Choosing a Kitchen Countertop

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Whether you’re the next aspiring Top Chef or a kitchen novice, selecting the best countertop material for your kitchen space can be a daunting task. Do you covet the sleek appearance of granite, or would you rather opt for Corian or a durable, long-lasting stone-synthetic composite, like Formica’s Crystalite? Consider also a green alternative, such as stainless steel, concrete, paper composite, recycled plastic or cambria, a durable, non-porous, all-natural quartz.

In the past, identifying a countertop material could be an easy decision based on your budget. Now, however, writer Katherine Salant reports that many countertops are within a similar price range. And even if you choose a less expensive alternative, such as plastic laminate, major manufacturers still offer hundreds of colors and patterns.
In addition to identifying the most popular types of countertop materials, Salant lists the inherent problems of each surface–granite, for instance, requires periodic resealing. (And from personal experience, white countertops require constant cleaning and an arsenal of scrubbing supplies!)
Other countertop resources include a top 10 list, complete with pros and cons; more information on green alternatives; and a thorough overview of several materials, complete with installation suggestions.
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