Choosing the right countertop for your kitchen is a decision that goes beyond aesthetics. It’s about finding the right balance between style and durability, ensuring that your countertop can withstand the demands of daily use. Here are the most durable countertops for kitchens.

Table of Contents:

● Factors To Consider When Choosing a Countertop
● Most Durable Countertops
● The Final Word

Factors To Consider When Choosing a Countertop

● Durability: The harder the material, the more durable it is. Refer to the table below for the hardness values of each material according to the Mohs hardness scale.

● Aesthetics: The design of the countertop should complement your kitchen’s style. Consider factors like cabinetry, flooring, and backsplash when making your selection.

● Cost: Set a budget and explore materials within that range. Natural stone countertops are usually more expensive than tiles.

● Heat resistance: Natural stone resists heat better than other materials.
● Stain resistance: Engineered stones like quartz and Dekton are non-porous and
less prone to staining, while natural stones require frequent sealing to prevent stains.

Mohs Hardness Scale (On a Scale of 10)


Most Durable Countertops

1. Granite


Granite, a natural stone formed deep in the earth, combines beauty with robustness. Its durability and resistance to scratches and heat make it a popular choice for countertops. Granite countertops need sealing every three years to prevent liquids and oil from seeping into the pores and causing stains.

Granite countertops come in various colors and patterns, so you can easily choose a design that blends with your kitchen. They are easy to clean, requiring only a daily wipe with mild soap and water.

Pros:

● Elegant look
● Durable
● Resists scratches
● Resists heat
● Timeless design
● Variety of styles
● Easy to clean

Cons:

● Expensive
● Requires sealing every three years

2. Quartz

Quartz countertops are engineered to combine the natural strength of quartz crystals with resins and pigments to create a surface that resists stains, scratches, and heat. They don’t delaminate and are non-porous, so you don’t need to seal them.

Quartz countertops come in various colors and patterns, so you can easily find a design that complements your kitchen. They are easy to clean and maintain.

Pros:

● Elegant look
● Durable
● Consistent look
● Resists scratches
● Resists heat
● Resists stains
● Variety of styles
● Easy to clean

Cons:
● Direct sun is not advised
● Direct heat is not advised

3. Dekton

 

Dekton is engineered by combining porcelain, glass, and quartz. As a result, Dekton countertops are highly durable and stylish. They resist heat, scratches, and stains. They also resist UV rays, making them ideal for outdoor kitchens.

Dekton countertops come in solid colors and textured finishes. As they are non-porous, you can easily clean and maintain them.

Pros:
● Stylish
● Durable
● Resists scratches
● Resists heat
● Resists stains
● Variety of styles
● Easy to clean

Cons:
● Expensive
● Edges can chip

4. Quartzite

 

Quartzite

Quartzite is a metamorphic rock formed by the exposure of quartz sandstone to heat and pressure. Quartzite countertops look elegant while being durable. They resist heat, but be careful when chopping vegetables, as sharp knives may leave a mark. Quartzite countertops are porous and require sealing every year to prevent stains.

Though quartzite countertops come in various colors and finishes, the options are limited compared to quartz. They are easy to clean, requiring only mild dishwashing soap and water to clean spills and remove marks.

Pros:
● Elegant look
● Durable
● Resists heat
● Easy to clean

Cons:
● Expensive
● Requires sealing every year

 

5. Marble

 

Marble

 

Marble, a natural stone, is well-known for its luxurious look. Marble countertops aren’t as durable as granite, but they can withstand the demands of a busy kitchen. They resist heat but can scratch and stain. Marble countertops are porous and require sealing every year to prevent stains.

Marble countertops come in various finishes, and regardless of the color and pattern you choose, you can transform the look of your kitchen from boring to beautiful. Mild soap and water are all needed to clean sealed marble countertops.

Pros:
● Elegant look
● Durable
● Resists heat
● Easy to clean
● Various color choices

Cons:
● Expensive
● Requires sealing every year
● Can get scratched
● Cracks easily

6. Concrete

 

Concrete

 

Concrete countertops give your kitchen an industrial yet stylish vibe. They are moderately durable but can be scratched and cracked. Extreme temperatures like an ice bag or hot pan can crack the concrete countertop. Concrete is naturally porous, and the countertops require sealing every three years to prevent stains.

Concrete countertops come in various colors and finishes. They are also easy to customize. Concrete countertops are slightly less expensive than natural stones, ranging from $68 to $153 per square foot installed.

Pros:
● Industrial look
● Durable
● Highly customizable
● Easy to clean
● Develops a rich patina over time (some may not like it)

Cons:
● Expensive
● Requires sealing every three years
● Can scratch and crack

7. Stainless Steel

 

Stainless steel countertops provide a sleek look while being durable. They resist heat and stains but are easily scratchable. So, never slice vegetables without a cutting board. They don’t crack, which is obvious, but can dent if you drop a heavy object.

Stainless steel countertops come in various colors, but the options are limited compared to other materials. They attract fingerprints, but this isn’t a big deal because they’re easy to clean and maintain. Stainless steel countertops cost between $67 and $212 per square foot installed.

Pros:
● Modern look
● Durable
● Resists heat
● Resists stain
● Easy to clean

Cons:
● Limited color options
● Scratches easily
● Prone to dents
● Fingerprint magnet

8. Ceramic Tile

 

Ceramic Tile

 

Ceramic tiles may not look the best, but they are moderately durable and resist heat and scratch (to a point). They are soft and can crack if something heavy falls. Ceramic tiles are porous and require sealing every three years to prevent stains.

Ceramic tiles come in various colors and patterns, so you can easily choose an option that looks the best in your kitchen. The tiles are easy to clean, but the grout lines aren’t.

Pro tip: To clean the grout lines, prepare a solution by mixing two cups of baking soda with one cup of hydrogen peroxide and adding a few drops of dish soap. Apply the solution and let it sit for 15 minutes. Scrub with a brush and then rinse.

Pros:
● Resists heat
● Resists scratches
● Affordable
● Various color choices

Cons:
● Difficult to clean (grout lines)
● Requires sealing every three years
● Not so durable

9. Soapstone

 

Soapstone

 

Soapstone is a natural stone that’s moderately durable and heat-resistant, making it ideal for countertops. They scratch easily, so make sure to use a cutting board when slicing vegetables. Soapstone countertops are non-porous and don’t stain.

Soapstone countertops primarily come in gray, green, and black shades.

Pro tip: Apply mineral oil to the soapstone countertop every month during the first year to retain the appearance for much longer.

Pros:
● Natural look
● Easy to clean
● Resists stain
● Resists heat

Cons:
● Expensive
● Limited color options
● Scratches easily
● Not so durable

The Final Word

Granite, quartz, Dekton, quartzite, and marble are the best countertops for your money. They are durable, look good, and can be easily customized to match the appearance of your kitchen. If you want a cost-effective option, choose ceramic tile countertops.

If you’re still confused, get in touch with Family Interiors. From helping you choose the right countertop to installation to maintenance, our pros can help you with everything.