Having worked with all 3 products, my personal preference and #1 choice is quartz because of its low maintenance quality and it's range of colors and styles. When choosing a countertop, it's important to choose the best product that fits within your budget. It's not something that's easy to change should you tire of it down the road. Laminate is a nice, inexpensive quick fix, but not as durable as granite or quartz. There are granite options at all price points and depending on where you live, there are a lot of inexpensive pre-fab options. Keep in mind granite requires some ongoing maintenance such as sealing. Quartz does not require sealing, is super easy to clean - spray it down with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe, it's anti-bacterial, does not scratch and looks great. Bottom line, buy what you love within your budget...have fun!
We sell quartz more then any other material at our showroom, but all are great options. Laminate is at a great price point, and with the new colors you can still achieve a stylish look. An exotic granite's color and movement is so beautiful and can become such a statement piece. Quartz is nice because of it's non porous features and durability. Every year we see more interesting quartz colors as well which is why we feel we're seeing high quartz sales.
Do a little research, explore your color options, and have fun building a kitchen around a countertop color you love!
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on 04/06/2012 at 05:57PM, Susan Serra of Susan Serra wrote:
I completely agree that quartz is a great, easy care countertop surface. It has all the durable properties you would hope to have for a countertop. One advantage of quartz, and many laminates, is that visually, if you choose a simple pattern or solid color, especially in smaller homes, the kitchen can look more spacious and it will flow nicely. Some granites have that retro/over used look and others do not. Combining granite and quartz in new ways is also an option. Today's laminates are outstanding to look at and wear well, but of course, there will always be a significant difference in durability between quartz and granite compared to laminates.If budget is the driver, choose a laminate and the countertop will be beautiful.