White kitchen countertops are so important to many a kitchen design’s success. They balance out the darkness, give a fresh feel to a wood kitchen island, or create a clean backdrop across a large island.
9 White Kitchen Countertops
What are your choices for white kitchen countertops? Consider this your style guide as I take you through 9 options for different budgets so you can find which one is right for you!
1. White Laminate Kitchen Countertops
Laminate is your most affordable option. If you are working on a tight budget but wanting light and bright countertops, take a close look at white laminate kitchen countertops.
Laminate can mimic expensive natural stone countertops, but they’re not going to actually fool you. Think of laminate as just giving you the overall look – it’s actually made of a thin veneer. There are all kinds of white finishes to choose from – gleaming white, marbled, cream, matte etc – making it an excellent choice for budget conscious kitchens.
I love how Kate of Centsational Style used a marble lookalike laminate countertop and had it fabricated stopping at the wall (like with stone). This adds to the look of marble.
Laminate is easy to clean with a simple wipe down, but they can scratch and scuff. There are some newer laminate kitchen countertops that claim to be scratch resistant. All laminates do not resist heat.
You can find laminate options at big box places like Lowes- but you can find even cheaper options at IKEA!
2. White Concrete Countertops
When people think white concrete countertops, this might bring up images of a sidewalk color. However, your concrete countertops don’t have to be boring or lifeless. Concrete countertops can be pigmented and polished to give a brilliant shine!
Yes- concrete countertops can be a bright shining crisp white. You can also use various stain colors to mimic the look of marble veining.
It is a common misconception that concrete countertops are the “affordable option”. They sound like a DIY you can tackle over the weekend (and you absolutely could, but it’s not quick or easy!). Once you factor in the labor involved, they don’t always fall into the affordable category.
White concrete countertops in a gleaming white might resemble natural stone, but they are unique in their own right. They showcase all their imperfections as a inherent trait: cracks and a little rippling is to be expected, but also unfortunate pitted areas if not poured exactly right.
You will need to seal concrete countertops often, and even sealed properly the white concrete can still stain over time. Cement is porous and highly absorbable – so they must be treated delicately . Unless you like looking at discolored oil rings – be prepared to baby them!
3. White Granite Countertops
While living in our previous house with that early 2000s orangish brown granite, I wondered did a true white granite countertop actually exist? (Spoiler alert: yes and no.)
Can you actually get white granite? Yes, white granite does exist. But not if you are looking for solid all white granite. What makes granite granite is the flecks, the variations, and the pretty patterns within the rock. Even the white is made up of a variation of colors. There is no white granite without some other colors too.
Below are 4 popular kinds of white granite countertops I would recommend looking into are:
- Alps White Granite: If you want an upscale and lux look using granite, Alps White granite is worth looking into. What I loved most in the slabs I saw was that it offered lots of movement and lots of warm white at the same time. It can vary so it’s important to go and pick out your slab!
- Colonial White Granite: This is another beautiful warm white granite. A creamy gray and white- but it usually gives an overall white appearance. It has beige and smokey speckles.
- Andino White Granite: Lots of gray and black, although it is classified as a white granite. Large pieces of dark gray.
- Alaska White Granite (Also called Colonial White): This is a super popular white granite. Many recent homes use this granite. You can spot Alaska granite by looking at the shades of grey and black spaces, and cream speckles. It was too dark for my kitchen design but I did find it beautiful. It can read cold so make sure you warm your kitchen up in other ways.
4. White Marble Countertops
No conversation about white kitchen countertops can take place without mentioning marble. Marble boasts the most sought after look! White marble is an exceptionally beautiful stone and seen as a luxury. It also comes with a high price tag, plus considerably more maintenance. It stains and etches easily, even with sealing.
I have good news though for marble lovers! Because acid etching leaves a whitish mark, it is actually wiser to get white marble! The etches will be more noticeable on colored marble than on white marble.
Carrara marble is the most affordable and most used marble type. With a white/light gray background and veining, no two are unique..
Italian Calacatta marble comes, you guess it, Italy. It is excellent quality and one of the more costly stones. Calacatta is a brighter white tone than Carrara with larger more dramatic grey veins.
5. White Quartzite Countertops
“What is quartzite?” was my question when we designed my kitchen. It sounds like quartz… but is it? Quartzite is all natural. It begins as sandstone, and then is fused together with gleaming quartz crystals to form quartzite.
Often quartzite can be mistaken for marble due to it’s delicate veining. Although somewhat dense, it still is possible to get wine and coffee stains without regular sealing. Quartzite is moderately expensive.
6. White Quartz Counters
White quartz was all I wanted in our kitchen, laundry and every bathroom when we built, due to it’s low maintenance. We used three different kinds. I share our 3 kinds of white quartz countertops in our home, with all the details and close ups in this post here!
Quartz countertops are an excellent choice with all types of design styles! Quartz is a manmade material (not a stone!), and known for being strong, easy to clean, no sealing, and scratch resistant. It comes with a price though – and falls (generally speaking) somewhere in the range between granite and marble.
You will find quartz countertops to be stain resistant for the most part- but take heed – it will need extra attention if red wine, tomato sauce, coffee etc. sits for a while.
Quartz countertops do come in sold white, along with many beautiful dynamic patterns and veining – some that even mimic marble.
For white quartz with a mild to dramatic pattern try:
- Cambria Ella
- Cambria Brittanicca
- Calacatta Classique
- Miso Alabaster White
For plain solid white quartz with no patterns try:
- Cosmos White Zen
- MSI Arctic White
- Ceasarstone Pure White
7. White Recycled Glass
White recycled glass countertops are an option for a contemporary, modern design. White glass countertops will have flecks of colorful glass in them, but white and neutral flecks is an option! Yes, glass countertops are durable despite the name making it sound delicate, although they can scratch. They do not need a sealer.
White recycled glass countertops range in price, but on average they are more expensive than other countertop options.
8. White Lava
Yes, lava! I know I laughed the first time I heard it too. Lava countertops are made from…. you guessed it, naturally occurring lava!
Are white lava countertops a thing? You bet! Lava countertops are offered in a wide range of colors, including glossy and matte. It gets better too- they are extremely durable, don’t scratch easy, low maintenance (they don’t even need a sealer!), and easy to clean!
So the obvious question: how much? A lot. According to Remodelista, they are likely one of the most expensive stones due to shipping (they are currently only made in France) and range from $250-$350 a square foot. Ouch.
9. White Resin Countertops
Resin countertops is a rising trend of solid surface countertops. It is mostly made popular by DIY bloggers who discovered epoxy after looking for a way to get that clean white gleaming countertop. You can actually recreate a marble or a quartz look affordably!
Many of the results are stunning! They are quite the mix though, from fabulous to fails… so tread with caution! I would recommend hiring this out unless you are especially confident.
Lily Ardor also has a great DIY marble resin countertop tutorial she did herself.
Depending on what kind of resin is used, these countertops can offer some serious advantages: the first being strength, especially with epoxy resin! They are non-porous as well, so they don’t absorb stains, they retain their gloss and offer easy clean up.