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Kitchen Countertop Agony: Granite, Marble or Quartz?

For years I’ve saving for a new countertop. Now the time approaches when I have to get real. Put in a lot of research and can’t decide. I am tired of the creamy quartz look as a trend but guess it is wise to look ahead for future resale.

Have any of you been happy with your stone countertops? If so which material/pattern did you choose?

by Anonymousreply 10806/10/2021

Remember when I was considered high-end?

by Anonymousreply 105/14/2021

It’s coming to crunch decision time and I just cannot decide. Is it best to follow the trends in this case or go for the material I like best (which is granite)? I’m terrible with design and am scared I will make some bad taste choice. My kitchen is wood carcass, wood countertop, and wood floor, in warm golden-red tones. No I won’t be choosing Kashmir Gold or Red, just in case you’re wondering. Although if those two granites were not so out of fashion I probably would be thinking of them.

by Anonymousreply 206/04/2021

I have QUARTZ because I liked the designs. It works fine. I'd prefer butcher block but don't like the maintenance issues.

by Anonymousreply 306/04/2021

I like wood countertops, like how this guy did it himself...

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by Anonymousreply 406/04/2021

^ Those look burnt, pass

by Anonymousreply 506/04/2021

I've had granite for close to 30 years and have never had a problem with it. All those maintenance nightmare stories are BS. They're easy to clean and take care of and now they're pretty cheap

by Anonymousreply 606/04/2021

What is wood carcass?

by Anonymousreply 706/04/2021

Oh god that granite and stainless combo IMMEDIATELY dates your kitchen. It screams "zero personality" too, as regardless of the layout, they all somehow end up looking the same.

Anything but that tired mess.

by Anonymousreply 806/04/2021

Here's some advice: pick what the fuck you like. It's your house.

by Anonymousreply 906/04/2021

How about Angel Gabriel Blue? But make sure you contact your local Vicar to make sure it is religiously correct, dear.

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by Anonymousreply 1006/04/2021

I own a kitchen/bathroom business. Look for quartzite, not quartz. They are two different materials.

by Anonymousreply 1106/04/2021

Right now I like the gray cabinets / marble counter combination. But I’m sure it will be dated soon.

by Anonymousreply 1206/04/2021

I was thinking of soapstone, but was discouraged by tales of stains and chips, plus the need to oil the stone annually, so I went with a dark gray granite that has a fine gray and black speckled pattern with bits of reflective material. It’s impregnable. I’m happy with it. I don’t like quartz because it looks fake to me. Marble is pretty, but impractical. It does trouble me a tiny bit that granite is considered “over,” but I’d rather do what I like than worry about what other people think.

by Anonymousreply 1306/04/2021

NEVER Marble. The upkeep is ridiculous.

I agree with R11. Quartzite is naturally occurring rock. Very durable. I think plastic is used to stick quart countertops and may be affected by heat.

by Anonymousreply 1406/04/2021

You want it to look good or actually cook in the kitchen? If the latter, granite is fine. I have a granite slab and it's nice to work on.

by Anonymousreply 1506/04/2021

Have a marble bathroom sink. Nightmare.

Got granite kitchen countertops just because they ended up being not that much more than Formica. No issues at all with them.

by Anonymousreply 1606/04/2021

I had soapstone counters growing up. They do require a bit more maintenance but I think they’re worth it.

by Anonymousreply 1706/04/2021

Granite is overused. Butcher block is nice but dated. Concrete is shit. It wears down to the webbing underneath eventually. The quartz composites are the best I have seen so far. I am a retired house cleaner and have experience with it all.

by Anonymousreply 1806/04/2021

Wood. Or porcelain tile. Or stainless steel.

by Anonymousreply 1906/04/2021

How come HGTV doesn't have show like this anymore? Last time I watched, they'd given the whole network over to the "Property Brothers" and those two real estate jerks.

by Anonymousreply 2006/04/2021

R20: "two real estate jerks" Gonna have to be a lot more specific that that.....

by Anonymousreply 2106/04/2021

Formica is still cool in my book. There are really excellent choices for color and patterns. I had a client use it and it was a hard sell. It looks fantastic and people they have over like it and quite surprised.

by Anonymousreply 2206/04/2021

R22 I have Formica countertops. You should have SEEN the looks I got at the Big Box home stores when I asked to see Formica samples. Needless to say I had to special order, but I love it.

by Anonymousreply 2306/04/2021

Stainless steel for me, to sanitize

by Anonymousreply 2406/04/2021

Why did formica go out of style? Does it stain/chip easily?

