How to Choose the Right Countertop for Your Kitchen

Written by Submitted by Shayna Mahoney of Emerald City, LLC
Updated July 23, 2013
Knowing the difference between different countertop materials can help you choose the material that fits your needs the best, says Mahoney. (Photo provided by Emerald City)

One highly rated provider explains the differences between countertop materials and provides information on how to choose which one is best for your home.

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With so many countertop materials on the market, it can be overwhelming to decide which is best for your home. Before examining the different types of material available and making a purchase, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions:

• What is your budget?

• Are you going to be selling the home in the future?

• Do you use the kitchen often for cooking and entertaining?

• Are you going to have time to clean and maintain the countertops?

• Would you like unique countertops or a simple color and pattern?

Once you have a better idea of what you expect from the countertop material, take a look at the differences between the options to see what’s best for your kitchen.


Granite generally starts at around $45 per square foot and is a great product for resale because it adds value to your home. It is scratch and stain resistant and you can place hot pans on top of it for a short time. 

Granite should be cleaned regularly and sealed once each year. There are hundreds of different colors and patterns of granite, which means that you can design a truly beautiful and unique countertop.


Marble starts at around $40 per square foot and also adds resale value to your home. It is porous and soft, so it can stain and scratch easier than other products.

Marble should also be cleaned regularly and sealed at least one per year. Like granite, it can very in color and pattern from slab to slab, but white and grey slabs are currently the most popular.


Soapstone starts at around $55 per square foot and is a very soft stone, which means it can scratch easily. It should be cleaned and oiled regularly. The most common color of soapstone is grey, but by oiling the slab, you can darken it to the color you want.


Quartz starts at around $50 per square foot and is scratch and stain resistant. It should be cleaned regularly, but it does not need to be sealed. Many quartz brands have a warranty as well.

Although there are more colors and patterns offered today, the color and pattern are usually consistent and uniform. There are usually less than 50 colors to choose from with each brand.

Recycled glass with concrete

Recycled glass with concrete starts at around $90 per square foot and is a great eco-friendly product that can help add resale value to a home. It is scratch and stain resistant as long as it is waxed.

The material should be cleaned regularly and waxed and sealed every year. Like quartz, the colors and patterns are usually consistent and uniform. Some brands incorporate shells into the material, which can add a unique feel.

Don’t rush the decision and take the time to think through each countertop option to find the one that best fits your home and your budget. Good luck!

About this Angi Expert: Shayna Mahoney is the manager of Emerald City, LLC, providing countertop installation in Boston. Since 2001, Emerald City ahs specialized in kitchen and bathroom design and remodeling, granite countertops, eco-friendly products, and sink and faucet installation. They are a recipient of the 2012 Angi Super Service Award.

As of July 23, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angi. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angi for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angi.

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