Narrowing down your search by cost can make the search easier, but it is important to remember that choosing Cheap Countertops will not always save you money in the long run. Some cheap countertops material will break down or wear out quickly, necessitating repair or replacement more quickly than higher-quality, more expensive countertops. For the money, your best choice is probably a laminate countertop.
This type of Cheap Countertops feature a wood base that is covered with laminate, which is a large sheet of layered plastic that can be easily manipulated, cut, and secured to the base wood.
Laminate is inexpensive and can be reasonably attractive, depending on which style you buy. It will be far less expensive than other options such as granite, marble, soapstone, or slate. Installing laminate is also fairly easy, though it must be done properly to avoid bubbling or other types of damage. The laminate is glued down to the countertop, which means if the glue is not mixed properly or applied evenly, the laminate can peel up, making the Cheap Countertops look just that: cheap.
The other problem with laminate is its tendency to melt, wear out, or otherwise become damaged fairly quickly. In the kitchen, you will need to avoid placing hot pans and pots on the countertop, as the laminate can become damaged. After time, the laminate can dull or fade, making the kitchen unattractive. Laminate is, fortunately, very easy to clean with soap and water, but abrasive scrubs should be avoided since the laminate surface can scratch or fade fairly easily.
If laminate is not quite the right option for you, you can consider other cheap countertops material. Slate is more expensive than laminate by far, but it is one of the least expensive options for a stone countertop. Stone countertops tend to be more durable and long-lasting, and the aesthetic is likely to be in style for many years. Slate is usually available in shades of black and gray, limiting your options for aesthetics, but it is durable and resistant to heat damage, making it a suitable choice for cheap countertops. It is also fairly easy to clean, and while it will absorb water, it will not sustain water damage quickly or easily.