IIRC the big selling point of granite was that you could put hot pots on it and cut things on it.

by Anonymousreply 2506/04/2021

i like quartz. I actually like ceramic tile too.

by Anonymousreply 2606/04/2021

Formica chips.

by Anonymousreply 2706/04/2021

Counter....TOP?

by Anonymousreply 2806/04/2021

My mom has ruined two Formica countertops by putting hot pots on it. One was a bit of an emergency, the other was pure absentmindedness.

by Anonymousreply 2906/04/2021

The people who brought into the brown granite phase, wow. Ceramic tile is so much better. I never really understood it.

by Anonymousreply 3006/04/2021

Who’s the ceramic tile queen? Nobody wants your germy grout.

by Anonymousreply 3106/04/2021

Formica is so outdated. you should live in a cave

by Anonymousreply 3206/04/2021

Granite looks alot like quarzite. How can anyone tell the difference?

by Anonymousreply 3306/04/2021

No, R25, with Formica, you don't need a cutting board - just cut on the Formica!

by Anonymousreply 3406/04/2021

Formica is the easiest to maintain, I think...and the easiet to repair. It's the cheapest option. They make some nice looking Formica now.

by Anonymousreply 3506/04/2021

If I had the money, soapstone is beautiful and looks great for an older look. I think it's a softer material and may not be as practical. If you want the dark look, you'll have to oil with mineral oil every few months. So there's that maintenance.

by Anonymousreply 3606/04/2021

r25, Because a handful of queens in NY/LA/Milan said so. Designers work on commission, why recommend Formica when they can get the client to pay 20 times as much?

by Anonymousreply 3706/04/2021

Formica looks cheap and dated. It chips, burns and peels. Granite is hardly any more money and lasts forever.

"Oh god that granite and stainless combo IMMEDIATELY dates your kitchen. It screams "zero personality"

Just try and buy appliances "off the rack" that aren't SS. You even have to special order white in many cases

by Anonymousreply 3806/04/2021

What are you all doing to your Formica? I’ve never had it burn, chip or stain. Take care of shit.

by Anonymousreply 3906/04/2021

I've also had formica for years, and never had a problem. Haven't you ever heard of a cutting board or hot pads?

by Anonymousreply 4006/04/2021

I hate that stainless steel is what's being offered without too many other options now.

by Anonymousreply 4106/04/2021

Laminate with metal edging.

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by Anonymousreply 4206/04/2021

R 11 here

In fifteen years of doing counter tops, the only trouble I have had is with quartz. They talk about their wonderful warranty, however it is only a warranty against manufacturing defects.

by Anonymousreply 4306/04/2021

"What are you all doing to your Formica? I’ve never had it burn, chip or stain. Take care of shit. "

Laminate cracks, chips and peels with age no matter how well you take care of it

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by Anonymousreply 4406/04/2021

I've had a soapstone kitchen sink and counters for nearly 15 years. They still look great. The first year I had them, I oiled them about every month or so (it's very easy). After that, they seemed to have absorbed their maximum capacity and now I very seldom oil them. However, if anything wet sets on them (a glass with condensation, splashes of water, a damp sponge, etc), it will leave a mark. For that reason, I keep an oiled rag in a plastic Baggie under my kitchen sink and when a mark happens, I just swipe it with the rag and it is gone. It's a little extra work but not a big deal. I've managed to chip the stone a few times but a black Sharpie solves that problem quickly. Anyway, I guess you could say soapstone is a little extra bother but to me, it is worth it because I like the look.

by Anonymousreply 4506/04/2021

Give or take a few years:

Formica = 1940's - 1960's

Tile with wide colored grout = 1970's

Granite, Granite, Granite = 1980's

Granite or Corian = 1990s

Fraus love fucking Granite = 2000's

Quartz = 2010's

Quartz or Concrete = 2020's

Marble = All through the ages in high end kitchens where you want to show off your wealth and it's obvious the kitchen is rarely used for anything other than making coffee or opening up take out.

by Anonymousreply 4606/04/2021

They have quarts now from Italy that looks really beautiful. Like marble with nice veining. It's a lot more durable than marble. The catch is, the good stuff from Italy is about the same price as marble. The cheap stuff from America or China looks like fake plastic laminate. The veins just don't look natural, they are repetitive and too uniform.

