Cultured Marble vs. Granite

Cultured Marble vs. Granite: How to Choose for Your Home

Durable Marble and Granite Countertops in San Diego

The process of getting new countertops can be exciting—but with so many options to choose from, you may find yourself with analysis paralysis. Many of our customers are stuck between cultured marble and granite countertops. If you are trying to decide which is best for your home, look no further. With more than 20 years in the industry, The Countertop Company knows the ins and outs of all types of countertops.

Overview of Cultured Marble Countertops

Made from approximately 75% natural marble dust, cultured marble combines liquid polyester resin and dust to create a smooth surface. Cultured marble has grown in popularity in recent years, likely because of its translucent appearance and versatility in different areas of your home. Cultured marble can be combined with different pigments to achieve the color you desire, while still looking natural.

Overview of Granite Countertops

Granite is a beautiful option for many homes. It is a natural stone that can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, or even as a backsplash. Our customers love granite for its versatility throughout the home, as well as its appearance of natural stone. As one of the most durable building materials, customers who choose granite can take advantage of its resistance to scratches and chips.

Cultured Marble vs. Granite. What’s the Difference?

You are likely curious about the price, quality, and aesthetic differences between cultured marble and granite. We have put together a full list of differences so you can find the optimal countertop for your home.


In general, granite countertops have a coarse and speckled appearance that may look more earthy or patterned than that of cultured marble. This characteristic is a double-edged sword, as granite features tiny pores that can absorb liquids. This makes granite much easier to stain than cultured marble. Countertop installation companies seal granite to avoid staining and damage.

Since cultured marble is manufactured, there are more customization options regarding color pigments and style. Many customers see it as the most cost-effective option because it does not require a seal, as it is a completely solid material. However, some customers prefer granite over cultured marble because it looks more like natural stone.


Cultured marble and granite are both durable materials. The Countertop Company sources only the highest quality countertops for our customers, so we would never sell a less than satisfactory material.

That said, when it comes to durability, granite is one of the most durable countertop materials on the market. Cultured marble is more prone to chips and scratches, whereas granite is not. Compared to granite, cultured marble is also more vulnerable to damage by excessive heat.


Both types of countertops require minimal maintenance and can be cleaned using soap and water. Many customers choose marble because it does not need to be sealed since it is non-porous. Granite does not require much maintenance besides sealing, which is considered by many to be an easy job.

Pros and Cons of Cultured Marble

Highly customizable with colors and designsProne to chips and scratches
More affordable than granite countertopsDoes not appear as natural as stone
Versatility throughout the home 
Durable and requires minimal maintenance 

Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops

Achieves a coarse or grainy appearanceMore expensive than cultured marble
Little maintenanceRequires sealing
Holds appearance over timeLess flexibility with colors and design
Extremely durable 
Naturally looks beautiful in the home 

 Which Works Best for Your Home?

Cultured marble and granite are both great options that can transform your home. If you are more concerned about the durability and preservation of your countertop’s appearance, then granite may be the option for you. If you are looking for customization options that can fit any room in your home, cultured marble gives you that flexibility. If price is a significant selling point, marble is usually the more affordable solution.

Professional Countertop Installation in San Diego

The Countertop Company helps San Diego homeowners design and install the perfect countertop for their kitchen or bathroom. Whether you are looking for cultured marble or granite, we have the styles that can transform your living space. With more than 20 years of experience, we are ready to take your countertops to the next level.

Feeling at home in your kitchen or bathroom could be as easy as scheduling a consultation. Contact The Countertop Company today at 7602334955 to see what we can do for you.