If you are remodeling your kitchen or building a new one, you may be interested in the differences between wooden countertops and laminate countertops.
Laminate countertops are almost indestructible, depending upon the grade you purchase. Many types are cut and scratch resistant and resist most stains. They also resist scorching and burning if you set a hot pan or dish on the surface. They are easy to clean just by wiping off with a wet cloth and a household cleaner. If they get minor stains, these usually can be bleached away with a mixture of bleach and water or scoured off with scouring powder.
The price of the countertops can vary depending upon the grade, color and style.
Wooden countertops add a lot of rustic beauty and style to a kitchen. The wood mellows with age and has its own patina. The drawbacks of these countertops is they can scorch and burn if something hot is set directly upon them. They are also easy to scratch unless a very strong finish has been applied. This type of finish will also usually resist stains.
Wooden countertops are expensive as a rule, more so than most laminates. However, a good wooden top can be sanded and refinished, so its lifespan in a kitchen is virtually endless.