Solid-Surface Kitchen Countertop Pros and Cons

Ever consider solid-surface material as a counter option for your new kitchen? Well you should! This manufactured product has many benefits over other popular counter options. But beware, there are a few drawbacks you should be aware of.

When deciding on the perfect counter-top there is a lot to understand about the materials available. The price, style and, more importantly, the functionality of the surface, are main considerations.

Some materials are easily scratched, scorched by hot pans, chipped, etc. So make sure the surface you choose can withstand the onslaught of the various activities you will be doing. Here’s a look at the functions a solid-surface counter can provide.


  • Incredibly durable. Solid-surface can be sanded if scratched or damaged.
  • Solid-surface doesn’t need a layer of plywood support. Many thinner countertop options need a layer of plywood layed down underneath the surface to provide extra support.
  • A nonporous surface which resists stains and mildew.
  • Can be manufactured without visible seams for a more custom look and price.
  • Comes in several patterns and finishes including those that look like granite, stone and even glass.
  • According to home design publisher this material provides a seamless look not only due to its invisible seams, but because the buyer has the option of attaching undermount sinks.


  • Sharp knives will severely damage the surface.
  • Hot pans can discolor the surface if left on the counter.
  • Should be installed professionally to ensure the look and durability of the product.

Side Notes
According to Better Homes and Garden Magazine, when choosing solid-surface material the price starts at around $50 per running foot and peaks at $200 per square foot. The higher priced solid-surface includes the price of installation. Solid-surface countertops are heavy and expensive so although you might be able to install them yourself, the job is better left up to a professional.