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16 Kitchen Countertop Ideas to Fit Any Style

Kristin Salaky
Written by Kristin Salaky
Updated November 12, 2021
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If you’re a fan of HGTV or follow a lot of interior design accounts on Instagram, you may be convinced that you need marble countertops. And maybe you do! But there are a lot of other kitchen countertop ideas out there, from gorgeous wood to sleek soapstone. There are even budget-friendly options made to resemble marble. Whatever you’re looking for, there is something for you, so get ready to be inspired. 

1. Marble

White marble kitchen countertop, kitchen sink, and white marble backsplash with triangle tiles and inlaid gold circles

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Elegant marble is a top kitchen countertop choice in luxury kitchens. The natural stone radiates with a soft glow and has gorgeous veins of color running through it for a unique look.  

Marble Fast Facts

  • Marble countertop cost: about $40–$100 per square foot for a slab (though you can find prices as low as $15 per square foot and as high as $190+ per square foot)

  • Heat resistant: Yes, though you should avoid leaving hot pans on it 

  • Stain resistant: No, marble is a porous natural stone and can stain easily without frequent sealing

  • Scratch resistant: No, it's soft and can be easily scratched

2. Granite

Luxury kitchen with gray granite island, white cabinets, black countertops, subway tile backsplash, and gray walls

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Granite countertops are another popular choice in luxury homes due to their durability, variety of color options, and high-end look. Though more affordable than marble, granite countertops are on the higher end of the countertop cost spectrum. 

Granite Fast Facts

  • Granite countertop cost: about $40–$60 per square foot for a slab (though you can find some as low as $15 per square foot and as high as $140)

  • Heat resistant: Yes, though hot pans can damage the sealant

  • Stain resistant: Yes, though it should be sealed to help protect it, and liquids should not be allowed to soak in

  • Scratch resistant: Yes

3. Quartz

Kitchen with dark quartz countertop and backsplash with gray and gold veins, gray cabinets, and white tea pot and kettle

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Unlike natural stone countertops such as granite and marble, quartz countertops are a man-made product combining the natural mineral ground quartz with synthetic materials to create a kitchen countertop that resembles natural stone, but is cheaper and often more durable. Quartz also comes in a variety of colors to match any kitchen design. White quartz countertops are particularly popular because they go with everything and come in patterns that resemble marble. 

Quartz Fast Facts

  • Quartz countertop cost: about $70–$100 per square foot installed (though some can be as low as $15 per square foot and others as high as $150 per square foot without installation)

  • Heat resistant: Yes, though hot pans can cause it to scorch and crack 

  • Stain resistant: Yes, it's especially resistant to stains 

  • Scratch resistant: Yes 

4. Quartzite

Luxury kitchen with white quartzite counters, two farmhouse sinks, and windows overlooking pine trees

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Not to be confused with quartz, quartzite countertops are a natural stone countertop option composed of 90% to 99% quartz grains bonded together by the mineral silica. They’re even more durable than quartz, but tend to be pricier and have fewer color options. 

Quartzite Fast Facts

  • Quartzite countertop cost: about $55–$75 per square foot (though you can find prices as high as $200)

  • Heat resistant: Yes, even more so than quartz, though the sealant may be damaged by a hot pan

  • Stain resistant: No, though sealant helps

  • Scratch resistant: Yes, it’s a little bit harder than quartz

5. Soapstone

Modern luxury kitchen with gray soapstone countertops and backsplash, gray cabinets, and stainless appliances

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You may not be as familiar with soapstone, but the gorgeous charcoal gray natural stone is becoming more and more popular for luxury kitchen counters. Its striking dark color looks great in modern kitchens, it requires no sealant, and it’s a breeze to clean. However, it’s one of the more expensive countertop materials.  

Soapstone Fast Facts

  • Soapstone countertop cost: about $70–$120 per square foot (though you can find prices as low as $20 per square foot)

  • Heat resistant: Yes, you can actually set a hot pan on it

  • Stain resistant: Yes, even though it is a natural stone, it is nonporous

  • Scratch resistant: No, it’s a soft natural stone

6. Solid Surface

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Solid surface countertops, like DuPont’s Corian acrylic-blend, refer to man-made countertops with a consistently solid composition from the inside out. With a uniform color and matte finish, these mid-range countertops tend to look nicer than laminate and are more affordable than natural stone options or quartz. They’re also pretty easy to repair yourself with an orbital sander and fine grain sandpaper.  

Solid Surface Fast Facts

  • Solid surface countertop cost: about $20–$50 per square foot

  • Heat resistant: No

  • Stain resistant: Yes, it's nonporous

  • Scratch resistant: No, despite what its moniker sounds like, solid surface is soft and can be easily scratched (but also, easily repaired)

7. Butcher Block

Small kitchen with white cabinets and butcher block countertop with assorted dishware on top

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If you have a modern farmhouse or vintage kitchen, butcher block countertops will fit in perfectly. The hardwood infuses kitchens with a homey warmth that can be missing in spaces with luxurious but somewhat cold natural stone counters. Plus, butcher block has a long lifespan with proper maintenance. That maintenance, however, can be a bit extensive and time-consuming. That’s why some prefer to keep it contained to a kitchen island.

