Some of the most highly rated kitchen countertops include granite and quartz, according to Consumer Reports. Another highly rated, yet more affordable, option for a kitchen countertop is plastic laminate, which goes by the brand name Formica.
Quartz is the highest-rated material by Consumer Reports because it is more affordable than most stone options. It is able to withstand the heat of pots and pans and does not crack or chip with the use of sharp knives atop it.
Granite costs more than quartz and provides the same benefits, although it needs resealing every so often to resist stains. It is important to use only cleaning products specifically designated for granite, as many common household cleaners expose the stone's porous surface.
Laminate comes in a wide variety of colors and textures and resists most stains and heat. Customers must use a cutting board when preparing food, or permanent damage may occur.