While there are numerous choices of bathroom countertops available for you today at every price point, that doesn’t exactly make your life easier when choosing the one for your bathroom. We’re hoping this article will. 

You’ve found the perfect guide to help you embrace all your options (as opposed to fearing them) and make up your mind.

What needs to be considered when choosing bathroom countertops?

If kitchen countertops must perfectly match your use of them being as functional and sturdy as required, what limits your choices, when it comes to the bathroom, things change.

Since your bathroom, as busy as it may get in the mornings, will never present the same level of danger to a countertop a kitchen does (knives, chemicals, heat, heavy pans, etc.), choosing the right surface for it will be much more a matter of appearance and personal taste.

That’s not to say a delicate material can be used. We can assure you that’s not the case. Nevertheless, it opens you up to more possibilities.

Stay with us as we analyze the functional and aesthetic aspects of some of the top bathroom countertop materials available today.

Granite

granite countertop

If you’re thinking about selecting natural stone for your bathroom countertop, you can never go wrong with granite. And don’t think that means selecting a classic look, there are actually numerous granite varieties with very interesting and unique patterns.

Pros:

  • Long-lasting
  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Heat resistant
  • Likely to add resale value

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive
  • Not DIY
  • Requires periodic sealing

Quartz

Engineered stone is the right choice for any bathroom, especially because it is supplied in stunning looks and is incredibly durable.

Pros

  • Resistant to scratch and stains
  • Durable
  • Virtually zero maintenance
  • Stunning visuals

Cons

  • High-cost
  • Not DIY
  • Not heat resistant

Marble

marble bathroom countertop

As opposed to a busy kitchen, a bathroom is ideally a calm enough spot for a beautiful marble countertop to stay for a lifetime.

Pros

  • Unmatched appearance
  • Durable
  • Heat resistant

Cons

  • High cost
  • Requires frequent sealing
  • Can scratch and stain if care is not taken
  • Not DIY

Quartzite

Quartzite bathroom countertop

A great natural stone that is often forgotten for not being as famous as granite and marble, nevertheless, it offers granite’s durability and veined-like marble’s appearance.

Pros:

  • Long-lasting
  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Heat resistant
  • Likely to add resale value

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive
  • Not DIY
  • Requires periodic sealing

Solid Surface

A mixture of acrylic resin and crushed stone originally designed to look like natural stones, solid surface countertops, like Corian, are widely used in bathrooms.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Water-resistant
  • Cost-effective

Cons

  • Susceptible to scratches
  • Susceptible to heat damage
  • Not DIY

Laminate

Once relegated as a cheap choice, laminate has made a comeback in the last couple of years due to its increased quality and resemblance to wood and stones for a low price.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy to clean
  • DIY is possible

Cons

  • Not durable
  • Damages can’t be repaired

Tiles

granite tiles for countertops

Ceramic, porcelain and even natural stone tiles can be used to create interesting countertop experiences.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Resistant to heat, stains, scratches and moisture

Cons

  • Frequent grout cleaning and sealing
  • Grout can stain
  • Tiles can crack

How to select the right material for my bathroom?

Now that you know more about most of your options, it’s actually a matter of picking the material that will better fit your budget and lifestyle.

After selecting which materials you’re willing to consider, go see them for yourself and if possible, take samples of your cabinet and wall colors. Your feeling will be the ultimate judge, we’re sure you will know the right choice once you see it.

Eagle Stones is a natural stone and quartz supplier and installer based in Sarasota, Florida. If you live close to us, we will be more than happy to have you over our showroom and show you the best choices you’ve got.