How to Choose a Countertop for Your Kitchen or Bathroom

Need help choosing a countertop? Weigh your options to find the surface with the right style, functionality and price tag for you.

When deciding what countertop to install in your kitchen or bathroom, you’ll want to make sure you find a balance between utility and design. Choosing the right countertop will not only add aesthetic appeal but can also increase the value of your home.

The right material can bring a room together and create a space where your family can eat and gather, but you should also pay attention to cost, durability and the way you use the space before making a choice based on looks alone.

Sears product manager Jim Eldredge breaks down what you can expect from each option. Here’s what you need to know about some of the most popular countertop options.

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Pros and Cons of Countertop Materials

Compare and contrast the popular options to find what’s the best for your home.

Quartz: An engineered stone that’s a good alternative to natural stone – without the maintenance.

Laminate: Great for people on a tight budget who are looking for an inexpensive top.

Acrylic: Often called solid surface, it’s an ideal, affordable solution for a busy household.

Granite: Recommended for anyone who wants a unique design and impressive durability

  Quartz Laminate Acrylic Granite
Scratch resistance Excellent Fair Very Good Excellent
Stain resistance Excellent Fair Excellent Very Good
Heat resistance Excellent Fair Good Excellent
Mildew resistance Excellent Fair Excellent Very Good
Food safe Excellent Fair Excellent Fair
Price $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
Professional installation required Yes No Yes Yes
Repairable Fair Fair Excellent Fair
Average warranty 10 Years 1 Year Lifetime Limited Lifetime
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