Laminate or tile? Wood or stone? Make an informed decision with some of the pros and cons of common countertop surfaces.
Popularized in the mid-20th century, laminate countertops can bring a nostalgic, vintage feel to a kitchen. Available in a wide range of patterns, textures, and colors, laminate is relatively inexpensive. It is an easy-to-clean surface, but be careful not to place hot pots and pans directly on this countertop as it can scorch. Sharp objects may scratch the surface too, so always use a cutting board when you slice and dice.