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Countertop Advisor is THE MOST up to date general countertop resource website online. We create content that will help you with your kitchen countertop and bathroom countertop projects as well as other aspects of the rooms from kitchen appliances sinks and faucets. 

We also help you decide the type of material you want for your kitchen granite vs quartz or granite vs marble. Even showing you the best kitchen sinks and the best kitchen sink materials for your kitchen. If you are looking for a farmhouse sink we have the best farmhouse sink options as well.

We showcase various kitchen designs for your inspiration as well as various granite colors like white granite, cream granite, black granite and more.. Countertop Advisor was created by an ex countertop business owner who spent most of his time in the industry as a granite and quartz fabricator. His knowledge and experience all in one place.

Learn how to care for your kitchen and bathroom countertops using our care and maintenance guides. Check out the best granite sealer to protect your kitchen countertops from staining.

Also, learn how to best clean your countertops depending on the material you have in your home. Each type of countertop has unique cleaning and care requirements.

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Most Popular Granite Colors

These granite colors are the most visited granite colors on Countertop Advisor. You can find more granite colors here. Also check out the cheapest granite countertop colors here.

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Best Cutting Board Material

Jon Smith
Date: March 12, 2020
You’ve researched for days determining the perfect countertop for your kitchen, and you’ve spent thousands of dollars purchasing your countertops, which is why you must protect your countertops with the best cutting board material. One of the best methods to protect your countertops is to use a cutting board whenever you are cutting food or […]

Best Granite Sealer: Top 8 Tested [Expert Review]

Jon Smith
Date: February 23, 2020
Check out the Granite Gold Sealer review here. I have seen sealer companies come and go working in the granite countertop industry for as long as I have. Some claim to have the best granite sealer product known to man. Some just make basic claims and sell you a product that does more harm than […]

The Best Trivets for Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: January 15, 2020
All of the trivets mentioned in this article were purchased and tested by me personally on different countertop materials. If you make a purchase using the links included below, we may earn a commission. We spent over $1,000 purchasing various trivets to test out for this article. We tested each product and here is what […]

Best Kitchen Sinks 2021 [REVIEWED]

Jon Smith
Date: November 29, 2019
Our Top Picks Don't Want to Read the Reviews? Check out our Top Picks on Amazon Now: Skip the content and check out our top picks. Best Standard Kitchen Sink For Granite Marble or Quartz: KRAUS Outlast MicroShield Kitchen Sink Best Budget Kitchen Sink: 3218A 16-Gauge Undermount Equal Double Bowl Stainless Steel Best Granite Composite […]

COUNTERTOP MATERIAL

I have created resource pages for every countertop material available. Choose your countertop material of interest and learn more about it. It is important to understand what is all involved in owning any specific type of countertop material. When to apply a sealer, how often to clean your countertops and what not to do.

Follow our countertop material guides to protect your investment and enjoy your beautiful kitchen countertops for years to come.

If you want to see how much sq ft your countertop project is then check out our new countertop calculator here.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a man-made material formed with high heat and resin. The veining is typically created with coloring machines that can mimic marble or other natural materials. These characteristics can be repeated giving the same patterns which are great for countertops and attractive to homeowners.

There are many quartz brands available with different colors and patterns available. Check out our quartz brands and color library.

Wood Countertops

Wood Countertops

Wood countertops are typically 1.5″ thick and laminated. This type of countertop will keep a rustic feel in your kitchen or bathrooms. A lot of projects use a natural stone perimeter and a wood countertop for the island.

Wood countertops are also known as butcher block. This countertop material is very popular in many areas of the USA.

Granite Countertops

Granite Countertops

Granite is a light-colored igneous rock with patterns and veining. Granite is mostly white or light background with patterns or veining stretching throughout the rock giving the stone character and its natural beauty.

Granite is an igneous rock with between 20% and 60% quartz by volume and at least 35% of the total feldspar consisting of alkali feldspar. Check out our granite color library.

Quartzite Countertops

Quartzite Countertops

Quartzite is a very hard material in many beautiful creamy white and exotic colors. This material is excellent for many different applications especially kitchen countertops. Quartzite countertops are a popular choice for higher-end projects due to the higher price.

Quartzite is a great material because it is very hard to scratch and is extremely durable just like granite or man-made quartz countertops. 

Quartzite does need to be sealed and cleaned daily with a recommended quartzite cleaner.

Marble Countertops

Marble Countertops

Marble is a soft material used in many building applications. It is mostly sought after for its unique beauty and brilliant characteristics. Marble is a metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. Marble is mostly white with beautiful gray or cream colors throughout the stone.

Marble countertops are a great choice for a bathroom vanity or shower curbs. Check out our marble color library

Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel countertops are very popular among chefs and people with a very industrial type of style. 

Stainless steel can be used to chop foods, prep foods but most importantly it is the most sanitary of all surfaces. That is the reason most restaurants use stainless steel.

People opt for stainless steel countertops for their homes also. It can look just as good as any other type of countertop.

Travertine Countertops

Travertine countertops are very durable and offer a wide variety of characteristics and features. A lot of quarries offer cross-cut or vein-cut options which add even more character.

Most people use travertine countertops in their bathrooms due to the fact that it will soak up water and moisture.

Solid Surface Countertops

Solid surface countertops are man-made material used commonly in new construction homes. This material is good for homeowners on a budget. Lately, the price of solid surface countertops has gone up and is almost comparable to low-cost granite options.

