Acrylic or Polyester Plastic (Corian etc.)Unlike laminates acrylic and polyester plastics are homogenous throughout the material. They come in polished or matte finish. Often more expensive than granite.
Easy to clean
Not heat resistant
Wrapping occurs from prolonged wetting
Hard to be repaired once chipped.
Hot pots melt surface
Plastic unnatural appearance
TileTile countertops come in an arrangement of sizes from 1 inch to 24 inches. Average handy homeowner can install it.
Endless patterns and designs
Not a smooth surface
Tiles have grout lines that must be cleaned regularly so they don’t stain or trap harmful bacteria
Easy to be shaped
Must be sealed properly to resist stains and water damage
Needs occasional waxing to prevent stains
Cutting on it will leave marks
Engineered Stone (Zodiac, Quartz, Silestone, etc.)Made of natural quartz, sands, epoxy resin and pigments. Product that tries to simulate granite, marble or travertine.
Available in a variety of colors
Very controversial regarding hazardous. toxins that are thought to be omitted during fabrication
Fairly new and hasn’t stood through the test of time specific ally for scratches and stains
Tolerate moderate temperatures only for a brief time
Costs more than granite
GraniteMade entirely of natural materials, mass of magma or mollen rock. Granite is the most durable, chip and scratch resistant material. Granite is easy to clean and maintain and become affordable. No other material lasts longer or looks more elegant
Heat and scratch resistant
Stain resistant if sealed properly
Wide selection of colors and patterns
Sealing is recommended for maintenance once a year. This prevents potential stains from oil and wine
Hard surface, if you drop a glass would break
Granite does not have a uniform pattern or color. The patterns occur naturally but are considered to be part of the beauty of stone
Stainless SteelSheet metal is mounted to a plywood and usually reinforced with sound deadening coating.
Can scratch easily
Over time it will dent
Shows fingerprints and water spots