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 $1,400.

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
Imperial Marble & Granite, Lester, PA, 610-521-0130 $1520
Counter-Fit, Willingboro, NJ, 609-871-8888 $1700
Kol Marble & Granite, Cherry Hill, NJ, 856-857-1430 $1704
Akropolis Marble & Granite Imports, Colmar, PA, 610-272-2700 $1800
Troy Granite, Newark, DE, 302-292-1750 $1813
Probuild, Philadelphia, PA, 215-893-8645 $1815
Unique Designs, Philadelphia, PA, 215-969-5777 $1964
Master Granite Marble & Tile, Phoenixville, PA, 610-935-9161 $1985
All Marble Granite & Tile Imports, Cherry Hill, NJ, 856-354-4747 $1995
MacLaren Fabrication, West Chester, PA, 610-436-5436 $1995
Planet Granite, West Chester, PA, 610-344-9100 $1995
Volpe Tile & Marble, Warminster, PA, 215-957-6422 $1995
Stone Tech Fabrication, Trenton, NJ, 609-984-8818 $1999
Amerom Industries, Downingtown, PA, 610-873-4500 $2025
CMI Countertops, Tullytown, PA, 215-949-8550 $2161
Tile Market of Delaware, Newport, DE, 302-636-0823 $2192
Blue Moon Kitchens & Vanity, Hatboro, PA, 215-442-0208 $2200
McGrory Inc, Kennett Square, PA, 610-444-1512 $2205
AAA Hellenic Marble & Granite, West Chester, PA, 610-344-7700 $2450
Suburban Marble & Granite, Ivyland, PA, 215-734-9100 $2485
W Bergey & Sons, Harleysville, PA, 215-256-8846 $2962
*Price quotes are for specified 3-centimeter-thick Uba Tuba granite countertops with backsplash and standard square edge and include fabrication and installation.