Pros an Cons of Onyx Countertops

Onyx countertops are a beautiful, unique countertop material. Many homeowners are not familiar with onyx countertops and don’t realize this luxurious natural stone offers a visually-interesting, long-lasting alternative to marble and granite. Just like other natural stones, onyx can stand the test of time, lasting hundreds of years when well-maintained. But also similar to other natural stones, it has its advantages and disadvantages that should be carefully considered before choosing the ideal countertop material for your kitchen renovation.

Pros and Cons of Onyx Countertops

  • PRO: Onyx countertops are incredibly unique and beautiful. There are few countertop materials that compare. There are a wide variety of colors and graining ultimately displays highly unique swirls, specks, and vein patterning.
  • CON: Onyx countertops are expensive. Because of their rarity, onyx countertops do tend to be more expensive than most of their other natural stone counterparts. Though there is an advantage to this because an investment in onyx is one that will add value to your home, it will require a larger up-front investment than most other countertop materials.
  • PRO: Onyx is a durable natural stone. Onyx is naturally-occurring and, similar to granite and marble when it is maintained, it can last centuries.
  • CON: Though it may sound confusing, onyx is durable yet fragile. Onyx is one of the more soft natural stones, unlike granite which is a fairly hard natural stone. Onyx has the natural durability to withstand the test of time, but it is one of the more fragile natural stones. This means it is harder to extract from the ground so slabs tend to be smaller, and it requires regular maintenance to maintain its beauty. Further, it is easier to damage with things like acidic foods, knives, hot pans, etc.