by Anonymousreply 4706/04/2021

After five years my quartz looks awesome. The only issues are where the fucking contractor chipped it installing appliances.

by Anonymousreply 4806/04/2021

People actually cut vegetables and meat directly on the countertop and don't use a cutting board? I've never heard of that. Seems like a fast way to mess up the countertop. Why not just buy a $2.00 cutting board from Walmart?

by Anonymousreply 4906/04/2021

I believe the idea is you do your cutting next to the sink and then just wipe all the detritus into the sink, no cutting board to clean.

by Anonymousreply 5006/04/2021

I recently bought a house and the kitchen countertops are quartz, I think . The problem is they are black with some sparkles. They look sleek but I’d rather have whitish countertops. I’m considering quartzite

by Anonymousreply 5106/04/2021

Formica? Like the brown countertops I grew up with?

NEVER!

by Anonymousreply 5206/04/2021

Concrete and steel kitchens were in for a hot minute about a decade ago.

Now, everyone has white kitchens—I’m sure those will get old in the next few years too

by Anonymousreply 5306/04/2021

I have marble bathroom countertops—major pain in the ass. What’s the point now that there are great quartzite versions with the same look?

by Anonymousreply 5406/04/2021

Formica looked great in Mary Hartman's kitchen!

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by Anonymousreply 5506/04/2021

This is a really well done overview of all the various countertop options with pros and cons of each.

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by Anonymousreply 5606/04/2021

Polished concrete or wood. Granite is passé and Formica is middle class - you may as well be draining your pasta, OP!

by Anonymousreply 5706/04/2021

The Spruce article at R56 had good things to say about quartz- Silestone, Quartzite and all that.

What do you all think of it?

by Anonymousreply 5806/04/2021

Friends had new countertops installed a couple years ago. They went with poured concrete. When they told me what they were going to do I pictured something horrible, but it is probably the most gorgeous countertop I've ever seen. They had it stained in such a way it actually looks like natural stone and it is as glossy as marble or granite. And it wasn't cheap. I think it cost as much as a natural stone surface.

by Anonymousreply 5906/04/2021

Concrete is really nice, R59. I know a few people with it too.

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by Anonymousreply 6006/04/2021

Silestone spokesmodel Cindy Crawford seems pretty adamant about which type of gay man those countertops are for.

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by Anonymousreply 6106/04/2021

I've posted here before on my recently updated kitchen (after 25 years). Replaced old Wilsonart (like Formica) and butcher block countertops with quartzite.

I loved being able to bleach the old ones for the sake of disinfection; however, quartzite is non porous. Hence, it doesn't harbor pathogens. You just need a sudsy sponge or simple green for maintenance and cleaning. If you are really concerned, you can use a rubbing alcohol solution spray.

You cannot use stuff like Windex, scrubbing bubbles, or Kaboom on it. Absolutely no bleach. You cannot put a hot pot on it like you can do with granite.

It's gorgeous. Delights me every day. I never tire of it. It's a show stopper. As long as you follow the cleaning rules laid out above, it's indestructible.

by Anonymousreply 6206/04/2021

Consuela’ s gonna ruin it.

by Anonymousreply 6306/04/2021

Just to be clear, Quartzite is natural stone and Quartz is manmade?

R11 appreciate your input.

R62 I would like to experience your sense of delight with your quartz. What color is it? My wooden counters are fussy and unforgiving. They were installed by the previous owners in the early 90s in a spirit of whimsy from a previous era. I’ve tried to love them over the last 7 years I’ve been here and if I were a carpenter…well you know the rest.

by Anonymousreply 6406/04/2021

Hi OP. [R62] here. I chose this pattern. It is supposed to give the effect of Carrera marble. I don't find it does. The look of it installed is a neutral white. As you approach, the pattern is more pronounced, but still neutral.

Different finish levels are available. Mine is not the most highly polished but still reflects light beautifully.

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by Anonymousreply 6506/05/2021

Link not working R62

by Anonymousreply 6606/05/2021

Is quartzite the new granite? Is granite really that passé? What would you use to be considered trendy now?

by Anonymousreply 6706/05/2021

R50 R54 R56 R57 R67

by Anonymousreply 6806/06/2021

^^Sorry forgot to say thanks for your contributions. I love granite but am tempted to go with a highly unfashionable pattern like the one with flashes of labradorite within a browny-black background. It’s like cooking with aurora borealis!

