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Continued: Tips for choosing a kitchen countertop material

  • Article by: MARTHA STEWART LIVING
  • Last update: September 27, 2013 - 2:57 PM

Cons

• Scratches easily

• Can become discolored when exposed to prolonged heat

Granite

Pros

– it stands up to heavy and hot pots, spills and knives

• Comes in lots of colors and variations

Cons

• Needs to be sealed periodically

• Full slabs can look different from the store samples and vary from piece to piece

Stainless steel

Pros

• Stands up to heat and resists stains

• Waterproof, so it can be used with an undermounted or integrated sink

Cons

• Dents and scratches easily

• Shows fingerprints

• Best not to use for day-to-day food preparation

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  • When deciding between granite and other countertop materials, first consider your budget.

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