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Granite Alternatives That Won’t Break Your Budget

Granite Alternatives That Won’t Break Your Budget

Granite countertops are popular in kitchens today, and with good reason. They’re durable, heat resistant, and come in many beautiful colors and patterns. But granite isn’t for everyone. If you need to update your kitchen with a countertop that won’t bust through your budget, or you just don’t want the natural stone look, there are plenty of granite alternatives available.

These countertop options are an affordable alternative to granite or marble, and most even offer the same durability and easy maintenance you’d enjoy with a granite countertop.

Affordable Granite Alternatives


Once known as just a cheap countertop material, laminate countertops have become more and more popular as they’ve improved. New finishes can give laminate the appearance of stone or wood, and sealants have made these countertops scratch-resistant.

wooden countertops


Wood countertops come in many styles and finishes and are often a fraction of the cost of granite or marble. Butcher block countertops are durable and can complement any kitchen style, from cozy and traditional to modern and industrial.


Get the durability of natural stone without the cost. Tile countertops are affordable and come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Consider using more decorative tile as a border around plainer, more affordable tile in the center.

Stainless steel

This material serves better as a freestanding island than a full countertop if you want to save money, but the sleek finish is great for industrial look kitchens and is easy to keep clean and sanitized after food prep.

custom kitchen countertops

Solid surface

Acrylic countertops are heat and scratch resistant, and offers a more affordable option when compared to granite or marble. Most are finished to look like natural stone.


If you’re on a tight budget and need a quick way to refinish your countertops, consider painting them. Look for paints meant for countertops, and finish with a sealant to keep your countertops scratch-free and sanitary.


A more affordable granite alternative, soapstone has been used in labs for decades due to being heat resistant and resistant to almost all chemicals. That durability carries over to your kitchen!

concrete countertops with jars on them


This modern granite alternative is a great way to save money on your kitchen design. There are a number of stains and finishes available to get the look you want, so you can use concrete countertops to fit any design.

If you are a science geek, you might enjoy this article that helps you choose your kitchen countertop material through a scientific approach.

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  • Braden Bills
    August 29, 2018, 1:10 pm REPLY

    It’s interesting that laminate can be such a good countertop material! The fact that it can have the appearance of stone or wood is definitely nice. I might have to see if I can have laminate countertops installed.

  • Jarom Linton
    March 11, 2020, 5:01 pm REPLY

    I really like the idea of getting a lot of stainless steel products in your kitchen because they are pretty cheap and also luxurious. My partner and I need to renovate our kitchen this year so that it’s much easier to sell our home. I think it’s a good idea to use some natural stone for the countertops then save some money in other aspects.

  • Braden Bills
    May 6, 2020, 3:07 pm REPLY

    I’m remodeling my kitchen, but I’m not sure what to do with my counter. I didn’t know that wood was an option for countertops! That seems like a great way to help out the cozy feel that I’m going for with my kitchen. I’ll be sure to get a professional to install those for me.

  • Franklin White
    June 25, 2020, 9:59 pm REPLY

    I like how you said that granite countertops are heat resistant and durable. This sounds like a great reason for my family to get granite countertops. My kids have ruined my current countertops so I bet a granite one will do great.

  • marco maro
    October 25, 2020, 3:11 pm REPLY

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