R67 ahhh that is the question! I’d like to know the answer for sure. A kitchen expert on this thread said (and I assume this is the natural stone) quartzite is the IT material for the near future.

by Anonymousreply 6906/06/2021

I am thinking of terrazzo with metal edging. There's a craftsman that does it around here, but I don't know if it's a good idea.

by Anonymousreply 7006/06/2021

R18 is silly, thinking that a surface can be "dated." Colors can be dated, but not a fundamental working surface.

But R18 also is not silly - quartz is great. Attractive, a fair price, can handle temperatures of 302 degrees F, has a good coolness for baking, is easy to maintain, has lots of choices.

I've heard it can chip, so don't take a hammer to it. Don't lay a hot pizza stone on it. Clean with soap and water (I've heard it can lose its shine with strong cleaners with bleach.) But I've had it in a test kitchen for 10 years, with thousands of all kinds of food preps and a variety of workers. No issues.

by Anonymousreply 7106/06/2021

My countertops are maple. Hard as a rock. Beautiful. And every few years, I hit them with a sander and oil them. Good as new!

by Anonymousreply 7206/06/2021

Is it a big job sanding them? I’ve wondered about doing that to my wooden counters. They seem to have some sort of shiny coating on them which has worn down in spots. The former owner said she oiled it, but if it was lacquered or whatever then oiling wouldn’t make sense. It doesn’t like water or heat, so a strange material for a well-used kitchen.

by Anonymousreply 7306/06/2021

R64, yes, Quartize is natural stone.

While quartz is also natural stone, quartz countertops are made by basically gluing together thousands of quartz pieces.

by Anonymousreply 7406/06/2021

I used to have granite and it was great.... you could do anything to it. Hot pot, no problem. Cutting on it, no problem. But now I have quartz. A hot pot will cause it to dull/cloud/haze. A knife will leave a scratch... kind of annoying. I'd go back to granite in a heartbeat. In a nice speckled black - it shows nothing.

by Anonymousreply 7506/06/2021

I recently did my kitchen and got porcelain counter tops from Italy (I am in the UK). They are beautiful and bombproof. Not sure if there's a similar product in the US.

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by Anonymousreply 7606/06/2021

R38, only if you are filiming a porno in your kitchen.

by Anonymousreply 7706/06/2021

R76–are those porcelain tiles, or does the material come in slabs like natural stone?

by Anonymousreply 7806/06/2021

I will ask the Help.

by Anonymousreply 7906/06/2021

My remodel designer pushed me to get granite but I insisted on quartz and I'm glad I did. It's very low maintenance, looks great, and doesn't remind me of a grave marker.

by Anonymousreply 8006/06/2021

[quote]I used to have granite and it was great.... you could do anything to it. Hot pot, no problem. Cutting on it, no problem. But now I have quartz. A hot pot will cause it to dull/cloud/haze. A knife will leave a scratch... kind of annoying.

You don't have to use cutting boards or trivets on granite? Yes, you DO have to use them with quartz. It's basically resin with stone chips in it, and the resin will fracture or melt if you abuse it like that.

by Anonymousreply 8106/06/2021

[R62] here. Apologies for the dead link. I've linked to an article that features the style I selected. Lots of photos. Discusses the challenge of choosing between styles. Even if you only want white, there many choices. Get the largest samples you can to see how each looks in the light, and to help choose finishes and fixtures.

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by Anonymousreply 8206/06/2021

[quote]Is it a big job sanding them?

I don't do it often. If some sort of blemish appears, it is easy enough rub it out with sand paper and then oil it. Food grade mineral oil is the only finish they have and all they will ever need. But, every few years, a hand sander and an afternoon makes them look new again. For about... $2.00.

by Anonymousreply 8306/06/2021

R78, it comes as a large slab. I have a pretty large island and that's one whole slab and then they templated the rest of the countertops and backsplash (splashback in the UK) and cut it out of two remaining slabs. I have only one seam in the entirety of the flat surfaces.

by Anonymousreply 8406/08/2021

I had no idea granite was so deeply unfashionable. I do a great deal of cooking, and am terminally clumsy and absent minded. I have granite. It looks great, never stains, chips or burns. No maintenance apart from a jolly good polish every now and again. I don’t cut directly on it but do roll out pastry on it. Works fabulously for that too.

by Anonymousreply 8506/08/2021

I finally like quartz. It was installed in the house we bought and I was not initially into it but now I like it. Durable, low key, easy to clean. Also modern looking.

by Anonymousreply 8606/08/2021

Marble for me. It’s the chef’s job to deal with it. If he complains I’ll fire him.

by Anonymousreply 8706/08/2021

Marble is too porous so make poor counter material. Granite is mildly radioactive so there's that. Quartz might be intersting.

by Anonymousreply 8806/08/2021

Palm fronds, at the end of the day.

by Anonymousreply 8906/08/2021

Who the F are you people cunning right on a granite surface? It's the worst thing you could do to a decent knife. It damages the blade. I guess you all don't really cook or your idea of good knifes are ones you pick up at Walmart.

