If you are in the market for new bathroom countertops, there is a lot to consider when it comes time to make a choice. Whether you are planning your bathroom remodel, or a new build, it’s important to look at the variety of bathroom countertop materials that are available to choose from. While you won’t be using the countertop in your bathroom for cutting, chopping, or rolling out cookies as you do in your kitchen, it’s still a good idea to learn what material is going to hold up the best so you don’t end up wanting or needing to replace your bathroom countertops prematurely.
What is the Desired Look / Aesthetic of Your Bathroom?
Things to think about while making your choice for countertops in your bathroom:
-Are you looking for a peaceful and modern space to bathe and get ready for the day?
-Or are you more traditional in style and décor?
-Do you like the monochromatic look? Or do you prefer high contrast between your countertops and cabinetry?
Whatever your taste, you can complement the rest of your home with the right choice in bathroom countertops.
What Functionality Do Your Bathroom Countertops Need to Have?
-Are you looking for something easy to clean?
-Do you have a special style of sink that you are looking to incorporate into your bathroom vanity?
-Do you (or someone that you share your home with) use a curling iron or hair straightener?
These are all questions to consider before choosing a material for your bathroom counters. It’s also important to think about whether you will be able to maintain certain countertop materials, such as tiled bathroom countertops. When you compare the time needed to clean grout lines for tile countertops to the time needed to clean a seamless granite countertop, the seamless, lower maintenance granite may be a better choice, even if it is more expensive.
Pricing of Bathroom Countertop Materials
While granite and quartz are going to cost more than, say laminate or tile, your return on investment is much greater with granite or quartz. This is because granite and quartz are highly sought after countertop materials in the real estate game, so even if you aren’t planning on selling your home in the near future, they will retain their value long after the install. Plus you’ll get to enjoy the durability and beauty of granite or quartz in your bathroom while you use it!
You can save money in your bathroom countertops by choosing remnant pieces in particular. Since bathroom vanities and countertops are typically smaller surface areas, there may be a piece of granite or quartz that would fit perfectly in your bathroom but is too small for a bigger kitchen job. It’s a great idea to ask about remnants when it comes time to choose your bathroom countertop material.
Our Recommendation for Bathroom Countertops
When it comes to your master bathroom, in particular, upgrading to granite or quartz is our number one recommendation. Granite and quartz can both withstand heat (which is especially important if you use a curling iron or straightener) and also repel stains if treated properly. Even if you don’t plan on moving any time soon, quartz and granite keep their value for longer than most other bathroom countertop materials, so if/when you do go to sell your home, your return on your investment will be greater than with other countertop materials.
With regard to the other bathroom vanities in your home (second full bathroom or powder room), if you can afford to install granite or quartz in all of your bathrooms, we recommend that as well. Again, because of the return on your investment, it’s worth the extra cost now when it comes time to sell your home.