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Artisan Picks: The Best Kitchen Countertop Choices for Your Home

Stack of countertop choices; granite, marble and quartz

Your kitchen is arguably the most important room in the house, so it’s no surprise that it’s also the most commonly renovated. When remodelling your kitchen, it’s important to pick out the correct countertop for your style and needs. The aesthetic appeal of your kitchen depends upon your countertops integrating seamlessly with your appliances and other kitchen elements. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the most common kitchen countertop choices (including our favourites) and the benefits of each style.

Quartz countertop


Quartz is one of our favourite types of countertop materials.  It has a very similar surface look to both granite and marble, yet at a slightly lower price tag. That said, quartz differentiates itself in that it has a much finer surface, so it ends up preventing bacteria growth, making it ideal for kitchens.


Granite is beautiful, and its uniqueness makes it one of a kind. It’s very long-lasting and can handle most spills and drops. However, granite must also be sealed every couple of years to avoid it being stained. Keep in mind: granite is also very heavy and requires heavy-duty cabinetry to support the weight of the stone. This can make for a very luxurious look overall, though.

Dark marble countertop


Marble looks and feels very glamorous. It’s a great choice for more traditional homes, and can give your kitchen an added touch of elegance. Marble can be a great choice for bakers, as the marble will stand up incredibly well to heat. However, even with sealing, it’s susceptible to stains. You’ll want to choose marble if you love the look of a luxurious kitchen but don’t mind the upkeep.


Tile is fairly inexpensive compared to the other countertop materials on this list. It also gives you near-limitless choices for your arrangement and colour scheme. Tile also works with most kitchen styles.

Tile can also be fairly easy to replace. However, since the surface is uneven it can be more difficult to use the surface to cut. The gaps between the tiles also allow moisture to build up and bacteria to grow.

Concrete countertop


We’re seeing the use of concrete grow across a multitude of kitchen styles. Concrete is slightly edgier than other choices, but it’s very versatile and can be used to fit into any space. It’s very heavy-duty, but it still needs to be sealed frequently to avoid staining.


Solid surfacing is usually made from acrylic and polyester. Its popularity has grown over the years, mostly due to its maintenance-free nature, which doesn’t require any special sealing or cleaning.

It’s not quite as resilient as other stones, when it comes to heat and sharp edges. However, there are extensive colour options, which can integrate into a wide array of kitchen types.


Whichever countertop style you end up going with it can be helpful to work with a kitchen remodelling expert, as they’ll be able to recommend the right option for your design and cooking needs. Contact the team at Artisan Contracting today to learn more about our services!

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