Granite and solid surface are the most popular choices for counters, but there are many options: quartz, stainless steel, concrete, marble, slate, limestone, soapstone, wood, tile and onyx, to name a few. The key is to choose a material that fits with the style and price point of your home. For instance, if you own a $200,000 home, marble countertops are too much. But if you’ve still got laminate, upgrading is a no-brainer.


Whatever material you choose, take into account durability, maintenance and cost.


Likewise, the kitchen sink, faucet and backsplash should match the style and look of the overall countertop remodel. Functional features like a pull-out spray faucet, built-in water filter or hot-water dispenser also add value.