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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.

Looking for content on countertop materials most know nothing about like glass countertops or even Nano Stone countertops? You found it!

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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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Can You Use Fabuloso On Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: March 27, 2022
Enter most households around the country and you will probably find a bottle of Fabuloso. This all-purpose, multi-surface cleaner is one of the most popular cleaners on the market. It is revered not only for its cleaning power but also for its delightful scents like citrus, ocean paradise, passion fruit, lavender, and many more. Fabuloso […]

Is Hydrogen Peroxide Safe To Use On Granite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: March 27, 2022
More and more individuals and businesses are turning away from bleach and chlorine and turning to hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide has been shown effective in killing germs and cleaning surfaces without any offensive odors. Hydrogen peroxide is an affordable product that is often used to clean wounds; however, it can also be used to clean […]

What Color Cabinets With Black Granite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: March 27, 2022
Throughout your life, you will spend a lot of time in your kitchen. It is where numerous conversations and bonding occurs. Let's not forget about all of the food preparation that will also occur in your kitchen. Because so many things happen in the kitchen, you need a countertop that looks beautiful, functions perfectly, and […]

5 Wood Countertop Materials To Consider In Your Kitchen

Jon Smith
Date: March 27, 2022
Wood countertops in the kitchen add warmth and work with almost any style of interior design. Wood countertops have noise dampening properties, which makes them a great choice for busy households. Although you can cut directly on wood countertops, most people prefer to use a cutting board to keep their countertops looking great and scratch […]

Why You Should Look At The Full Slab Of Granite Before Purchasing

Jon Smith
Date: March 27, 2022
Homeowners around the country love granite countertops. These beautiful natural stone countertops boost the resale value of your home, increase the beauty of your kitchen and bathroom, and will last a lifetime. Choosing the perfect slab of granite can be difficult if you do not know what to look for. Many people think that looking […]

5 Marble Countertops For Your Bathroom

Jon Smith
Date: March 27, 2022
Marble is a beautiful metamorphic stone with veins running throughout. Marble is available in an infinite number of patterns and colors, making it beloved among natural stones. It is a porous, soft stone that must be sealed annually. The elegance of this countertop material is second to none. Marble has been used for centuries in […]

Why Are Granite Countertops So Popular

Jon Smith
Date: February 13, 2022
Granite countertops are found in homes across America. These countertops were introduced as cutting-edge countertop material in the late 1980s. In the beginning, granite countertops were extremely expensive. As more and more countries began mining, manufacturing, and selling countertops, granite countertops became a standard countertop material. As new technology was introduced, the countertops became more […]

Can You Use Pine-Sol on Granite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: February 13, 2022
Granite is one of the most durable natural stone countertops on the market. It is resistant to heat and scratches; however, it is a porous stone that can absorb liquids if not properly sealed. Annual sealant application can ensure your granite remains beautiful for many years to come. Cleaning your countertops is just as important […]

Nano Stone Countertops (Everything You Need To Know)

Jon Smith
Date: February 13, 2022
Choosing a countertop material for your kitchen, bath, or outdoor spaces is extremely difficult. You must research the individual types of countertop materials and carefully consider the pros and cons of each countertop material. Marble, granite, and quartz countertops have been a favorite among homeowners for several years; however, there is a new countertop that […]

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 […]
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