Butcher Block Fast Facts

  • Butcher block countertop cost: about $20–$70 per square foot

  • Heat resistant: No, a hot pan can scorch it

  • Stain resistant: No, though sealant can help protect it and stains can be sanded out 

  • Scratch resistant: No, and definitely don't use it as a cutting board!

8. Laminate

Modern European kitchen with black laminate countertops, white cabinets and wood cabinets, and white walls

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Once considered the black sheep of the kitchen counter world, laminate countertops are making a comeback due to their updated designs and affordability. Yes, laminate is made of layers of paper covered with melamine resin and bonded to plywood or particleboard. But well-designed laminate can mimic granite and even marble. It’s also easy to clean and comes in a variety of colors. And while it won’t last as long as some countertops, it can last a good 30 years with care.

Laminate Fast Facts

  • Laminate countertop cost: about $8–$27 per square foot

  • Heat resistant: No, it’s especially susceptible to heat damage 

  • Stain resistant: Yes 

  • Scratch resistant: No, it tends to show scratches and nicks

9. Concrete

Modern gray one-wall kitchen with concrete countertops across from wood kitchen table

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Trendy concrete countertops have become popular in modern kitchens in recent years because they’re long-lasting, durable, and surprisingly customizable. That’s right, concrete comes in a variety of colors—not just gray—and can be further customized with tile or glass pieces added in. It is definitely a luxury countertop material, however, with prices on par with marble.

Concrete Fast Facts

  • Concrete countertop cost: about $65–$135 per square foot

  • Heat resistant: Yes, it’s OK to put a hot pan on it 

  • Stain resistant: No, it’s porous and stains easily, so it’s key to frequently seal it

  • Scratch resistant: Yes, though if you see a scratch, it’s probably on the sealant and adding more should get rid of it

10. Recycled Glass

Modern kitchen with black recycled glass countertops, brick backsplash, wood cabinets, and chrome sink

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Looking for eco-friendly kitchen countertops? Recycled glass may be for you. These countertops are made with glass that would otherwise be sent to a landfill. The glass is typically broken down into chips and combined with cement and resin binders. The result is a durable everyday countertop with a unique pattern and translucence not seen with natural stone. The biggest downside? Recycled glass isn’t cheap. 

Recycled Glass Fast Facts

  • Recycled glass countertop cost: about $75 per square foot 

  • Heat resistant: Yes

  • Stain resistant: Yes, when sealed 

  • Scratch resistant: Yes, but it can chip if a heavy object is dropped onto it 

11. Tile

All-white kitchen with white tile countertops and various white dishes piled around a stainless sink

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Ceramic and porcelain tiles give homeowners the ability to create custom patterns for their kitchen counters at an affordable price. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and they fit well into a modern kitchen. The main concern with tile countertops is that while they are easy to clean, the grout holding them together will eventually become discolored and need to be repaired. 

Tile Fast Facts

  • Tile countertop cost: about $5–$10 per square foot for ceramic tiles; about $3–$28 per square foot for porcelain tiles

  • Heat resistant: Yes

  • Stain resistant: Yes, tile is nonporous 

  • Scratch resistant: Yes, though can chip or crack if something heavy falls on them 

Less Common Kitchen Countertop Ideas

If you really want your kitchen to stand out, consider one of these non-traditional kitchen countertop materials: 

12. Stainless Steel

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Typically found in commercial kitchens, stainless steel countertops have slowly started to make their way into luxury home kitchens with an industrial look. They’re durable, long-lasting, and easy to clean with soap and water. Unfortunately, metal countertops are not cheap, and their high price tag means they are out of reach for many homeowners. 

13. Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood kitchen countertop with cheese board and cooking utensils

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Reclaimed wood countertops—another green countertop option—rely on old, weathered wood to give kitchens more warmth and texture. Like butcher block, these wood countertops are fairly high maintenance and might be best as an accent countertop.

14. Bamboo

Loft kitchen and dining room with charcoal walls, bamboo and wood slat countertops, and black pendant lights

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Although it’s technically a grass, eco-friendly bamboo provides a similar look to wood countertops. It’s reasonably priced, durable, and anti-bacterial, but it can be just as high-maintenance as wood so it’s also best used as an accent. 

15. Live Edge

Live edge wood countertop

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Rounding out the wood counter options is the gorgeous live edge countertop. More work of art than anything else, a live edge counter pays homage to the tree from which it was carved with its curvy preserved edge. If you’re looking for a show-stopping kitchen piece, an island with a live edge may be for you, though it will need lots of care.   

16. Waterfall

Luxury kitchen with large marble waterfall island, marble backsplash, and white and wood cabinets

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Another kitchen showstopper? The marble, granite, or quartz waterfall countertop. A waterfall countertop extends off the edge of the counter and to the ground, creating a continuous visual flow. It’s perfect for contemporary kitchens and can even be made with concrete or wood. 

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