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Best Countertops For Kitchen

1 Of 35 Sealed WoodCrafted from walnut, imbuia and anigre, a formal kitchen’s nearly 11-foot-long island was inspired by English antiques. While it evokes a stately heirloom, the custom piece has kid-proof durability. “The wood is sealed with an acrylic finish, so it resists spills, scratches, stains, heat — almost anything,” says designer Richard Anuszkiewicz. Jennifer Hughes 2 Of 35 Trendy BrassMetallic accents aren’t disappearing anytime soon. In an energetic Texas house, a gleaming brass counter matches the hardware on the refrigerator panels.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 Of 35 Green SilestoneDesigner Kim Lewis enlarged this sliver of a kitchen by mimicking the wide-open outdoors. Along with sky-blue cabinets and cloud-white walls, there’s also a Silestone counter in Olivia. “It’s a deep forest green that performs like a neutral — it can go with anything,” she says. Courtesy of Kohler 4 Of 35 Butcher BlockMarble doesn’t exactly read “casual,” so the architect and homeowner went with butcher block for a relaxed beach house. Paired with pale oak floors and plank cabinetry, the room’s now a picture of warmth and informality. Mali AzimaAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 Of 35 Calacatta NuvoCaesarstone Calacatta Nuvo counters mimic the look of marble but are tough-wearing and low-maintenance. At a chunky 2½ inches thick, “they hold their own with the size of the island,” says designer Jim Dove of this sleek black kitchen. Pernille Loof 6 Of 35 Suede FinishInspired by the blue-gray veining on the Silestone countertops (Nebula Code in Helix with suede finish), designer Matthew Quinn chose matching subway tile and then warmed up the cool colors with brass trim in this Kips Bay Decorators Show House kitchen. Joshua McHughAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 Of 35 Glass TopDesigner Eldon Wong topped a pair of architects’ drafting tables with glass to serve as the kitchen island, and the adjacent Carrara marble top reminds him of a candy shop. Joshua McHugh 8 Of 35 Modern Wood This sunny Aspen kitchen, designed by Ann Wolf, showcases a blend of wood tones. The island countertop is iroko wood, with remaining countertops in a granite called Verde Eucalyptus. Ngoc Minh NgoAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 Of 35 Mixed MaterialsCarole Lalli, former editor in chief of Food & Wine magazine, designed this butcher-block-and-marble island in her Connecticut kitchen. “The really large island is because my daughters cook with me when they visit, and my husband is America’s best prep cook.” John M. Hall 10 Of 35 Hassle-Free ZincWith modern amenities and vintage touches, no-fuss zinc countertops suit a casual kitchen by Ruthie Sommers. Don Freeman Next Gallery This Might Be the Fanciest Kitchen We’ve Ever Seen That walnut island belongs in a museum. By Kathleen Renda
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Best Countertops For Kitchen

1 Of 35 Sealed WoodCrafted from walnut, imbuia and anigre, a formal kitchen’s nearly 11-foot-long island was inspired by English antiques. While it evokes a stately heirloom, the custom piece has kid-proof durability. “The wood is sealed with an acrylic finish, so it resists spills, scratches, stains, heat — almost anything,” says designer Richard Anuszkiewicz. Jennifer Hughes 2 Of 35 Trendy BrassMetallic accents aren’t disappearing anytime soon. In an energetic Texas house, a gleaming brass counter matches the hardware on the refrigerator panels.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 Of 35 Green SilestoneDesigner Kim Lewis enlarged this sliver of a kitchen by mimicking the wide-open outdoors. Along with sky-blue cabinets and cloud-white walls, there’s also a Silestone counter in Olivia. “It’s a deep forest green that performs like a neutral — it can go with anything,” she says. Courtesy of Kohler 4 Of 35 Butcher BlockMarble doesn’t exactly read “casual,” so the architect and homeowner went with butcher block for a relaxed beach house. Paired with pale oak floors and plank cabinetry, the room’s now a picture of warmth and informality. Mali AzimaAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 Of 35 Calacatta NuvoCaesarstone Calacatta Nuvo counters mimic the look of marble but are tough-wearing and low-maintenance. At a chunky 2½ inches thick, “they hold their own with the size of the island,” says designer Jim Dove of this sleek black kitchen. Pernille Loof 6 Of 35 Suede FinishInspired by the blue-gray veining on the Silestone countertops (Nebula Code in Helix with suede finish), designer Matthew Quinn chose matching subway tile and then warmed up the cool colors with brass trim in this Kips Bay Decorators Show House kitchen. Joshua McHughAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 Of 35 Glass TopDesigner Eldon Wong topped a pair of architects’ drafting tables with glass to serve as the kitchen island, and the adjacent Carrara marble top reminds him of a candy shop. Joshua McHugh 8 Of 35 Modern Wood This sunny Aspen kitchen, designed by Ann Wolf, showcases a blend of wood tones. The island countertop is iroko wood, with remaining countertops in a granite called Verde Eucalyptus. Ngoc Minh NgoAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 Of 35 Mixed MaterialsCarole Lalli, former editor in chief of Food & Wine magazine, designed this butcher-block-and-marble island in her Connecticut kitchen. “The really large island is because my daughters cook with me when they visit, and my husband is America’s best prep cook.” John M. Hall 10 Of 35 Hassle-Free ZincWith modern amenities and vintage touches, no-fuss zinc countertops suit a casual kitchen by Ruthie Sommers. Don Freeman
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Best Countertops For Kitchen

