A hardworking kitchen needs to stand up to everything from pizza nights on Fridays and messy family breakfasts to from-scratch meals and dinners on the go. And that means you need kitchen countertops you can count on to stand up to wear and tear—without a lot of upkeep.
Here are three top picks that deliver on durability, looks and—best of all are easy to clean with soap and water.
Quartz. Quartz is engineered stone, made of ground quartz, resins and pigment (for color). Because it’s non-porous, it never needs to be sealed, unlike granite. It’s stain-, scratch- and heat-resistant (though using a trivet is still a good practice).
Quartz is available in lots of colors and designs, including veined patterns similar to the look of granite or marble.
Take note: Edges and corners can chip, so opt for rounded edges.