What's the best countetop material?
I have a tiny kitchen, about 8'x7', but it's very well designed, and has a worn granite countertop. The problem with a small kitchen is that while cooking it's gets messy very quickly. The other problem is that I didn't take care of the granite so it's badly stained and even special products can't restore it.
The ideal countertop has these qualities:
- It doesn't stain (or can be easily restored)
- It requires no maintenance (no sealing, no oiling), just normal cleanings
- You can cut on it
- It can be easily restored if need be
Does anything come close?
- AnonymousLv 61 month agoFavorite Answer
I've had a Silestone (quartz) countertop for 17 yrs and it still looks brand new, but I don't cut on it, and It doesn't need special care like granite does.Granite can be cancer causing also I didn't want it.
- TomLv 71 month ago
I used large, 1 foot square, glazed ceramic tiles. (white) Easy to clean, will not stain. (But can be cracked if some idiot pounds them with an iron skillet) Cracked tiles can be easily replaced individually though.
- 1 month ago
Granite is very popular....
- LLv 51 month ago
Quartz. Granite used to be popular but it needs a lot of maintenance and Quartz does not.
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- FLv 61 month ago
I like real wood . Seal it properly on installation and it needs minimal attention once a year.
- fluffernutLv 71 month ago
If upkeep isn't your thing (not mine either) go with Silestone. Acrylics can be damaged by chemicals left to contact the surface for long periods. I had a
bathroom cleaner on the bathroom
that leaked and left a permanent loss of glossy.
- garryLv 41 month ago
granite caused cancer only if it is a dust , solid granite is polished using water as a medium . get some one in who knows how to clean granite , it need a regrind .
- Christin KLv 71 month ago
Quartz. Fits all your criteria. Doesn't stain, can be cleaned, doesn't need sealing or special treatment. Next would be finished concrete--(this can look very beautiful--don't scoff).
- Diane ALv 71 month ago
Yes, the quartz countertops: Caesarstone, Silestone, Cambria etc etc. There are many now
- 1 month ago
"problem is that I didn't take care of the granite so it's badly stained and even special products can't restore it."
you said it yourself … the next time will be same as the last time … you never will take care of the countertop. i'd suggest getting some scrap linoleum from a salvage yard … and bonding it to the top of the current countertop.
- Anonymous1 month ago
If I were redoing a kitchen, I'd consider quartz, either natural (strongest and most expensive) or engineered, quartz crystals in high concentration mixed with resin, additional colors, and sometimes bits of reflective minerals to form slabs. Quartz is harder and more impermeable than granite (which I what I have now and don't especially like). Unlike most other materials, it is heat resistant and almost impossible to scorch or scratch.