Bathroom vanity tops take less of a beating than kitchen counters, which must withstand hot plates and saucy spills. That means you can make your choice for a vanity top based on aesthetics rather than durability. When looking at options, consider style, maintenance requirements, and budget. Also, if you'll be using an undermount sink in the bathroom, choose a waterproof surface that works with it. The most popular materials for bathroom vanity tops include:
• Laminate—By far the most popular countertop material, laminate is easy to clean, comes in many colors and patterns, and is extremely affordable. Although it is fairly durable, if your laminate top burns, fades, chips, or peels, it might be difficult or impossible to repair.
• Ceramic tile—Available in a nearly endless variety of colors, patterns, and textures, tile is more affordable than stone or manufactured slab materials. If you're concerned about keeping grout clean, choose large tiles that require less grout, use colored grout that doesn't show dirt, and seal the grout to reduce discoloration.
• Solid-surfacing—This synthetic product looks like natural stone but costs a fraction of the price. The nonporous surface keeps out mold and mildew, which makes it easy to clean and a good choice for people with allergies. This extremely durable material requires very little maintenance.
• Quartz-surfacing—This manufactured composite replicates the look of natural stones, such as granite or marble. It is stain- and scratch-resistant, durable, easy to clean, and comes in a variety of colors. It is fairly expensive, but purchasing remnant pieces for small countertops can save money.
• Granite—Not just for the kitchen anymore, granite is a beautiful material that is also durable and stain-resistant. Like quartz-surfacing, granite is pricey, but choosing remnant pieces or using granite tiles can save big dollars.
• Marble—The epitome of luxury, marble is a classic choice for bathrooms in high-end homes. Marble is porous and stains easily, especially if left unsealed. Slab marble is one of the most expensive surfaces on the market, but you can save money by using marble tiles instead.
• Glass—Elegant and modern glass is tough to keep clean and probably better suited to a powder room than a child's bathroom. When using it in a busy bathroom, choose textured glass to hide fingerprints. Glass comes in a variety of colors and opacities.
• Stainless steel—Perfect for modern spaces, stainless-steel counters are sleek and reflective. Although they are durable, stain- and spill-proof, and easy to clean, they show fingerprints and scratch easily.