The Best Kitchen Countertop Trends to Try If You Hate Granite

If you think granite’s here today, and gone tomorrow, think again, because granite’s been at the top of its game for decades. Love it or hate it, the numbers don’t lie. And those numbers, of course, show an overwhelming addiction to the speckled surface.

While folks have long been devoted to granite’s powerful pull, we’ve finally had enough. After all, it’s your kitchen, so why not create a space that you love, rather than what popular kitchen trends have been dictating for years?

It’s time to break free from the grips of granite. Are you ready? Wonderful. Here are eight alternatives worth checking out.

1. Marble

White marble countertop on dark background

Marble counters are both classic and modern. | Essential Image/iStock/Getty Images

Marble is a great option if you’re looking for a beautiful surface, so long as you’re committed to caring for it. While marble can be cheaper than granite, it’s super high-maintenance, so bear that in mind when you’re shopping around.

Basically, marble is the ideal option for someone with great taste and an aversion to cooking. What we’re trying to say here, folks, is that marble is perfect for anyone with OCD cleaning habits, and a lack of messy children. The surface will stain and scratch if you’re not careful. But really, it is stunning.

Next: This timeless material is a favorite. 

2. Soapstone

Modern gourmet cherry kitchen.

It’s adaptable to your style. | vahamrick/iStock/Getty Images

Soapstone is often considered a timeless look. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s set in its ways. In fact, one of the best qualities of soapstone is its changeability and durability. In regards to the former, this surface easily takes on a variety of shades. Oiling it, for instance, will turn it darker.

In regards to the latter — durability — soapstone easily takes on the environment in which it lives. For example, while soapstone is tough enough to withstand hot dishes directly on its surface, it’s weak enough to take on marks, scratches, and gouges. But really, that’s the great thing about it: It ends up looking natural, and takes on pretty much anything that its caretakers throw its way.

Next: Many a farmhouse kitchen have loved this look.

3. Butcher block

Your kitchen automatically feels warmer. | iStock/Getty Images

It may not seem as refined as the aforementioned alternatives, but butcher block counters can transform an otherwise stale kitchen into a warm and inviting space. Some folks choose to oil their butcher block counters regularly, while others take a more natural approach. In fact, there are plenty of people who prefer to chop their veggies directly on the surface.

Basically, a butcher block countertop is pretty much a jumbo-sized cutting board. A jumbo-sized cutting board you could build on your own? See for yourself.

Next: This man-made material is loved for its durability. 

4. Quartz

Stainless farmhouse sink

Quartz comes in so many different styles, you’re bound to find one you like. | dpproductions/iStock/Getty Images

Quartz is a man-made engineered stone that looks like real stone, but is far more durable. So, why do people gravitate toward it? For starters, it’s super low-maintenance.

While quartz can be pricier than some of the other options, it’s no-fuss upkeep makes it a popular choice. However, because it’s not real stone, it won’t have those natural characteristics, either.

Next: Simple and straight to the point

5. Concrete

Kitchen concrete counter

It’s beautiful, but easily stained if not sealed properly. | in4mal/iStock/Getty Images

Concrete’s signature look combines the feeling of stone with an industrial element. And plenty of folks absolutely love it. And as an added bonus, the thickness at which a slab of concrete is poured is totally up to you, if you’re the one calling the design shots in the kitchen, that is.

Just be careful, though, because concrete has its cons, too (like every other surface material out there). According to Apartment Therapy, “Concrete countertops are vulnerable to staining and etching from citrus, red wine, and oil, but you can mitigate this by making sure your countertop is properly sealed.”

Next: Does this material remind you of a sterile environment?

6. Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is great for the environment. | iStock/Getty Images

Stainless steel may remind some people of a hospital table, but to others, it’s an environmentalist’s dream. Turns out, the stuff is 100% recyclable. So, that’s a plus.

Stainless steel counters are easy to clean and disinfect. But the material is shiny, which means there’s no hiding dents, scratches, and pesky little fingerprints. Stainless steel is, however, heat, rust, and stain proof, which is a major bonus.

Next: Think this material is outdated? Not so fast. 

7. Tile

Tile Countertop

Tile can add a rustic touch. | HGTV

Tile may not scream the fanciest of materials. But take a look at the plethora of options it gives homeowners, and it makes perfect sense why this trend is far from being stuck in the 80s. The real beauty of a tile countertop is the customization of it all. Furthermore, it’s heat and stain resistant, which is never a bad thing.

On the other hand, tile isn’t for everyone. With a tile countertop comes an uneven surface. And the tiny space in between each tile is filled with grout, which collects crumbs and is often tough to clean. Furthermore, tiles are prone to chips and cracks.

Next: This material has massive name-brand recognition.

8. Corian

It can look similar but you won’t have to seal it. | iStock/Getty Images

Corian has certainly had its time in the spotlight. In fact, The Spruce says, “Of all solid surface countertop materials, Corian is the one with the greatest consumer name-brand recognition.” But is it better than granite?

Even though corian and granite are quite comparable price-wise, the two materials are rather different. Granite has a natural stone look, with veins and other unique markings. Corian, on the other hand, doesn’t look so natural. It can actually look more polished than granite, thanks to its consistently smooth, soft coloring. Additionally, and aside from its physical appearance, granite countertops require sealing, but corian does not (corian also scratches much more easily). And while granite can handle heat, corian cannot.

So, are you ready to ditch the granite for good and take on a whole new countertop world? Thankfully, the options are vast, and the choice is yours.

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