Comparing the pros and cons of the best kitchen countertop materials for your next kitchen makeover project.
The kitchen countertop is certainly the centrepiece of your brand new kitchen. Finding the perfect kitchen countertop for your new home means balancing durability, aesthetics, and cost. Then, there’s also the other criteria for picking the material for your kitchen countertops. Who knew there could be so many?!
In this article, we will be focusing on three of the most popular countertop materials: granite, marble, and quartz. These will hopefully aid you in comparing and learning more about the pros and cons of each material.
Comparison guide (rating out of 5)
Durability: More ★ equals better durability against scratches and stains.
Aesthetics: More ★ means more beautiful in design, and has more colour options.
Price: Varies depending on the size, thickness and quality of slab. Does not include the cost of installation.
Made of pure, solid stone, granite is one of the most common and preferred countertop materials because it’s solid, durable, and long-lasting. As it’s made of natural stone, you can be sure that no two pieces of granite will look the same—so you’ll definitely own a one-of-a-kind centrepiece in your kitchen. Expect granite to be very heat-resistant, up to temperatures hotter than your stove. However, that doesn’t mean you should place hot pans straight from the stove and onto the countertop without a trivet. It’s also quite the hardy material—it’s difficult to unintentionally break, scratch, or crack.
While there are a number of colour options for granite, it’s definitely not as many as quartz. To ensure the longevity of granite, you will need to apply sealant, though not as often as you would need to on marble.
Select granite for a kitchen countertop with a more natural stone look that doesn’t break the bank as much as marble or quartz.
Durability ★ ★ ★ ★
Aesthetics ★ ★ ★ ★
Price: Between RM10 to RM500 per sq ft
Other than being super trendy, most people are also attracted to the unique veined patterns of marble. Similar to granite, you’ll never have two exact patterns. This natural stone will really allow your kitchen space to pop, especially when paired with similar colour hues for the shelves and cabinets.
In contrast to granite, however, marble is not as durable. It’s soft and porous, so it must be sealed often to protect it from damage. One mistake with a knife while preparing dinner and you’ll have a permanent scratch on your beautiful marble countertop. Liquids can also leave permanent stains if not cleaned fast enough.
Pick marble if you are a fan of the unique veined patterns only marble can provide, but be wary of its porous surface. You’ll need to constantly maintain it in order to protect the surface.
Durability ★ ★ ★
Aesthetics ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Price: Between RM20 to RM250/sq ft
Unlike granite or marble, engineered quartz is actually a manmade countertop material that mixes natural quartz with a variety of materials (some companies say it’s resin, others claim it’s broken granite, marble, or glass). The inclusion of quartz crystals into the materials make quartz kitchen countertops inarguably more beautiful than granite or marble, with many different colours and styles available to choose from. And because it’s manmade, it’s more durable and scratch-resistant. It has a non-porous surface so you will never have to worry about permanent stains.
On the other hand, quartz countertops are premium, which means that they are more expensive than any other countertop material. But for the price, you’re paying for long-lasting quality. Choose quartz if you have the budget to go for the very best. With the number of colour options available, you should be able to create your desired dream kitchen.
Durability ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Aesthetics ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Price: Between RM70 to RM600+/sq ft
These prices are reflective of how much granite, marble, and quartz costs compared to each other. In general, even a granite kitchen countertop is more expensive than most common materials such as wood, laminate, concrete, or tile.
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