Kitchen Countertop Picks: Solid-Surface Countertops

There are plenty of options in countertop surfacing, and the decision you make can affect your room's look and mood. See our favorite picks, with manufacturer information included.

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  • Natural Quartz Countertops

    Composed of 93 percent natural quartz, this nonporous surface never needs sealing like granite and marble do. Forty colors come in polished and honed (matte) finishes.

    CaesarStone Quartz Surface in Misty Carrera
    $70-$120 per square foot
    CaesarStone
    877/978-2789; caesarstoneus.com

  • Thick Countertops

    Hefty slabs are a stylish way to show off upscale countertop materials, and they raise overall counter height for improved ergonomics. Ideal for chopping or for areas where people gather, thick tops prove how much easier it is to rest a hip against a counter than to hunch over too far.

    CaesarStone Quartz Surface in Blizzard
    $70-$120 per square foot
    CaesarStone
    877/978-2789; caesarstoneus.com

  • Corian Solid Surface Collection

    Today's solid-surfacing materials exhibit rich veining and complex particle designs. Eight new colors in this collection range from Lava Rock to Rain Cloud.

    DuPont Corian Surface, Private Collection
    $45-$75 per square foot, installed
    DuPont
    877/229-3935; countertops.dupont.com

  • Countertop Edge Treatment

    A contrasting border countertop treatment makes edges easier to see, helping to prevent spills and accidents.

    Corian Inlay Treatment
    $45-$75 per square foot, installed
    DuPont
    877/229-3935; countertops.dupont.com

  • Bacteria Resistant Quartz Surface

    This brand of quartz surfacing resists bacteria and mold. Choose from 50+ colors and several edge treatments.

    Silestone in Blanco Maple
    Starts at $65 per square foot, installed
    Silestone by Cosentino USA
    866/268-6837; silestoneusa.com

  • Acrylic Solid Surface Countertop

    Staron solid surfacing is an acrylic material with hygienic qualities, imperceptible seams, and the ability to easily install sink bowls and decorative edges.

    Samsung Staron in Pebble Copper
    $35-$60 per square foot, installed
    Samsung Staron
    800/795-7177; staron.com

  • Lightweight Countertop with a Concrete Look

    This composite of natural minerals and recycled materials is less than half the weight of ordinary concrete. Choose from 13 solid colors and 12 aggregate brands.

    Syndecrete Solid Surface in Pewter
    $60 per square foot, uninstalled
    Syndecrete
    310/829-9704; syndecrete.com

  • Stone-Like Solid Surface Countertop

    Viatera quartz surfacing combines the look of stone with the durability and easy maintenance of a manufactured product. The palette of earth-tone colors suits many kitchen design schemes.

    LG Viatera Quartz Surfacing in Morocco
    $80 per square foot
    LG Solid Source, LLC
    877/853-1805; lgviatera.com

  • Richly Colored Quartz Surfacing

    Featuring a five-dimensional color mix process, this new Black Canyon-color countertop brings the depth and richness of natural stone to quartz surfacing. Combining black, deep brown, and gray hues, the new color was inspired by the rock formations along the walls of the Grand Canyon.

    Silestone in Black Canyon, Mountain Series
    Starts at $65 per square foot, installed
    Silestone by Cosentino USA
    866/268-6837; silestoneusa.com

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    Countertop with Vibrant Color

    The Okite collection offers nine new colors, including the terra-cotta notes of Rosso Verona (shown).

    DuPont Zodiaq in Rosso Verona, Okite Collection
    $50-$125 per square foot, installed
    DuPont
    877/229-3935; countertops.dupont.com

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    Glass Countertop

    Choose from various colors, embedded textures, and edge treatments to create a customized, thick countertop that's stylish and easy to clean.

    ThinkGlass Countertop in Crystal Glass with Sila Texture
    $200-$300 per square foot, uninstalled
    ThinkGlass
    877/410-4527; thinkglass.com

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    Dramatic Countertop Colors

    Saturated color, such as this Himalayan Blue, adds drama when paired with light-color cabinetry.

    Staron Quartz Surface in Himalayan Blue
    $45-$70 per square foot, installed
    Samsung Staron
    800/795-7177; staron.com

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    Concrete-Like Collection

    Clay Brown, Alabaster, Papyrus, and Sand Biege offer a concrete look that's easy to care for.

    DuPont Zodiaq
    $50-$125 per square foot, installed
    DuPont
    877/229-3935; countertops.dupont.com

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    Patterned Countertop

    A decorative edge treatment and contrasting undermount sinks showcase this rich Park Gate pattern.

    Cambria Natural Quartz Surface in Park Gate, Quarry Collection
    $65-$80, installed
    Cambria
    866/226-2742; cambriausa.com

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    New Countertop Colors

    Choose from more than 140 DuPont Corian colors. Aloe Vera shows off a neutral tone and a mix of light and dark particles for a serene and sophisticated look.

    DuPont Corian in Aloe Vera
    $45-$75 per square foot, installed
    DuPont
    877/229-3935; countertops.dupont.com

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    Nature-Inspired Quartz

    New options bring nature-inspired colors to durable quartz surfacing. Mulberry Mist, shown, was designed with the purple hues of eggplant in mind, while other colors were inspired by Brazilian hills, rain forests, and rugged, sun-washed pebbles.

    CaesarStone Quartz Surface in Mulberry Mist
    $70 to $120 per square foot, installed
    CaesarStone
    877/978-2789; caesarstoneus.com

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    Desert Quartz Countertop

    Inspired by the muted hues found in scenic landscapes, the monochromatic palette of Cambria's Desert Collection complements virtually any decor.

    Cambria Natural Quartz Surface in Yorkshire
    $60- $80 per square foot, installed
    Cambria
    866/226-2742; cambriausa.com

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    Earthy Solid Surface Countertop

    Inspired by the subtleties of nature, DuPont Corian's range of patterns reflects the shifting textures of the earth.

    DuPont Corian Solid Surface in Tumbleweed
    $45-$75 per square foot, installed
    DuPont
    877/229-3935; countertops.dupont.com

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    Concrete-Like Countertop

    Small particulates give this Greentea Concrete solid surfacing the look of actual concrete.

    Formica Solid Surfacing in Greentea Concrete
    $28-$40 per square foot, installed
    Formica Corporation
    800/367-6422; formica.com

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    Richly-Colored Acrylic Countertop

    Deep yet translucent, Sienna Quartz blends several eye-catching colors for maximum visual interest.

    LG HI-MACS Acrylic Solid Surfacing in Sienna Quartz
    $65 per square foot
    LG Solid Source, LLC
    877/853-1805; lghi-macs.com

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