After cabinets, kitchen countertops are among the most expensive purchases. Countertop materials range from wood to plastics to metal to stone, and you can save plenty by shopping for the best price. The table below shows prices Consumers' Checkbook’s mystery shoppers were quoted for granite countertops, using the exact same design and the same type (Uba Tuba), finish, and thickness of granite, with the dealer supplying the granite, and fabricating and installing the countertop.

As you can see, prices varied by more than $1,500.

Of course, quality of fabrication and installation is at least as important as price. Check with friends, ask to see examples of a company’s recent installations, and note how closely a company’s staff listens to you and how carefully they measure.

You can obtain ratings of countertop suppliers and installers here.

Illustrative Granite Countertop Prices*

Price quoted
Sudbury Granite & Marble, Sudbury, 978-440-8446 $1639
Kitchen Associates, Sterling, 978-422-3322 $1795
United Tile America, Watertown, 617-926-3585 $1800
Onyx Marble & Granite, Framingham, 508-620-0775 $1817
Stone Surfaces, Burlington, 781-270-4600 $1845
World of Kitchens, Acton, 978-263-1403 $1889
Global Granite, Pembroke, 781-826-1522 $1929
Stone Depot, Dedham, 781-251-9700 $1960
Adamo Stone, Dorchester, 617-269-9000 $1990
Galaxy Granite & Marble, Walpole, 508-660-2620 $2072
Gerritystone, Woburn, 781-938-1820 $2102
Olympia Marble & Granite, Needham, 781-455-0199 $2138
Bedrock Granite, Norton, 508-226-2616 $2200
Capertown Kitchens, Milford, 508-473-7100 $2200
TBR Marble & Granite, Foxboro, 508-543-9487 $2247
Cumar, Everett, 617-389-7818 $2353
D & M Marble & Ceramic Tile, Marlborough, 508-460-9032 $2399
The Kitchen Works, Acton, 978-263-9898 $2490
Aldrich Stone, Norwood, 781-762-6111 $2492
Metropolitan Cabinet & Countertops, Watertown, 617-926-8900 $2723
Bill Shea’s, Quincy, 617-471-9130 $3218
*Price quotes are for specified 3-centimeter-thick Uba Tuba granite countertops with backsplash and standard square edge and include fabrication and installation.