Consumer Reports rates kitchen countertop materials

Walk into any kitchen and the countertops are one of the first things that catch your eye, so you want them to look good. But you also want them to hold up to all the wear and tear they're going to get.

The latest tests from Consumer Reports show that quartz and granite are your best bets for kitchen counters.

"They can hold up to stains, to cutting, to heat and abrasion. They do a really good job," said Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman, deputy home editor at Consumer Reports. "And what's nice about quartz is that you don't have to reseal it, so it has a slight edge on granite for that reason."

Quartz is an engineered stone made from minerals, color and resin. Granite, of course, is natural. Both are bit pricey, from $40 to $100 a square foot installed.

By the way, bamboo came out at the bottom of the ratings. Consumer Reports says bamboo is great for floors, but lousy for countertops because it stains so easily.

More Info: Consumer Reports Kitchen Planning Guide