Counter tops

Grey kitchen counter

Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash



LaminateWoodStoneEngineered QuartzRecycled Glass
Avg. weight




Price range$15-$40 per square foot$55-$200 per square foot$50-$250 per square foot$55-$155 per square foot$50-$125 per square foot
The good
  • Most affordable
  • Biodegradable (depending on treatment)
  • Gets better looking with age
  • Natural material
  • High heat resistance
  • High scratch resistance
  • A large variety of looks
  • Low maintenance

The bad
  • Least nice looking
  • High maintenance
  • Porous
  • Heavy


Tiled countertops are not on this list because I lived in a place once with tiled kitchen countertops and it wasn’t great—the grout was such a pain to clean, it’s not something I’m would consider installing.

Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash