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Kitchen Countertops Reviews and Research

Total of 15 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
Aug. 2008
Find the Best Countertops
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumer Reports tests and rates 11 types of kitchen countertops, staining them with 20 types of food and cleaning products and setting hot pots of oil on them, among other tortures. The editors note that any surface will only be as good as its finish.
Kitchen Countertops
by Don Vandevort
Our AssessmentHome-improvement expert Don Vandevort looks at various countertop materials and offers general buying information, as well as cleaning and maintenance tips. Helpfully, he also discusses countertop backsplashes and edging options.
Kitchen Countertops
by Editors of HGTV.com
Our AssessmentThere are more than 100 articles about kitchen countertops on this site, including descriptions of various surfaces, cleaning tips and advice about color selection and maintenance issues.
Kitchen Countertops
by Editors of DoItYourself.com
Our AssessmentThis DIY site offers a huge library of articles about kitchen countertops, including a list of pros and cons for various surfaces. As you might expect, this site excels in nitty-gritty details, like how to transport and cut your own countertops, but the information here is valuable even if you're having your countertops installed by a professional contractor.
Kitchen Countertops
by Editors of ThisOldHouse.com
Our AssessmentThe website of this popular TV show offers a thorough, in-depth guide to kitchen countertops, including photo galleries, buying advice, and a list of advantages and disadvantages for each type of surface.
Kitchen Countertops: Choices and Selection Guide
by Robert Levesque
Our AssessmentRobert Levesque is an engineer who created and edits this website, which focuses on product choices for remodeling or building a home. The "choices and selection guide" page looks the same as those on many kitchen countertop websites. However, when you begin clicking on the links to the many types of countertops, you find a lot more detail than at other sites, along with Levesque's opinions, based on his engineering background.
Kitchen Countertops
by Editors of Kitchen Countertops
Our AssessmentNot only does this site describe the pros and cons of virtually every type of countertop surface, but each countertop description links to many more specific articles -- how to get samples, how to choose colors, what happens if you put down a hot pan, etc. The information here seems to be objective, and is not geared to retail considerations. Using the site map may be the easiest way to navigate this site. We would like this site even better if it had some information about who is behind it.
8. Bob Vila's Home Site
Countertop Options
by Joyce Carrol
Our AssessmentCarroll goes into a fair amount of depth on how to go about choosing a kitchen countertop, describing the pros and cons of various surfaces. Written in 2001, this article is slightly dated, but the information in it is still valid.
Counter Tops Online Guide
by Editors of KitchenCountertopSpot.com
Our AssessmentLike other sites, KitchenCountertopSpot.com describes the pros and cons of various counter materials; the difference here is that the writers go into extreme depth about each surface. On the minus side, not as many surfaces are described here as on other sites. There is no information about who is behind this website, and English does not seem to be the writers' primary language.
10. PopularMechanics.com
Oct. 3, 2008
6 Great Countertops: How to Choose the Best Material
by Joseph Truini
Our AssessmentReviewer Joseph Truini goes into depth about the pros and cons of six major surfaces, ranging from natural stone to concrete; one gets the impression that he actually has experience using (and installing) various countertops.
11. Lowes.com
Buying Guide: Choosing Kitchen Countertops
by Staff of Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com, the popular home improvement website, offers a helpful chart listing the pros and cons of several different kitchen countertop materials.
12. eHow.com
Feb. 13, 2008
How to Choose a Kitchen Countertop
by Willi Galloway
Our AssessmentThis brief article by Willi Galloway, eHow.com's home and garden editor, lists three steps to choosing a kitchen countertop. This article is supplemented by many more short articles on kitchen countertops, written by eHow contributors.
13. Green Home Guide
July 11, 2006
Choosing Kitchen Countertops: Our Top Picks
by Editors of Green Home Guide
Our AssessmentIn a welcome spin on the usual analysis of various kitchen countertops, Green Home Guide looks at the issue from an environmental perspective. As the writer says, "While no countertop material has zero impact on our planet, we believe the materials below have superior environmental and health attributes."
Kitchen Countertop -- Outdoors
by Tim Carter
Our AssessmentCarter, a syndicated home-improvement columnist, answers a reader's question about the best countertop material for outdoor use (patio, exposed kitchen, etc.). He says concrete is the best choice, but other materials are more visually appealing.
15. About.com
Top 10 Kitchen Countertops
by Editors of About.com
Our AssessmentAbout.com lists the 10 most popular types of countertops, including granite, laminate and solid surfaces. This article also discusses the pros and cons of each kind of countertop, with links to related articles on home renovation. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
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