Stainless Steel Or Laminate Countertops – How Do They Measure Up?

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With cooking shows like MasterChef and The Great British Bakeoff taking the USA by storm, it’s no surprise that homeowners are getting inspired to create their own chef’s kitchen at home. But what is it really like using and living with stainless steel countertops? And is there another option, like high quality laminate, that can measure up? Here’s what the specialists in beveled edge laminate countertop trim have to say.

The pros and cons of stainless steel kitchen countertops

There are several benefits and drawbacks to this countertop material, including:

  • Minimalist aesthetics: Stainless steel is a fuss-free surface that can be matte or smooth, with clean lines and a very strong industrial look. While this is an asset in many homes, it can leave your space feeling cold or like a school catering kitchen if not carefully designed around. Sharp edges make for a very modern and attractive look, but can be a hazard for small children.
  • Environmental impact: Surprisingly, stainless steel is a green countertop option, as all stainless steel is recyclable and many stainless steel products have around 60% recycled material (including old and new scrap metal and raw materials like ferrochromium and ferronickel).
  • Maintenance: These countertops are used in busy, heavy-traffic kitchens because they are incredibly strong, durable and easy to clean. They are non-porous and seamless when installed, so they are easy to disinfect, and are unaffected by heat, rust, stains and corrosion. This doesn’t mean that they are infallible, however, as they are very susceptible to dents and scratches, are noisy when struck, and smudge wherever you touch them.
  • Installation and cost: These countertops have to be professionally installed by an experienced team, and can range from $85-$150/sq. ft. in cost.

How do laminate countertops and edge options measure up?

Like stainless steel, modern laminate countertops offer a sleek and modern design, are easy to maintain and clean, are environmentally-friendly, and can be designed for a minimalist kitchen. It’s here that the similarities end, however, as laminate is more dent and scratch resistant, offers a greater range of design and edging options, and is more affordable overall. It can even be installed DIY, and is exceptionally child-friendly if you combine it with custom-designed, rounded laminate countertop edging options.

Find out more about kitchen countertop edge options from Kuehn Bevel

At Kuehn Bevel, we offer expertly manufactured kitchen countertop edge options and profiles to enhance and protect your investment. Whether you need beveled edge laminate countertop trim or the ideal Formica edges, we can offer you a design, edge profile and final product that adds style to your space without breaking your budget.

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