Countertops | Care of Granite | Granite Finishes
The most popular choices are Quartz and Granite.
You will find a bunch of web pages that claim granite has to be refinished frequently and Quartz can only withstand head up to 150-300°. These sites in general seem to be from stores or others who are knocking their competition.
Costco guarantees the sealer on granite for 15 years.
Consumer Reports tested Quartz with a 400° pan and there was no damage.
Quartz (84) and Granite (81) are rated almost the same with no difference in stains, cutting (scratching), heat and abrasion.

In talking to realtors in the New York City metro area and San Francisco Bay Area are there seems to be a regional preference. Granite in the East Coast and Quarts in the West.
See: Quartz Kitchen Countertops Have Captured Our Hearts-Here's Why |
Give granite countertops another chance - Real Estate - New Jersey Herald

The basic choices are:

Engineered Stones/Quartz (CaesarStone, Silestone, Cambria, Zodiaq,)
These are made up of 90-95% ground up quartz, color, and resin. It is meant to mimic stone but is more du­rable and requires less maintenance.

Pros: Nonporous, resists scratches and stains, easy to maintain, no sealant required. Looks like natural stone (it's at least 90% quartz mized with acrylic resin) but can be mixed with pigments for custom color.
Cons: Over-exposure to sunlight can cause quartz to discolor.
Many sites complain that is only heat resistant to 150-302°, but these are sites like Do they have a bias?
Consumer Reports tested quartz with a 400° pan and it was not damaged. A friend with Quartz who says she puts hot pans on them all the time without a problem.
$70-100/sq ft. installed


Pros: More durable than marble, won't scratch, resistant to stains, heat and water if sealed, low-maintenance, high resale value, lots of color options.
Cons: Expensive, Can crack.
Frequent resealing is not required as much as many web pages claim.
Home Depot guarantees theirs for 15 years without resealing.
Choosing the right countertop
$60-85/sq ft. installed. High end or rare granite can run upward of $150/sq ft.

2021 Granite Countertops Costs | Prices To Install Per Square Foot |

Granite $10-32/sf. (Products – San Jose Stone)
     $30-$50/sf  AJ in Truckee
Labor        $15-$45/sf
sink cutout  $100
edging       $5-$20/LF
Remove existing counters  $4-7/sf
Sink      $240
Plumbing labor  $200   

Imported granite is roughly 30% more than domestic 
because of the high shipping costs associated with its weight.

Granite Countertops Cost -
Total w/ Installation per sf
Basic  Better   Best
$60    $70     $100

 Granite Countertops Cost Per Square Foot |

New Jersey 2017
93 sf
35' backsplash
54' edging
2 cutouts
2 bids including granite
      2017      2021
$5,350 $55/sf    $60
$7,400 $80/sf    $87
How Much Does It Cost to Install a Granite Countertop? |
Custom Granite Countertop | HomeDepot
Cost to Install a Countertop - The Home Depot

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Pros: Comes in a variety of colors and patterns, smooth surface, won't chip or dent, heat-resistant.
Cons: Expensive, can be scratched or etched by acids (citrus, coffee, alcohol, some cleaning products) even if you seal it. But if you are vigilant about spills and seal your counters a few times a year (you can do this yourself with a simple spray product) marble is a good option.
Consumer Reports does not recommend marble.
$75-150/sq ft installed.

Solid Surface (Corian, etc.)

Pros: Durable, smooth surface, can seamlessly integrate sink and backsplash, easy to sand away stains or scratches, lots of color and pattern options, can imitate other materials like concrete and marble.
Cons: Can be easily damaged by heat, easy to scratch and dent, can get stains. $45-150/foot.
Brands: DuPont Corian, Samsung Staron, LG Hi-Macs, ECO, etc.


Pros: Stain-resistant, waterproof, lots of color options, low-maintenance, inexpensive.
Cons: Can crack and scratch, not heatproof, difficult to repair. $15-60/foot plus installation.
Brands: Formica, Wilsonart, Pionite, etc.

Stainless Steel

Pros: Durable, stainproof, spillproof, temperature-proof, easy to clean and maintain, help reflect light. Cons: Can nick and scratch, can show fingerprints, noisy. $100-300/foot.


Pros: Heat- and scratch-resistant, smooth, very strong, lots of texture and color options, pretty durable, can seamlessly integrate sink and backsplash.
Cons: Can get cracked, somewhat porous, must be sealed and waxed, needs to be custom cast (can be pricey to fabricate). Around $80-150/foot.


Pros: Heat- and scratch-resistant, smooth, very strong, lots of texture and color options, pretty durable, can seamlessly integrate sink and backsplash.
Cons: Can get cracked, somewhat porous, must be sealed and waxed, needs to be custom cast (can be pricey to fabricate). Around $80-150/foot.

