2,118 Contemporary Kitchen Countertops

Because your kitchen countertop endures a lot of use, it should be above all practical, but that doesn't mean it can't be aesthetically pleasing as well. It's important to strike that perfect balance between contemporary style and function, which is why durability, visual appeal and maintenance ease are among the top three guiding factors for choosing the right counter. As you remodel your kitchen, consider all the materials — everything from high-end marble, granite and stone to budget-friendly laminate and tile — and decide which one is right for your needs. Read on to learn more about your options. More 
Federal Brace Oxford Corbel / Counter Top Support, 10x10
$109.18 $121.31 More Sizes
Our Oxford Countertop Support design is an example of home decore hardware that is elegantly designed strength. This countertop support can really hold its own and your countertop too. With a wavey cross brace support between support flanges the bracket provides movement while remaining sturdy in support of your countertop. The "column" foot brings about the name of the bracket...More
Revol Porcelain Froisses Crumple Buffet Jar
$51 · Only 2 Left More Colors
Give your buffet table a new look with this creative and unique jar. It looks like a crumpled plastic cup but with a difference. It can go from freezer to fridge to oven to table with no harm done.
“Kitchen Countertop” — chrissyrobi
Cute Ceramic Chef Soap Dispenser
If your kitchen decor includes jolly chefs, here is another one to add to the collection! This guy is actually a soap or lotion dispenser, and adds a cute accent to your countertop. Made of ceramic and hand-painted, he measures 9 inches tall, 3 1/4 inches wide, and 3 1/2 inches deep. It is recommended that you hand wash this item between fillings to keep it looking good as new.
“jolly chef soap dispenser-love this in my french country -old world kitchen” — shaynee
Cast Glass Table 1-1/2" thickness, Any Size Up to 48" X 102"
$5,400 · Only 1 Left More Sizes
Fused 1-1/2" thick low iron cast glass conference table @ 38"W x 76"L with Grooved Edges all sides. Cast Glass Table Top 1-1/2" Low-Iron kiln-fired glass Slab Glass Texture: Sand Edge Texture: Grooved
Artisan Group Stone and Wood Countertops
Artisan Stone Collection granite huge island in Calacatta Gold marble
Artisan Stone Collection granite huge island in Calacatta Gold marble
“stone colored granite coutertop” — mgrab3
1 Review
Bianco Quartzite Slab
I want the gray veining of a marble but the durability of granite, and I can find both in quartzite. This is a splurge for sure, but it is incredibly beautiful and impressive in person.
“Countertop” — lsm1880
Dixon Custom Cabinetry
2 Reviews
“gaillo ornamental” — michellerutherford
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Laminate countertops are inexpensive, available in a range of options, and easy to maintain. The downside is that they are not heat tolerant, and edges and seams are generally visible. They also scratch and chip easily, which is not easily repaired.

Solid Surface

With no visible seams, lots of patterns and colors available and a renewable quality that allows cuts and scratches to be blended out, solid surfaces (which are basically a plastic) have several advantages. The downsides are that they’re not heat resistant, are pricier and require professional installation.

Natural Stone

Granite, slate, soapstone, quartz, marble, limestone and gemstone all fall under this category. Long-lasting natural stone has an organic beauty and is more heat tolerant than other surfaces. It also expensive, and its porous quality requires sealing maintenance to prevent stains.

Engineered Stone

Engineered stone mimics natural stone, yet combines the properties of real stone with other ingredients to eradicate its porosity and maintenance requirements. This option, however, can be expensive depending on color choice.


Great for a cutting surface, wood and butcher block countertops give the kitchen a warmer aesthetic than stone. Wood surfaces are susceptible to water damage if not properly sealed, and can dent and scratch easily.


Metal countertops, including stainless steel, copper or pewter, are heat tolerant, non-porous and sanitary. Like wood, though, they also can scratch and dent easily.


Countertops created from concrete or cement have the ability to incorporate inlaid decorative details or useful implements like trivets. However, they’re prone to hairline cracks and are extremely heavy.


Eco-friendly and similar to natural stone, recycled countertops are warmer to the touch than other options. Because they’re naturally made, they may fade over time.


This unique application of volcanic lava hardened into a stone-like consistency is heat, scratch and stain resistant and nonporous. However, because it’s uncommon, it’s expensive and hard to come by.


Tile countertops come in an endless variety of styles and colors, are heat tolerant and durable, and can be very affordable depending on the chosen tile. Due to grout lines, they’re not very easy to clean.


This hygienic, non-porous surface is simple to maintain, heat tolerant, stain resistant and available in many styles, colors and textures. They can be expensive, show fingerprints and water spots, and can crack easily.
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