Corian vs. granite countertops

Updated February 21, 2017

Replacing the countertops in your kitchen can be an excellent investment in your home. However, this investment can be an expensive one. Before choosing a new surface for your kitchen countertops, learn the facts about two of the best countertops choices for your kitchen. Both Corian and granite countertops are an exceptional choice to update your kitchen.

Choosing New Countertops

Deciding between Corian and granite countertops is tough. You must give serious thought to how you plan to use your countertops. Be honest with yourself about how you use your kitchen. Do you cook a lot? Do you like to make a lot of pastries? Will you need a special colour for your countertops? The answers to all of these types of questions will be important to know.

Benefits of Corian Countertops

A Corian countertop is a solid surface countertop made when a mineral compound is mixed with polyester or acrylic resins. You will find that Corian is appealing because it is smooth, easy to clean, water resistant and durable. Corian is available in many colours, looks like stone countertops and is easier to get in specific colours than are natural stones. Because Corian countertops are solid throughout, damage is easily repairable.

Benefits of Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are an extremely popular choice of homeowners, interior designers and contractors. Granite is ideal if you are worried about easily scratching or damaging your countertops. When choosing granite countertops, you will find a wide variety of colours and patterns. Granite countertops are also an excellent choice if you make many pastries.


Both Corian and granite countertops are expensive. Indeed, the prices for Corian and Granite are somewhat comparable. Prices for Corian countertops as of 2009 range from £26 to £65 per square foot. Meanwhile, granite countertops can cost anywhere from £32 to £130 per square foot. Granite countertops are also more expensive if you want to avoid seams and have them installed in large pieces. When having your countertops installed, remember to add an additional installation fee.


Both Corian and granite countertops are beautiful choices for your kitchen cabinets. When choosing between Corian and granite countertops, consider the ways in which you plan to use your kitchen. It is also important to factor in extra costs to repair scratches in Corian or seal granite countertops.

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Cadence Johansen is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about travel, marriage, family relationships, caregiver support, home improvement and money. Johansen has been writing professionally since 2008. She holds a master's degree in family studies from Utah State University.