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Countertops

What's behind our countertop Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 29 models in countertops to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Summarizes performance in all tests.
  • Stains
    Shows resistance to common bathroom items and cleaning products.
  • Abrasion
    Is resistance to damage from a weighted sanding block.
  • Heat
    Gauges resistance to damage from a hot curling iron in contact with the surface.
  • Impact
    Reflects ability to withstand blunt and pointed weights dropped from up to 3 1/2 feet.

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We sliced and diced on 14 countertop materials from leading brands, stained them with 20 common foods and products, and set hot pots of oil on them, among other tests. Our tests revealed each material's strengths and weaknesses but few brand differences. That's why we rate counters by material and not by brand. If you're looking for information about countertops, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ countertop reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our countertop buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and countertop reviews to help you choose the best countertop for your needs.

Countertop buying guide

The budget comes first then use this buying guide and the Ratings to find out the pros and cons of the materials you're considering, especially since some materials are close in price and special sales might sway you. You have more choices of materials, colors, and patterns than ever, and some materials such as concrete, granite, limestone, marble, and even stainless steel are migrating from the kitchen to the bathroom. Bathroom counters typically see a lot less wear and tear than kitchen counters, but consider materials that are more likely to resist stains and chips, unless the counter is for a powder room or guest bathroom.

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