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Which Countertop is Easiest to Maintain?

Are you looking to splurge on a kitchen countertop that is stylish, classy, and easy to maintain? In case you are, you definitely came to the right place.

In this article, I will be ranking and evaluating which kitchen countertops are the easiest to maintain. If it made it on my list, I found it easy to clean (you just need mild soap and water) and none of them require constant attention. Likewise, all eight of them are long-lasting and durable.

Just in case you only came for the answer and do not have to time to read the rest of this, here it is:

Laminate countertops are the easiest kitchen countertop to maintain. Once installed, all you will need to do is clean them with mild soap and water. No additional maintenance is required.

For everyone interested in knowing all eight low-maintenance countertops on the list, keep on reading.

1 – Laminate Countertops

laminate countertops

If you are looking for an affordable countertop that is not just classy, but also quite easy to maintain, then laminate countertops are your best bet.

Available in plenty of colors and varying patterns, these countertops are a low-maintenance product and extremely easy to care for. Since their solid surface is completely non-porous, they can be conveniently cleaned whenever you want with just a sponge and some soap.

Their non-porous surface also ensures that the countertop does not absorb any bacteria or food spills. Unlike stone tops, laminate countertops do not require any fancy sealers or special polishes. They are about as low-maintenance as it gets.

Another defining aspect of laminate tops is that they do not require refinishing, even after extensive use. Also, you can easily replace them without your bank account taking a big hit.

Laminate countertops are also extremely versatile. Since you can cut them in any shape, they are a perfect option for your rooms with complex dimensions. Perfect for a busy and active households, laminate countertops are indeed a great option.

2 – Engineered Stone Countertops (Quartz)

quartz countertop

Often called quartz, engineered stone countertops are crafted from quartz crystals that are collectively held with resin binders. Having an appearance remarkably similar to natural stone, these countertops offer many benefits that a natural stone countertop fails to deliver.

For starters, they are much easier to clean and maintain than their natural stone counterparts. Also, their coloration is extremely uniform. This means the countertop can complement and work well with any and every kitchen design.

Like most of the other countertops featured on my list, engineered stone countertops also come in a wide range of colors and variety. You can choose from earth tones, grayish shades, rose hues, and more. While most of the color is taken from the natural coloration of quartz, you can also add more colorants to get your desired tone.

A finished engineered stone countertop is extremely hard and durable. This means it is resistant to regular wear and tear. The surface and the structure of these tops also make them resistant to heat.

The biggest benefit of engineered stone countertops is perhaps the fact that they can be cleaned incredibly easily. Unlike natural stone countertops that are porous, the quartz variants are non-porous and leave no room for fissures or cracks, which are extremely difficult to get rid of.

The surface of these countertops do not absorb any liquid including wine, oil, juice, and similar substances. That means you can easily clean them with only soap and water. Whether you are working with raw vegetables, fish, meat, or really anything else, an engineered stone countertop will prove to be a true asset to your kitchen.

3 – Soapstone

soapstone kitchen countertop

When it comes to kitchen countertops, the excellent durability of soapstone makes it a top choice for many. Owing to its density, this material is resistant to stains, bacteria, and any kind of wear and tear. What’s more, it is also unaffected by heat. The best part: this countertop can be easily cleaned with a combination of soap and water and do not need to be sealed.

Soapstone countertops are usually crafted from quarried stone. Made from a combination of chlorite, magnesite, and dolomite, quarried stone often gives these countertops a milky and powdery appeal. Unlike natural stone countertops that are hard to touch, the soapstone variants are both soft and durable.

These countertops have an excellent warmth to them. Perhaps, this is the reason why they have consistently been a top pick for country kitchens. Since soapstone countertops are also available in both modern and eclectic designs, you can always count on them for variety. Their colors usually range from pure white to charcoal grey. Since these countertops are generally available in almost every solid color, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Soapstone countertops may not be as hard as granite variants, but they are quite pliable. This means they will not unexpectedly break or crack when you put heavy things on it. Additionally, since soapstone is completely non-porous, it will not need the sealing that granite or slate countertops require.

In order to keep these tops as good as new, you can try oiling them periodically. As you do this, these countertops gain a natural patina that lasts several years down the line. For cleaning, good ol’ fashioned soap and a sponge will do nicely. These countertops are extremely sanitary, and a great choice for people who love cooking with fruits, vegetables, and meat.

That said, I would suggest you avoid directly cutting on these tops. Additionally, avoid dropping heavy objects (like glass or cast-iron pans) on soapstone countertops. It is worth noting that soapstone can develop a darker patina over time, so expect them to look slightly different over time.