The only thing you should be cutting on is an end grain wood cutting board. If not end grain, at least wood. If not wood at least plastic, although even plastic will dull your knife but 100 times better than cutting on stone or granite.

by Anonymousreply 9006/09/2021

White marble. I sit on the surface every month with my curse. It’s now RED!

by Anonymousreply 9106/09/2021

Edge grain cutting board. Not end grain. And thick enough so that it does not warp.

WAAAAAAY too much glued joinery in an end grain cutting board. And all those end cuts absorb a lot of oil, just putting more stress on the glued joints.

by Anonymousreply 9206/09/2021

Edge grain dulls your knifes faster than end grain R92.

by Anonymousreply 9306/09/2021

[quote] I have Formica countertops. You should have SEEN the looks I got at the Big Box home stores when I asked to see Formica samples. Needless to say I had to special order, but I love it.

Sylvia!

I'm curious. Is this a very MCM look, or is it a contemporary look?

Like linoleum for floors, it seems to be making a comeback.

by Anonymousreply 9406/09/2021

[quote] Consuela’s gonna ruin it.

Damn it, Conseula! Tu perra tonta!

by Anonymousreply 9506/09/2021

R93, do you have data to back that up? America's Test Kitchen consistently tests and recommends a teak edge grain cutting board. But go get yourself a knife sharpener. Go to eBay. A good electric knife sharpener won't set you back much at all.

End grain boards are cheaper to make. They are a way to use up bits and pieces of wood that are otherwise too small to use. But they have many, many, more glue joints and are not as solid or durable as end grain. IF your end grain board is really softer, it will also be more absorbent. That's not a plus.

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by Anonymousreply 9606/09/2021

End grain boards are more expensive to make than edge grain R96.

by Anonymousreply 9706/09/2021

OPs buttocks are like a rock hard countertop.

by Anonymousreply 9806/09/2021

I have quartz and am pleased with my decision. I knew going in that I would need to use a trivet fot hot pots. But marble, though beautiful requires maintenance and can stain, while the quartz does not.

by Anonymousreply 9906/09/2021

Lowe’s and HD have whole displays of laminate samples in their stores, so I guess someone must be buying it.

by Anonymousreply 10006/09/2021

They don't call it Formica anymore. I believe the update is called "Wilsonart."

by Anonymousreply 10106/09/2021

A kitchen should be stainless steel everything. The lady of the house never visits the kitchen, she orders from the chef’s proposals for the week. An open plan “kitchen” is like having a toilet 🚽 in your living room. Never!

by Anonymousreply 10206/09/2021

[quote]An open plan “kitchen” is like having a toilet 🚽 in your living room.

Yes. A very, very, greasy toilet.

by Anonymousreply 10306/09/2021

I have green granite with light green/grey "chunks" and black specks and I love it. It's a pretty unique color and not too dark for my tiny kitchen and white appliances.

I took a chunk to a different store than where I bought it to see if they had something similar and the guy almost fell over the counter because it was "rare."

If I ever move I am taking the big piece with me to use for an island.

by Anonymousreply 10406/09/2021

[quote] Edge grain cutting board. Not end grain. And thick enough so that it does not warp. WAAAAAAY too much glued joinery

That's BS in your own mind. Most profession knife makers will tell you END grain is easier on the knife because it's like slicking into a stack of straws from the top vs trying to slice through them lengthwise. The glue is insignificant. The glue runs in the same direction as the wood so again, so the same concept still applies it's easier to cut through thin layers instead flat ones on top of each other.

That's why end grain is the most expensive of all, it's the best surface to cut on and the most labor intensive to make.

by Anonymousreply 10506/10/2021

Not exactly advice, but I thought OP might enjoy this interesting video from Vox called "How granite countertops took over American kitchens."

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by Anonymousreply 10706/10/2021

Granite is great--it's just been so overdone that they're out of fashion. Other than that, they work and look great.

by Anonymousreply 10806/10/2021
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