Avoid These 5 Types Of Countertops For Your Kitchen

by John Griffith

Remodeling or designing your kitchen is one of the most fun and stressful experiences for every homeowner. On one hand, you get to create the kitchen of your dreams. On the other hand, you have to think about everything! And we mean everything, even the tiniest of details. You need to choose the right color for the cabinets, as well as think about storage space, lamps, equipment, and so on. One very important part of the kitchen is the countertops, and you have to be extra careful when choosing them. A countertop can make or break your kitchen. While it must be aesthetically pleasing, it’s very important to remember that it also should be practical. This means easy to clean, won’t look like garbage after a couple of years, and looks good. Today, we will show you some of the worst types of countertops you should avoid and why.

 One very important part of the kitchen is the countertops

countertop with things on it

The Worst Types Of Countertops

Kitchen countertops can be either a blessing or a curse. While you may be reeled in the visual appeal of certain countertop designs and materials, this doesn’t mean they are practical or will hold up well in the long run. And countertops are quite expensive, which means you probably don’t want to be installing new ones every few years. To save yourself from future headaches, extra renovations, and redundant costs, it’s important to know what types of countertops you should avoid. Today we will tell you why you should steer clear of these specific countertops, so you can focus on the others.

Kitchen countertops can be either a blessing or a curse

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Laminate countertops are some of the most affordable on the market, and they come in a wide range of designs. They are also pretty low maintenance. However, these countertops look very cheap and not in a good way. They are susceptible to a lot of damage, as they are not resistant to scratching, cuts, chips, and so on. And even though they can handle moisture, they are still known to swell or delaminate at the edges from water exposure. Laminate countertops also aren’t easy to be repaired, and they decrease your resale value because they add no value and don’t look as great after some time has passed.

Laminate countertops aren’t easy to be repaired if they peel or chip

types of countertops laminate white countertoo


This type of material has become quite popular in recent years, however, we think it’s time it goes out of style. These countertops offer a high level of customization, as they can be made in various shapes, sizes, and thicknesses. They are also quite durable and heat-resistant. But that’s pretty much where their pros end. Concrete is a super porous material, which means it will absorb liquids, dirt, bacteria, and more if it is not properly sealed. These countertops are also pretty hard to maintain, as they need regular resealing. They are also not immune to cracking and weigh a ton, so they will need extra structural support. All this also means it will cost more.

Concrete is a super porous material, which means it will absorb everything

concrete countetop in farmstyle kitchen

#Stainless steel

Many restaurants use stainless steel for its ability to withstand heat, stains, corrosion, rust, and because it is pretty simple to keep clean. However, restaurants don’t really care about keeping the countertop in tip-top shape. Stainless steel tops may have a cool industrial vibe to them, but if you are actually going to use your kitchen, they are not practical. These countertops are really noisy, they scratch ridiculously easily, and they are quite expensive! This top will look banged up and beaten in just a year.

These countertops are really noisy and they scratch ridiculously easily

stainless steel countertop


Tile countertops are a cheap alternative to many other countertop materials and can look really good. They can also easily fit in with a lot of designs as they come in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns. However, tiles come with grout, and grout sure can stain. Unless you are cleaning it very regularly and deeply, that grout will make your countertops look quite dirty. The standing moisture on the top can also damage it and also contribute to bacterial growth. Yuck! Not only that but tiles can chip, crack or break when something a bit heavier is dropped on them, so you have to be really careful with that heavy pot.

Tiles come with grout, and grout sure can stain

types of countertops tile brown countertop


If you are into modern design, then you will love how class countertops look. This type of countertop is non-porous, which we love. But it is resistant to heat and moisture, which are two very common factors in the kitchen. Glass countertops are also pretty simple to clean, as it is like cleaning a window. And while as you a see there are plenty of benefits to glass tops, there are quite a lot of negatives that make them an unfavorable choice. Glass isn’t as durable as other materials, which means it can break. Not only that but also isn’t scratch proof and when working with knives, you don’t want something that can easily scratch. They are also very likely to chip and repair is not possible. If there are imperfections on your counter, you need to change the whole thing.

Glass isn’t as durable as other materials

types of countertops glass countertop

These were the worst types of countertops you can for your kitchen and why you should avoid them. We hope you found this article useful. Now you can easily avoid these terrible choices and save yourself from future headaches.

These were the worst types of countertops you can for your kitchen and why you should avoid them

types of countertops kitchen with white counter tops

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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.