Kitchen countertops are the main space for food preparations in any kitchen and it is one of the first things that anyone notices when entering the kitchen. All activities which are classified as pre-cooking like cutting, cleaning and even packing are carried out on kitchen tops.
Aside from the practical function of counter tops, they can play a great role in enhancing the look of your cabinets which directly affect the look of your entire kitchen. There are many options for the counter tops but granite, wood, marble, and stone are the most popular ones.
Granite has known to be a common choice for kitchen countertops because it is easy to maintain and it has an elegant finish. The best part in using granite for kitchen counter tops is that it is highly resistant to heat and can withstand very high temperature. Though the price has often been a constraint for the budget conscious, the increased usage has resulted in prices coming down over a period of time. Moreover, it is available in various elegant colors and it is worthy because it is long lasting. The only care that needs to be taken is during installation as the wrong installation can lead to cracks and breakages.
Engineered stone is another material that is gaining in popularity as a kitchen top. Engineered stone is composed of 93% quartz particles. The number of colors that this stone is available is more than that of granite and this is easier to maintain than granite. It even has a nonporous surface that resists scratches. The problem about engineered stone is that is more expensive than granite making it not affordable for everyone.
For the other options you have, wooden tops are sealed against any stains but often have the issue of getting damaged by water, however, water resistant you make these. On the other hand, stone counter tops are highly resistant to heat and can take a very high temperature. But the drawback about this option is that some stones stain. Marble tops are another option you have but they get stained and cracked very easily. Ceramic tiles are also used as kitchen counter tops but end up being cracked or chipped at the smallest pressure being applied
So as you see the options are many and each material has its pros and cons so it is all about what suits your preferences, budget, and needs