Buying Guide

Choosing Bathroom Countertops

Laminate Bathroom Vanity Countertops

Laminate bathroom vanity countertops - Bathroom Vanity Top

Available in countless colors and designs, laminate vanity tops are a wallet-friendly choice that is great for a family or teen bathroom.


Benefits:

  • Low maintenance and easy to clean
  • Excellent stain resistance
  • Compatible with almost any drop-in sink
  • Available in wide range of colors and styles, from natural stone or wood to vibrant options


Good to know:

Laminate can be formed into a seamless cove backsplash to prevent water from seeping into cracks.


Cost (relative to other countertop materials):

Inexpensive

Glass Vanity Countertops

Glass vanity countertops - Bathroom Vanity Top

Glass vanity tops add contemporary flair to your powder room or guest bath.


Benefits:

  • Sleek, designer look
  • Easy-to-install one-piece countertop/integral basin prevents residue buildup
  • Excellent stain resistance


Good to know:

Although stain resistant, glass isn’t scratch resistant.


Cost (relative to other countertop materials):

Inexpensive

Quartz Bathroom Vanity Countertops

Quartz bathroom vanity countertops - Bathroom Vanity Top

Quartz bathroom vanity countertops are made from a composite material that is anti-microbial and ideal for high-traffic, high-use family bathrooms.


Benefits:

  • Comes in a wide range of natural stone or vibrant tones 
  • Resists scratches and stains 
  • Never needs sealing or polishing 
  • Available ready to install with attached under mount sink


Good to know:

Built-in Microban anti-microbial protection improves hygiene in busy bathrooms.


Cost (relative to other countertop materials):

Moderate

Travertine Bathroom Vanity Countertops

Travertine bathroom vanity countertops - Bathroom Vanity Top

This luxurious-looking natural stone is perfect for the vanity top in the master bathroom.


Benefits:

  • High-end designer look
  • Available ready to install with attached under mount sink (or order sink separately)


Good to know:

  • Regular sealing protects travertine, which isn’t stain or acid resistant. Remember to always clean up any spilled beauty products right away.


Cost (relative to other countertop materials):

Moderate

Granite Bathroom Vanity Countertops

A granite bathroom vanity top with a color-matched vanity base.

The most durable vanity top of the natural stone options, granite bathroom countertops are perfect for high-traffic powder rooms or master baths.


Benefits:

  • High-end designer look 
  • Superior durability 
  • Water and stain resistant, easy to clean 
  • Available ready to install with attached under mount sink (or order sink separately)


Cost (relative to other countertop materials):

High

Marble Bathroom Vanity Countertops

A marble bath vanity top on a white furniture-style vanity.

Marble bathroom countertops offer unmatched elegance and impart a regal look to any bathroom design style. 


Benefits:

  • High-end look in a range of colors 
  • Heat-resistant
  • Pattern matching can be difficult; shades vary from stone to stone


Good to know:

Marble is more porous than granite and is susceptible to staining. Marble countertops need to be sealed annually and the stone can be easily scratched.


Cost (relative to other countertop materials):

High 

Solid Surface Bathroom Vanity Countertops

A solid surface bathroom vanity top with brushed metal faucets.

Solid surface vanity tops are made of synthetic particles and resins and molded into surfaces that resemble different types of stone. They work very well in main bathrooms that get a lot of use.


Benefits:

  • Water and stain resistant, easy to clean, easy to repair
  • Can be shaped into seamless countertops; sinks can be integrated for a one-piece design
  • Consistent color and pattern allows pieces to be easily matched


Good to know:

Heat tools can scorch the surface and the material is vulnerable to harsh chemicals.


Cost (relative to other countertop materials):

Moderate

Bathroom Vanities Without Tops

A grey double sink vanity top with brushed metal fixtures.

Purchasing bathroom vanities without tops allows you to customize with a single-sink vanity top or double-sink vanity top in any of the materials discussed above. If you want to tailor your style option carefully, this is your best option.

Follow-Up Care and Maintenance

A roll of paper towels and a bottle of Windex on a counter.

Different countertop materials have unique care needs. Check your manufacturer's instructions for specifics on how to care for your countertop.