Kitchen countertops take more wear than the floor! Accidental whacks with that knife, dropping a cast-iron pan, and don’t even get me started on what teenagers can do to a countertop. Cutting board! What’s that?

As a result, you will find the need to replace it, and why not? That old countertop is just, well, getting old. You’ve seen your neighbors awesome Quartz countertops and even some granite counters. What is right for you?

Quartz is popular for it’s low-maintenance (almost zero, but then nothing is actually zero!), stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant qualities. And, it is available in a wide range of colors and patterns; it’s hard to not pick this great material for your kitchen.

You may already have your heart set on polished granite, though; this still surpasses quartz for homeowners upgrading their kitchens. A durable, beautiful, natural material with nature’s variable patterning, it’s easy to see why so many love it. But that very variability makes matching sections of the slabs difficult, and it requires more care than quartz. It is recommended to seal it twice a year and be sure to clean up all spills immediately, as it stains. ┬áMaybe not the best choice if there are kids in the home!

That old standby laminate has taken big leaps and bounds in beauty and stkitchen countertopyle. If you would rather spend your budget on some awesome appliances, it’s not a bad choice to pick a great-looking laminate to finish off that kitchen. You can always upgrade after the kids are past the “Who, me? I didn’t do that.” stage.