For a warm, cottage kitchen look, opt for butcher-block-style wood countertops. Both decorative and functional, this hardworking surface is ideal for food prep — properly sealed, wood countertops are sanitary even for chopping meat. Unlike other budget-friendly options, like laminate, wood is highly heat-resistant so you don’t have to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the surface. Anthony and John, the Cousins on Call, installed wraparound wood countertops in this cozy kitchen, but most homeowners choose to mix wood countertops with other surfaces like natural or engineered stone to provide a variety of prep surfaces.
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Best Countertops For Kitchen

Replacing a scratched, scorched, stained, or just plain unattractive countertop can transform any kitchen. Happily, there are lots of options in a wide range of prices. A new laminate countertop can cost as little as $10 per square foot. Or you could easily spend 10 times that on quartz, granite, or recycled glass. Consumer Reports tested more than a dozen popular types of countertops to see how well they resisted stains, heat damage, cuts, abrasion, and impact, and found seven that passed muster. Here are the details. In our countertop tests, performance varied from one material to the next but there was little difference among competing brands of each type, so be sure to shop around for the best deal on your countertop of choice. The prices below are for a typical kitchen with 56 square feet of counters and include installation. For the pros and cons of each type, see the numbered entries below. Materials favored in the kitchen are now popular in bathrooms too, for more read “Bathroom Countertops Get Splashier.”
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Best Countertops For Kitchen

Next Up How to Care for Solid-Surface Countertops Preserve the look of your granite, marble or tile countertop with these maintenance tips. Garage Door Buying Guide Garage doors can take up the bulk of your home’s facade and be a big part of the curb appeal. Before you buy, learn about the options, cost and how well they are insulated. Buyer’s Guide for Exterior Siding Getting ready to re-side your house? Compare costs, weigh pros and cons, and learn how each of today’s most popular siding materials rank when it comes to being earth-friendly. Guide to Selecting Flooring Which flooring is right for you? Hardwood, laminate, tile, vinyl or eco-friendly choices like cork or bamboo? Our experts explain the 8 most popular types to help you choose. Roofing Buyer’s Guide Learn how to tell if it’s time to replace your roof, and get information on the latest roofing materials and approximate costs. Windows Buying Guide Learn the pros and cons of different types of windows, the various styles and latest trends. Solid Surface Countertops Solid surface countertops offer a seamless look with low-maintenance style. Buying Guide For Secondhand Tools Secondhand tools can save you money without sacrificing quality. Learn how to find bargains on used, but useful tools. Under Foot: Outdoor Flooring Buyer’s Guide What’s the best material to build your driveway, deck or patio? We look at five outdoor flooring choices and the cost, pros and cons, and ideal locations for each. 26 Popular Architectural Home Styles 26 Photos
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Best Countertops For Kitchen

How to Care for Solid-Surface Countertops Preserve the look of your granite, marble or tile countertop with these maintenance tips. Garage Door Buying Guide Garage doors can take up the bulk of your home’s facade and be a big part of the curb appeal. Before you buy, learn about the options, cost and how well they are insulated. Buyer’s Guide for Exterior Siding Getting ready to re-side your house? Compare costs, weigh pros and cons, and learn how each of today’s most popular siding materials rank when it comes to being earth-friendly. Guide to Selecting Flooring Which flooring is right for you? Hardwood, laminate, tile, vinyl or eco-friendly choices like cork or bamboo? Our experts explain the 8 most popular types to help you choose. Roofing Buyer’s Guide Learn how to tell if it’s time to replace your roof, and get information on the latest roofing materials and approximate costs. Windows Buying Guide Learn the pros and cons of different types of windows, the various styles and latest trends. Solid Surface Countertops Solid surface countertops offer a seamless look with low-maintenance style. Buying Guide For Secondhand Tools Secondhand tools can save you money without sacrificing quality. Learn how to find bargains on used, but useful tools. Under Foot: Outdoor Flooring Buyer’s Guide What’s the best material to build your driveway, deck or patio? We look at five outdoor flooring choices and the cost, pros and cons, and ideal locations for each. 26 Popular Architectural Home Styles 26 Photos

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