What Are The Best Countertops for 2018?
What makes for the best countertops? It depends on your particular needs. Bathroom countertops are usually best in tile, with its bright, clean look and imperviousness to water. Kitchen countertops are often best in quartz, stone, or laminate which better resist the heavy traffic of pots and pans. But these guidelines are flexible. There are a few criteria that apply to all countertop choices. At Sedona Home Center, we look for:
- Best selection of color and texture
- Highest grade materials
- Stain resistance and low maintenance requirements
- Product lines for every price point and budget
Let’s review the choices!
GRANITE and MARBLE offer a timeless, classic beauty that makes them a best countertop choice for modern kitchens and bathrooms. There are plenty of reasons to go with natural slab for your countertops, but these options aren’t for everyone. Consider these natural stone surfaces if:
- You prefer natural stone to engineered surfaces
- You don’t mind taking the time to maintain your countertops and re-seal them once or twice a year
- You want your countertops to be truly one-of-a-kind (no two stone slabs are alike!)
But granite or marble might not be the best countertop choice for you if:
- You don’t care for the natural variations in color/appearance found in all natural stones
- You (or your kids) are prone to spills in the kitchen—marble can easily stain, even when sealed
- You’re looking for a solid color product or exact consistency
If you have your heart set on natural stone, ask us for specific instructions on countertop maintenance and care.
QUARTZ, thanks to modern technology, has become a competitive choice to natural stone. Quartz’s big advantage over granite and marble countertops is that they require virtually no maintenance. Priced similarly to stone countertops, quartz is a versatile option that may make sense for your space. Check it out if:
- You love natural stone but don’t want to commit to sealing your countertops
- You want a durable surface that resists scratches, chips and other damage
- You’re looking for a wide range of color options with few inconsistencies
But quartz might not be your best countertop choice if:
- Your countertops receive a lot of direct sunlight (quartz can fade under UV light)
Tip: You can find quartz slabs that beautifully mimic the look of marble or granite, so you may be able to get the best points of both countertop surfaces!
LAMINATE countertops have been used in homes since in the 1940s, and they’re a less expensive alternative. Made from layers of plastic and particleboard, laminate countertops remain popular due to their low cost and wide range of available colors and patterns. Laminate countertops might be best for you if:
- You’re on a tight budget
- You’re looking for countertops you can safely install yourself
But think it through, because:
- If you need a surface that is heat- and scratch-resistant, laminate is not
- If laminate is damaged, it can’t be easily repaired
- Laminate countertops can become worn, faded and dull over time
Of course there are other choices, too. We’ll go into ceramics and tiles in another post. Come on in to Sedona Home Center and let us help you find the best countertops for you!