From concrete to stainless steel to quartz and laminate in every color under the sun, there are so many choices for kitchen countertops that making a selection can be overwhelming. There are a multitude of factors that play into this choice, including aesthetics, durability, price and ultimately, which kitchen countertops are the best option for resale value. If you’re considering replacing kitchen countertops, read on. We’ve outlined the various materials on the market along with their prices, characteristics and our top picks for resale.
Pros: Heat resistant, durable, wide variety of colors and finishes, the top choice for buyers.
Cons: Price, can stain, chip or crack.
Pros: Chemically inert, attractive patina, won’t stain below surface.
Cons: Soft, no color variety, can chip, smaller slabs mean there may be seams
Pros: Trendy, durable.
Cons: Heavy, difficult to fabricate, can crack.
Pros: Waterproof, heatproof, wide variety of colors & patterns.
Cons: Stains easily, requires constant sealing, very high price.
Pros: Warm, can be used for cutting.
Cons: High maintenance, soft, can stratch.
Pros: Wide variety of colors, durable, resists scratches & stains, as popular as granite in terms of resale.
Cons: Price, not as much depth of color as natural stone.
Material: Stainless Steel
Pros: Modern, attractive look, heat resistant, seamless.
Cons: Price, can scratch and dent.
Material: Ceramic Tile
Pros: Cheap, durable, heat resistant, wide variety of colors & styles.
Cons: Grout stains and is difficult to clean, can chip, uneven surface, can be detrimental to resale.
Pros: Affordable, wide range of colors & patterns.
Cons: No longer trendy, seen as “cheap”, scratches easily, prone to heat damage, has visible seams.
Material: Solid Surface
Pros: seamless, affordable, variety of styles, stain resistant.
Cons: Not heat resistant, scratches, not as desirable to home buyers as natural stone.
Top picks for resale:
Granite & Quartz