Last updated in February 2013
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 nearly $1,000, from $1,778 to $2,874.
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*
|Nature’s Stone, Burnsville, 952-890-9118||$1778|
|Bob’s Wood Specialties, Burnsville, 952-890-4700||$1902|
|Pacific Granite, Eagan, 651-688-9898||$2119|
|Bloomington Carpet & Floor, Bloomington, 952-881-5825||$2213|
|NU Shapes Construction, Lakeville, 952-469-8940||$2288|
|Affordable Granite & Cabinetry, Minneapolis, 763-450-3700||$2318|
|Paramount Granite, St Michael, 763-428-4075||$2400|
|Vetsch Custom Cabinets, Albertville, 763-497-3060||$2496|
|Granite Tops, Cold Spring, 763-497-1033||$2553|
|Andersen Cabinet, North St Paul, 651-777-5377||$2641|
|VIP Home Center, Minneapolis, 612-521-7663||$2709|
|Innovative Surfaces, Hastings, 651-437-1004||$2761|
|Minnesota Tile & Stone, Woodbury, 651-730-0447||$2868|
|Northwestern Marble & Granite, Edina, 952-941-8601||$2870|
|Select Surfaces, Roseville, 651-483-1576||$2874|
|*Price quotes are for specified 3-centimeter-thick Uba Tuba granite countertops with backsplash and standard square edge and include fabrication and installation.|