5 Bathroom Countertop Options: How to Pick the Best Material

5 Bathroom Countertop Options: How to Pick the Best Material

Nothing sets the tone for the bathroom like the countertop. But choosing the best countertop material for a bathroom remodel can be a daunting task. With so many options to choose from, how can you ensure that you’re selecting the best one?

Check out our top five bathroom countertop options. Learn the pros and cons of each material. Your Kowalske Kitchen & Bath designer can guide you in the selection process to pick the bathroom counter that best suits your style and needs. Durability, maintenance and cost vary for each material.

Our Top 5 Bathroom Countertop Picks

1. Quartz

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This Hartford, WI master bathroom features stunning Cambria quartz counters.

Quartz has gained popularity over the last decade, because it has the appearance of natural stone, without some of the downsides. It isn’t porous, and because it’s engineered stone, it has a more consistent appearance than organic natural stone. This leads to a more even overall appearance and makes repairs and replacements much easier.

Quartz is heat and scratch-resistant, too. Plus, it can come in a variety of different color options. It’s a surefire winner in terms of overall durability and maintenance.

The potential downside is the cost of quartz countertops. They’re about the same price as granite, so they can be a bit costly.

2. Granite

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This Waukesha whole house remodel has granite counters in the powder bathroom.

When countertop materials come to mind, most people think about granite. It’s a natural stone and so luxurious. It comes in a variety of different looks. Granite is extremely durable — it resists heat, stains and scratches. This makes it an ideal choice for withstanding the damage from hair products and heated styling tools.

However, granite isn’t incredibly water-resistant. It’s porous, so it has the propensity to absorb liquid, leaving it susceptible to damage, bacteria buildup and mildew. You’ll also have to use a special cleaner to avoid damaging the granite. The other notable downside is the hefty price tag.

3. Natural Stone

Quartzite

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This Delafield bathroom features quartzite counters with beautiful gray veining.

Quartzite is a one-of-a-kind option for bathroom counters. You can often spot quartzite by its distinct veining and bold colors. Quartzite is very durable, stain resistant and withstands heat. It’s harder than granite, meaning less scratches and chips. It requires more maintenance than some of the other countertop options and must be sealed on a regular basis.

Marble

If you’re looking for a more elegant and unique look, marble may be your best option. One of the most fascinating aspects of marble countertops is that each slab is unique, like all natural stone products, and will really stand out in your bathroom. You can further customize your marble countertop with a wide arrangement of colors and hues that will be sure to impress your guests.

One of the downsides of marble is that it is not as resistant as granite and will require some maintenance. When you first get your beautiful marble countertops they must be sealed and then resealed every few years to prevent staining. Marble countertops are also more porous than granite so any liquids that seep into this natural will be very difficult to get out. The price of marble is also a bit higher than granite so expect to pay a bit more for it if you go with this elegant option.

4. Laminate

Laminate is the go-to choice for the budget-conscious homeowners and avid DIYers. Laminate is inexpensive, simple to maintain, and it comes in a variety of different color and design options.

Laminate works wonderfully in the bathroom because it’s non-porous, and a little water and soap are all you need to clean it. While it isn’t as heat resistant as some of the other options on the list, laminate has improved its ability to withstand heat damage over the years.

And while it’s not as durable as the other options here, it’s much less expensive to repair and redo. So, while you might have to repair or remodel your counters sooner than with the other materials, it could cost you much less in the long run.

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Laminate comes in a variety of colors and textures. This Wauwatosa bathroom has laminate counters that look like wood, without the maintenance of a real wood counter.

5. Cultured Marble

Cultured marble is an affordable option for bathrooms. It’s a durable material made from marble dust and resins. There are endless options for colors and patterns. Because these counters are molded, any shape or size is possible, including an integrated sink. The surface is nonporous, stain resistant and has no grout lines.

 

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This Brookfield, WI bathroom features an elegant cultured marble countertop with integrated sinks.

How to Choose the Right Countertop Material for You

Your countertop material choice is a personal one. Start by identifying what’s most important to you. Is it appearance, durability or cost? Understanding your most important must-haves makes dwindling down your choices much more manageable.

If appearance is most important, then granite or quartzite are always a great bet. If durability is what you’re after, then you can’t go wrong with quartz. If low maintenance and low cost are the most significant factor, then laminate or cultured marble are fantastic options.

Ultimately, you have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each material and determine how those pros and cons factor into your must-haves. The key is finding the material that fits the most requirements, and then go from there. As long as you choose a material that gives you what you want, you’ll end up with a beautiful bathroom counter that you can be proud of.

Starting a bathroom remodeling project may seem overwhelming. So if you have questions or want to see countertop samples in our Delafield showroom, schedule an appointment with a Kowalske designer today.

 

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Mandy Lee is a contributor to Innovative Construction Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the building materials industry. Mandy is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.

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