Kitchen Countertop Breakdown: Pros and Cons of Popular Surfaces

Your kitchen is one of the most essential and used rooms in your home. It’s where you gather as a family, host parties, and, if you’re thinking about selling, it’s one of the rooms buyers look at first. Naturally, when it comes to your countertops, they need to have two purposes. Kitchen countertops need to be functional, and they need to look good. With so many options, how do you choose? Here are a few pros and cons of some popular countertops. 

Granite Countertops

Granite Countertops

Pros: There’s something special about granite countertops. Granite will bring your kitchen to the next level in style and luxury. Other than style, granite is very hard and won’t scratch easily, and granite does not absorb liquid when appropriately sealed which makes them stain resistant. 

Cons: Although they’re one of the most beautiful countertops you could install, there are a few cons to granite. The significant disadvantage is that it’s pricey. It will bring your kitchen to the next level, but it will cost you more. Also, you must trust your installer to seal the countertop properly. 

Quartz Countertops


Pros: Because quartz countertops are a manufactured product, you’ll have more options and variety. It has the same durability as concrete or granite. Quartz is forgiving so that it’s less likely to chip or crack like other surfaces. As a non-porous countertop, it resists stains, germs, and bacteria. You’ll have a good looking and clean kitchen countertop. 

Cons: Like granite, the biggest con to quartz countertops is the price. You’re going to pay a bit more for quartz. If you’re not looking for a contemporary look, you might not be a fan of quartz. You’ll also have to be wary of hot items. It’s not quite as resistant to heat as other surfaces. 

Concrete Countertops

Pros: I know, you’re probably thinking, “concrete in my kitchen, what?” But it’s popular and only growing. Homeowners love the variety that comes with stained or pigment concrete. You can have virtually any color or style of texture or stain that makes a statement in your kitchen. As your busiest room in the home, concrete will hold up to everything that’s thrown around in your kitchen countertop. It’s resistant to heat and scratching. 

Cons: Maintenance is a con when it comes to concrete. You must make sure that when installing that your countertops are correctly sealed. Then they must be resealed every 1-3 years. When not appropriately sealed or kept up, you’ll have to be cautious of staining. 

When it comes to installing kitchen countertops, there are hundreds of styles and materials. Those are three of the common materials used. If you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen, Complete Kitchens can customize your entire kitchen to fit your style and functionality. Visit the Complete Kitchens in the showroom at Coutura to discuss your wants and needs for your kitchen.