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Kitchen Countertops Buying Guide

As a family-owned and operated company, Cabinets Direct USA is proud to provide the highest quality cabinets and countertops for those across the East Coast. Whether you are looking to update your current kitchen or starting a new construction project, it’s important to plan ahead. The kitchen is the centerpiece of your home, where you cook, entertain, and relax — and your countertops must reflect this. You have to consider factors like durability, material cost, installation, and how well it matches your home decor. We’ve put together a guide to help our customers choose the perfect countertops for their New Jersey homes. Learn more below!

Countertops Buying Guide – What to Consider

Buying a new countertop for your kitchen can be a daunting task. Because every household is different, you won’t find a one-size-fits-all solution. Do you enjoy slicing and dicing several times a week? Do you host cocktail parties at the bar area or serve family dinners around the island? Your countertops should suit your space, complement your style, and meet your specific needs.

Color Options

When you’re choosing a countertop color, consider the color scheme of the room. Strongly colored countertops that are selected to match with paint, accessory, or furniture colors can easily become outdated — your color tastes may change and the room could be repainted. Opt for a countertop with veins or splashes of color to keep your options open.

Granite vs. Quartz

Granite has a more natural appearance but is more expensive, while quartz is the more budget-friendly option but looks slightly artificial. Granite countertops are more resistant to heat, while quartz countertops are more resistant to staining. In the end, both materials make great choices for kitchen or bathroom countertops.

Corian vs. Laminate

Laminate is made from layers of paper melded together, while Corian is a solid material made of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate. Both materials are scratch and heat resistant, but because Corian is solid, it’s easier to sand out imperfections. Corian is also the more expensive option but it lasts for a longer time. Your budget and how often you redecorate your kitchen will likely play into which surface you choose.


Countertop costs depend on a variety of factors, including material, square footage, layout, and location. It’s important to note that countertops are typically priced by square foot, ranging from $10 to $70 per square foot, on average. Natural stone materials often carry the highest price tag, while synthetic materials like laminate run cheaper. Odd-shaped countertops can also add to the cost due to the customization required.


When you purchase new countertops, they typically come with a warranty. It’s a great way to protect your countertops, just in case something goes wrong and you need to replace them. A countertop warranty usually covers defects such as holes, pitting, or miscoloring. Be sure to check with the manufacturer regarding their warranty terms & conditions before committing. 

Kitchen Countertop Brands Carried By Cabinets Direct USA

Cabinets Direct is a leading provider of countertops for both homeowners and builders throughout the state. Following the latest industry trends, we offer a wide range of beautiful countertops carefully selected from the nation’s top manufacturers. Our options include granite, quartz, solid surfaces, and laminate surfaces.

Ready to Get Started?

Our professional kitchen designers are proud to help NJ homeowners simplify their kitchen design process with a complimentary consultation. It is highly recommended that you gather as much information about what you are looking for before the appointment, including style preferences and basic measurements. If you don’t know how to measure your kitchen, we have provided a resource for your reference. We are also proud to offer 12-month interest-free, no down payment financing with Synchrony Financial. After your home is professionally measured by a team member, final designs and drawings for your kitchen will be created. Fill out the form below to get started on your dream kitchen!