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What Countertop Material is Right for You?

Posted by Daniel Mizrahi on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Along with your kitchen cabinets, your countertops are the most important non-appliance in your kitchen, and one of the first considerations homeowners make when considering kitchen remodeling ideas.

Just like your cabinets, countertops take up up a sizeable amount of kitchen real estate. Just like your cabinets, the right material, color or design can make your kitchen have some serious style. And just like your cabinets, they’re not just there to look pretty: your kitchen countertops go to work for you, for everything from storage to food preparation. Because of this, you want to be sure to choose the right material when browsing kitchen countertop ideas.  But how to choose? From durability to affordability, we’ll break it down for you below, with options to fit every budget.

Budget Options:


Tile is one of the less expensive materials available, and it is easy to maintain. Just like bathroom tile, kitchen tile wipes clean easily. Depending on the style and color of tile you choose, you can pair it with almost any palette or design aesthetic. However, tile can crack or chip, and its grout has to be sealed regularly.


Laminate is the least expensive countertop material available, but it doesn’t have to look that way. It comes in hundreds or designs and colors; you can now buy laminate that is meant to look like stone, wood, or quartz, but without the pricetag. If imitation stone isn’t for you, then lean into the retro vibe: try laminate in a funky orange or yellow (or any color you choose) is also a fun and functional option. The downside? It can scratch easily, has a tendency to fade in sunlight, and is not heat resistant (so keep those hot pots off of it!).

Middle Ground:

Butcher Block/Wood Countertops

These countertops are perfectly at home in a country-style kitchen as well as a rustic or vintage space. Sealed correctly, they’re a great choice for food preparation, and they’re heat resistant. They do require some work, though: they have to stay properly sealed and oiled to stay sanitary and long-lasting.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel gives your kitchen a professional, industrial feel. Its durability is its biggest selling point: it doesn’t stain, rust, or fade. It’s easy to clean and maintain, and besides a tendency to show fingerprints (which can be wiped away), and the possibility of being scratched, there aren’t many negatives to report.

High End


Granite is one of the most consistently popular choices for countertops. It is strong, durable, heat resistant and very difficult to damage or scratch. It does need to be sealed regularly (about once a year) to prevent stains from cleaners or food.


Marble is nearly as popular as granite, with a slightly steeper price tag. Designers love marble countertops for the same reasons as granite -- durability, strength, and heat resistance -- and it’s also a popular choice for its gorgeous swirls and high end look. Just like granite, it needs to be sealed regularly to prevent staining and to keep it bacteria-resistant.

Of course, these aren’t your only choices when it comes to countertop materials. From recycled glass and reclaimed wood to quartz and lava stone, the options are virtually endless. But for homeowners in Pasadena, there’s only one name you need to remember: Open Hand Remodeling. For kitchen counter updates and installations, no matter your style, Open Hand has the team of kitchen contractors for you. Whether you’re kitchen remodeling on a budget or whether the sky’s the limit, will provide you with a free estimate and work from there to make your kitchen your favorite room in the house. Contact us today.

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