Kitchen Countertops

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 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. Also, check out the best granite sealer to protect your kitchen countertops from staining.

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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: Tested Reviewed [Buyer Guide]

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 […]

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Can You Use Lysol Wipes To Clean Granite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: April 25, 2021
Granite is a hard, scratch and stain resistant, material. As such, if you properly paint, finish and seal granite countertops, they can look good for a long time with some care given to cleaning – both on a regular basis and in order to tackle large spills, or stains which may emerge despite your best […]

Can You Use Vinegar To Clean Granite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: April 25, 2021
It is normally easy to remove stains on granite, regardless of whether the stains arise from organic, oil residues, paint, or metal sources. However, the overall structure of the stone, as well as the way a granite countertop is sealed and finished, make certain modes of cleaning a big no-no. Vinegar, with its acidic content, […]

Granite Countertops Vs. Concrete Vs. Quartz

Jon Smith
Date: April 25, 2021
When homeowners choose countertops, they consider many factors such as color, texture, heft, and general appearance. Considerations of longevity, maintenance requirements, and cost inevitably crop up as well. When considering solid heft, three of the popular materials happen to be granite, quartz, and concrete. We will consider their respective attributes below. Each of the materials […]

Are Granite Countertops Heat Resistant?

Jon Smith
Date: April 25, 2021
Granite countertops are well-known for their durability. It is almost impossible for them to chip or crack with normal use. They stay looking brilliant for decades too. But, what about their other properties? Are they capable of withstanding the intense heat of the kitchen? Do you have to protect them from the perils of your […]

How To Clean Stainless Steel Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: April 25, 2021
Stainless Steel countertops are common in commercial kitchens, but they can enhance the look of a home kitchen as well. One of their advantages, besides the ultramodern feel it lends to the kitchen, is how easy it can be to maintain stainless steel countertops. Make no mistake, though. Stainless steel countertops are easy as long […]

How To Clean Quartzite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: April 25, 2021
Quartzite is a natural stone that can mimic the look of marble. It’s affordable, durable, and has an elegant finish that can really transform your kitchen. However, because it’s porous and absorbent, you have to be careful about how you clean your quartzite countertops. This guide can help you know the right and safe way […]

How To Clean Wood Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: April 23, 2021
Butcher block wood countertops have become popular due to their flexibility of use. The problem is that they tend to stain easily. Maintaining them with the proper look and feel requires homeowners to clean regularly as a matter of habit. If stains do appear, there are various DIY methods available – but more than that, […]

Can You Paint Granite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: April 20, 2021
If your kitchen, bathroom, foyer, or fireplace has old, faded-looking granite surfaces, you may want to have a fresh new look. However, maybe you don’t have the budget to spend $30 to $100 per square foot on a new set of granite countertops? That could be a normal situation given you will be spending many […]

How To Seal Granite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: April 20, 2021
People love granite for more than its sleek, high-class look. Aside from aesthetics, a big benefit to selecting granite countertops in the kitchen and bathroom over alternative materials is its durability and resistance to staining. Even so, granite countertops are an investment — and you want to properly maintain any investment so that it looks […]

Best Granite Quartz Countertop Edge

Jon Smith
Date: April 20, 2021
WHAT ARE THE BEST CHOICES OF EDGES FOR QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS? Quartz, marble, and granite countertops are all the rage for those who prefer to have stone for their kitchen and bathroom. Quartz, in particular, has been growing in popularity. One of the major choices, which you will learn as soon as you go to buy […]

How To Get Stains Out Of Granite Countertops

Jon Smith
Date: April 16, 2021
Granite countertops are naturally stain-resistant. If your granite countertops have been well prepared, and then sealed with a good sealer, the surface will retain most of its stain resistance in the normal course of things. If food, liquids, oil, grease, etc. fall on a granite surface, a quick mop up with paper towels or cloth […]

Cambria Luxury Series (List Of All Colors)

Jon Smith
Date: April 9, 2021
Cambria has a luxury series and they are some of the best quartz slabs you can get from any quartz manufacturer. The Cambria Luxury Series is truly remarkable and I am about to show them all to you here in this article. The Luxury Series by Cambria features a wide array of colors from white […]

Cambria Quartz New Colors 2021

Jon Smith
Date: April 6, 2021
I tend to get excited to see the newly released Cambria Quartz colors every single time they announce a new design collection. I was especially thrilled with the new recycled Cambria Quartz colors in 2020. This year really blew me away because these new 2021 Cambria Quartz colors are remarkable. Last year's Cambria colors for […]

14 Farmhouse Sinks that Make the Perfect Focal Point of Any Kitchen Remodelling Project

Jon Smith
Date: March 21, 2021
Did you know that the 'modern' farmhouse sink that has grown so popular lately is not a new or modern trend? Homemakers have been using these farm sinks for a long time and for the very same reasons it's so much in demand today.  They are perfect for huge kitchens where you need a big, […]

Cabinet Storage Ideas - 10 Cabinet Storage Hacks

Jon Smith
Date: March 19, 2021
No matter if you live in a studio apartment with a smaller than small kitchenette or a suburban open-concept home, you probably are fighting the kitchen appliance and utensil storage wars. Cabinet storage is necessary to get through this crisis. The fact is that there always seems to be another pot, spatula, or immersion blender […]
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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.

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 is 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 is 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.

Most Popular Granite Colors

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