4 – Recycled Glass Countertops (Crushed Glass)

recycled glass countertops

A relatively new product, recycled glass countertops (also called crushed glass countertops) are made by crushing glass and then embedding them in clear resin. The material that goes into producing these countertops is the same kind that is used for producing solid surface countertops. The finished surface is not only smooth, but also completely non-porous. This means they are resistant to mold and mildew and cleaning them is easy and hassle free.

The defining aspect of these countertops is that they are extremely attractive. Since they are also resistant to heat, you can directly put your bulky pots and pans on them.

The best part is for all of that beauty, you will not need to seal or polish a recycled glass countertop, they can be easily cleaned, and they are very low-maintenance. The color options, styles, and patterns are endless and they liven up even the most boring kitchen.

5 – Solid Surface Countertops

solid surface countertops

Appearing like natural stone, solid surface countertops are affordable products that require extraordinarily little maintenance.

The defining aspect of these coutertops is the very fact that they do not have any seams. This is not just a benefit in terms of the appearance, but it also simplifies the process of cleaning. Being resistant to heat and moisture, solid surface countertops cannot be stained easily. They are also resistant to liquid spills. Say goodbye to coffee rings and wine stains. With solid surface countertops, you will not find them anywhere.

The only downside to getting these countertops is their susceptibility to heat. However, if you keep a couple of coasters out for your beverages and use trivets for hot pots, you will be good to go.

Solid surface countertops are available in a wide range of designs, colors, and patterns, so explore all of the options available and pick one that perfectly resonates with the aesthetics of your kitchen.

6 – Zinc Countertops

zinc countertops

Do you like the look of metal countertops? Go for zinc. Unlike stainless steel countertops, zinc is incredibly easy to maintain. Since zinc darkens with time, these countertops eventually develop a spectacular patina that further adds to their appeal. These countertops are also non-porous and resistant to mildew. The best part: you can conveniently clean them with a simple wipe.

Zinc countertops are durable and stylish to boot. They even seamlessly fit into any interior style. Polishing it is obviously unnecessary, but I would recommend periodically shining it some beeswax. For that reason, they are a bit lower on my list.

7 – EcoTop Countertops

ecotop countertops

Fairly new to the industry, EcoTop countertops are crafted from a combination of bamboo and paper composite. While the concept might seem novel and unconventional to many, its green material has won over a lot of people.

EcoTops are also completely scratch proof and stain resistant. They are quite durable and will not suffer from discoloration over time.

One of the defining elements of EcoTops are their durability. Harder than wood and lighter than stone, these countertops are capable of handling heat pretty well. This means you can place your hot pans on them without worrying about burn marks.

Since these countertops are completely non-porous, they are not susceptible to water, liquid, or food stains. This construction will also ensure that they do not harbor any bacteria, which further makes them an extremely hygienic option.

The only fly in the ointment in terms of being easy to maintain is that most manufacturers of EcoTops suggest you buff and reseal them every three months, depending on how extensively you’ve used them. For that reason, they rank lower than the other countertops of my list.

8 – Concrete Countertops

concrete countertops

Unconventional and yet still classy, concrete countertops are another solid contender for low maintenance countertops. Powered by the latest colorizing and stain cleaning techniques, these countertops are now quite popular. While shopping for concrete countertops, you will have a large selection to choose from as well as tons of colors, shapes, and sizes to look at.

The modern-day concrete countertop is crafted with embedded stones, silicone chips, and tiles for appeal. You can also add stones, shells, or even fiber optic lights.

In addition to having the flexibility of being custom sized, concrete tops are also completely resistant to heat. Since they are also incredibly durable, you can expect them to last a long time without the possibilities of wear and tear.

Cleaning these countertops is relatively simple, but they do require sealing. If you opt to not seal them, the countertop will not be ruined. However, I would highly recommend doing it. Since they should really be sealed, and because getting that done can be relatively annoying, it is ranked the lowest on my list of low-maintenance countertops.

Which One Should You Choose?

When it comes to low-maintenance countertops, laminate, quartz, and sandstone are my top three choices. That said, feel free to look at all the other options out there and pick a countertop that lives up to your desires expectations.

Wrapping Up

Now that you know what countertops are the easiest to maintain, what are you waiting for? Start doing some shopping!

Wishing you much success with your kitchen renovation.

If you’re serious about DIY, check out my post: Must-Have Tools of the Trade for Home Improvement DIYers.

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