solid sheets. Solid surfaces have become synonymous with the brand Corian made by DuPont, although there are several other (mostly) imported brands (LG, Samsung) in the market.


  1. The seams are almost invisible, so it gives a smooth, uninterrupted look.
  2. Solid surface can be bent to any shape, as it is a malleable material. Hence, it is easy to integrate with sinks for a seamless appearance.
  3. It comes in a large variety of colours and patterns. Moreover, it can imitate other materials, such as marble and concrete.
  4. Any surface damage can be easily sanded out.

Acrylic countertops are durable, easy to clean and are available in a variety of colors.

  • Non-porous, stains do not penetrate the surface.  With proper cleaning, they resist the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.
  • Repairable – most marring can be professionally repaired, including burns scratches and holes.
  • Sinks and backsplashes can be perfectly integrated to create the illusion of a single, solid surface.  With a cove backsplash there are no cracks to collect dirt and moisture.
  • If there has to be a seam in the top, you will not be able to feel it and in some cases may be visually hard to detect.
  • Many edge profiles to choose from.