Others: Ceramic Tile, Wood/Butcher Block, Lava Stone, Soapstone, Glass, Paper-based Composite, Bamboo & Paper Composite,

Source: Ultimate Guide to Choosing Countertops: Pros & Cons | Apartment Therapy

Best Countertops for Busy Kitchens - Consumer Reports
Quartz is best for busy countertops.
They tested it with a 400° pan and it didn't scorch.
Granite is the best choice for a natural stone look, but it can stain.
Quartz, Marble and Granite can be prone to chipping especially on the edge.
A rounded edge will help avoid this.
Type Score Price stains cutting heat Abrasion Inpact
Quartz 84 $20-60 84 4 5 5 2
Granite 81 $20-69 81 4 5 5 2
Recycled Glass 69 $25-$100 3 5 5 5 1
Laminate 68 $5-$25 5 2 5 3 4

Remodeling Calculator
Material Price Per Sq.Ft. Installed Pros Cons
Granite $45 - 170 high resale value, very durable, classic look, Poorly sealed granite may absorb wine,
highly heat and scratch resistant, easy to clean dirt and harbor bacteria
Marble $125 - 250 upscale elegance, ideal if you don’t cool a lot susceptible to scratching, staining, needs to be resealed
crisp, bright color, adds value to your home every few years, may develop patina with time
Engineered Quartz $90 - 185 highly durable, beautiful earth tones, low maintenance not very heat resistant, seams can be noticeable
none-porous, resists staining, will not harbor bacteria
Concrete $70 - 140 can be dyed, stained, acid-etched to create any color, texture scratches and stains are noticeable and happen easily

Custom Granite Countertop
Granite Laminate Marble Quartz Quartzite Recycled Glass
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Impact Resistance *** **** * ***** ** *


At Bathroom countertop & Reliability they rate laminates #1 (77 pts). Quartz is 74 and Granite is 72. I couldn't see any reason for the difference. Cosentino's Dekton was 73.

Quartz vs Granite:
At Quartz Vs. Granite Countertops - A Geologist's Perspective | Forbes Trevor Nace says,
"The debate breaks down into a few large picture questions that you have to ask yourself. Despite the price difference in the two countertop options there are really two variables that you should take into account. One variable is whether you prefer a man made stone or a natural stone. You will find much more beauty in granite and there is certainly an excitement involved in picking out the small imperfections and color variation. I'll give this one to granite as it has a unique and impossible to replicate feel that never disappoints in upgrading your kitchen countertop. The other variable is ease of use in a number of different factors. Quartz countertops are sealed and therefore not porous, they are primarily made of quartz, which means they are more durable than granite. You'll find that quartz countertops are easier to clean, maintain, and forget about. If your primary concern is having a countertop that you can ignore and heavily use, quartz composite is the way to go."

Personal experience. I had two friends who redid their kitchens with Quartz.
One used an interior designer who specialized in kitchens but she didn't know the details for the choice.
THe other used it because Quartz is actually harder than granite and thus, more durable and it isn't porous like granite, it's easy to keep your countertops relatively bacteria-free.

Rental Property Countertops.
What is the best countertop for a rental property? |
Also, what countertops are most durable? The Top 5 Most Durable Countertops
  1. Granite. Although natural granite remains one of today's most popular countertop choices, it may have met its match with the growing popularity of engineered granite.
  2. Quartz.
  3. Recycled Glass.
  4. Concrete.
  5. Solid Surface.
Recycled glass and polished concrete countertops are considered good for rentals.

Quartz is actually harder than granite and thus, more durable. In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible, and because it isn't porous like granite, it's easy to keep your countertops relatively bacteria-free.

IceStone Recycled Glass & Concrete.

IceStone is as hard like granite, not porous like marble and heat resistant like stone.

Best Granite Countertops for Cherry Cabinets | The colorogist
Kashmir White

Kashmir White at Bridgewater Marble & Granite

Kashmir creme $55/sf

At SRI Rock

What Granite Countertop Color Looks Best with Cherry Cabinets |
For a stunning contrast with dark cherries, opt for a light colored granite countertop like New Venecian Gold, Santa Cecelia or Kashmir White.

Our choice at Bridgewater Marble & Granite

Top 5 Granites Countertops for Cherry Cabinets -

Unknown: Juperana

Choosing a green color or even a neutral with a green undertone will make cherry or mahogany kitchen cabinets go more red.
Cherry and Mahogany are already dark so choose a lighter color unless you have a lot of light.

Dealers: Bridgewater Marble and Granite Works (732) 560-1717

Central NJ Countertops Brian DeStefano
SR International Rock,Inc. (908) 864-4700,
  7 Easy St., Bound Brook

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last updated 3 Oct 2016