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What Material is Best for a Bathroom Vanity Top?

When choosing your countertops in your bathroom, you want to choose something that looks beautiful, lasts for ages, and doesn’t break the bank.

You’ll be faced with a lot of options, and it can feel overwhelming to make the best decision. In this article, we’ll teach you the important things to know about quartz, marble, and granite countertops so you can make the best decision.

Quartz Countertops

Ella Espresso Quartz Bathroom Vanity

This quartz bathroom vanity is available in six different shades of quartz countertops.  The picture includes a calacatta white, but the vanity is also available in lyra white, calacatta black, galaxy black, galaxy grey, and galaxy white.

Quartz countertops are beautiful, easy to clean, hygienic, and very durable.

See our full line of bathroom vanities with quartz countertops.


Quartz countertops are engineered, as opposed to granite or marble, which are natural stones. What this means is granite may have natural imperfections.

Quartz, on the other hand, is more uniform in appearance, and you can pick many unique colors and patterns to match your home's interior. Quartz countertops give you control over the exact coloration and appearance.

Durability and Maintenance

Quartz is a very durable stone, perfect for someone looking for a countertop that is easy to maintain. Unlike granite, Quartz is not a very porous stone. Stones like granite will need sealing upon installation and will need to be resealed periodically, whereas quartz does not. 

Worried about staining? The resins in quartz countertops make them less prone to stains than granite. It’s also theorized that quartz is less susceptible to harboring bacteria due to it not being as porous.


Due to their beautiful look and long-term durability, quartz countertops are not cheap. They still ring in at close to what granite costs, but with more durability. Quartz countertops range from around $80-$140 per square foot. 

Ella Bathroom Vanity

Browse our collection of 25 inch wide bathroom vanities and 31 inch wide bathroom vanities for additional quartz countertop ideas.

Marble Countertops

Striking to look at, marble countertops are a luxury finish that can elevate any bathroom vanity. 

We offer many grey and white bathroom vanities with marble countertops.


Marble has a beautiful, lightly veined appearance that creates unique swirls on each countertop. Since marble is a natural stone, the veins and stripes from one marble slab to the next can differ drastically.

This allows for a one-of-a-kind, gorgeous countertop.

Durability and Maintenance 

Countertops made of natural stone, like marble, are durable and reliable. On a countertop made of natural stone, it is rare to leave lasting scratches or fractures because it is very tough.

Natural stone can withstand heavy loads and lots of use while still maintaining its beautiful appearance. Marble is a smooth stone and does stain a bit easier than an engineered stone like quartz, however. 

We also offer 37 inch wide bathroom vanities in marble.


Depending on the type and pattern of marble you want, pricing can vary. Some marble countertops come as low as $55 per square foot, whereas others with more intricate marbling come in around $180 per square foot.

For more information, find out if marble is ok for bathroom countertops.

Granite Countertops

Popular and sturdy, this natural stone can be featured in a variety of rooms and settings.


Granite countertops are characterized by a fine grainy appearance that comes in a variety of unique colors and patterns. Once polished, granite countertops have a smooth outer coating with intriguing stone markings that are unique and beautiful.

Durability and Maintenance 

Granite is very durable but requires more work on initial installation and more upkeep than most other options.

Granite countertops are porous and must be sealed upon installation and periodically resealed. Granite can also have natural cracking that can cause the seal to break. 

The good news is that granite countertops can withstand extremely hot temperatures, making granite an ideal choice in your kitchen. However, for the bathroom, it is not ideal due to its porous nature.


Granite countertops range from $80 to $175 per square foot. The pricing depends on the style and pattern chosen, as well as the kind of edging treatments requested. 

Bottom Line

There are a lot of options for your bathroom vanity countertops. You can go with a natural stone like marble or granite or choose an engineered stone like quartz for a more uniform appearance.

For a bathroom vanity, it’s wise to choose a less porous stone like quartz because it will stay cleaner amid bacteria and other germs.  

You can see our full collection of modern bathroom vanities for additional ideas.

However, marble and granite offer unique stone markings and greater durability. Ultimately, it comes down to your wants for both the appearance and ease of cleaning in your bathroom. Which will you choose?