Some homeowners choose a solid surface for the simple fact that you will not see or feel the seam where the pieces are joined together. There are many solid surface brands offering variations in color options.

Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone is a beautiful material commonly used in higher-end countertop projects. Soapstone is usually a gray to black color with veins that give it so much beauty and character.

Soapstone countertops are very soft and can scratch easily. Soapstone also requires more maintenance than granite or quartz countertops.

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Granite Countertops Vs Quartzite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
There are many different types of countertops on the market. Two of the most beautiful countertops on the market are granite countertops and quartzite countertops. Both of these countertops are natural stone countertops that will provide you with a lifetime of beauty and use. What is the difference between these two stone countertops? We will […]

Are Stainless Steel Countertops Porous?

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
If you peek into almost any restaurant kitchen, you will see stainless steel countertops along with stainless steel appliances. Why? Because stainless is virtually indestructible and nonporous. These gorgeous countertops are extremely resilient to stains, heat, and liquids. Stainless steel countertops are not limited to only professional kitchens. These durable countertops are the perfect choice […]

Backsplash Ideas for White Cabinets and Granite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
White cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom provide the perfect backdrop to your granite and backsplash; however, determining the best backsplash can be confusing. Our expert designers have developed some of the top backsplash ideas for white cabinets and granite countertops to update and transform your space. Where to Begin? The first thing to consider […]

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas With Black Granite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
Black granite is prized for its durability and captivating beauty. Whether your home is traditional or modern, black granite countertops provide the perfect neutral background. Depending on the unique chemical makeup of the granite, your black granite countertops may have veins and flecks of browns, golds, silvers, whites, or any other color imaginable. Black granite […]

How Granite Countertops Are Made

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
Granite was created deep within the earth millions of years ago. Over the years, the granite was pushed upward near the Earth's surface. Today, granite is mined out of the earth from shallow quarries. Removing granite from the quarry is extremely technical. Because granite is a rock, it must be cut out of the earth. […]

Can You Cut on Quartzite?

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
The first thing to understand is quartzite should not be confused with quartz countertops, which are engineered stone countertops. Quartzite is a natural metamorphic stone that is primarily composed of solid quartz. This metamorphic stone is extremely strong and durable and offers the best found in other stone countertops like granite and marble. The veining […]

What Type of Caulk to Use for a Backsplash

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
The gap between your countertop and your backsplash must be filled. Filling this gap with caulk ensures the countertop and backsplash installation look complete and prevents food particles from entering the gap. Many homeowners are surprised to learn that caulking these gaps reduces the risk of mildew or mold growth as well as blocking any […]

5 Clever Ways to Hide Granite Seams

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
One of the most popular countertop materials is granite. Homeowners love how durable, versatile, and beautiful these natural stone countertops are. The variety of patterns and colors means you can find the perfect slab of granite for your kitchen and bathroom countertops. These natural stone countertops are absolutely stunning when properly installed. Unfortunately, when granite […]

How Long Do Epoxy Countertops Last?

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
When epoxy is applied correctly, it will create beautiful glossy countertops that will withstand the test of time. Epoxy countertops are revered for their durability and maintenance-free finish. When properly installed, epoxy countertops will last many years; however, they can be damaged by sharp objects. If you accidentally damage your epoxy countertop, they are able […]

Are Epoxy Countertops Safe?

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
Epoxy countertops have become a popular DIY project by homeowners. Epoxy countertops allow you to affordable update your kitchen or bath. If done properly, the countertops look stunning. However, many people are concerned about the safety of epoxy countertops and avoid using them in the kitchen. If you are wondering if epoxy countertops are safe, […]

Can You Put a Hot Pan on Epoxy Countertops? Expert Advice

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
Can epoxy countertops stand up to the heat of the kitchen? Although you can purchase pre-made epoxy countertops, most homeowners choose to use an epoxy countertop kit to refurbish the countertops themselves. Because of the popularity of this do it yourself project, it is important to determine if a hot pan can be placed on […]

Best Backsplash for Blue Pearl Granite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: January 7, 2022
Blue Pearl granite is a blue-gray Norwegian granite loved for its beauty and durability. Blue Pearl is a finely textured granite with a bluish-gray undertone with flecks of black, white, and brown quartz crystals. Blue Pearl granite pairs wonderfully with stark white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. It also looks great with light-colored wood cabinetry […]

How Long Do Granite Countertops Last?

Jon Smith
Date: October 13, 2021
If you have ever had to choose a countertop material, you understand how perplexing it can be. You want a countertop surface that is beautiful, functional, and long lasting. So just how long do granite countertops last? We have the answer for you as well as how to keep them looking great for many years […]

Are Granite Countertops Radioactive?

Jon Smith
Date: October 13, 2021
Man has been using granite and other natural stones for thousands of years to erect statues and build buildings. However, occasionally we get asked the question, "Are granite countertops radioactive?" Usually, this question stems from a homeowner who has watched a video that shows an individual waving a Geiger counter near a stone countertop. We […]

How to Polish Epoxy Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: October 13, 2021
Epoxy is a durable surface; however, it is not impervious to scratches. When scratches occur, it can cause the countertop surface to lose its beautiful gloss. Fortunately, the process of polishing epoxy countertops is very easy. Our proven technique ensures you will get perfect results. In just a few simple steps you will have lustrous […]
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