What is the best kitchen countertop material? – Real Homes


What is the best kitchen countertop material? – Real Homes

What is the best kitchen countertop material?


Find out what the best kitchen countertop is and choose the right material for your kitchen.

Wondering ‘what is the best kitchen countertop material?’ Kitchen countertops have many boxes to tick – not only do they need to look good, but they also need to be strong and durable to withstand the daily wear and tear that results from food preparation, cooking, and cleaning.

A beautiful kitchen countertop is one of the most important components of kitchen ideas and affects the overall look and feel of your kitchen as much as your choice of cabinets or kitchen island.

Which materials stand the test of both style and substance? We’ve asked interior design and kitchen experts for their opinion on the best countertops for kitchens.




The best countertop for your kitchen is the one that’s most suited to how you used your kitchen, how much you’re prepared to spend, and how much maintenance you’re prepared to give it.

Susan Spath, president of Kern & Company(opens in new tab) and principal designer of Susan Spath Interior Design, gives two different favorites for different kitchen needs. For a luxurious, top-of-the-range option, her top choice is marble:

‘I absolutely love a marble slab countertop, it is just such a timeless clean look. Marble is a very durable stone. It is the most heat-resistant stone and less likely to crack/break. Also, marble is an easier stone to fabricate, it is softer and easier to carve, allowing us to make decorative edges, etc.’

Do bear in mind that marble is very porous and prone to staining, though. If you want an option that still looks great but is much easier to maintain, Spath’s top recommendation is porcelain: ‘it doesn’t need constant sealing and it will not stain if you leave water droplets, etc.’

‘It makes for a great countertop and it also looks fabulous, as you can also get porcelain slabs that look almost identical to real marble. Additionally, it is also a very cost-effective stone, the price per slab is typically lower than most of the other stones on the market.’

These are just two options. Compare different types of kitchen countertop materials and make the choice that’s right for you.

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Written by Anna Cottrell for Real Homes


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