A kitchen countertop is one of the most highly used surfaces in the home. As a home builder in Melbourne, we understand the importance of choosing the right kitchen counter for your family situation and lifestyle.

We’ve done some research about the best kitchen counter materials, to help you choose the one that is right for you!

Butcher block 

Many new home builders are using butcher block kitchen counters in modern home design and also in traditional homes. The wooden counter is extremely versatile and provides a hard and durable work surface for cutting and chopping. However, butcher block counters need to be treated periodically, to keep the wood in good condition.


Granite is a beautiful countertop surface that is extremely hardy and long-lasting. It is natural stone and resists stains and abrasions. It also holds up to heat very well. Granite does need occasional sealing and it is one of the more expensive options for your kitchen.

Stainless steel 

You’ll see stainless steel kitchen counters in many modern kitchen designs. Stainless steel looks sleek and clean and it will blend in seamlessly with your stainless steel appliances. This surface resists bacteria, stains, heat, and most things you’ll encounter day-to-day in the kitchen. However, stainless steel
can be scratched and will need to be wiped regularly as smudges and fingerprints show up easily. Stainless steel counters are also on the more expensive side of kitchen countertop solutions.


Marble like granite, is a natural material. It can be highly polished to a beautiful, glossy surface, which can look stunning in both modern and traditional kitchen designs. Marble is extremely durable but is a porous material and does need occasional sealing.

Solid Surface

Many new home builders are installing solid surface kitchen counters made out of polyester resins, marble dust, and other materials, to produce a non-porous surface that is almost maintenance free. It can be manufactured to look like stone or wood and if it becomes damaged, it is easy to repair. Solid surface counters come in a wide variety of colors and textures.