What Countertops Should You Choose? Granite, Marble, or Quartz?

While there are many different countertop material options, there are three main types that are generally the most popular.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of material and what you choose will depend heavily on your lifestyle and how you tend to use your kitchen most often.  For example, you will need to consider how frequently you cook, how frequently you entertain, whether your children are likely to damage your countertops with spills, etc.  No matter what countertop material you choose, it is a large investment, and one that you want to not just last but look good for years to come!  Below we take a look at  the advantages and disadvantages of granite, marble, and quartz to help you narrow down your decision.


Granite is one of the most popular countertop materials.  Granite, a natural stone, is durable, heat resistant (yes, you can put your hot pots and pans directly on the surface without damaging), comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, has a wide range of price points, and looks great!  On the downside, granite does have to be sealed periodically to protect the stone from discoloration and staining.  Because natural stone is porous, most natural stone countertop materials have to be sealed so that substances cannot seep in and cause damage or staining.


Marble is one of the most coveted and luxurious materials for home decor. It looks great and is a very durable stone.  However, it is very susceptible to staining so it must be sealed on a regular basis.  Marble is also often the most costly of the three types of materials.


If you are looking for a practically maintenance-free countertop material – quartz is the way to go.  It is stain, heat, impact, and scratch resistant.  And, one of the main attractive features of quartz is that it does not need to be sealed, unlike granite and marble.