Laminate vs. Solid Surface Countertops

Besides the kitchen cabinets, the countertops are the most visible item in your kitchen. And, if you have a kitchen island, the countertop surface needs to be both visibly appealing, as well as functional. There are many countertop surfaces to choose from. Today, we’re focusing on the pros and cons of laminate countertops and solid surface countertops.

Pros of laminate countertops

Laminate vs. Solid surface countertops

Laminate countertops from Formica.

Laminate may not sound fancy, but many people choose this surface in their kitchen. The laminate countertop is easy to clean, easy to install and cost effective.

Often, the less expensive product on the market doesn’t give you much of choice regarding style and variety. However, you can custom design laminate countertops in a variety of colors and styles, so that you can give your kitchen some personal flair. Just because they are made from a less expensive material doesn’t mean they can’t be fashion forward and fabulous.

Cons of laminate countertops

The downside to laminate countertops is that they are not too resistant to heat and sharp objects. Over time, all of your culinary kitchen adventures will start to show. If you don’t mind a little wear and tear on your countertops, if you consider every dent, scratch, and burn mark to be a collage of memories of past meals and good times in the kitchen, then laminate countertops are perfect.

Pros of solid surface countertops

Solid surface countertops are durable, easy to maintain, and the non-porous material makes this countertop perfect for food preparation. Solid surface countertops can also be molded and twisted and bent into a million different shapes and sizes so that they can be custom fitted to any surface, and any style.


The best countertop for your kitchen

Solid surface countertops are the only material that will allow a seamlessly integrated sink.

Unlike the laminate countertop, the solid surface is heat resistant, as well as sunlight resistant. So, you don’t have to worry about your countertops being damaged or changing color when you let the sun shine in your kitchen.


The solid surface is also the only countertop material that can include an integrated sink with seamless integration. Perfect for a clean, minimalistic, and modern kitchen design.

The downside to this is cost. Solid surface isn’t cheap, but the pros will greatly make up for the extra cost. Although solid surface will scratch if you are cutting directly on them, because of the uniform material through and through, you can easily buff our little scratches, leaving your countertop good as new.

Custom countertops for your kitchen and bath

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