This versatile material is probably the most widely used countertop material.
Laminates: versatile, inexpensive and
low-maintenance -- definitely something
- Low-maintenance; easy soap-and-water cleanup
- Resists grease and stains
- Available in many colors, patterns, and textures as well as prefabricated lengths with built-in backsplash
A beautiful choice, particularly for country-style kitchens.
Ceramic tile: easily fixed, heat resistant,
colorful and more.
- Resists heat, scratches, and stains
- Damaged tiles easy and affordable to repair
- Available in many colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes
Solid-surface: durable and can be
- Durable and forgiving of scratches and blemishes (which can be sanded out because the color is solid throughout)
- Self-supporting -- needs no underlayment
- Nonporous -- resists mildew and stains
- Can be ordered custom-formed to hide seams; custom designs possible with contrasting inlays
- Available in many different patterns and finishes (some of which resemble granite, glass, or other stones)
True butcher block uses end grain for the work surface, but most wood counters resemble the example shown here.
Butcher block: warm appearance, and
easy to install.
- Warm, natural appearance of hardwoods such as red or white oak, hard-rock maple, and beech
- Ideal for cutting and chopping
- Relatively simple to install and repair
- Surface scratches easy to sand out
A high-end choice for serious cooks.
Stone: it's elegant and easy to clean.
- Elegant and durable
- Well-suited to baking centers for rolling out dough
- Easy to clean if sealed
- Impervious to stains (when sealed), heat, water, and knife cuts (granite)
Perfect for a high-tech look.
Stainless steel gives your kitchen a
- Tough -- impervious to stains and high temperatures
- Contemporary high-tech appearance