A solid surface countertop is made up of nonporous material that looks like stone but isn't. Some solid surface countertops can be mostly the real deal, like Caesarstone that's 93% quartz mixed with polymers and pigments, but a lot of them are indeed faux.
Some of the pros of solid surface countertops include heightened durability, a nonporous surface that won't soak up stains as easily and keeps bacteria at bay, and a ton of color and finish choices. There are some cons, though, like vulnerability to scratches and dings, and they can be damaged by hot objects if you're not careful.
As for maintenance, it's a breeze. All solid surface countertops require are a damp cloth, or in the case of spills or stains, a little dish soap and water.
Now that we've sold you on the virtues of a solid surface countertop, see them in action in these stylish kitchens.
1. A solid surface countertop looks great with colorful cabinets.
Solid surface countertops often come in standard colors (like bright white in the case of Emily Henderson's kitchen) that effortlessly team up with bold cabinet colors. Here, we are loving the combination of the white solid surface countertop with the blue cabinets.
Get the look: Caesarstone "Organic White"
2. They come in a wide range of colors.
Get the look: Caesarstone "Concrete"
3. Pair solid surface countertops with brass accents.
So, maybe you're drawn to solid surface countertops because you want to save some money while renovating your kitchen. That's more than OK, because you can still add luxe touches here and there to elevate the look. We recommend pairing a solid surface countertop with brass details, like lights and cabinet pulls, seen in this kitchen styled by Sarah of Bubbly & Blooms.
Get the look: LG HI-MACS "Ice Queen," $734
4. Choose a marbled look.
Marble is a splurge in a kitchen, but luckily, you can achieve those same elegant aesthetics with a marbled solid surface countertop. Kimberly of Swoon Worthy chose a gray and white marbled Caesarstone for her kitchen, and the result is gorgeous.
Get the look: Caesarstone "White Attica"
5. They work perfectly as a neutral.
If you'd like to add a few pops of color to your kitchen, allow us to recommend a solid surface countertop in a neutral shade. For example, in this cook space belonging to Krista of The Happy Housie, a white solid surface countertop serves as an ideal backdrop against blue, yellow, and warm wood hues.
Get the look: Dekton by Cosentino "Olimpo"
6. Create eye-catching visuals with varied hues and finishes.
Who said that solid surface countertops can't look opulent? Bobby Berk partnered with Corian® to create this dream kitchen, featuring a mix of quartz and solid surface countertops. Used in the island and backsplash, we need to pick up our jaws from the floor.
Get the look: Corian® Solid Surface "Deep Anthracite," $1,046
7. Solid surface counters partner perfectly with subway tile.
There are some things that mesh seamlessly together, and solid surface countertops and subway tile certainly fall into that category. It's a classic, can't-go-wrong look, as evidenced in this kitchen belonging to Mallory of Danks & Honey.
Get the look: Corian® Solid Surface "Rain Cloud," $1,182