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Best Kitchen Countertop Materials For Clumsy Cooks

Kitchen renovations involve a series of design choices, and one of the major choices is the countertop material. You might be tempted to decide on a countertop based on the look or the price tag. But if you or someone in your home is a clumsy cook, you might want to take a look at the durability before any other factor.

What are some of the most durable countertop materials on the market?

Stainless Steel

A stainless steel counter isn't porous so spilled liquid like wine or lemon juice won't soak into the material to cause stains or acid damage. It's easy to wipe up spills even days later without the liquid causing any change to the surface of the steel. You can also sit hot pans and dishes on the counter without worrying about damage.

On the flip side, stainless steel is very easy to scratch. If you tend to use your counter as a cutting board, or are prone to dropping knives or other sharp instruments onto the counter, a steel counter might not be your best option. But some people like the look of the scuffed-up steel, which makes a cold, modern material look a bit more warm and rustic.


If you're clumsy but have your heart set on a stone countertop, go with granite instead of marble. A marble countertop scratches as much as steel but is also prone to staining and acid erosion. And that's even if you reseal the stone regularly.

Granite offers the same natural beauty as marble with far more durability. A granite counter is resistant to stains and acid stains, heat marks, and chipping or nicks. You will still want to reseal the stone at least once a year, but the small bit of maintenance is worth having such a luxurious counter material.


Quartz countertops have the look of natural stone with a far lower price tag. In fact, quartz tends to be the cheapest of the truly durable countertop options since once you get into the low-cost counters such as laminate you also lose out on durability.

A quartz countertop is non-porous like stainless steel, which makes the counter resistant to stains and acid erosion. But quartz is also scratch resistant and, unlike natural stone, doesn't require sealing.

The tradeoff is that quartz isn't heat resistant. So if you often sit hot pans on the counter, you might want to go with natural stone. Or you can opt for a natural stone trivet embedded into the quartz countertop that will provide you somewhere safe to sit the pans. 

Talk with a contractor from a business like DaCosta General Contracting & Design to learn about other kitchen remodeling options.