What do kitchen countertops cost?

Learn about costs and options for installing kitchen countertops.
Kitchen countertops are available in a wide range of styles, sizes, and materials.


Options for materials include wood, granite, concrete, quartz, and natural stone. When planning a kitchen countertop installation project, it is important to identify requirements related to sizing, functionality, and dècor.

Typical Kitchen Countertop Costs

  • Kitchen countertop installation: The cost for installation is frequently included in the purchase price for kitchen countertops. If this is not the case, the installation cost will typically range from $200-$1,000 based upon the size and specifications of the countertops.

  • Laminate countertops: Laminate countertops typically cost from $10 to $50 per square foot. See this video on whether to repair or replace.

  • Tile countertops: The cost range for tile countertops is $10-50 per square foot.

  • Stainless steel countertops: Stainless steel countertops typically cost from $75 to $210 per square foot.

  • Quartz, granite, resin & natural stone countertops: The cost range for stone countertops is $5-$150 per square foot.

  • Wood & Butcher Block countertops: Wood or Butcher Block countertops typically cost from $30 to $110 per square foot.

Low-End Estimate for Kitchen Countertop Do-It-Yourself Installation

For laminate countertops: About $125-$350 for materials and supplies, depending on the size of the countertop.

High-End Estimate for Kitchen Countertop Professional Installation

For specialty material countertops: About $2,500-$6,000, depending on the size of the countertop.

What to Expect

  • Materials: Kitchen countertop installation requires an assortment of tools to assist with cutting, shaping, and placement. Necessary tools and materials include a splitter, brushes, contact cement, a router, and a laminate bit.

  • Timing: A kitchen countertop installation project can take several days.

  • Mess: Since kitchen countertop installation includes use of a bonding adhesive and may require drilling and leveling, there can be a large mess. When you have countertop replaced, you’ll need to arrange for disposal of the old countertop.

Any Extras?

  • Some kitchen countertops require ongoing maintenance and specialized cleaning. Concrete, wood, and granite countertops need periodic waxing, oiling, or resealing.

  • Since there are many options for kitchen layouts related to placement of sinks, appliances, and other elements, it may be necessary to buy kitchen countertops that are custom-shaped to the specifications of the room.

  • Butcher Block counters are both popular and functional. They function as a standard kitchen surface and also as a cutting board.

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