Counters Rated (1-5)
- Reclaimed Wood: 2.7
- Zinc: 2.8
- Ceramic Tile: 2.8
- Laminate: 2.8
- Solid Surface: 3.2
- Slab Granite: 3.4
- Quartz: 4.6
- Concrete: 2.7
- Refinished: 2.9
- Stainless Steel: 3.3
CriteriaWhat's the best countertop? Factors such as stain and heat resistance are objective; appearance is subjective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
We rated the best countertop material on the basis of the five factors below. Each factor receives a rating of 1-5 indicated in brackets, with 5 being the best overall rating.Appearance
Countertop appearance has been rated according to generally-accepted appearance, from the comments of countertops owners and would-be owners across a wide sampling.
Not the absolute rock-bottom countertop price, but price balanced out by other factors in the list.
Stain Resistance and Clean-Up
How well does the countertop resist common kitchen stains? If stained, how easily and thoroughly does the counter clean up?
While most cooks expect to use hot plates, sometimes life happens. How well does the best countertop perform when a hot pot is placed on it?
We all want to buy a countertop that is right for us. Yet, it does help to look ahead to the day when you may eventually sell the house. Some countertops have better resale value than others.
Overall: The Global Picture
How do all the five factors add up? That's what makes the best countertop.
Please bear in mind that what's a "best countertop" for one use may not be the best for another use. This ratings list is an attempt to aggregate all factors, as best as possible.